Thursday, February 26, 2009

Spontaneity in Art Class


Spontaneity in art class sometimes creates a freedom that can not be achieved in an controlled environment like your studio. The one to two hours you have to put something down on the canvas forces you to think outside the box and to just go with your feelings. My brush strokes are usually loose and more expressive. Using a smaller color palette and mixing your own colours will give you a more harmonious painting.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

What's Your Style

What's your style of painting? I get asked that all the time. The answer is I am still developing my style. Some artists take a life time to develop what they call their signature style. I haven't quite found mine yet. I love paintings that are loose and free. At the same time I appreciate a well painted realistic subject. I think I fall somewhere in between . I like to see the brush strokes in a painting. I am excited when I see texture and movement in a painting. Photographs are beautiful in their own place. But a painting should be a painting. The painting on the right "Goderich Trail II" was painted 2 years ago. This is one of a few favourite spots we love to travel to and take walks with our dog .


Monday, February 16, 2009

Winter Scenes in North




The winter is a beautiful time of year especially when you can take walks in the woods and trails. Our driveway is almost a mile long and all along the way are woods and cliffs and trails that are exciting to explore. Our dog Brandy loves tracking the deer , wild turkey and jack rabbit foot prints. I painted two scenes this week. The one on the left is an apple tree and the farmer's field in the background . The painting on the right is a view from the road looking into our gravel pit.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

St.Andrews Rocks Abstract




On a trip to New Brunswick in 2007 my husband and I visited St.Andrews and I fell in love with the ocean veiws and rock formations. My abstract painting of ST. Andrews Rocks was inspired by that visit. Most of my inspiration when I paint abstracts have come from forms and shapes in nature. Rocks, tree trunks, leaves ,branches, sand and water can all have beautiful rhythms and patterns on their surface. I love taking photographs of the surface of rocks. Many times I have seen forms and figures that resemble people or animals.


Monday, February 9, 2009

Upper Middleton Road -Plein Air Excursion


Upper Middleton road was another plein air excursion with the DVSA class and teacher Carolyn Dover. It was a beautiful warm fall day. The leaves were just starting to turn colour. One of my notes that day was how the fields and under brush had the colours of a Harris tweed. The clouds were this mauve, burgundy colour.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Snowy Cedars Inspiration





Check Spelling


My Snowy Cedars painting was inspired by this photo on the right. The photo is not very colorful and really lacks depth as well. If you can sketch or paint outdoors you will see all the colours in the shadows and on the snow. The snow is never a pure white. It has all the reflections from the sky, trees, and water playing on the surface. I did a small quick sketch of this scene on site and later developed this painting in studio on the left. I only use photo's as a reference.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Painting Birds and Wildlife



This past summer we had the pleasure of sitting on our porch at the country house observing the birds and wildlife in our backyard. It was so exciting to see hummigbirds, gold finches , house wrens and chickadee's at the their respective feeders. I was able to capture some amazing shots. I have really enjoyed capturing birds in their habitat on paper and canvas. Chickadee's are the least shy and seem to be the most friendly.
The picture on the left is a pastel and the the pic on the right was painted using acrylic paints.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Plein Air Paint Out at the RBG


In the spring of 2005 I joined this group from the DVSA , instructed by teacher Gordon Perrier, to paint flowers at the Royal Botanical Gardens. The peony's and irises were at their prime in mid June. We spent a few days collecting sketches and painting. I produced a few watercolours on site and then took some of the paintings to later paint in the studio in oil. I love painting flowers and capturing their vibrant colours. Here are a few pics from that day and of some of the finished paintings from that outing. As a side note, in this class I was pleasantly surprised to see my high school Art History teacher - Rosella (Spicuzza) Grilli. I remember we looked at each other and then we remembered where we new each other from and gave each other a big hug. She is in the pic with the hat.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Court Cliff Park Plein Air Excursion

SOLD - Maple Serenity Oil 18" x "24








In 2005 I was part of a Plein air class instructed by Carolyn Dover a DVSA teacher who teaches oil painting. We visited many locations, some of them I had never heard of like Mt. Nemo, Beverly Swamp and Court Cliff Park. We were encouraged to write a diary of our feelings and experiences out in the field along with sketching and painting a small painting on location. We then produced larger paintings in class of our sketches. I have been back to Court Cliff Park and Mt.Nemo several times since to collect new material. My two favourite paintings produced from these excursions are Court Cliff Park and Maple Serenity. I have included photo's and the finished paintings of these both.




Monday, February 2, 2009

Sketch Class at the BFAA




I have a membership to the Burlington Fine Arts Association at the Burlington Arts Centre. Every wed morning they hold a portrait class with no instructor. In this class I had my niece Emily pose for us. My sister Carm made her costume especially for this occasion. Everyone works in the medium of their choice. Emily was thrilled to receive some of the finished portraits.


I haven't participated lately, but hope to get back into attending.
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