|Dragon Boats, Bayfront Park|
July 29, 2014
July 22, 2014
|Doing the Walk, 24x24 oil|
'Doing the Walk' was inspired by my visit to The Royal Winter Fair last November. I've always been captivated by farm life. When I was a child my grandparents had a small farm outside of Toronto. Being a city kid, it thrilled me to visit them. Beside the chickens, cows and the vegetable garden was a pear orchard. The ultimate playground for me was being able to climb the trees to get to the crunchy unripe fruit. I still prefer my pears that way.
July 16, 2014
Time flies when you're having fun! I can't believe it's almost a month since my last blog post. This past spring was a busy time for me. One commission I had was to paint the portraits of two sisters. Since I was going to be painting from photos, I chose ones where the girls were smiling. It's funny how we're conditioned to smile when put in front of a camera. I thought it would be nice to paint smiling portraits, although harder, it's a rare opportunity. When painting from life a person can only hold a smile for so long before the cheeks start to quiver and the face loses it's expression. I'm pleased with these portraits, I smile every time I see them.
A week ago, I got back from a road trip out to Alberta. My husband and I drove through the northern states in the USA to Montana, then up to Canada, to visit some friends in Alberta. We drove back across the prairies to Ontario. I had prepared and packed my art supplies, ready to paint up a storm. I knew we would spend a lot of time driving, but wow! We saw a lot, did a bit of hiking and touristy stuff, and camped on the nicer days, but I only managed to do a few sketches. I did take thousands of pictures though, and painted a couple of times with my friend in Alberta. It was a fun trip!