I was attracted to this subject because of the patterns of snow on the ridge. The light and dark patterns were also a great opportunity to play with. The trees were a very dark band across the middle ground, so I opened it up a bit to create a path of light from foreground to background. Greens of course are always a challenge, I tried to add warm and cool greens to add interest. I am overall quite pleased but I may still tinker a little bit.
Friday, October 22, 2010
Riverside, 11x14, acrylic
This one is a little bit different for me. I painted it a while ago and it has become one of my favorites. I think that I like the somewhat graphic design of the trees against the silvery sky and water. We live close to a river and dykes, this came from walking along the trails by the river.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Road Trip, 36x48, acrylic
I have often found that some of the best subject matter is seen as we fly by in the car. We were on our way to Sunpeaks near Kamloops last thanksgiving. Fall was in the air and the colours were turning the hillsides many beautiful shades. As I have said before I like to pull the viewer into a scene using trails etc, so I thought maybe a road would work. It is the first time I have done this, maybe more will follow. It is a large piece and I kept the palette quite subdued, mostly blues and orange with some cad red and yellow. I first had too much colour at the sides, I greyed that down to pull the attention into the painting. I took this one to the Rendezvous Gallery in Vancouver. Unfortunately this image has washed out the blues in background, but at least it gives you the idea.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Amphitrite Point Lighthouse, 22x28, acrylics
This is a painting of a lighthouse in Ucluelet on the west coast of Vancouver Island. The terrain is very rugged and the ocean is wild. I used a complementary palette of colour on the rocks, yellow gold and purples to make it sing as much as I could. I also like to use warm and cool of the same colours when I can, for example the blues in the sky and water. I keep hoping that I will be able to mindlessly create good work, but I realize more and more that I have to have my thinking cap on at all times. This piece is available at the Rendezvous Gallery, Vancouver.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Shoreline Blues, 30x30, acrylic
Lately I have really been enjoying painting on a square canvas. It seems like an odd format for a landscape painter, but I find it very appealing. I also like the finished look of a square painting when it is framed. Maybe it is the challenge of breaking up the symmetry of the four equal sides. This is a very simple composition, similar to others I have done. I stylized the shapes in the sky and sand to add interest and played with a variety of blues and greys.
Sunday, October 3, 2010
We had a great time at the opening last night. This is a picture of me with my husband and daughter. It was a very good turnout and lots of interesting people to chat with, and people were really interested in the art, which is always so nice. I met some new fellow artists and I felt very proud to have my work hanging with theirs. Thanks to Anne and George for all of their hardwork in putting on the show.