I’ve started a couple new paintings…..one is drawn out and ready to paint and the other I started painting a couple of weekends ago. I love it – a winter scene with all the shadows in the snow and the light through the trees. I’m enjoying this one!
Thank you to my Twitter friend Jerry Holder for the inspirational photograph – this beautiful spot is just minutes away from my house.
It has been a very successful week for me! The painting of the trilliums, named Tranquility, has gone to its new home, I sold the original of the Poppies, a limited edition print of the Split Rail Fence and a limited edition print of Always Room for Friends (the Muskoka chairs). Yay! I’ve also placed an order for prints of Tranquility and Poppies and I already have people interested in those.
This morning I finished the first layer of paint on the landscape with the little waterfall. I’m already seeing some things I will change when I do the second layer but for now it’s going up on the shelf for a bit to dry.
I have another canvas drawn out and ready to go – beautiful white irises on a background of what seems like a gazillion green leaves. It’s going to be fun!
I took this past week off work with the plan of getting a lot of painting done. Unfortunately my great-aunt passed away so my plans were changed somewhat.
My Auntie Marie was an extraordinary woman and I will really miss her. She was full of stories and was always bragging about family and friends. She encouraged me in my art career and she purchased a large painting after my exhibition in 2011, which hangs proudly in her dining room. If you were to visit her and my Uncle Doug she would be sure to show it off and tell you about everything I’ve accomplished since kindergarten!
Although it was hard and sad to say goodbye, it was nice to reconnect with family and friends. I got to spend time with cousins, aunts and uncles that I hadn’t seen in years. After the funeral we all met up at a restaurant and there was a lot of sharing and laughter. My aunt would have loved it.
I have still been drawing or painting every day and did manage to get some work done this week. I finished the second layer of paint on the pink lilies….it’s going to need another layer to really bring out the flowers, so I’ve set aside to dry.
I began a landscape yesterday and I already love it! There are more rocks on the right side and a small waterfall right through the centre. I like the contrast between the light green in the background and the darkness of the rocks.
Yesterday was a beautiful day here – sunny and 6C – so I spent a lot of the afternoon out in the sunshine. It’s amazing how much better I feel when I know spring is on the way! There are all kinds of bulbs coming up in our front garden – yay!
I’ve had a very busy weekend of painting! I have to make sure I have enough original work for both the Buckhorn Fine Art Festival in August and the Victoria County Studio Tour in October. Although over the past year I have been diligent at painting every day I haven’t been terribly productive when it comes to producing new work. I’ve been picking away at paintings an hour or so at a time but haven’t really carved out the time to spend making some good progress.
I’ve planned out 6 new paintings (with John’s help!) so far. Four are florals featuring our gardens and two are landscapes. Yesterday I got the first layer of paint completed on this one (it’s 11″ x 14″):
Today I completed the drawing on this one and got the first layer of paint done on half:
The painting of the trilliums is finished! What do you think? I’m taking it to the photographer on Monday so I can have a high res photo to do prints from. The original is already sold – how cool is that?
Remember that large canvas and frame I bought a while ago? It’s 30″x 36″ and I just couldn’t resist it when I saw it in the store.
Today I started the drawing on it. It’s a summer scene – two white Muskoka chairs on the dock facing a raft on the water with the trees in the distance. I love this! I’m very excited about this one and can hardly wait to get started on painting it.
I have to get the trilliums done first but it may not hurt to put a little bit of paint on this one to get it started!
I can finally show you the commission that I’ve worked on for the past month or so. It was a secret because it was for a gift but now that it’s in the hands of its new owner I can share it with you!
It’s called “The Retreat” and it’s the view from a very special place for this person. I worked from a photograph taken on an overcast day and was asked to brighten it up. This can be challenging since I’m changing things without really knowing what the place looks like. This also makes it nerve wracking….did I get it right?
Luckily, the recipient was thrilled with the painting and sent me this in an email:
“Your painting captures the heart and soul of a place which has been in my life since I was thirteen years old. Your brush speaks out the vibrant beauty of my special place. Thank you so much for doing such a lovely work for me.”
I’ve been working on another little palette knife painting this week. It’s a lovely little scene with a waterfall. I need to put a little more definition into the trees and add some more texture to the water, but I think it’s coming along well.