Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Looking Up

I pick up rocks when I travel (really), and I am a lover of close-up, even macro, photography. That means I have missed a lot of beautiful sights because I have spent a lot of time looking down at the ground, scanning, or taking close-up photographs, too often missing the 'big picture', and also missing what might be 'up'. So, a few years back I decided to leave the Nikon at home more often and really be more aware and present where ever I was. Boy! What a difference! Now I see so much more. AND I look UP!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

The Garden Shed Door

At 83, my friend's mother, Betty, is a wild-woman in the garden. She can make anything grow and from early spring right through to late fall her yard is full of colour and flowers. There is a lot of inspiration at her place! This represents the door to her garden shed. Apparently the door is now painted green...sigh... it's hard to keep up.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Flamecrest (Birdie-num-num!)

My friend, Rita, is a long-time avid birder and sometimes sends me photos of rare, or unusual, or simply pretty birds. This one, a 'Flamecrest', caught my eye and almost immediately demanded to be painted. That's quite the 'hood ornament' for a small bird!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The Dragonfly Vase

Last summer I attended my second workshop with Carol Marine in Benalto, Alberta (yes, I had never heard of it before, either), and my table-sharing-mate had brought her daughter's vase to paint. I took a few photos and here, finally, is an 8 x 8 version of it.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Horizon 2, Red Sky at Night...

It was a real challenge to photograph this one. I had pre-textured the board with an underpainting, giving me the surface I was after, but when trying to photograph it I kept getting reflected glare. This is not visible when viewing the painting 'live'. Digital can be unforgiving unless you do some manipulation afterward. Sometimes I simply miss film. Sigh...