Wednesday, September 23, 2009


I'm really getting excited about this painting! I've added more colour and have started adding whites to the whitecaps. Years ago, I saw a painting in the Montreal Museum of Fine Art - I can't remember the name or the artist but it was of a woman swimming. The colours of the water in that painting fascinated me. I've tried to put them in this one and I'm really happy with it so far. It's kind of like ..... Calypso, Goddess of the Sea, in Turmoil.

I love water and I really relate to this one. It's really got part of me right inside that painting!

Here's a few shots, starting with the piece to date. Please note that I'm shooting these at 11:00 pm with lighting from those little energy efficient bulbs. The colours are not showing very well so I'll shoot it outside tomorrow. The browns are a rock that the water is splashing on to. (I really wish the colours would show up!)

The next one shows how flat and wrinklefree the rice paper is now that it is ironed and mounted.

The next part is my favourite part;

Monday, September 14, 2009

Rice Paper Waves

I've been adding colour to one of the marbelized paintings. This one is going to be waves crashing against a rock. You can see the 'rock' at the far right with a bit of it's 'head' up above the main part. That's going to be in Burnt Siennas and Quin Burnt Orange and some browns. I've been trying to put lots of colour into the waves. Blues and greens and mauves and indigos. I'm losing some of the whitecaps as the colour seeps a LOT with this paper so I''m planning on using gouache later.

Once the rice paper is wet, it's almost like painting blind. Slow but fun. And I still say it's like painting on wet kleenex. (That little black dragon in front is just a brush rest that's holding the board in place for the pic.)

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Hospice Exhibition, A & A Tour, etc.

I've been busily trying to get ready for the Apples and Art Tour which is on the 26th and 27th of September!

Some other good news is that last Monday, I was contacted by the people from the brand new Cornwall Hospice and asked if I would like to exhibit some paintings there! Would I? You bet! I had them there in time for their grand opening which was on Friday. I am going to have some prints made of a few paintings, mat and frame them and then donate them to the Hospice, which really made the coordinator happy.

I have been having some business cards made - found a great place online that is super good and the prices cannot be beat! 500 business cards (250 of each of two designs) and the price including shipping was about $30 for the two kinds! That was with some upgrades, too. I also had some oversize postcards made and a t-shirt that to wear for the two days of the exhibition with my web address on it as well as the sunflower which is the painting I'm using as the 'theme' to my A&A show this year. (I've blurred out my phone number and address on the pic above!) I've got some more regular post cards coming which I'll give out at the show. (Email me if you'd like a link to the company.)

The following pic (which, regrettably, is kind of small) shows the new FA calendar. This pic is a crop from the local newspaper. See that sunflower painting in the second row, middle? Look familiar?

Now, back to painting!