Lil’ Devil Fighting Boredom

Another lunchtime break that felt too long and being in the art room is a little like my being a kid in a candy store... so much temptation to take and use the abundance of art materials. I let my respect for karma dictate my actions and leave most of the stuff alone... I only … Continue reading Lil’ Devil Fighting Boredom

Hiding – the little devil in me

I had too much time on my hands during a workday, as my team decided we had done enough for the day, and I wasn't sure what to do with myself. We were basically told to go and hide until the day was done. I wandered around the school I'm working in and found the … Continue reading Hiding – the little devil in me

Lunchtime

I've taken a summer job that allows me to have some extended breaks in the day. While not ideal for me, as I like to get stuff finished before starting something new, I'm learning to adapt. I've decided to challenge myself to paint some things during my breaks. I have a new watercolour set that … Continue reading Lunchtime

A Day at the Beach – Completed, I think…

I finished this well over a week ago, but wasn't sure of the sky. I finally moved it out of my studio onto a sunlit wall and I like it... I think. To be honest, I'm often unsure if I stop because something is finished, or if because I have other ideas screaming in my … Continue reading A Day at the Beach – Completed, I think…

A Day at the Beach – Solving an overworked Sky

The burnt umber outlines really helped me see a new direction for the sky. I wanted the figure to stand as the main focus of the composition, so I needed a muted background to go against the skin. I was not happy with the b blues I had on it previously and felt strongly that … Continue reading A Day at the Beach – Solving an overworked Sky

A Day at the Beach – Laying in some colours

It feels like much longer than a week since I added colours to the initial layers as seen in the previous posting. I had started with bolder colours and felt that would be where it was meant to go, but it really wasn't. I started in on adding textures and movement in the sky behind … Continue reading A Day at the Beach – Laying in some colours

A Day At The Beach – First layers of paint

It is amazingly satisfying to pile on paint with a pallet knife... simultaneously obliterating the texture of the underpainting and creating a whole new surface texture. I also feel like the paint is more alive when it's very thick. I want to continue painting and adding colours, wet on wet, and see the messy magic … Continue reading A Day At The Beach – First layers of paint

Starting something new – A Day at the Beach

For starters, this is an overpainted canvas, gessoed with recycled grey house paint... And I've been staring at it for weeks!!! My research has been on David Park, Richard Deibenkorn, and Fernando Botero. Not sure why Botero became a focus, but his work has been showing up on so many of my works, that I … Continue reading Starting something new – A Day at the Beach

Eye-to-eye, Side-by-side: A question of completeness

I struggle with admitting that a painting is spontaneous. I am worried people will see less value in it when I do. This has more to do with my evaluation of the works I make. I get into a great inner-discussion to remind myself of how long I've stared at the blank canvas, researched and … Continue reading Eye-to-eye, Side-by-side: A question of completeness

The Bathers – Complete – Sorry for the delay

I've been a little preoccupied with report cards and year-end curricula for my first graders, as well as my daughter's high school graduation... add to that life keeps me busy with many other things. So, I haven't taken the time to try and escape the painter's block I felt. I moved the painting around the … Continue reading The Bathers – Complete – Sorry for the delay