Sunday, February 1, 2015

30 Paintings in 30 Days Collage

30 Paintings in 30 Days Collage

It's kind of bittersweet to have this project come to an end but Feb. will be a busy month with other commitments so it's timely. This collage shows the month at a glance .The painting in the bottom right corner, Louise McKinney Walk was juried into the Federation of Canadian Artists landscape show next month so it will be heading out with me soon. 
I'm still absorbing all I learned doing the project this month but I'll share the lessons one day soon. I'd love to do it again in another season. Any takers? 

Saturday, January 31, 2015

#30 30 Paintings in 30 Days Ready for a Swim!

#30 Ready For a Swim!   6x8 Oil on Paper/Panel   NFS

This family had taken a walk past us and were heading back for a swim. All the folks we encountered we just skippity-do happy and of course they wouldn't be as this was in the middle of a hot spell and it's a great place in their own backyard!

Yeah, it's 30 paintings done! Tomorrow I'll do a collage so you can see them together.

Friday, January 30, 2015

#29 30 Paintings in 30 Days Creek at Porpoise Bay

#29 Creek at Porpoise Bay    8x8 Oil on Paper/Panel   $150.00

This is a stunningly beautiful provincial park with more scenes to paint than you can imagine. 

I thought I would share in this post a bit about my painting process in case you might be interested.
I came to be painting here as I took part in a one week plein air workshop with Richard Robinson from New Zealand. It was an excellent experience but it did come with some challenges. It was plus 30s all week and there was no shade in this location so we were out in the heat all day. Also, it was very green which is notoriously difficult to paint. 
I painted two studies of this little scene and was happy with some aspects of each. I was disappointed not to bring home what I could consider a painting though. It seemed like a good time to tackle it again because winter is back in force again. The first is a 1 colour study and silly me, I chose Caribbean Blue. It is dark but I would have been better to use a colour I was more familiar with. The mistake I made with the second one was to chase the light. By chase, I mean I painted on the one painting all day. To be fair this is a common mistake with plein air but I hope I can say I won't make it again. 

Thursday, January 29, 2015

#28 30 Paintings in 30 Days Geraniums at Luxembourg Gardens

#28 Geraniums at Luxembourg Gardens   8x6 Oil on Paper/Board    $125.00

These simple geraniums were one of the first things to catch my eye as we strolled, trying to stay awake. Luxembourg gardens were built in 1612 and I wondered to myself whether these same flowers were planted every year. They were so lovely and fresh!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

#27 30 Paintings in 30 Days Delta Barn

#27 Red Barn in Delta   Oil on Paper/Panel 6x8   $125.00

This barn has always attracted my attention because of it's odd shape. It's  been in Delta for as long as I can remember. 

#26 30 Paintings in 30 Days Saanich Path

#26  Saanich Path   6x8 Oil on Paper/Panel   $125.00

I wanted to play with a similar view of this path in vertical to see which I liked best. Do you have a favourite? 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

#24 30 Paintings in 30 Days - Catching Up!

#24 Catching Up!   6x6 Oil on Paper/Panel    $125.00

This walk took us through different parks and over hill and dale. It was wonderful to have so much colour in the middle of winter. I love the snow but this was a lovely break.