ALCOHOL INKS 9x12
Alcohol ink on Yupo paper makes doodling a kalidiescope of fun. Outlining with a white gel pen creating an abstract design. Make what it is in your mind I think.
WATERSOLUABLE OILS 30x30
Painting an enlarged image of a similar painting for a friend. The idea behind this image is how we all come alive once we are in nature. The air and smells and sounds are an artist motivators. Painted on a 30 x 30 gallery canvas
PEN AND INK 13x20
Using an image of trees my artist friend drew with calligraphy pens and marvelling at the array of colours in the black ink is the beginning. By adding the rest of the story to this made up landscape scene was a delight to my drawing needs. All sealed in cold wax to protect all the images. Painted on an art board and no frame
WATER SOLUABLE OILS 30x40
In Rosebud, Alberta this yard has these old reminders of years gone by. The position of drawing this scene was a challenge that drew many many re-dos. But I loved the angle and I wouldn't let it go. I did compromise on the authenticity of the types of tractors and the colouring (who knew Deere has trademarked kelly green). All this pointed out by a former tractor salesman......Check out Rosebud, Alberta it is a little gem in the surrounding wheat fields of our prairies. painted on this large canvas and not requiring a frame.
TEMPERA PAINT 10x10
Experimenting with painting on fabric using tempera paints and then outlining with a pen is another way to play. And what better way to experiment with a Calgary landscape! Landscapes are my go-to subjects when I'm loosening up or like this one experimenting. Framed 20x20 with a wide velvet cloth mat and black 1/2" frame.
STAND OFFISH MIXED MEDIUM 12x12
Autumn foliage is such an inspiration. Collaging with bleeding tissue that has intense inks that 'bleed' once liquid activates the dyes. Sealing the tissue with a matte medium then using my pens to black ink one tree....standing offish.
Gallery canvas so no frame needed and sealed with gel medium
Nothing like going to an art retreat to generate an intense artistic explosion. The image was from a photo friends took just outside their kitchen window. I loved the camouflaged way the bird seemed invisible to the photographer. I wonder if that what he/she was thinking at the time? Painted on art board and unframed
MIXED MEDIUM 18x18
Playing with all mediums is one way to explore creating ART. Small brush strokes has created a slight abstract image of the silhouette of Calgary. The viewpoint from the NW looking into the city is one of my favourites. Grid rice paper has been added to add to the boxy building feeling. Painted on a gallery width canvas
Cousins of ours moved into their new home. Moving there after experiencing the 'bad neighbour' syndrome. My joy in seeing their new home left me feeling that the aura of this new home was aligned better and that they had meet the crossroads of being a home owner with the bursting energy of a new chapter. It was the motivation. I'm not usually painting abstracts but this painting left a good vibe in my heart. Painted on a gallery canvas so it remains unframed
ALCOHOL INK 9x12
Abstract art that is so playful on Yupo Paper which is like almost a plastic sheet..it is so sleek and easy for the ink to flow and mix with other colours. I can't resist playing with pens to explore the shapes I can make. Framed in a white mat in a 1" frame and glass.
MIXED MEDIUM 30x30
Creating the fall colours with an abstract feeling is how this painting evolved with
the trees entangling the foliage. Alcohol inks, watercolours and a bit of acrylic was used. Painted on a gallery 1.5 canvas frame which didn't need a frame. Sealed with a spray varnish to preserve the painting.
A newspaper article talked about this Balzac, Alberta farmer during harvest. To keep this newspaper picture alive I was asked to recreate the image in pencil. It is sealed with a spray varnish to preserve it way longer that the newspaper image would have lasted.