Sunday, May 2, 2010

Creative Expression Award

"Post Lesson"
8" x 10" Graphite Pencil Drawing

Winner of the "Creative Expression" award at the
2010 artSpacific Annual Juried Art Show.

Anyone who knows me knows my love for horses. This drawing symbolizes, to me, the quiet, unspoken bond that develops between equine and human. Two unlikely, but loyal and loving companions. The emotion I hoped to draw from the viewer is that of earned and unconditional trust - because that's what it says to me.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Midnight Fire - WIP

[updated 5.11.2010] Here's how the painting is looking now. I was going to call it done, but I'm not happy with the tree, so will probably do some more work on it. The light to dark is too 'cut' and the overall shape is too 'clean'. But, I put the easel away for a bit so I can focus on some more drawings right now.

Another palette knife painting in progress, this one is on a 30" x 15" canvas that I'm calling "Midnight Fire". The "Midnight" painting I did a few weeks ago was the inspiration, and now I have a whole collection of images in my mind. Hopefully I can do enough of these to form a series. And hopefully, I will figure out how to shoot the black paint without so much flash glare. I think I will pick up a flash diffuser and see if that helps.

Anyway, to start this painting, I first laid down an undercoat of black paint with a brush, then taped off the horizon line and cut out the tree shape with paper, also taped down to the canvas. Then I went to town with thick, heavy paint for the sun-scorched sky. I managed to get a lot of really great texture with the palette knife, and am really enjoying the freedom of it.

Now that I've posted a WIP here, I hope it motivates me to get more done this weekend.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

artSpacific Juried Art Show

Two of my works, one painting and one drawing, have been accepted into the artSpacific Juried Art Show. The show runs May 3-26 with the opening exhibition on May 3 at the Firehall Centre for the Arts in North Delta. If you're in the area stop by and check out the show.
I consider myself lucky that I got in at all. I didn't hear about the call until the week of the show and didn't have anything finished I could submit. So got to frantically painting last minute and just finished two paintings the morning of the deadline for entry! Nothing like working under deadline. ;-)

Friday, April 2, 2010

Midnight 12"x16"

My latest experiment in painting. This time with a palette knife and paint brushes. For the sky I used a palette knife and did sweeping arcs. For the trees I used the tips of a brush and dabbed the paint down much the same as I would do stippling, and for the grass I used the edge of a flat brush, dry tipped and "pulled" the paint down off the canvas.
I had fun with this one though trying to take a decent photo was extremely difficult with the glare. I don't want it to lose its vibrancy, but might have to spray it with a coat of matte varnish - or paint with a flat black.
Back to the canvas!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Chasing Waves

Today was a gorgeous first-day-of-spring morning and the beach called, well, for Bear anyway. We haven't been out there since last fall, so I decided a wave-chasing morning was long overdue. The beach we go to is part of a dog park and is the southern-most (I think) tip of the Fraser River, where it flows out into the Pacific Ocean. What Bear loves most about this beach.... the waves! He waits for the boats and tugs to pass by, throwing surf up onto the shore so he can "herd" them. That's an Aussie for you. ;-)

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Painting Without Brushes II

Another small 9" x 12" canvas to continue my painting with palette knives experimentation. So far I'm having a bunch of fun doing paintings like this, and next up I'm going to start tackling the huge canvas - I have four 32" x 32" canvases leaning up against the easel waiting for a paint-fest. :-)

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Winter Sunset on the Dyke

Yesterday was just such a gorgeous winter's day, I loaded up Bear in the car and went for a "creative" stroll along the Steveston Dyke. Here's a few snapshots of my world as the sun was setting....

Lost and washed in by the tides.

Looking West towards the North Shore mountains. Hard to believe some of the Olympic events will be on those hills in a few weeks.

A couple enjoying the day's last rays for an evening two-wheeled cruise.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Painting Without Brushes

Painting isn't drawing and drawing isn't painting. I've spent so long perfecting my drawing style that it is almost all I can do. Give me a paint brush and I try to draw with it. If I'm ever going to get anywhere with painting I'm going to have to learn how to put down the pencil.
   One of the exercises my last art teacher had me do was to paint without using a brush. I could use anything, but a brush. So, I decided to continue my lesson, added with a touch of inspiration from a friend of mine who paints purely for the process of it, not the end result.
   I went to the art store and bought a collection of various sized and shaped palette knives, and then I hit the canvas. I used a reference photo purely for the colours and made no attempt whatsoever at realism. Just merely enjoyed the process of applying paint and colour using different palette knives.
   This is just a small canvas to start my experimenting with, 9" x 12". I had so much fun just playing with the paints and colours and textures that now I want to go HUGE! :-)

Below are a couple close up shots of the detail and texture.