Thursday, April 28, 2011

Next! (II)

The Dance (Orange Trees).
24x15 1/2, oil on canvas
Here's the second piece. Both are from references I got from Tobago. I need to go back there and spend a week painting. Tobago is full of possibilities.
I experimented with this in terms of colour and how it was applied and also by not dwelling on recording but on mood and movement. This has awakened my senses and my imagination so much... Well you'll see what I mean when I start sharing the other projects with you. I can hardly wait.
Be Blessed


The Benevolent (Silk Cotton tree Tobago).
16x20, oil on canvas

Been busy. School and getting ready for May Exhibition. Thought it was time to share my two submissions with you.Here's the first one.
 The theme this year is in celebration of forests, based on the UN's efforts to raise awareness of the importance of forests.
I enjoyed the challenge of painting these. They both took me out of my comfort zone and carried me in places I had never ventured in terms of style. Let's hope they are both successful in finding new homes. Sending up a prayer.
Be Blessed

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Just a little Quickie

View From Kagashima
6x8 oil on panel
I find that taking part in the virtual paintout to be a useful exercise to keep your mind and hands active and as a way to warm up and experiment with different techniques. This is a little one that I did in between paintings. An hour well spent.

Be blessed

Friday, April 15, 2011

Pushing and Soaring

Orange Trees (detail)
24x15, oil on canvas

Right now I'm preparing for ASTT's May exhibition. Just finished this one so I thought I'd share just a little peek with you. Promise I'll show you the whole thing closer to the exhibition.
Really excited. (1) I haven't done anything for exhibition in a while and (2) This seems to be the year when I soar as an artist. I can feel it in my paint brushes. I am trying new things. Well on to piece two.
Be Blessed

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Of Colour Wheels, Value Scales and Virtual Paint Outs

Street in Hiroshima
5x7 oil on panel 
 painting knives
Busy day today. Worked on some of my assignments for art school. Never thought I would have to make a colour wheel or value scale for school, yet here I am. Also started scouting areas for my four panel painting. During one of my breaks I took part in one of Bill Guffey's virtual paintouts.

This month he's has posted as the place to 'walk', Japan. It really is a beautiful place. I now have a desire to actually walk some of the places my little google guy walked for me.

This is what I did today on my walk through Hiroshima. I worked with a size  that I have never painted with 5x7. Also worked with painting knives which I haven't done in a long time. A little rusty but I enjoyed it so I'm going to do it again.
Be blessed,
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