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Posts from the ‘The Process’ Category

Re-do

I was never happy with this painting so I decided to rework the background. The main focus should be the bird (which I like), but the background was much too busy for that to happen. I removed many of the blossoms, toned down the green and generally simplified the whole thing. I’m not sure it is a total success, but I do like the new version better.

BEFORE:

AFTER

Red-winged Blackbird in the Meadow 11″ x 14″

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Leia

Leia 8″ x 10″

Another pet portrait for a local collector. I tried to coordinate the colours to bring out her amazing eyes.

Couch Kitty

Couch Kitty 8″ x 8″

How to paint a cat – in 5 steps.
For sale here.

The Blue Door

Blue Door 8″ x 8″

It was nice to paint with a limited palette. I didn’t have to make so many decisions about what colours to use, just the tones and values. I like the simplicity and it was fun to focus on the textures surrounding the cat. 

Prints of this (and many others) are available on Etsy.

Downy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker 8″ x 8″

It has been a long time since my last post. I got stuck on a painting that I just didn’t like. I think there were too many colours and I couldn’t make it work. It sat on my easel for a couple of weeks, then I had to move on. This latest painting goes in the opposite direction – using very muted colour . 

And here is the previous painting that I gave up on:

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Mallard Duck

Mallard Duck 8″ x 8″

Painting a duck makes you realize how shiny they are. Tricky to capture.

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Red-winged Blackbird

Red-winged Blackbird  8″ x 8″

I did something different with the background here. I’m not sure if I like it, or if it looks like some crazy 70’s wallpaper.

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Northern Flicker

Northern Flicker 8″ x 8″                                                  Available on Etsy.

When I look at the paintings I’ve completed over the past year or so, I notice a trend. I seem to be going back to the subject matter that I loved throughout my childhood and teens. Horses, pets, birds and wildlife. It hasn’t been intentional. They are fun, and one leads to the next until I have a series of animals.

It’s fun to compare the new to the old. This is a sketch from many years ago.

 

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Rusty

Rusty 14" x 11"

Rusty 14″ x 11″

I don’t seem to have a solid direction with my painting right now, so here is another horse. When I don’t know what I want to do next, it is important that I keep something on the easel. Sitting around waiting for inspiration to strike rarely works. It doesn’t really matter what I’m painting, I just have to keep at it and hopefully some ideas will emerge. Painting a bit of this and a bit of that is my plan for now.

Summerland Vineyard

Summerland Vineyard  18" x 24"

Summerland Vineyard 18″ x 24″

The less I paint, the less I want to paint.  The more I paint, the more I want to paint.

Thankfully, the second phrase describes my current condition.