November 26, 2015

Finding inspiration...

...hmmmm...I like these.

Perhaps instead of doing the yard work, I could sit inside where it's warm and make something beautiful out of this? I love all the gorgeous leaves that are blowing around the neighbourhood, including these from our huge Chestnut tree which are making a real mess of our yard. I'll take some photos and do a few sketches, and maybe I can turn this pile into something lovely? I'm going to give it a try. (I'll leave the raking for later.)

November 09, 2015

It's finished!

Here is "Mrs. Neilsen's Rose" still propped up on my easel. Yay! It's finished! I really enjoyed doing this one and I'll be doing another one this size very soon. I love the brilliant colour I can get from the acrylic paint. I ended up  using a lot of different colours: yellows, greens, dark blues, as well as several reds to create this basically monochromatic painting of a coral pink rose. 

I hope you like it! 

The painting is 20 x 24 inches and I used acrylic paint on a cradled wood panel (1 1/2 inches deep). 
The original is available in my shop ($600 US).

Mrs. Neilsen's Rose
acrylic paint on cradled wood panel
20 x 24 inches.
The original painting is available.

November 04, 2015

Painting... painting...

I haven't posted here in a month, but I have been painting. I decided to tackle a more ambitious project for October and it's been a doosy! I've loved it, hated it, and been everywhere in between. It's good to give myself a push, though, and it feels great to keep learning how to paint. It's still not finished, but I'm oh so close - fussing over details now. I thought I'd give you a sneak peak here and then I'll be motivated to get at it one last time to finish it for good.

I've been painting a rose, and it's much larger than I usually paint - 20 x 24 inches. It's from a rose plant that I was given by my neighbour and I've named the painting after the lady that originally planted the rose, about 30 or more years ago, Mrs Neilsen.  Mrs. Neilsen lived across the street from me for many years, and when she had to sell her house to go live in a home, my current neighbour moved in. There was a traditional rose garden in the backyard, you know the kind that is in a rectangular patch of garden right in the centre of the yard with roses planted in rows. Well, that didn't work for my new neighbour, but she felt so terrible about pulling it all up,  that she asked me if I'd like to take one and try and move it into my yard. It's been doing well in my garden for five years now and keeps getting better and better (except for the white flies... hmmmm). Anyway, that is the story of Mrs Neilson's rose, an old rose that is still thriving, and has now made it into my painting and out to all of you to see.

Now, time to finish the painting...