Thursday, October 16, 2014

Monday, October 13, 2014

774 Flowers for Thanksgiving

A dear friend of mine treated me to Thanksgiving dinner and gave me these lovely flowers. I really do feel grateful for my wonderful friend and everything else.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Monday, October 6, 2014

771 Autumn Bouquet in a Mason Jar

Here's another autumn bouquet. Left to right: Rose Mallow, feverfew, calendula, brown eyed susans, snow berries,and rose hips. There's a purple vetch type flower too but I don't know what they're called.

Monday, September 29, 2014

767 Autumn Bouquet

I found these lovely flowers in the compost heap at the community garden. What a treasure. It's an autumn arrangement. The bouquet contains: rose mallow, rose hips, calendula, feverfew, dill weed, and rhubarb  leaf.  

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

764 Pink Hollyhocks

Hollyhocks are such a hardy old-fashioned flower. Holly hocks originate in the middle east and are found almost everywhere around the world. They symbolize fruitfulness or ambition. 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

763 The Paint Pots

I did this at the Paint Pots. It's a place in the Rockies where there are depot is of clay and yellow and red oxides. It was so beautiful. 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

762 Tangled Garden

I painted this plen air at a friends garden. It is late in the season and I was thrilled to have this lovely tangled garden to paint.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

760 Oceanographers

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These kids must have been on a day camp trip. They ran about gathering stuff and looking at it. Then they carefully returned everything back to where they found it.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

759 Friends and Sisters

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I met these three young ladies yesterday while painting in Beacon Hill Park. I asked if they would sit for me and they obliged. Two are sisters and all are friends. 

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

748 Guy Talk

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I composed this from two different sketches. Well maybe a little too much titanium white…chalky. But I like the narrative. I posted the sketch for it on my illustration blog.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

746 The Perfect Family

The Family (Commission)

Here's a commission I've just done. I almost turned it down because I felt intimidated by the task, feeling that it was way over my head.   I find commissions very stressful, mostly because I tend to paint things that are easy for me. Rather than painting what needs to be painted.
In this case the photographs were not as clear  as one would like and they were from different places and times.  I had to compose them so they were in the same place at the same time.
I'm glad I gave it a go. I'm totally pleased with the results.
  I instantly connected with that dog. I could really see the love in his face. I knew I had to paint that love. But what about the others. What part of their personality did they have that I could convey? The goose exuded authority. She seems to be looking for troublemakers to put in place. And that cat. Very moody and suspicious about  that big dog. Bunny looks pretty secure beside that dog. And finally that bird knows to stay close to the dog with the cat around.  Another challenge was how to pull them together.  I wanted to portray them as a family. Initially I considered putting them in a garden but realized that could make the painting too busy so I decided to put them on a sofa. I decided to put them in the Empress library with the light streaming in on the woodwork and across the damask red velvet love seat. Well, I happened to have used this same sofa in a painting I did last year so I was ready to tackle it again and make it even better.  How cosy and luxurious and traditional. They are the perfect family.
I used another photo where the bird was facing a little more front.
Cat keeping an eye on the dog. Ready to dart if need be. 

Mother Goose is in charge.

I was going to use this photo initially but thought it would make kitty the centre of interest. I wanted all the pets to carry equal importance.

What a loving, loyal, happy face.
First sketching in my notebook. Wondering how to pull these characters together.
Initially I thought a second cat would be in the painting. Not.
My first idea. Decided against the drama of the mischievous cat.

Decided on this layout. This is on paper the actual size of the final canvas. I was still  considering putting them in a garden. 
Decided on putting them on a sofa and moving the bird over to the corner  to create a circular movement in the composition.

Value block in on canvas.
I liked everything but the sofa which needed to look more work.

Okay, I'm liking the sofa and background more.
Finished. Ready for varnishing.