This painting was inspired by a friends beauty photos from a recent trip to Hawaii. I was intrigued by the variety of reflections, and how the ripples effected the reflections especially around the orange koi's tail. It took some slow interpreting of colours to create the illusion. This painting looks striking at a distance , then as you get closer, different surface reflections and bubbles are revealed.
I was invited to participate in a "Drawing a Day" challenge by some ambitious artists. Brush Bouquet is the 10th. The others are posted on Facebook. I'm currently very busy with "the business of art" so these drawings are a fun break for an hour a day plus, many of these drawings are, or will be, part of my painting process.
Brush Bouquet, 18x24" still life, charcoal and chalk on brown paper. Handmade ceramic vessel by Elsie Morley. I have wanted to paint this for a long time so now I have another good layout for a painting. See all drawings to date under Paintings > INKTOBER
Luscious Okanagan peaches are hard to resist making painting them a certain kind of "pain and torture" with an equal double reward at the end - YUM !
For this luminous painting, I hand painted a frame which emulates a beautiful antique Italian frame I saw many years ago.
While pondering a vessel to contain my fix, I became intrigued by the beautiful lines and reflections in an old glass dish of my Grandmother's. It just screamed old fashioned ice cream parlour!
I am a fan of Kefir's remarkable health benefits, and thus, make my own daily. Kefir incorporates so well into many dishes ... like kefir ice-cream!
There aren't quite as many dogs as hares in Keno City ... but close! This adorable husky pup was lounging in the middle of the road (it's Keno no worries) while her owner was working in the museum. Keno City has a fantastic Mining Museum full of fascinating history and includes outdoor exhibits with antique machinery used throughout the storied "Hills of Silver"
I had never seen a Yukon Hare prior to my trip to the Yukon, but in Keno City they were omnipresent! Even still, getting a photo of these furtive creatures was challenging and with winter's arrival they were already sporting the beginnings of their winter coats, making a photo even more desirable.
I undertook a big adventure this summer; I was a cook in the Yukon for a mineral exploration company for whom my oldest son also was working. Although it was the most difficult job I have ever done, I am richer for the experience. I was chief cook and bottle washer (hardest part), cleaning and laundry lady, plus, First Aid attendant (most stressful part).
The challenges were many, among which was navigation, should I have to respond to an emergency in the field. I was not familiar with the lay of the land ... enter Charly! A Keno native, Charly is an outdoor enthusiast as well as an amazingly capable, thoughtful, and kind individual who, among all her other duties, was my navigator. This painting pays homage to her spirit, youth and beauty.
How do you like me now?
6.25" x 7", oil on panel
When visiting my friends farm in Cache Creek a number of years ago, this Peacock was gawking at me thru the bathroom window. When I painted him again just a few days ago, I realised that it was not I that was the object of his affection, it was his own reflection.
The exercise of revisiting an old painting was brilliant in that I could see exactly what was wrong with the original painting in both technique, design, colour value and temperature and thus, how to paint it better. I have learned so much over the past 10 years which was very enlightening in and of itself.