Monday, December 12, 2011

Painting a Day Project: #31

I'm busy trying to be secret painting elf in time for some holiday surprises...hope this remains so....(I'm banking on the fact that the unnamed family member who parents this little guy doesn't go online very often....)....introducing "Ferguson", aka "Farm Dog", 8" x 8", acrylic on canvas.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Painting a Day Project: #28, 29 and 30

I've just finished a great on-line painting course with instructors, Lisa Congdon and Mati McDonough called Get Your Paint On. It stretched me in several ways I hadn't expected--under painting? Layering? Details? Working on the same large piece for 5 weeks? Who knew? I tend to paint fast and inspired preferring a small canvas because I can finish it in one sitting! This was completely different. We started with a photo...or anything that inspired us...I happened to pick my beloved "Trophy Dress"...this photo was just dying to be painted!
First, the under painting. Very simple, bold shapes, no detail. It was all about getting the paint on the canvas, covering the entire piece.
Next up, layering, more paint, a few details, changing colors if desired....(the great part of painting with acrylics--they dry fast and you can paint right over them.)
And voila, more layers, more details, some shading...introducing "Trophy Dress", 24"x 36". Thank you, Lisa and Mati for a wonderfully inspiring class. xo

Friday, October 28, 2011

Painting a Day Project: #27

I love vintage typewriters!! Aqua or pink modern or turn of the century, I love them all!!! Today's painting brought to you by Daniel Smith watercolors on 9x12 watercolor paper, with some well-loved vintage ephemera.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Painting a Day Project: #26

I've fallen in love again with Daniel Smith water colors. Those little tubes pack a lot of punch and are infinitely more fun to play with than the pans....(although a little messier and less convenient for portable painting.) Introducing #26: Italian Bowls

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Painting a Day Project: #25

I felt inspired by a few things for this painting: a favorite photo of mine, my old stomping grounds, a new set of acrylics and a 4x4 400 series Strathmore pad of paper...and this poignant quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes:

"I find the greatest thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving--we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it, but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor."

Friday, October 21, 2011

Painting a Day Project: #24

Back at it today with a little inspiration from an old tea tin that has morphed into a well-loved container for brushes and pens. A little help from Photoshop with the vintage wallpaper and voila!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Painting a Day Project: #23



Playing with botanical patterns and a different watercolor set (Windsor & Newton)....I still prefer the Pelikan color palette...but playing and experimenting is good. Happy Sunday. xo

Friday, September 30, 2011

Painting a Day Project: #22

A quiet night painting in front of the TV is good for the soul and imagination. Played with lots of flowers, tea cups, and patterns last night. Pelikan watercolors in 5x7 moleskine journal.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Painting a Day Project: #21

All in Good Time. I love this quote by Cervantes and I love how it reflects this slow and steady project I've embarked upon. I briefly considered renaming it "The 100 Painting Project" (instead of the ambitious "Painting a Day" but that is part of it, not giving up or stalling just because the pace has changed.) This little piece is 9x12, acrylic and india ink on mounted canvas. All in Good Time. xo


Monday, September 12, 2011

Painting a Day Project: #20

Twenty!!!! This is a little fuchsia geranium in a lovely aqua Italian ceramic pot I keep on my outdoor patio table. Pelikan watercolors in my big Moleskine watercolor sketch book. The quote I heard recently, directly from a 16 year old that I thought was too sweet not to share..."Loving someone and having them love you back will change your life forever." Oh, young love. xo

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Painting a Day Project: #19

Last night's creation sitting outside on a warm summer night....there is something magical about doing art outside...another reason I have come to love Ashland, OR! This piece is a little larger than what I've been doing--12x16, done on heavy watercolor paper in my new favourite Moleskine sketchbook bought at Opus Art Supplies on Granville Island this summer. Sail on silver girl....

