A couple of cows

I couple of 30 x 30 in. cows. One is acrylic on canvas – the other acrylic and oil on canvas. Can you tell which is which?

"Frosty"

“Frosty”

River Cam Herd Cow #1

River Cam Herd Cow #1

 

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Happy Canada Day!

Was inspired to get very free and loose today after a morning checking out the Boardwalk Artists in Dartmouth. This piece is inspired by Canada Day and also a little Brexit.  Only primary colours used. “We Are Not Amused” Acrylic on paper – 18 x 24 in.

Enjoy!

K.M.

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Modern contemporary koi

There’s a lot of koi paintings out there and it’s because it’s such a great subject. I wanted to create something like I’ve never seen before.  Having fun with mark making here.

Enjoy!

K.M.

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Last one for today…

Just finished this 4 ft x 4ft underpainting. Love the scale- feels like I’m in the koi pool.  I need to make a run for more burnt sienna before any more underpainting can be done so that’s it for today. Excited to get going with the colour on all of these.

Enjoy!

K.M.

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On a roll…

I’ve laid in 2 more 24 x 48 in. koi pieces.  Really happy with these compositions. Think I’ll stay on the roll of laying new pieces in today in burnt sienna before moving on to the colour. Next on the agenda, the first of two 48 x 48 in. pieces – same theme. Having a productive snow day!

Enjoy!

K.M.

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More Koi…

As I get ready to finalize my last koi, I’ve laid in a new 24 x 48 in. piece to get started on. Really liking the negative space in this latest composition. There’ll be more to follow on this theme – really loving this subject.

Enjoy!

K.M.

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Cruciform Crane…

I’ve been wanting to paint a crane for some time – they dominate our Halifax skyline and downtown with all sorts of construction. I decided to portray one using the classic abstract design cruciform shape and quite like it. “Construction” oil, wax and oil stick on canvas 24 x 36 in.

Enjoy!

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One more session should do it…

One more session I think..so far been using thin layers of paint and walnut oil. Need to add in some thickness here and there and some flecks of colour to capture reflection and movement and then should be done.

Enjoy!

K.M.

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Koi recreated

I had started a 12 x 24 in. oil on canvas board painting (photo 2) a while ago – I decided I really liked the composition so decided to abandon the unfinished painting and create it anew on a much larger 24 x 48 in. gallery wrapped canvas (photo 1) This stage is like painting with shoe polish to me – very thin layer of burnt sienna then with a rag dipped in turpenoid I “draw” in the koi. Stay tuned for the finished product.

Enjoy!

K.M.

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Milling Frolic

As part of the Gaelic programming and tied in with the Naked Craft exhibition at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, every child at Waverley Memorial Elementary School wove a section of an infinity blanket that was “waulked” at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia this morning. It was a lot of work but a beautiful woolen cloth was created by these little hands and it will be a permanent installation at our school. So great to be a part of this wonderful community art project. Will post a pic when it’s installed.

Enjoy!

K.M.

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New Oil Painting

Tulip season is upon us so time to celebrate with a tulip themed painting “Tulips and a Cupcake”.  Also did a minor tweak to the Coffee and Macaroons from earlier this week.

Enjoy!

K.M.

"Tulips and a Cupcake"

“Tulips and a Cupcake”

"Coffee and Macaroons"

“Coffee and Macaroons”

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My garden this morning….

It’s pretty but I feel bad for the crocuses…

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“Flowers. Fruit and Vessels”

This piece is drying now – fair bit of impasto and stand oil so will take a while to dry. Lots of texture and colour. I developed the composition by continually adding layers of colour and observing shapes which I then defined into the various objects.  In the end result I can visualize a number of imaginary lines interesting through the subject matter creating interesting rays and angles which contrasts with the more round shapes of the objects themselves.

Enjoy!

K.M.

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Close up

Working away on this piece as I get some time over the Easter weekend. Still a ways to go but here’s a little close up of some flowers. close up

Enjoy!

K.M.

 

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So this is what I’m up to…

Photo on 2016-02-26 at 10.39 AM Photo on 2016-02-26 at 10.40 AMI’ve been working with the kids at Waverley Memorial Elementary School on their Flag project. Each of the 360 kids had a chance to design a flag to celebrate their heritage and diversity. I chose Tyvek as the fabric for the front which allowed the kids to create vibrant and detailed work using washable markers! No fabric paint required. The flags are being sewn to felt backing and will be strung together to decorate the walls in our gym. All felt cutting will complete today and then it’s just sew, sew, sew. Will post pics of the completed project.

