This morning I put the final touches on another painting! I’m pretty sure it’s done but I will hang it for a while and decide if it needs any touching up. I’m hoping it will also help me come up with a name for it!
These gorgeous oriental lilies bloom like crazy in my back garden….another week or so and they’ll be in bloom again.
I have been steadily working away on new paintings for the Buckhorn Fine Art Festival in August but progress has been slower than I would like. Between work and migraines caused by this crazy weather I haven’t had much time to paint and blog. I’ve been guilted a few times lately about not blogging regularly anymore too!
Today I spent a few hours and completed the painting of the white irises. May I present “Fence Sitting” 18″ x 24″ oil on canvas:
On Saturday John and I put up a selection of my paintings at Pane Vino, a lovely little Italian restaurant in Lindsay. It’s one of our favourite places – great wine, excellent food and awesome service.
My work looks great on the brick walls there and I love how the colours really stand out. They look so bright and cheery, don’t they?
When I finished the first layer of paint on the white irises I decided to go back up to the top and start on the second layer.
I love this part of a painting because as I put the second layer on everything seems to just pop. I’ve done pretty much the top half and I hope to be able to spend a few hours on it this weekend. I’ve been painting every day but some days it’s only about half an hour so I’m not getting as much done as I would like.
Welcome to my new site! I’ve been working for a while on this….what do you think? I wanted a bright, clean and fresh look and I think it shows off my artwork well.
I’ve still managed to paint every day and I’m now working on the second layer of paint on the white irises. Here’s a look after the first layer was finished:
It’s supposed to be spring although Mother Nature seems to be taking her time with things. We’re expecting some nasty winter weather over the next couple of days so I’ll share these photos to remind myself that warmer weather is coming.
I’ve been steadily working away at my latest painting which is 3 white irises on a background of green leaves. It’s been a little challenging to do this first layer of paint since my dark green paint tends to blend in a little too well with the next shade down. I’m hoping to get the first layer completed this weekend. The second layer is when the contrast gets bumped up and things really start to pop.
We’re having family over on Saturday for Easter and I’m looking forward to that. The spring weather we’re finally getting is also motivating me to get started on the spring cleaning so that’s on the agenda for the weekend as well!
Yesterday I turned 45 and I had a lovely day with my husband John. We did the family birthday party a week ago to celebrate all the March birthdays – my dad, my niece June, my brother Brian and I – and we had a blast.
Brian and I share a birthday – we were both born on March 24 but 5 years apart – and we always wanted Chinese food for our birthday dinner. In that tradition, John and I had Chinese food last night and I was lucky enough to get this fortune cookie:
Funny enough, I had been thinking of taking a new path with my blog and website so with John’s help I am switching my blog over to a self-hosted platform. I’ve also decided to change up the look and feel of my site so get ready for some changes! I hope to unveil the new look later this week.
I took this past week off work with the plan of getting a lot of painting done. Unfortunately my great-aunt passed away so my plans were changed somewhat.
My Auntie Marie was an extraordinary woman and I will really miss her. She was full of stories and was always bragging about family and friends. She encouraged me in my art career and she purchased a large painting after my exhibition in 2011, which hangs proudly in her dining room. If you were to visit her and my Uncle Doug she would be sure to show it off and tell you about everything I’ve accomplished since kindergarten!
Although it was hard and sad to say goodbye, it was nice to reconnect with family and friends. I got to spend time with cousins, aunts and uncles that I hadn’t seen in years. After the funeral we all met up at a restaurant and there was a lot of sharing and laughter. My aunt would have loved it.
I have still been drawing or painting every day and did manage to get some work done this week. I finished the second layer of paint on the pink lilies….it’s going to need another layer to really bring out the flowers, so I’ve set aside to dry.
I began a landscape yesterday and I already love it! There are more rocks on the right side and a small waterfall right through the centre. I like the contrast between the light green in the background and the darkness of the rocks.
Yesterday was a beautiful day here – sunny and 6C – so I spent a lot of the afternoon out in the sunshine. It’s amazing how much better I feel when I know spring is on the way! There are all kinds of bulbs coming up in our front garden – yay!
I finished the painting of the bright pink tulips this morning. i think this is the fastest I’ve finished a painting! It’s not too large – 11 x 14 – which is a nice size. I love the shades of green in this one and it has me wishing for spring!
I’ve joined Fine Art America and I’ve listed a few of my prints for sale. After having very little success with my Etsy shop I have done a lot of research into other online sales options for my artwork. Fine Art America offers all kinds of benefits along with a great Print on Demand service. I like that option because then I don’t have to keep a whole lot of inventory and my customers can choose the exact size and type of print they want.
I only have three images at the moment on my page as I have done limited edition prints of my other paintings. Like other online options it’s really up to the artist to drive traffic to their page but they provide integration with Twitter and Facebook and also an e-newsletter module which I’m going to look into further. I’ll let you know how it goes!