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Green With Envy – WIP Complete

21 Oct

I have reached the nearly finished stage of this painting.  I will stare at it and scrutinize it for a few days to see if I feel the need to go back in and color balance or make any adjustments at this time.

The amount of work on this painting reminds me a lot of a previous transparent watercolor piece “Raindrops on Sedum” (below) in terms of complexity.  This painting won Best in Show at the CSPWC S’s For the Love of Art  Associate Show in Halifax in 2006.  Both of these paintings had a false start.  I had them drawn out, started painting them and decided to abandon the first drawing and start over.  Phew, thank  goodness I do not get that urge too often!


Green, Greenish?

17 Oct

Ah…the colour of lush gardens and spring and grass and the lawn after a good rain.  Green conjures up so many images in my mind.  I remember that as a little girl no more than seven years old, I thought emerald-green was the most beautiful colour in the entire world.  My father once drove across town (really far and in the snow) in order to take me to K-Mart to purchase a green ring that I saw there the previous day.  I could not get my mind off the colour of that ring. I was completely delighted with my prize until the very next day when my finger turned green. Not a nice shade of green either,  but a sort of blackish, olive-y green. And I soon learned a new word – eczema!  I also learned the price of  pride is pain as I continued to wear the ring!

I still do love green.  Makes me think about images of spring and freshness.  Wikki describes green as “In the visible spectrum of light it is located between yellow and blue, and it is one of the three additive colors, along with red and blue, which are combined on computer screens and color televisions to make all other colors. Green is the color most commonly associated with nature and the environmental movement, Islam, spring, hope and envy”


This WIP is very green.  Many shades of green.  And yet, a suitable title eludes me.  Normally a painting just names itself.  Others I struggle with.  However, the painting is coming along quite nicely.  This is being worked from a series of photographs I took this summer for this commission.  It represents a combination of a few photos, this leaf from this one, that leaf from that one and no insect holes please.  The colors I am using are below.


WIP – Hosta la Vista Baby and why someone should really help me name this one

8 Oct

 And  so it began.  A while back I was approached by a client who saw my hosta painting “Sunshine Shadows”  in acrylic.  She mentioned that both she and she husband are hosta enthusiasts and they would love a hosta painting.  No… no… no… not the painting I had already painted.

Apparently my prized hosta  is well,  a common variety  – please understand, I really only prize it for our ability for having kept the local deer population from eating it long enough to get a number of photos.  The hosta came with the house and I love it.  Where we live hosta are a loosing game… they are a unique family of garden plants known as deer salad!  For a few years I managed to keep it safe from Bambi’s grazing eyes and voracious appetite.  Then one spring day it happened.  Bambi and her family cleaned out our entire hosta garden.  Gnawed  it down to the ground!  All that was left of our hostas was a sorry stubby stand for us to lament over.    Well we pined, we plotted, we planned and we decided our hostas had to move.

So you get the idea why we prize this particular plant – perhaps the sorry story in detail another blog post.  This would likely also be accompanied with the “why I hate  tulips” post – maybe next spring.  And so, back to the beginning.  This summer my client and I had a plan.  Her family would be away for a weekend and it would be the perfect opportunity for a clandestine photo shoot.

With careful plotting and many shots later, we agreed on two in particular.  You know commissions, one leaf from this …one leaf from that.  And Oh… I really like this colour.  And so it began.   This is the beginning, the WIP and I really need help in naming this one please!

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