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A Little Winter

Acrylic Paintings  3" x 3"

Acrylic Paintings 3″ x 3″

Since many of these will be given as Christmas gifts, I decided to make some that are appropriate for the season.

3 x 3 x 3

3" x 3" paintings

3″ x 3″ paintings

Once again I am working on these little 3 inch paintings, perfect for gift giving. I really enjoy them because they are quick and give me a break from my larger “serious” paintings. They remind me that painting should be fun. They also work as little studies for large paintings later on. I’ll be focusing on these until Christmas.

Yellow Ochre

Spring Bales  18" x 24"

Spring Bales 18″ x 24″

This painting helped me use up one of the tubes of yellow ochre that I have stockpiled. Sometimes when I’m at the art store, I have trouble remembering what colours I need. For some reason I always pick up a tube of yellow ochre. Even after this painting I still have two unopened tubes in my cupboard (but no burnt umber or sap green which I need most).

Scary Sky

Sky - Study 1

Sky – Study 1   8″ x 10″

Last week a friend and I were chatting about the importance of experimenting with our art and technique. Of course it’s much easier to keep painting things that have worked in the past – which is what I tend do do. So I decided that maybe it was time to leave my comfort zone.

There are a lot of things I don’t know how to paint but I usually just dive in, with varying results. But I am intimidated by painting skies. I avoid them whenever possible. They make me freeze up and I don’t know how to do them. So this is the first of a couple of sky paintings. I hope I learn something.

Come for coffee at Corner Cup

Green to Yellow  24" x 18"

Green to Yellow 24″ x 18″

It is time for another show at Corner Cup, my local community coffee shop (4th and Blenheim, Vancouver). This painting and several others will be on display for the next month or so. If you stop by to see the artwork, chances are you might see me or a member of my family sitting and snacking – we spend far too much time there.

A season behind

Under the Oak Tree18" x 24"

Under the Oak Tree
18″ x 24″

I know it’s cold and grey and almost winter, but I am just now getting excited about all of my fall photos and painting ideas. Here is the first one, a bit bigger than I usually paint.

I expect to be getting into winter paintings by the time spring rolls around.

Tiny Gifts

Tiny Paintings 3″ x 3″

‘Tis the season again for tiny paintings. It’s fun to do these 3″ x 3″ canvases any time, but they are very handy to have around during the Christmas season. In the next few weeks I will be focused on cranking out lots of these. If you think anyone on your Christmas list might like one, please get in touch!

 

The Gift of Art

Old Grainery 8" x 10"

I recently met a new client who lives just a few blocks from me. She was interested in buying 2 paintings to give as 18th birthday gifts. For the first one, she chose Maple Trees, Jericho Park. For the second one, she expressed interest in my tiny painting of a grainery (shown here), but requested it at a larger size. Using the tiny one as a study, I created the new painting as an 8”x10”. These paintings will be traveling to the recipients in England. I know that some artists have trouble letting their work go, but I am very happy to pass my work along to others who appreciate it and find meaning in it. And I am very excited that it will be used to celebrate such a special occasion.

Maple Trees, Jericho Park

Maple Trees, Jericho Park 8″ x 10″

I love painting trees. That is not to say that it’s easy. I chose to paint this complicated tangle of branches for practice.

I would like to do another painting of these trees in the fall, when the leaves are bright red.

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Low Tide

Low Tide - acrylic painting

Low Tide 8" x 8"

I recently did a painting similar to this one at a smaller size (see it here).  That painting was posted on Etsy, which gave rise to a message from a new client with a request to do a customized painting, as a gift for her mother.

The image reminded my client, Carrie, of the landscape where she grew up. She asked me if I would consider adding a hawk to the image, and explained the meaning behind it:

my grandma died when my mom was 5 or so. Whenever she sees a hawk, she feels like it is her mom keeping an eye on her and letting her know everything is o.k. Consequently, I now think of my mom when I see a hawk.

Knowing that this painting had a personal meaning to someone else made it extra special to work on. I hope Carrie and her mom enjoy this painting as much I enjoyed working on it.