I entered two paintings in the Big, Big Portrait Show at the Naess Gallery, The Paint Spot, Edmonton, July 7-August 23, 2016. The show ran in conjunction with the Edmonton art walk.
Off my right shoulder is a painting of my daughter incognito with a squirrel on her head and above her, the orange cat on blue is my painting. I love that the call for portraits was an open call and that the work produced displays a wonderful range of talent from pure beginners to very accomplished artists.
Under my Spell
12x12 Acrylic on canvas
This neighbourhood cat had to be painted due his wonderful intense expression. Recently I simplified the background by covering it with ricepaper collage and repainting (the original of it is posted earlier on this blog). Sometimes paintings take a few years before they become what they need to be, I now consider this painting completed.
12x12 Acrylic on canvas
I painted this fun piece for my Zany fun-loving daughter Melony, who is an exceptional artist herself.
Though in the past I've painted portraits in Watercolor or Chalk Pastel, I'm presently challenging myself with painting portraits in acrylic. It becomes challenging to create with fast drying medium and I don't use retarders preferring to keep my work area as non-toxic as possible.
Sometimes a painting needs to settle for awhile. The previous version of this was hanging where I saw it every morning after it came back from an exhibition. It felt unfinished to me so back on the easel it went for a work-over. The painting now has depth and is I believe a stronger piece.
I participated in the Green Window project once again creating window displays for two establishments on 104th St this year. As it was in conjunction with Pride week the displays flowed with color.
Colorful handmade mobiles of hand-painted plastic mesh completed with yarn tassels.
boxes made from fence board cast offs and a discarded table colorfully re-painted
Recycled skirt from the juried Skirts Afire event was requested to be on display by the manager of C'est Sera, so it gains another public viewing. When the window display comes down the skirt will be returned to The Edmonton Reuse Store boardroom for others to enjoy.
Hand collage and painted column with bouquets of florals created with vegetable netting, paper, wire and baskets at Original Apparel.
Hand-painted mesh screen to hang behind the mannequins.
Time spent camping in Waterton National Park each year has given much inspiration for painting bears and wildflowers that are abundant in spring. It makes braving the cold, rainy fog and showers worthwhile especially when the sun pops out and mountain views are stunning.
"Little Black" SOLD
Acrylic on wrapped canvas 5X5 inches
At days end when exciting the parking lot at Red Rock Canyon this wonderful view met my eyes; two Elders (an old tree and the mountain) silently watch over the spring blossoms.
We enjoyed watching momma bear and her cub from the previous year as they ambled amongst the wildflowers digging grubs, roots and bulbs. The cub was wearing a lighter colored saddle blanket which was wonderfully distinct.
I love the rich colors abundant in the wilds. As an artist many hours are spent in the field researching, watching, photographing birds and critters that are found there. Immersing oneself in Nature is good for the spirit, and the bonus is watching animals watch us as this quirky young male moose did.
Waterton Lakes National Park was brilliant with blossoms last spring giving us the opportunity to view many different black bears grubbing in wildflower meadows. Cameron Falls are right in the townsite, this view of the falls is a summer view. I've painted a spring view though having trouble photographing it and getting acceptable coloration. Acrylic painting look different dependant on the lighting when taken, as well the camera tends to pick up more underpainting color than the eye actually sees so its usually a two day job just photographing half a dozen paintings.