Enjoy!

K.M.

 

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black gesso

I’ve been intrigued about painting on a black gesso ground for a while so gave it a go this morning. Haven’t worked in acrylic much this month but happened to have some beautiful avocado flesh colour mixed up so here it is – acrylic on canvas board 5 x 7 in.

Enjoy!

K.M.

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Beginning Koi

Just the very beginning – laying in the underpainting and texture for the light to lay on. Going to get a lot more lively but needs to dry for a bit – which takes a bit longer with oil but worth it I think.IMG_8502

Enjoy!

K.M.

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Et voila!

Got some colour inspiration during an early a.m. cross-country ski and here it is with it’s final background “Loose Lemons”. Will post a picture in better natural light to my image gallery later. This may be a new personal favourite.

Enjoy!

K.M.

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“Loose Lemons”

This is the another oil painting (12 x 24 in.) that I’m working on. I think it’s pretty well done – maybe a final tweak. Will ponder that as I go back to my koi pool…

Enjoy!

K.M.

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working on koi

Just started on this 12 x 24 in. koi pool piece in oil on canvas board. It’s going to get a lot more colourful.

Enjoy!

K.M.

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Creative February continues….

The last version of Loose Tea with Lemons was quiet and polite as tea should be however it was not the abstract colour exploration and looseness that I wanted in “Creative February”. More colour, mark making and looseness – “Loose Tea With Lemons”.

Enjoy!

K.M.

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Done and drying…

Made some adjustments and think it’s done. “Loose Tea and Lemons” oil on canvas board 12 x 12 in. Lots of colour and texture.

Enjoy!

K.M.

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Happy Chinese New Year!

Happy Year of the Monkey to all! Progressing right along on this new oil painting for the occasion “Loose Tea and Lemons” – close to done.

Enjoy!

K.M.

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Beautiful buttery oil…

Here’s a close up shot from the Two Warriors at Low Tide piece showing some lovely texture.  Think I’ll delve back into the oil today on a new piece.

Enjoy!

K.M.

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SOLD…

This piece “Two Warriors at Low Tide” oil over acrylic on canvas is sold… I’ve attached a couple of detailed shots as well.

K.M.

"Two Warriors at Low Tide"

“Two Warriors at Low Tide”

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Expressionist still life

A little expressionist still life in oil on watercolour paper – 9 x 12 in. “Old Stool and Trash Can”. A little revamp to a piece started last week.

Enjoy!

K.M.

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“Two Warriors at Low Tide”

Done I believe… oil over acrylic underpainting on canvas 16 x 20 in.  I will do up a full write up of the symbology in this piece and post it soon.  I initially intended this piece to be a  creative experiment and ended up quite liking it.  I will post a better image to my image gallery once it dries.

Enjoy!

K.M.

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Playing with oil…

I’ve been taking this piece through a bit of a journey, evolving it as I play with oil and different mediums such as liquiglaze and neo megilp.  I thoroughly enjoy giving myself this time to experiment with products and process. Still some more I want to try on it but think I will now dub this piece “Two Warriors at Low Tide”.

Enjoy!

K.M.

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More oil stick…

Another example of oil stick over acrylic on watercolour paper.

Enjoy!

K.M.

"Old Stool and Trash Can"

“Old Stool and Trash Can”

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Why I love oil…

Adding a bit of oil stick on top of the acrylic underpainting really takes these studies to a new level.

Enjoy!

K.M.

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expressive rooster

And just to use up some paint on the palette, a gratuitous expressive rooster…

Enjoy!
K.M.
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February

February is typically my most creative and productive month and a time when I often switch gears a bit. I’ve been doing a ton of figurative sketching for some abstract expressionist figurative pieces. Here’s a few small studies of acrylic on paper that will form the basis of a number of canvas pieces using combinations of acrylics and oils. Lots more experimentation to go…

K.M.

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Cows…

A small herd of cows on hand – all in acrylic on gallery wrapped 8 x 8 in. canvas.

Enjoy!

K.M.

