My second painting was of the peonies - one of my favourite flowers. This time I wasn't so literal in trying to paint what was there and rearranged the flowers to make a more pleasing composition. I stayed pretty true to colours and values though.
It was a good lesson in learning how to balance being true to the scene and creating a pleasing painting. Always so much more to learn, but I am loving this journey!
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When I post, I might get a few likes (very few) and rarely any comments. I use social media for the social aspect. I don't care if people like my paintings, but I care about the connection and conversations; and that's just not happening anymore.
What happened here? Where has everyone gone - or are we simply done with social media (other than the giant that everyone loves to hate) and interacting online?
I will have several pieces that will be available for sale for the first time that night, but if you want to know what they are you'll have to go to the opening to see them in person. And be first in line to purchase at the opening night only price!
No sooner did I start then more clouds rolled in obscuring the light. Then the wind picked up and the rain was right behind it. I tried to finish up inside but I had done a bad job. The next night the weather was exactly the same, so I took another stab at it.
I changed my composition a bit from the first night. I didn't like the angle of the driveway. Much happier with the results now.
The Driveway - 8x10" - Oil
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- being an artist (painting & photography), weather watching, dreaming, romantic, goofArtist/Photographer, present
- Uncommon DepthArtists/Photographer, 2005
I make pictures. Sometimes they are drawn, sometimes painted, sometimes photographed. The method is less important than the message.
I am a full time visual artists from Alberta, Canada. Although I was raised in the city, I spent as many of my weekends and holidays as possible with relatives in the ranching areas of the province where a deep love for western cultures and nature developed. Art was a major part of my life then. It was rare to see me without a sketchbook or camera.
I studied photography in the late 1980’s but then spent 14 years working in the fibre arts. It is the drawings and photography I did then that gave me the most pleasure and ultimately lead me to devote my practice to those mediums. My textile work helped shape my ideas on the use of colour, shape, and design in more abstract and symbolic terms.
Visual art is my journey where I explore the many aspects of life. There is the beauty of people represented with spirit, grace, strength, freedom and our connection to the land. The land filled with wonderment and magnificence, shows us our own insignificance. Sometimes, it’s just about the subtleness or simplicity of a beautiful thing, which we don’t acknowledge often enough.
I try not to copy nature exactly, but a sentiment that will allow you to connect with the represented spirit and create your own interpretations. It is my hopes these works will create an emotional response in you that goes beyond what is readily understood.
I find inspiration in the work of the impressionist’s, especially those of Dutch and Russian heritage. In 2009 I was juried in as a full member of the Alberta Society of Artists, which was an organization my great, great uncle Frederick G. Cross was a founding member of. In 2014 I was juried in as an active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists, and in late 2014 as an active member of the Oil Painters of America. My work hangs in private and public collections around the world.
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