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.

#25 30 in 30 Overlander Falls

Overlander Falls 8x10 Oil on Paper/Panel   $150.00

This is the a little hike on the way to B.C. at about the halfway mark, perfect for giving the dog a break. I painted it years ago in a larger format but have always wanted to do it smaller. Yesterday was kind of  grey all day it was the perfect time to do it.

Monday, January 26, 2015

#23 30 Paintings in 30 Days - English Bay

#23 English Bay   8x10 Oil on Panel   $150.00

This is a winter scene in Vancouver that is a stroll down memory lane. Many young people I know had their first apartment in this walkable area of Vancouver. The mist often hangs over the city and then burns off mid day. 

Sunday, January 25, 2015

#22 Of Course People Move Here!

Of Course People Move here!   8x10 Oil on Paper/Board   $150.00

We were on a long walk around Victoria a few years ago at Christmas and this is a scene we encountered. Now I ask you who wouldn't want to live there!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

#21 Point Grey Road

#21 Point Grey Road   6x8 Oil on Paper/Panel   $125.00

One odd thing I love about Vancouver is how a bend in a road will change the name for no real reason except just 'cause. Confusing but fun! 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

#20 The Other Harbour

#20 The Other Harbour   6x8 Oil on Paper/Panel   $125 unframed 

I loved how the misty sky was breaking over the red cargo boat. It made the colour even more vibrant. 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

#19 Kits Beach on a Winter Day

Kits Beach on a Winter Day   6x8  Oil on Paper/Panel   $125.00
This view of Kits Beach on a chilly winter day really appealed to me; the light hit the towers and reflected the buildings back into the water.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

#18 Armstrong Fields

#18 Armstrong Fields  6x8 Oil on Paper/Panel   $125.00

What a view from your kitchen window! And any moment a cadre of sheep are going to toodle on through. 

Sunday, January 18, 2015

#17 30 in 30 Red Barn Enderby

#17  30 in 30 Red Barn Enderby   8x10 Oil on Paper/panel   $150.00

I finished up 7 snow scenes in Edmonton yesterday so I'm taking you to B.C. with my paint brush and full disclosure, they won't always be snow scenes!
Unfortunately this beautiful tree got hit by lightning a few years ago but I've heard of them regrowing from a bit of root so who knows!

#16 30 in 30 Heading Home

#16 Heading Home   8x6   Oil on Paper/panel   $125.00
Takes me back in time painting these little ones at a local ski hill. Guaranteed in no time they'll be shooshing down the hill. I wonder how many local kids have learned their tricks on this hill?

Saturday, January 17, 2015

#15 30 Paintings in 30 Days Sorrento

#15 Sorrento   6 x 8 Oil on Paper/panel   
I know I said I would paint Edmonton in snow this week but today I felt compelled to take a trip to Sorrento, perhaps to take off the chill? Back to snow today!
This photo was given to me by a dear friend, I'll have to ask her where the people went!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

#14 30 Paintings in 30 Days Clearing the Rink

#14 Clearing the Rink   6x8 Oil on Paper/panel   $125.00 unframed -Jan.

Most of the neighbourhoods in Edmonton have a rink and keeping them up properly is quite a chore. It's time consuming and very often needs doing when a person would rather be in front of a warm fire. The same industrious fellow has tended our rink for many years which is the height of neighbourliness!
I was drawn to this scene by the golden light in the background and the patterns on the ice.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

#13 30 in 30 2 Little Gems

I've had little bits of painting opportunity in the last two days so I am posting these two little ones that I did on Mon. The first one I did in the small horizontal format to see whether I liked it better than the square format and the second one I did just because I enjoy the scene and wanted to play with the thick clouds.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

#12 30 in 30 Winter Walk in Louise McKinney Park

#12 Winter Walk in Louise McKinney Park 8x8 Oil on Paper/board  

I hummed away while I was painting this scene because we had friends here from the west coast and we all went out for a winters walk in the real cold! That probably sounds crazy to some of my friends from the south but to put it in perspective, -25 is when the kids have to stay inside for recess. 
Somehow the colder it gets, the sunnier it usually is!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

#11 Painting 30 in 30 Sledding at Terwillegar

#11 Sledding at Terwillegar   6x8 Gessoboard   $125 unframed

I had a great painting day today, I got some little ones done and then this one caught my fancy for today's painting and I really enjoyed it. My favourite bits are the dog on one side and the little girl on the other, both so full of expression. 

