Saturday, July 31, 2010

Jill, acrylic 8x10

This is my effort of the Annual Sidney Paint Out today. It started out a lovely day and turned cold and windy. This little painting was done using only yellow ocre, burnt sienna, and ultramarine blue, plus white. No colored ground. (Oh I did use a dab of cad red for the red item on the table).
The painting won honorable mention jurried by Robert Genn. It will be on display at the Mary Winspear Centre in Sidney till the end of August.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Dappled Shade, acrylic 16x20

It was AlFresco Friday today. We went out to Oak Bay Marina. That's Ron Wilson painting "Blue Dinghy". Check out his blog!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

More Poppies

I didn't like this painting when I left the garden this morning but it's growing on me. Funny how that happens.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Dallas Road Scene acrylic 8x10

Today I decided on knife painting and felt the long grasses would lend themselves to this technique.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Pink Poppy,acrylic 8x10

I hope it is as dreamy and luscious as the real thing. This garden is a cottage garden all crowded and tangled. I love it.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Country Poppies, acrylic on canvas 16 X 20

Here's today's Alfresco from Glamorgan Farm. I went for happy    , high key feeling. The world is so beautiful and full of joy. I try to capture that.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Bee Attraction

I painted this oil painting a few days ago and brought it to the causeway to display. The paint was still too tacky to sell yesterday but a hapless bee came by and tried to pollinate one of the yellow poppies. The poor creature got his stinger stuck in the sticky paint and would have become a permanent part of the painting. I didn't have the heart to let him perish in this way so I managed to free him with a piece of card,

Holland Point Windy Day

It was such a windy morning. It feels like late summer.That's the Olympcs across the water.

Dreamy Garden

This was yesterday's attempt completed in my studio. I don't normally like to touch a plein air after its time but in this case I felt it was too pretty to abandon.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

today's attempt

Today's attempt from the community garden. I was trying too hard, Felt frustrated and didn't finish it. Wanted to make every brush stroke count.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Garden Flowers, acrylic 8x10

It was overcast this morning, but you can rely on poppies to add some high key color to the day.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Olympics, 8X10 ACRYLIC

 A gorgeous morning. The Olympics were clearly visible across the water. An hour into this painting a passerby informed me I was sitting on top of an otter den. I hope I didn't frighten it.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Lavender Farm (2), 16x20 acrylic on canvas

Here's this morning's painting from lavender farms. I'm pleased with it. The artist at the end of the row is standing where I did last weeks painting from. Today I stood where the artists in last weeks painting were. I'm varnishing it and taking it to the causeway this afternoon.

Friday, July 9, 2010

lavender farm photo

Here's a photo of lavender farm from about where I was painting today.

Lavender Farm, 16x20 acrylic on canvas

Here's today's effort. A challenge in both perspective as well as color. I tried out Golden Open acrylics, which stay wet longer than regular acrylics. My pallet consisted of burnt sienna, yellow oacre, zinc and titanium white, pthalo green and blue and arylide yellow.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

James Bay Community Garden, 16x29 oil on canvas

I went back and did this very warm garden scene.

Garden Friends, 6x8 oil on panel

I did this scene this morning in James Bay Community Garden. I used only ultramarine, cad yellow pale, cad red mid, and titanium white. I plan to do a series in this lovely garden. I will return today with another pallet.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Olympic Range July, acrylic, 6x8

Initially my goal was to practice color matching this morning. As the painting progressed I switched to design Comments?

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Big Old Tree

This is a burnt sienna under painting. I did it out at Esquimalt Lagoon today. I attempted this same tree a few weeks ago but spoiled it when I added color. This time hopefully it'll work.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Holland Point Morning, 8x10, acrylic on canvas

I struggled with the sky. Although I saw it as having a lot of blue and not much else I felt it made the painting less harmonious than a more subdued sky.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Anderson Hill Park, 16X20, acrylic on canvas

It was a much nicer day today and many Alfrescoes showed up for the paint out. They make great subjects! Tat's Delia Samson and John Patric Howe. Both accomplished Victoria artists.
I had trouble with everything about this painting up to the last few minutes then I decided to abandon all reason and just finish it the best I could. So I hurriedly added some quick darks and lights for contrast and it strengthened the design.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Anderson Hill, 8x10, acrylic on canvas

I was ready for today's Alfrescoe paint out. I prepared all my gear before turning in last night. Even premixed some nice grays that could be useful today.
This morning it was raining. No matter, a real artist wouldn't let a little rain stop them. Off I went to Anderson Hill.
I was the first one there. I got first dibs on a spot. I started painting. It rained. I was the only one there. I felt smug, but a little lonely. After a while another Alfrescoe "Greg" showed up. He informed me that it was Thursday and he was just checking out the spot for tomorrows painting.
Wrong day. What will I be like in 10 years.
Tomorrow I think I'll paint the Gary Oaks near the park's gateway.

1540 Wild Roses

Inspired by the pink bandana.