Thursday, 5 October 2017

I Think I'm Ready.....

The weekend has arrived and 'I think I'm ready'! This is my first time showing with this group (Artists on Tour) so figuring out the logistics of set up, etc has been a bit fraught at times. Tomorrow is the start of the art festival in our community so if it isn't done now it won't be done!

I will be showing 5 new paintings! The final two paintings were finished a couple of days ago. And if you are reading get the first look!

This reminds me of driving east in the prairie landscape and in comes a spring storm - they don't usually last that long as they are fast moving. Leaving behind some welcome moisture.

'Spring Squall'
Acrylic mixed media on canvas

I 'started' this painting the end of August. Spent several weeks 'staring' at it, adding a bit of paint...more staring. I was starting to feel guilty when I went to my studio and saw it 'staring' at me from the easel. But - I am glad I took the time to wait things out. I was given a push to get going as I really wanted to have a 'big' painting for this show. Over a couple of days it came together. I made some good choices as well as a couple of not so good but you have to like acrylic for being such a forgiving medium - as least I find it that way.  I think what helped me move forward was I stopped planning ahead and 'made a mark and responded to that mark'. I did my happy dance last night as I signed the 'finished' piece.


'Mountain View'
Acrylic mixed media on canvas

....I always seem to think of a 'mountain view' as just that - a view of the mountains. But what about the view from the top of the mountain. I choose to look to the east for my view - aspen parkland and prairies in the distance....

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Plein Air Painting!

I spent a lovely weekend - although a bit cold and damp at times - participating in Bragg Creek's 2nd Annual Plein Air Event. I met some new artists from other parts of Alberta and was able to do some painting! There is inspiration galore where I live. Kananaskis Country is a short 15 minute drive and the scenery is amazing. From rolling foothills and aspen parkland to beautiful mountain vistas. At the end of our painting day(s) we enjoyed going back to the hamlet of Bragg Creek and the Art Country Canada gallery (that organized the event) for a glass of wine and some finger food. My friends and I decided that the owner Angelo should do this once a month! The Bragg Creek art festival will wind up this coming weekend with several art exhibits and local restaurants creating 'arty' food offerings for all to enjoy.

Here are a few photos from the weekend.....

Painting along the Elbow River 

'The Before' 

'The After'
Acrylic mixed media on gator board 

'The Before'

'The After'
Acrylic mixed media on canvas 

Thirty Paintings in 30 Days - Final Post!

That's a wrap for this month. I thought I was organized and would be able to handle participating in the challenge as well as a couple of other things. Hmmmm....not as organized as I thought.

Congratulations to everyone who participated. I enjoyed viewing as many artists' work as I could. Didn't comment as much as much as I would have liked and thank you to everyone who visited here and left comments. Your feedback is always, always appreciated.

A big thank you to Leslie Saeta for continuing to organize this challenge - you have helped me to realize the value of daily painting - not matter how small a painting, how little the detail or thin the paint!

Best wished to you all for many happy creative times in your studios and I am looking forward to the next Thirty Paintings in 30 Days... January 2018!

'Lucky 13'
from the September 2017 Thirty Paintings in 30 Days