Friday, November 11, 2011
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Sunday, July 17, 2011
Fishing off Ainsworth Wharf, Sat. July 16, 2011
After work, my husband and I were going to meet our friends at the wharf, before driving up to the Ainsworth Hot Springs for a soak.
We got there early, so Dave could get some fishing in.
It had been a lovely, sunny day, but it changed late in the day, and we watched as a storm blew in.
It got windy, it rained, got intense, it eased up and the squall proceeded up the lake, heading up the late to Kaslo.
That's when our friends arrived, and we noticed a rainbow had just formed.
It was nice to have the perfect spot and the time, to watch it form start to finish.
We scrambled for our phones and cameras, to capture this lovely rainbow
as it evolved into a double, then it completely arced the sky,
and withdrew into an intense glow of colour.
We were so glad that we were there to witness those few amazing minutes,
watching one of nature's creations.
Then we headed up to the hot springs, to relax, ease our aches, explore the caves,
and re-connect with ourselves and each other.
What a glorious day!
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
June 26, 2011
A BIG painting in progress…
I normally make small and very small, paintings, but recently unwrapped a 36" x 24" inch canvas
Every painting seems to present it's own challenges.
This one was a bit daunting because of it's size.
Instead of writing about it, I'll add photos as it progresses.
Working outside is such a treat, as I have lots of space
to move around the canvas, however, the sun and heat dries the
paint a lot quicker than in my studio. (I water down the paint, so it flows
better, when working on the details. )
I hope you'll come back to see how it is turning out…
Monday July 11, 2011
A day at the beach, and I brought my painting so I could work on the background
patterns and details. This is the1st time I've taken a painting to the beach (anywhere public), and it was
wonderful! As I had hoped, we had the beach to ourselves for most of the day, and
when it got hot, I went for a dip in the lake :)
(Sunday was Dave's birthday, so I didn't do any painting instead we went hunting
for huckleberries and they are late this year, but we managed to get some.)
I can't wait until Saturday, when I hope to work on it some more.
Tues July 19, 2011
It's huckleberry time, so we've been up in the mountains berry picking these past couple of days.
We were too sore & tired to go picking today, plus the weather was unsettled. As for painting,
I spent more time moving my painting station around- into the carport, and then into the kitchen when a rainstorm started blowing everything around. I managed to build up the colours of the birds and some of the foliage around the edge of my painting, but that's about all. However we've got 11 1/2 sandwich baggies full of huckleberries, in the freezer.
Until next weekend....
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Recently, someone asked if I could make a large
( 24"x36") painting- similar to the tiny "Forest of Feathers" one, in my Etsy shop. I loved the idea, and was thrilled to find that I had a brand new canvas in that size, still wrapped and waiting to be painted.
I haven't done any paintings this large yet, and just looking at that big white canvas was a bit intimidating… so I kept looking at it, while working out the details and a plan.
I wet the whole canvas, then brushed on yellow, red and blue, allowing the colours to bleed together. While it was still quite damp, I used a sponge to add more shades, depth and texture, then had set it aside to dry. I've made a new blog, showing the painting as it evolves.
Since all my paints & brushes are on the picnic table, to enjoy the sunny day, I brought out a started 8x10 canvas (the one I from last summer) and chose to use it as a warm-up, before continuing the big painting.
I decided that the subject for this painting will be a cat portrait,
surrounded by leaves.
It took a very steady hand to paint all the black details with very fine brushes, and I'm thrilled to have completed it!
All it needs now is a clear protective coat. I like to use a shiny finish as it intensifies the colours a bit, but makes it hard to photograph. So this "finished" piece isn't actually finished…yet.
UPDATE: June 28, 2011,
I used two coats of shiny clear Varathane to complete my Jungle cat painting.
This completed photo doesn't do it justice, as it's hard not to get glare, (so the previous photo
is more true to how it really looks.)