painting inspiration…

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Project 365 Photos: #68

I finally got around to painting on the big hot pink canvas I prepared last year! The sunshine and blossoms we’re starting to enjoy inspired me and got my creative juices flowing again. I’m having fun experimenting with some new oil paints that can be cleaned up with water–who knew?

Photo 356…

MYTREE

India Ink

 

Project 365:

Do you remember blowing India ink with a straw to make pictures of trees in grade school? This is my special “go-to” tree at Crescent Beach, and at this time of the year, denuded of all foliage, it brings to mind my childhood art projects. I’ve been thinking about doing some India ink art work on top of water coloured paper for some time now. Perhaps the universe is sending me a cosmic reminder me to pull out my art supplies!

french bistro chair…

I just finished another painting and I thought I’d share it with you. It’s a departure from what I normally paint, but it was so much fun to do! I love french bistro chairs. I actually love lots of different chairs, but they’re a little pricey, so I guess I’ll just have to paint more of them to satisfy my obsession.

French Bistro Chair

lulie wallace love…

Lulie Wallace is my latest art crush! I discovered her paintings on the pages of House of Fifty‘s summer issue. There’s just something about the colors, the whimsical stylized florals, and the backgrounds that really speak to me. I’d love to see her paintings in person. Maybe I’ll get to Charleston, South Carolina one of these happy days.

Lulie Wallace

Lulie Wallace

Lulie Wallace

Lulie Wallace

art from the heart…

Hi everyone!! I’ve missed blogging and it’s definitely time to get back into the swing of things. Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and you’re happily ensconced in this new year. I know it’s  a stupid question that we feel compelled to ask everyone we run into throughout January, but can you believe it’s 2012?! I feel like it was just yesteryear when we were all freaked out about Y2K!!!

I have been up to something wonderful lately–at least I think it is. I’m back into painting and I’ve been going crazy with colours. Perhaps it’s the grey weather, but I’m looking for bright colours wherever I can find them. So here are a couple of my latest creations.

This painting is based on a photograph that I took of my son, Sam, at White Rock beach a few years ago. It’s 11″x14″ acrylic on canvas.

Closeup

This is a painting based on a photograph of my house (the purple Victorian) that I shot a few years ago. I was inspired to paint it by the frigid temperatures and snow we got this week!! I LOVE snow. It’s 24″x24″ acrylic on canvas.

Closeup

I’m still thinking of painting the windows on the right side in the orange colour, rather than the red and blue. Is that a good idea, or not? Let me know what you think.

i'm back…

Well…that was a long break from blogging! It was completely unintended, but the summer around here just has a way of sneaking up and stealing me! So let me sum it up for you: rain, bored kids, lazy dogs, messy house, no groceries left, entertaining kids, melting popsicles, birthday parties, BBQs, endless sleepovers, considering installing permanent beds for neighbourhood kids, sunburns, teenagers sitting around patio fire ’til wee hours, bikes and skate boards piled up on lawns, sunscreen stains on car seats, sunscreen smears on windows, dry grass, endless eating, dirty floors, wet laundry…sigh.

I did manage to escape the mayhem for a week of bliss at a painting workshop with my art crush, Mike Svob. I have admired and drooled over his paintings for years.

What a treat to watch and learn from someone who’s paintings fetch thousands of dollars!!!

I’ve taken other painting classes, and quite often artists are stingy with sharing information, but Mike was awesome. He gave us really solid advice and practical tools to use in our own practices, and I can’t wait to create more pictures!

Ta dah!

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