Wednesday, February 19, 2020

painting from a blue drawing

 I don't know where the original picture went but I surprised myself painting from a two tone line drawing i had, adding colour as i pleased. 
This rendition of a self portrait painted on a piece of canvas.

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Cactus Painting

I  Completed this Commission in just one day, using acrylics. Not the paint I like but I needed this one to dry quickly to take to Mexico.
36 x 36 painting on rag canvas.
Oops, its a little darker in the photograph

Monday, December 2, 2019

Paint night with Tami

My daughter Alysia arranged a winter scene paint night on Dec First, It was the first time I have done one of these.

These are the results; some paintings were finished after the photo and i will try to post them.  Everyones painting was so different and that was so wonderful to see. There are some hidden talents here, love the way these all turned out, Great Job ladies!

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Nov 14th Paint night with Ingrid Christensen 7pm

I will host Another Paint In with Ingrid Christensen at Kensington Art Supply.  All members of the FCA are welcome and non members as well please see the Federation of Canadian Artists  Calgary page for payment options, thanks Tami

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Thursday Paint night with the Calgary Sketch Club

Calgary Sketch club paint night 
At 8pm  I started this rendition of the girl on the beach. It was about 40 minutes but I attempted to paint the figure in the method Ingrid explained to me on Wednesday.  I can't wait to get practising a few more of these, I entitled this one SUN KISSED

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Paint-In with Ingrid Christensen

Volunteering is always rewarding!
 Today was a very lucky and rewarding day for me. (after the snow storm all day Tuesday it was just Ingrid and Myself that showed up for the FCA painting class).  She demoed her apple in 4 still life paintings showing the effect of the warm/cool backgrounds.  Then Ingrid answered all my questions for the rest of the class demonstrating her talents and explaining each colour and stroke as she created the painting of the girl on the beach photo I brought to work on.  The painting turned out amazing, and just exactly how I would have imagined. First off - Loose, colours that were in the shade, the movement and how to capture that,  change the bright turquoise sky, how to suggest clothes and features. Lost edges, subtle colour married into each other but maintaining their own value/hue.  I loved every stroke that she applied.  This is the lesson I have been anticipating forever. The building of the paint quality was of special interest to me as she uses such small transparent paint that sticks to its precessor, this; a skill that paint be perfectly mixed and then consistently practised to achieve the right soft touch colour application; I admit I am not there yet. There was enough information in the mini painting that when i asked my granddaughters tonight what that was a painting of they both yelled MIA MIA, and they didn't see the photo it was from!  Thank you Ingrid for answering my entourage of questions and explaining every single stroke of paint you applied to me teach this very personal lesson. 

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Whats on the easel, working on these two paintings.

This is entitled on the upswing, Face in shadow, highlighted from behind, a great challenge. 
This one is entitled  In Movie star mode
still unfinished here

Life Drawing At Atelier Art

Monday, July 22, 2019

whats on the easel?

One of the little foals from  Gail & George's Ranch 

Monday, July 8, 2019

Sweet peas

One of the nicest fragment flowers, I am still working on this but here is the progress

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Museum Patrons 3

A juxtaposition of Shapes, this little boy really complimented the artwork, such a random shot.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

museum patron

 I thought this patron looked similar the artwork he was looking at, especially the nose. 

Nose to Nose

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Visits to the Museum

This young lady was visiting the art institute of Chicago, The outfit of the lady admiring the painting resembles the woman in the artwork by  Giovanni Battista Piazzetta 

Brian Smith Workshop


Peaks & Valleys

Sunday, February 3, 2019

My Retro paintings

I did these two little pastel paintings for the Retro FCA show and realize they are probably not retro enough, they did not make it into the online show.  The fca Vancouver show is actually a good one and can be viewed on their website under current shows, Someone please explain to me the honourable mention" bad date" painting. 

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Painting Room Revamped

Well over the holidays I took everything out of my painting room , I replaced the student desks with this one that I received year ago. I have taken out the magazines and books which I would spend hours reading instead of painting.  I have taken out the excessive paperwork, sketchbooks and paintings that I had finished, (as there were a lot of unfinished workshop paintings).  Left are supplies, a few books, materials and items needed to create.  My big easel and drafting table still are taking up space in the front of the room but are adjustable, foldable but useful for large size paintings, watercolours and pastel so I will leave them.  I really love sitting in my new room and I know Marney will be proud of me!

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Calgary Sketch Club Upcoming Exhibition

Works in the show

Fall Freeze at Mt. Rundle $350

Sun in the Valley $450

 Autumn Special SOLD 

The conversation SOLD

Monday, November 12, 2018

Workshop last weekend with Bobbi Dunlop (I love Bobbi's paintings of figures, they are teeny tiny and contain all the information)
Following are the 8x10 black and white study , the 8 x 10 colour study Here is the image I painted Live model -Paige-

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Still working on this beautiful portrait

Painting portraits

Working on this portrait, Getting together my portfolio for the SFCA membership application

Friday, October 26, 2018

Demo with Mike Svob

The Calgary Sketch Club hosted a demo evening with Mike Svob.
Mike is always willing to share and his easy going attitude to art creation is certainly a welcome. Mike's heart warming approach to art is simple and he emphasizes that its not the information but rather whats interesting that makes the painting effective.  He paints with ease in his colourful flair as he demonstrates his technique and style.