I have done a number of new pieces since returning from my painting trip to Cornwall this past spring, and these will be shown for the first time during the New Westminster Culture Crawl on August 12-13. All (or almost all) of my work is available for sale. 😊
I visit Britain every year and this last visit had me in St. Ives, Cornwall, for the better part of two weeks while I painted and studied at the St. Ives School of Painting. I brought home a wealth of subject material and many of the photos I took were specifically done with an eye for abstracting. My idea of 'abstracting' is telling the story, but not exactly as it is.
I donated a custom pet portrait for a fund raising event for Kiwassa Neighbourhood House in Vancouver, and the successful bidder sent me a photo of his friend's dog, 'Radar', to be done as a gift for the friend. Well, when I opened the emailed photo I laughed out loud. If I do say so myself, this portrait is an excellent representation of this too-cute-dog and his out of this world under-bite!
The water-filled creeks around the village of Whistler BC are often this iced-blue colour. It has always made me thing of glacial silt, and, although I am not sure that is the cause of the colour, the water is painfully cold...glacial, in fact.
Another floral piece - or is it? I painted this with the simplest of shapes and colours to show how easily we interpret those elements into what we think we see. A container with green and red coming out of it - what else could it be, even without petals and stamens.
These irises were painted en plein air at the Van Dusen Botanical Gardens, where I did much squinting in the full sun. I worked at straight forward brush strokes, and, once again, leaving the stroke once it was down on the canvas. The result is an impasto effect with thick, sculptured paint. Very tactile.
I love hollyhocks, even though growing beautiful hollyhocks here is challenging as they are prone to fungus and rust. Too much moisture, or so I am told. Well, given how our climate is changing to hotter and drier, these pretties just might get another chance in my jungle of a garden.
Another from the afternoon out in Finn Slough. As scenic as the community of Finn Slough is, what pleased me the most was the amount of bird song in the air. So much more than 'in town', it reminded me of being in the countryside in England.
Finn Slough is a small community on the Fraser River, without 'official' status, and under constant threat of eviction, even though it has been an occupied community for 100 years. Although the residents do not 'own' the land, there are many "private" and "keep out" signs, which are understandable, given the curiosity of visitors to the area. I found a perch on a small foot bridge and set up for a day of plein air painting. I managed two pieces before retreating from the heat, and here is the first. By the way, all the residents who stopped to talk to me were most welcoming.