Sunday, September 27, 2009

Windermere Lake--evening

This is one of the paintings I got done just before my show at Centre 64 and it is on its way to a new home.

I am off to Vancouver!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Still Proceeding

I added more glazes. Now the stamps become a subtle accent, hopefully not too much so. I toned down the yellow of the ground and windows because it was competing with the rest of the work. Tomorrow...the big finale.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009


I fill in areas with color and then proceed to lay glazes over them. You can see this in the right side of the middle nurses cape. This painting is already taking off in directions I didn't anticipate. Oh well, no glory.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Getting Started-- Nurses

Pynelogs is having its 95th birthday party in the coming week or so. There is an invitation out to artists to paint their interpretation of what Pynelogs means to them. I know lots of people are painting scenes of the building. I, however, am a sucker for old nurses uniforms--love the cap and tights. Because part of Pynelogs history is as a hospital, I am working from an old photo of some of the nurses that served there.

I am starting out with laying down my stamped collage bits. I will go back in with colors and glazes to make some kind of statement. This is always a learning process! Oh, and it has to be done by friday.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Rams to go

Not having anything else accomplished, I pulled this little sketch from a group of Bob Burridge inspired work from last November. I would consider trying something like this on a big scale.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Stepping Out

There are historical skits performed at Ft. Steele. This character is one of the ladies of ill-repute from across the Kootenay River. I love the striped dress.

I get to be a judge at the Kootenay FAll Fair at the fort this afternoon. But Bruce and I are going to make a quick run to watch the wife-carrying race at Windermere this morning.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

A cold wind blows!

It's supposed to warm up again this week, but this morning when I uncovered my tomato plants, there was a cold breeze wafting down from the mountains.

This is my little garden fence that I am quite pleased with. I found the pickets (and the paint) at the dump. Nothing like a little recycling! Good old Bruce figured out a simple way to mount them and I am very pleased with the effect. gates!

I am inspired by a book about Grant Leier and Nixie Barton, two wonderful wacky Vancouver Island artists that have an amazing garden. Check out their book "The Romance Continues". My goal is to decorate my garden with recycling for next season. No more humdrum acreage.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

One woman show for Crazy RAvens Studio

My one woman show reception at Centre 64 took place yesterday. The hanging committee did a fantastic job. Centre 64 is lovely gallery and my paintings looked great in there.

Margaret asked for props, so I took my painting companion, Mr. Thrifty and my travel art kit. I want to thank all involved for preparing this show and special thanks to all my friends who made the effort to view it.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Ochre Beds

I dragged Bruce off for a drive on Sunday. I wanted to visit the paint pots on the route to Banff. Very Cool! I know that pigments come from minerals and earth but to see it laying out on the ground was exciting. Raw ochre and red iron oxide. To quote Lorrie Drennan "Don't you just want to lick it?" We have pictographs on the edge of town were some native person drew a record of a hunt ( or raid?) many years ago using the iron oxide.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Oh NO! September 1st!

I went back and mucked around on this painting of Island Pond. The sky and water were quite a bit darker before, giving the painting an unsettling aspect. I remember the day I was painting it I became very frustrated with the mountains in the background... the clouds kept sweeping across them changing the shapes and colors. Duh, I finally realized I had the power just to remove them. Sometimes paintings are much stronger with good editing.

I am so happy that I don't have to be anywhere today. First time in quite some time that I can putter around the house and paint.