Category Archives: artists

Poultry on Patrol

Painting poultry is one of the most enjoyable tangents I like to go off on, and these big white geese have been some of my favourites.  Painting white with watercolour means that you have to know where that white goes ahead of time (the white is the naked paper, and has to be painted around)…and the effect of light through white plumage is just too much fun.  All this is aside from the attitude of these guys, the beady red eyes, and gorgeous bright beaks (as long as they’re not biting you with them!)

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Paint 2

Having done my “painterly ” paint a couple of days ago, I tried to bring that to my usual, more representational style. That always “tightens” the results, but I think I did manage to let  the paint just do what it does without interfering too much.  I’d like to try it again, this time allowing for more pure colour to remain. 

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Paint!

Today I was cleaning out a closet in my office (you have NO idea!!) and I found some exercises from the workshop I did in Taos N. Mexico a few years ago with my friend John Farnsworth.  I found a page full of horses that I’d painted in the style I’ve been trying to achieve with my sunflowers lately!  So I did this paint horse today as an illustration of that! No drawing…just watercolour and a brush. No stopping; try and keep a continuous flow going! Lots of water and let the paint mix on the paper.  Oh what fun!  

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Down at the Heel

Well, here I am in Maple Creek, having a great time with old friends and new…SO much fun that there’s scarcely time to paint.  When I finally got around to it & got my drawing banged out, I came to discover that I’d left home with everything I needed except my paint!!!!  So off I go to my friend Mary’s tonight;  we shared her studio, had a visit and I borrowed her palette. Phew. I got my daily done, after already missing 2 days this week.  I think it’s become if not an addiction, a compulsion!

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Sweetgrass Pronghorn

Well I missed a day because of……a road trip!  And now, rather than a painting, you get a photo.  I took this a couple of hours ago, just north of the American border, on my way back from seeing the Charlie Russell watercolours at the CMRussell museum in Great Falls.  Wow, what a show, and  a nice little getaway! There’s nothing like a trip (even a short one) for priming the artistic pump and cranking up the enthusiasm for life.

Matt & Shorty

This painting is of  Matt Robertson  at the Ranch Horse competition here in the Hat in July, while he and his catty little grey gelding were waiting for their turn to compete.
I like Matt’s face, the light as it emerges from the shade of that palm-leaf hat he’s wearing, and I like his relationship with his horse

 Not only is Matt a good horseman, who makes his living as a ranch cowboy, he’s a wonderful singer-songwriter. Check it out at his web-site www.mattrobertson.com. His newest album, “The Voice” is awesome. 

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Sunflower Study 1

Well, bear with me while I wrestle with this.  I did 3 of these today, and threw 2 away…this one will probably follow!  It’s the one-stroke thing, only with sunflowers this time. I’m trying different brushes and various strategies to paint the whole thing in as few strokes as possible.  I can’t for the life of me figure out how to get that flower painted without the center running all over the place though. As a consolation prize I’ve added a photo of the  bronze sunflower I used as a reference. So beautiful, and …this pathetic thing bears no resemblance!   

Zinnias & a Marigold

This piece is another of my attempts at one-stroke floral paintings…..this time with a little bit of preliminary drawing, just to place the flowers in the picture plane. It’s still not what I’m after and I wonder if this just isn’t my style.  It’s all about the ratio of paint-to-water, and I keep coming at it with too much paint.  I feel like a beginner, which is kind of fun (regardless of the results!). 

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Marigold

This is all you get for today…..I’ve been home so little for the past 2 weeks that today was catch-up day!! I cleaned this house from top to bottom, taught an art class, did laundry, mowed the lawn and made pickles.  Amidst all of that I attempted a new approach to painting flowers…a more one-stroke calligraphic method.  I did one with several flowers in it as well, but it was even worse than this!! 

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CraZy Sunflower

Brace yourselves…my yard is full of sunflowers and I keep bringing them in the house, where I promptly fall in love with them.  I didn’t realize what a gem this one was till I sat down and really looked it it…he’s just a little guy, and my painting fails to convey how extraordinarily beautiful and wonky he is.  He has this wonderful blue and green center, surrounded by a gorgeous fuzzy fringe, and the petals seem to be all different lengths and go in haphazard directions; a true individual.  But aren’t we all. The great thing about painting is that it affords the painter an opportunity to really LOOK at things we might otherwise miss. I’m never disappointed.  

If you’d like to own this original watercolour, email Gena with your bid today! gena03@telusplanet.net Minimum bid $100 (plus gst and shipping). First bid, or highest bid wins the painting.