Monday, August 15, 2011

Painting a Day Project: #18

We had a whale of a time....maybe it's my recent whale watching trip with my dad in Victoria or the fun Papaya "Laughing Whale" art that we're all loving right now but I love this mammal and wanted to give him a little paint and paper today. And I love that this Orca wears eye shadow!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Painting a Day Project: #17

Painting a day? Well, life has crept in, as it does, and I'm sticking with my 100 Paintings Project but am adjusting to 100 total, rather than one a day...it feels great to be back after a little hiatus. So with no further adieu, I introduce you to "Boots", the cow-dog makeup wearing (cross-dressing?) Hunters wearing, polka-dot loving creature. I think he stole my mascara.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Painting a Day Project: #16


I love the cover of this self published book from the Squam Art Retreat....watercolor on 6x9 Amalfi paper.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Painting a Day Project: #15

Oops, missed a few days there. But the best part of "no rules" 100 bad paintings? No rules, just keep on going....Blue Ribbon here is Pelikan watercolor and Staedtler ink pens on Amalfi paper.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Painting a Day Project: #14

Happy Canada Day!!!!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Painting a Day Project: #13

Tunic Poetry. Who needs a quote or a pithy saying...(btw, when's the last time you said the word "pithy"?) when stream of consciousness seems to work just as well...keep painting, friends! xo

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Painting a Day Project #12

I think "The Tree of Life" might want to become an orchard. Watercolor, ink, pencil on amalfi paper.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Painting a Day Project: #11

Part painting, part doodle, this is The Tree of Life. On it's way to Samantha, in exchange for really, really good peach blueberry thyme cupcakes....cream cheese icing, of course.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Painting a Day Project: #10

Acrylics mixed with a little ephemera, not quite done with the dozen cupcakes that are probably on the way. Be patient. I like pink. And carbs. And caffeine. Thanks for visiting. xo

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Painting a Day Project: #9

And she squeaks in with a couple of hours to spare with #9....switching it up here, back to acrylics, my preferred medium (well, oils are even better but acrylics are great for the impatient artist....love that drying time!) Hard to tell from photo but this is a mini--just a little 4x4 canvas. And no, I didn't receive the memo that cupcake painting was cliche....I'm waiting for Wayne Thiebaud himself to tell me to stop painting desserts....xoxo

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Painting a Day Project: #8


For those familiar with the awesome hot pink office at Papaya, you'll recognize this as one of Kathleen's chairs. If not, fuchsia cushions on bamboo lounge chairs rock!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Painting a Day Project: #7

From an old Anthropologie catalogue...."Have a Seat"....

Monday, June 20, 2011

Painting a Day Project: #6

This little girl is Gigi, Kathleen's, dear fur person. She was painted on watercolor paper, scanned in and placed on one of my vintage postcards with a little Photoshop help.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Painting a Day Project: #5

Life is Very Good. This has been an ongoing collage for the last month but I put the last few touches on it this afternoon and calling it complete. What I like about this one is that she hangs outside on my porch and welcomes me home every evening.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Painting a Day Project: #4

Wow, this accountability thing really works...#4 of what seems like will become my portfolio of whimsical creatures and children's book of goofy illustrations. However....I am doing it. And those 24 hours? They go fast! This little guy really didn't want to be photographed...he is shy. After all, he is an owl-penguin, a very unusual breed that only 100 bad paintings can produce.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Painting a Day Project: #3


Remember, bad is ok. 100 bad paintings. Yup. It's harder than it looks to post something that feels so....awkward! But that's the point here, day 3 and just putting paint down, having fun and painting my favourite fur subject, Gracie. Clearly, she's following in the supermodel footsteps and won't get out of bed for less than $10,000 a day.

Painting a Day Project: #2

Day 2 of my informal painting exercise. This little beast is in memory of Kelly's sweet Clementine. And please, anyone who wants to be part of this unruly (and by unruly, I mean NO RULES) project of painting a day...please join in and Kathleen and I will link you. I was reading Lynn Whipple's comments on 100 Bad Paintings and something just clicked for me. Here's an excerpt:

…you are going to make 100 bad paintings, so you had better get started! You can insert anything you are working on, as in 100 bad songs, so you better start singing, or 100 bad drawings, 100 bad cupcakes, 100 bad boyfriends..humm….What really happens is, it frees you up to play and not worry. now you can enjoy the process. the truth is you get better really quick, maybe even by #19. try it!-Lynne Whipple

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Painting a Day: #1

It's a bold statement but yes, here it is. The beginning of Painting a Day Project. The rules are there are no rules other than one small painting a day, preferably posted so there is proof we got our creative mojo on. The purpose is to get loose, not worry about the end result and have fun! In my industry so much time & energy is focused on the product, marketability, who will buy it, how many units, etc...and I'm thinking this will be a refreshing spin around the block for my old brain to reacquaint itself with the silly & satisfying side of art making. Any subject matter, size, & medium welcome. Kathleen and I playfully shook on it this morning that we would commit to this, so here it is, a project is born.