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Car Wash!

 

Car Wash!  18" x 24"

Car Wash! 18″ x 24″

The best part of this picture is the exclamation point! I love the enthusiasm.

Somewhere in Alberta

Somewhere in Alberta  18" x 24"

Somewhere in Alberta
18″ x 24″

I am not brave enough to post my work in progress. If the final painting is not a success, I like to have the option of forgetting it ever existed. Now that the painting is finished, I feel okay sharing some of my steps.

Somewhere-in-Alberta---Animation-1

 

Same painting, different size.

North Poles 18"x24"

North Poles 18″x24″

I decided to use my tiny painting as a study for this larger version. I’m happy to beĀ  finding some painting time after a busy December and January.

North Poles

North Poles  3" x 3"

North Poles 3″ x 3″

I don’t usually name these small paintings, but it’s 8 days until Christmas and I couldn’t resist.

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.

Lines

Lines

Lines 24″ x 18″

The sky of this painting reminds me of a jigsaw puzzle. If I made a cut along each power line, can you guess how many pieces would make up the sky? I counted 74. That’s right – 74! (No wonder this painting took me so long).

Two more little ones

Orange Cat & Cabin  3" x 3" paintings

Orange Cat & Cabin
3″ x 3″ paintings

Here are two more that I’m adding to my Christmas gift stash. Actually I’ve added 6 more since I do 3 of each image. It is hard to mix up such a tiny amount of paint, so it makes sense to set up a little assembly line and do a few.

Frustration

Tangled Trees

Tangled Trees 8 x 10

When a painting isn’t going well it can be extremely frustrating. More frustrating than missing the bus or listening to the kids fight or misplacing my phone. I get slightly obsessed with fixing the problem, and sometimes resort to painting out entire sections and redoing them. I guess I can chalk it up to learning and it is probably good for me.

Should I admit when a painting has been difficult? If I admit that I am not satisfied with my work, does that mean that others might try to pick out the problems? With respect to the painting above, I will say nothing and you can make up your own mind.

 

 

What’s My Style?

Winter Tracks 8" x 10"

Winter Tracks 8″ x 10″

Recently, someone who has never seen my work asked me what style my paintings are. I should know how to answer that, but I was at a loss. I don’t know the answer. I know what I paint and why I paint it, but I don’t know what my style is called. It occurred to me that I should have a short prepared statement that I can rattle off when needed, so I am giving it some thought. These are the first words that come to mind: design, pattern, bold colour, light vs. shadow, simplified. I will keep thinking. Comments and suggestions are welcome.

Slowing Down

Slowing Down 9″ x 12″

Here is the second yield sign painting. Like the previous one, it is a scene from Mayerthorpe – the Alberta town where I grew up. I always wonder what people think of me photographing their houses and then painting them. I admit that I feel very self-conscious about pointing the camera at private residences, but I do it all the time.

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