Category Archives: colour

Toronado

This morning I found a painting of a surreal-looking black horse, and while I loved the Toronadocolour and movement in the piece, I disliked the fact that the horse was not anatomically correct at all!  So I decided to have a shot at it.  Rarely do I paint or draw anything that isn’t from my own experience, but it’s fun, once in awhile to exaggerate and stretch reality…like I do with the Spirit Ponies.    So here’s my rendition of a wild black stallion…What shall we call him?  Why not Toronado…the name of Zorro’s horse.

Amy

Well, today we got a real live model, and you can’t tell from this how very beautiful she is!  I’m in trouble all the time with my instructor (the brilliant Liz Wiltzen) because I gallop away in all directions, forgetting to measure and go slowly and methodically through the process. I’m like some of the boys in my grade 8 math class, who sat at the back, raced through their equations and got most of them wrong!  And then I wonder why it doesn’t look like the model!  
We only had 3 hours to paint Amy, and this isn’t finished, but it was really a lot of fun.  Tomorrow? A different model, and we get all day with her.  I intend to go slowly and carefully, meanwhile everybody in the class is betting I’ll the first one done again.  DUH! 

Sunshine on my Shoulder

Today I was practicing a form of denial….As the wind howled outside and the radio kept a steady stream of weather updates and heavy snowfall warnings, I painted this beautiful sunflower.  I grew this guy and brought him in the house in September.  Being the size of a dinner plate,  brilliant and radiant in every sense of the word, he totally dominated the room. 
I think it’s lovely that I can bring all that beauty and loveliness into my life on a blizzardy day in November.  Now I’m passing it on to you!

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Blue Duck

Here’s Blue Duck, one of the horses on my cousin’s ranch.  Don’t you just love the blue and purple! Those colours are no exaggeration; he really is this colour….. a real pastel painted pony.

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Morning Has Broken

This was the eastern sky on one of our fabulous mornings this past summer. One great thing about living on the prairie; there’s not much to spoil our view of the sky.

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Ballet in June

A floral today, as we slide on towards winter.  My cousin gave me these beautiful oriental poppies a few years ago,  and for a short time in June, they’re a riot of fluttering, brilliant, luminous orange. They look like a troupe of ballerinas as they dip and sway with even the tiniest breeze. It was good to see them in my photo files this morning and to try and re-imagine them in paint.  

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Sunflower Study # ??

I promise that this is the last sunflower study I will bore you with for a loooong time.  I just had to take one more stab at it.  Trying to listen to you John, but loosening up for me is like swimming upstream!  I picked a new sunflower today…a yellow one. Trying to be looser and lighter with the paint.  Very little drawing.
Off to a Cowboy Poetry festival for 3 days, and doubt that I’ll have Internet access, so you’ll get a reprieve!!  Hope everybody has a great weekend; the weather is going to be spectacular!  
SOLD

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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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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.  

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