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Commission – Just Delivered

29 May

Helen Shideler- Heather's Path

This painting is a commission from a girl I went to school with.  Because of certain “life happenings” that we sort of have in common,  she reached out to me to paint a special piece for a very special someone in her life.  This is quite an honor for me to have been able to work with her on this project.

She was very specific.  Although she did not realize it at the time, she really had a clear image of what she was looking for, in terms of how she wanted it to feel.  She just was unable to clearly articulate it at first.

We exchanged a number of emails.  I sent her almost every image I had ever taken of  paths in the woods one or two at a time.  This worked very well.  The feedback she shared as she reacted to the various photos helped me to narrow it down to a sense of colours and the overall feeling.

Then I began the work. Irises from my garden.  A Rhododendron from my garden and two from the internet.  The rail fence from a photo I had taken of the Irving Nature Park etc., etc,

She saw the painting today for the first time and she smiled from ear to ear.  It was exactly what she was hoping for. May I just say PHEW! I am so grateful and excited that she loves it and has confidence that the recipient of her very thoughtful gift will also love it!

I am anxiously awaiting the reaction.

 

Duck Hunting

24 Mar

So, again it is no secret, I love ducks.  When my husband and I got up this morning, I asked him if he had any plans.  Well he did.. I asked him… well do they have to be this morning.  He looked at me with a look of familiar curiosity and asked what I had in mind.   I said DUCK HUNTING!.

The huh?  look on his face was priceless.  I handed him two cameras and said …let’s go!

I have an idea for two more, maybe three more painting ideas..sharing the photos – just not the ones I am going to paint!

Here a few expamples of my duck paintings, Mallard Trio , Dapper Dabbler and Sitting Duck

 

WIP – Begonias On Parade- Update 2

10 Mar

Begonias on Parade

Working along on this painting – I have a few observations on working on Aquabord.  Small areas work great – large washes – oh my – give me the heebeejeebees!  But I love the way the watercolor shines on this surface. My next Aquabord project will be smaller – just saying!

Each of the pots have about four layers of washes – will require a few more.  The trick with this surface is that each wash has to dry completely – I am most happy when I am patient and give it 24 hours for larger areas!  So, the problem is, I am really not that patient- I mean – wait for paint to dry?

 

WIP Drama Queen

1 Mar

 

 

 

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After a rather lengthy hiatus from completing this painting distracted by a few commissions and a ducky diversion  I  finally got back to work on this painting.  I have to admit I have produced a number of large watercolours over the past two years and have been holding on to them.  Not entirely sure why – but I think they would look good in a show all together.

Drama Queen is a painting of Dizzy Lizzie lily. Say that three times.  Phew!  And they belong to the rather regal Oriental lily family.

If you don’t already know and love these beauties, with flowers often larger than your hand,  you may want to introduce formally yourself.  A garden royalty they would appreciate an admiring nod.  Lilies are among my absolute favourite blooms – likely stating the obvious as I paint them so often!

These lilies always live up to their royal statue by providing large and dramatic blooms each summer – if the deer do not get them.

April and May are the perfect months to plant summer blooming bulbs, including Oriental Lilies in the United States and Canada.

WIP Drama Queen – Update 3

12 Feb

Wow, it sure has been awhile since I posted on this painting.  Actually since July 8th!  In fairness (to me) I did have a few commissions this past fall that took my time and attention.  And I am pretty happy to have had the opportunity to do them.  And then there were the ducks!  I painting them just because I could and I loved working on them.  Now back to work!

Drama Queen - Dizzy Lizzie lily

Sitting Duck

14 Jan

Awhile back, I started another watercolor painting that I was laying out and referring to as Ducks in a Row, working from various source photos.  As I laid out the painting one duck at a time, I began to realize that some of my favorite photos of specific ducks would not fit well into the group composition.  Such was the case of my Sitting Duck.  If I layered her in,  you would miss her backside and the neat perspective.  So I decided she would have to be a stand, er sit alone painting.

Sitting DuckThis particular painting took forever and was pure joy to work on and see it develop.  Ducks make me happy.  Their round cheeks and happy, almost smiling bill make me smile.  To draw and paint them is absolute fun!       On to the next one Dapper Dabbler and back to Ducks in a Row (which may be renamed soon)!

This photo shows the painting darker than she really is.

 

 

Got My Eye on You

12 Jan

I had planned on painting this for quite a while.  My hesitation came only from people’s reaction – you cannot paint only one crow. Huh?  Everyone will think it is bad luck or something…..  So, remembering back to a previous post “Didn’t See Nuthin'” ..  I will post this as a work in progress in a few days. The Poem illustrated below is a nursery rhyme.  Could not resist!

One for sorrow

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Two for joy

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Three for a girl

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Four for a boy, Five for silver, Six for gold,

IMG_2154Seven for a secret never to be told

Eight for a wish, Nine for a kiss,

Ten for a time of joyous bliss.

Brushed Off?

3 Jan

There are so many things I love about getting new painting supplies.  For example, I love the relationship I have with my brushes.  When I am selecting a new brush, I “paint” my cheek with it before I make a purchasing decision.  Then I showcase any new brush in a special container on my  painting table.  When I finally reach for it, it is almost a ceremony – definitely a ritual.

Most recently, I’ve  had a whole new brush experience!  This year my daughters were shopping on-line for Christmas and had the gifts shipped to the house.  Hmmmm.  Not too shabby.  And quite easy!

Then one evening when I was catching up on reading  blogs that I follow, one artist was talking about a special acrylic pallet she always uses in the field.  Well, I never heard of this type of pallet before and so with help of  my trusty fiend Google – I found it.  On Amazon! And well, they had note at the bottom of the screen that said people who purchased this also purchased these….brushes.  A perfect set of five Kolinsly sable watercolor brushes in a storage case and at an irresistible price.  And they also had a set of teeny tiny detail brushes!  Well how in the world could I not purchase both sets of brushes?

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And so I ordered them on-line.  Without even the opportunity to rub them against the back of my hand or my cheek. What was I thinking?  Oh yes, I was swayed by the incredible deal.  And oh the money I’d save!

I ordered them proudly and then impatiently tracked their shipping.  Only to see they got misplaced somewhere along the journey.  My patience was waning with each day they were delayed, I started thinking that it is only a deal if you actually get the foolish brushes and the charge was already showing on my credit card.

Finally they showed up after Christmas (phew) and I am the proud owner of some lovely new brushes.  The teeny tiny detail brushes came in just in time for me to play with the ducky paintings (already gave up on that idea).  And the watercolor brushes, well will become part of my ever faithful collection.  Did I mention I love them – thank goodness!

Ducks in a Row – WIP

25 Nov

It is no secret. I love ducks

Every few years I go on a duck painting marathon.  They make me smile.  With their round and full cheeks and happy bills, they are simply delightful to draw and paint.  This time around, I am working in watercolour.  Previous work was always in acrylics.

One day, when were out for a drive to see what I could shoot, we came upon a ferry landing that was covered with ducks.  Apparently, somehow the ducks know they are safe from hunters at the ferry  landing.  But I got some great shots.  Some were in the water while others basked in the sunshine, warming themselves on the asphalt and rocks.

The inspiration photo has an interesting perspective -below.  As I was shooting it I was thinking “he he heeee” ducks in a row.  Well it stuck.  The ducks in this painting will have come from individual duck photos I took and I will place them …well… in artistic order.  Hoping to heaven I can capture the perspective I am aiming for.

 

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!

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