Saturday, January 10, 2015

# 9 Whitemud Creek and # 10 Chickadee

#9 Whitemud Creek   8x8 Oil on Paper   NFS
One of my favourite bits of the walk.

#10 Chickadee at Terwillegar Park   6x6 Oil on Gessoboard   $125.00 unframed
This little fellow was perched up at the top of a big tree down in the park on a very cold day. Brave little soul!
Again, for the month of the challenge I have priced the paintings as part of the fun of the challenge. When the month is finished they will revert to my normal pricing. 

Thursday, January 8, 2015

#8 Terwillegar Park Lone Tree

#8 Terwillegar Park Lone Tree   6 x 6 Paper on Board   $125.00 unframed

I'm taking a turn this week with snow. I've had a yen to paint this scene in our dog walking park for years so I decided I would give it a try today. What a lovely day, first a friend showed up with a latte and a big smile, then one of my boys and his dog popped in. Then to top it off, the hysterically funny radio podcast of Vinyl Street Cafe's "Babysitters" show was playing. If you see any errant squiggles you'll understand it's very difficult to paint while laughing yourself silly!
I realize after I painted this scene that it was just the same sort of day as today, sunny but very cold! 

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Painting 30 in 30- #7 Ellis Bird Farm

#7 Ellis Bird Farm   6x6 Oil on Paper/Board   $125.00 unframed
I love the mauve(ish) clouds against the oranges on the ground plain in this vista. I imagine I'll paint it many times over!
One of the real rewards of this project is that you begin to develop good practices just by virtue of being in your studio so much. When I'm painting in my studio, I use a flat screen t.v. as my monitor . I have found that it's best to face the screen to do the drawing but that I get far better colour by swinging my easel sideways for the rest of the painting. What a great discovery!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Painting 30 in 30 #6 Ellis Bird Farm

30 in 30 #6 Ellis Bird Farm    6 x 6 Oil on Paper/Board    $125.00 unframed
This morning vista was shrouded in fog before the sun came out and lit it up. This can be a very windy part of the province so the trees lining the fields are really necessary.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Painting 30 in 30 #5

Little Gems-Chickadee 3   Oil on Board 3 1/2 x 2 1/2    $95.00 framed
This little fellow is one that I prepainted just prior to the challenge just in case and that day was today. I'll  be back to finish the week at Ellis Bird Farm tomorrow. He's kind of appropriate because chickadees are one of the types of birds being given a leg up at the farm.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Painting 30 in 30 #4 House at Ellis Bird Farm

#4 House at Ellis Bird Farm   6x6 Oil on Paper/board   $125.00 unframed
This house is a Tea House during the season the farm is open.
I always think of my friend Laurel Daniel in Texas when I paint houses. 

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Painting 30 in 30 Ellis Bird Farm #3

This was one of the great vistas we had as the day went by. I'll retake this photo and probably paint it again and again. What drew me to this scene is that is seemed to go back to forever.
I hope those of you who are painting in the challenge are fitting everything in. I've taken to putting a notepad by my bed so I can get down the thoughts tumbling around in the middle of the night!

Friday, January 2, 2015

Painting 30 in 30 Ellis Bird Farm #2

Ellis Bird Farm # 2    Oil on Cradled Board    $125.00

Another moment at Ellis Bird Farm.  It changed so much through the day but just got more beautiful.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Painting 30 in 30 # 1 Ellis Bird Farm

Ellis Bird Farm #1   Oil on Cradled Panel 6x6   $125.00
The farm is a sanctuary for cavity nesting birds and for all those who visit it. I'd encourage you to  check out the story of the farm on the link. It's a fascinating story of the difference a few people can make with determination and initiative. 
I have lots of photos of the farm and very cold weather heading our way so I'll be a happy girl painting away, remembering how beautiful the day was and the fun we had.