"Curly"

“Curly”

"Grantchester Meadows Cow #5"

“Grantchester Meadows Cow #5”

"Grantchester Meadows Cow #4"

“Grantchester Meadows Cow #4”

"Grantchester Meadows Cow #6"

“Grantchester Meadows Cow #6”

"Lazy Grazer"

“Lazy Grazer”

"Grey Cow"

“Grey Cow”

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New expressive cow painting

This guy may now be topping the charts as my favourite. Bold, expressive, sun and fun, Enjoy!

K.M.

"Grey Cow"

“Grey Cow”

 

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Expressive portrait

Finished off this abstract portrait today. It’s a festival of colour and mark making and I love how it turned out. Now to give him a name. Enjoy!

K.M.

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As usual…

Needed to give more of a sense of the thickness of light so added a bit of palette knife work and a little update to the tarmac area. Now it’s really done and I love it.

Enkyo!

K.M.

"Barri Gotic"

“Barri Gotic”

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“Barri Gotic”

I do believe I’m finished with this piece, apart from finishing the edges, signing and varnishing. “Barri Gotic” – a Barcelona street scene – acrylic on canvas 48 x 36 in.

Enjoy!

K.M.

"Barri Gotic"

“Barri Gotic”

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Feeling the sun now…

Just washed some sun through this Barcelona street scene and I can almost feel the warmth. Almost done with this piece.

Enjoy!

K.M.

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Snow Day art session

School was cancelled due to snow so after clearing a 350 ft. driveway and other outdoor winter fun, my 7 yr old and I settled in for some art. I came up with an abstract portrait based on some lips I saw in an underpainting I had previously done. My daughter’s “Sunflowers in a Vase” – she wanted to make her pot look like turned ceramic and she was quite successful. Her background is made from a mix of sap green and process cyan not black.

Enjoy!

K.M.

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Working away…

Haven’t posted much recently as I’ve been working away on this commission.  It’s nearing completion at this point. Acrylic on canvas 48 x 36 in.

Enjoy!

K.M.

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SOLD

This painting – “A Herd of Her Own” oil and acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas is my first painting to sell in 2016. Must get painting some more cows in 2016.

Happy New Year All

K.M.

"A Herd of Her Own"

“A Herd of Her Own”

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One final post…

My resident self-appointed art critic felt too much of the cupcake was off the canvas in the last interaction. When he’s right, he’s right.  Luckily it’s pretty easy working wet on wet in oil.

Enjoy!

K.M.

"Celebration Cupcake"

“Celebration Cupcake”

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And done…

Added a little more oil and am ready to call this piece done. Looking forward to more oil stick and more cows (among other things) in the New Year.

Enjoy!

K.M.

"A Herd of Her Own"

“A Herd of Her Own”

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Down the Rabbit Hole…

I am definitely down the rabbit hole with olives but I’m loving them at present. I’m going to take them large scale and start integrating oil stick layers over the acrylic so stayed tuned for that.

Enjoy!

K.M.

"Picholines"

“Picholines”

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More red and green…

As Christmas approaches I’m sticking with holiday colours and the familiar olive subject to create some very loose and fun abstract olives.

Enjoy!

K.M.

"Sliced"

“Sliced”

"Stuffed"

“Stuffed”

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“Sold Out” at the Craig Gallery

I’m officially “sold out” at the Craig Gallery. It was great pleasure to participate in their “Sweet 16” show.

K.M.

"Late Crop" - SOLD

“Late Crop” – SOLD

"Early Harvest" - SOLD

“Early Harvest” – SOLD

"Sweet 16" - SOLD

“Sweet 16” – SOLD

"Grantchester Meadows Cow #3" - SOLD

“Grantchester Meadows Cow #3” – SOLD

"Grantchester Meadows Cow #2"

“Grantchester Meadows Cow #2” – SOLD

"Grantchester Meadows Cow #1"

“Grantchester Meadows Cow #1” – SOLD

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“Grinchy Olives”

Had to use up the paint on my palette before taking off for a few days so jazzed up “Grinch Olives” a bit.

Enjoy!

K.M.

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For the love of olives

I have olives on the brain this week. Here’s another… “Pierced” acrylic on canvas board 10 x 20 in.

Enjoy!

K.M.

"Pierced"

“Pierced”

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More olives…

I added to the olive collection today. These guys are fun.

Enjoy!

K.M.

"Dirty Martini"

“Dirty Martini”

"Five Olives"

“Five Olives”

"Four Olives"

“Four Olives”

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