Well, this project is finished which leaves me feeling a little excited and a little sad. If you have a picture you'd like to have painted in this style, you can get in touch on my website. The paintings are available until Feb 15th for $100. They are applied to a birch panel and are unframed.
I have so many ideas for the next project, I wonder what will sift to the top? It is February so there is still lots of time before plein air season. Some of these scenes will be painted on large panels for the Scotia Show.
If you're interrested in seeing the collages of all the participating artists go to Leslie Saeta's blog. If you're interested in doing your own collage we used picMonkey.
Yeah, this is number 30 of the 30 in 30 challenge. Now the final bit of the challenge is to learn how to do a collage of the project so that's what I'm up to today and I'll post that as soon as I'm done.
This Mom's using caution before heading onto the ice! Have you notice a familiar theme with the bright jackets? Keeps us feeling excited for Spring!
This is my 28th painting in January but I will finish the last 3 before I close this project and start painting large for the Scotia show at the end of the year. The challenge was posted by Leslie Saeta in California. She promised to direct us to a site for collaging our finished paintings and she's posted it today. Pretty neat, I thought you might want to check it out.
I imagine this couple had a little time before heading off to New Year's dinner and did a few circles around the oval. In the meantime,the little guy behind them sat himself down, not at all sure that he wanted to go on with this escapade! His Mom patiently waited so I'm sure in the end he got up and going, brave little soul.
All of these skaters and many more were on the ice, the challenge was deciding which shapes to include. I really admire that even the tentative skaters are willing to go out on this vast sheet of ice with no walls to grab onto if the need arose!
This sturdy little shed snugged under the old trees sits patiently waiting until spring. Which comes a lot sooner than here in Edmonton, just saying! -38 today with wind chill makes it a wonderful day to be inside painting and listening to CBC.
Our little neighbour playing chase with her new pup! They were both as delighted as the other! This is painting 24 but hmm it's the 28th, so with all the best plans, life has gotten in the way a few days but I'll do my best to catch up.
On a very cold Saturday morning recently, I was taking pictures in Glenora when I came across this woman ardently striding along and asked if she minded having her picture taken. Not at all she smiled, just be quick! Now before you start feeling sorry for us, we were all headed for a fantastic bakery in Edmonton called The Duchess. If you don't live here, I'm sad for you but if you come to visit, you have to go!
The twins stick together like glue and food is high on their needs list. They stand around in knee deep snow and dig until they get the nice green grass underneath. Vanilla on the other hand is all about checking out her people.
This scene is a field on my cousin's farm east of the city. It is painting 16 in the series and it actually feels like I'm over the hump the last few days. Having said that, I really need to get the Christmas ornaments put away so I guess I'm not that over the hump!
The sleigh ride is one of many things to do at the Festival besides just putting on your skates and going for a spin. This festival is held in Hawrelak Park, a beautiful park in the River Valley. The City of Edmonton does a great job hosting festivals all year but when it really counts is in the winter to get families out enjoying the weather!
We're heading back to Edmonton today, I found some pictures from our Silver Skate Festival a couple of years ago that offer the opportunity to paint lots of figures in gesture. It was a really cold day as you can see from the sky but that never matters, lots of folks were out with their families.
I'm not naturally drawn to winter sports but fortunately my boys are so it's gets me out to enjoy the day!
This speed skater was amazing, he smoothly navigated around everyone including this babe in sled. I felt that it might be better as a vertical composition so I'll try that today. I did like the little background figures!
I was focusing on the issue of composition in this painting because the photo had the older sister on the left and the little sister in front. In the photo it didn't seem problematic but when I was doing some thumbnail sketches, it felt like she was leaving the picture so I wanted to experiment with moving them around.
That of course caused me to be late posting, sigh. And a I had a good laugh at my own expense as I was finishing up as I put the handle of my paintbrush in my coffee cup instead of the container they stand in. The sensation was "Why is there so little resistance?" I should have taken a photo for my painting friends so they could laugh along with me :)
We are lucky enough in Edmonton to have lots of good outdoor skating ponds and ovals and they are all well used. This lucky baby can just be lifted from her car seat and put on this stroller for a few turns on a sunny afternoon. This large oval is in the River Valley which Edmntonians love justifiably! It is across the river from the University so the buildings formed a good backdrop.
I'd like to say Daily Paintng gets easier each time but I'm still working towards that!
This little snow angel will likely become part of a larger painting with her sister and a dog. Her Grandma is a good photographer and she was kind enough to send me a bunch for the project.
This project gives me such appreciation for the Daily Painters who paint and post while teaching hither and yon across the continent and surely they must still have time for a life. It must require being super organized as well as committed!
This is a scene we came upon the other day when we were trying out our new snowshoes. The sun here in winter is one of my favourite prairie images. A bold orange orb that just takes your breath away.
This challenge is, well can I say, a CHALLENGE and I realized yesterday that each day will be a different challenge. I lost two hours yesterday trying to work through why my screen wouldn't accept the USB drive. Aargh! So now I've learned a new little skill, I'm sure there will be another. Anyway, off to paint the one I should have started first thing this morning so I can still get out for some of this glorious sunshine.
This fellow captured my attention a few years ago at a painting demo at the Leighton Centre. Jerry Markham produced a wonderful landscape and this fellow had a great view of both the landscape on the easel and the view of the Foothills out the window.
This is the first painting in a series that I am painting this month as part of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge. It's biting off a fair bit to paint and post a painting each day but the benefits are tremendous. Focus on some learning goals, determination and a good reason to go to my studio in the cooler days of winter. It brought back wonderful memories painting this scene, none of could believe our eyes when we looked out the window and saw this big dump of snow in May!
I will put the paintings on my website but will hold them until the end of the month to enjoy them together for a day or two.