Friday, September 07, 2012


 5 x 7     oil

Goldie, such an unimaginative name for a goldfish, isn't it?  I wonder how many fish in the world are called that by small children. Funny, how a colour inspires a name. I'm still in fish mode, but working on this small goldfish painting.  This is a challenge with the scales and colours of reflected light, that irridescence is hard to capture along with the shadow.   Also, it really is being difficult to photograph and/or adjust colours to read as they should.

But not to worry, I'll conquer it eventually.  I'm spending too much time on this little piece but I'm like a dog with a bone, I HAVE to do it correctly or it will bug me forever.  So hopefully, this weekend, all the fish pieces will be complete.

Tomorrow I'm teaching a workshop in creativity and use of multimedia so I need to spend tonight packing up the materials I need.  Its always chore, this packing and unpacking, isn't it?  Paint and palettes and canvasses and paper and brushes and, and, and...but worth it in the end as the workshops are such fun.  And after tomorrow I can share the full multimedia painting I showed you awhile ago as well as more that people did at the workshop.

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Capelin Season continues

 12" x 12"
oil on canvas panel

I just love painting these little fish.  If I ever moved, I'd have to get someone to mail me some! Here is a small update on Capelin Season that I've been working on, off and on.  The fish are just about done, the paper bag is giving me problems.  Its just not looking papery enough.  I have to pay more attention to the values and colour to get it to fall into place.

Its funny how I do the parts of paintings that I like most to almost finished stage, only blocking in other sections before returning to them again.  Then its overcoming the 'blahs' to get the rest finished.  Its a bit like eating the cherry on the ice cream first, then wishing you had it back again.

A few more sessions with the bag and it should be complete.  Wish me luck!

Sunday, September 02, 2012

Looking over my shoulder

I mentioned yesterday that this is my seventh year of blogging.  What an adventure that has been and it continues to be a main platform for me to share thoughts and art and processes, along with a few wild rants about perceived injustices. :)

I thought that Sundays would be a good time to look back over the Sundays past on the same date.  This image is a sketch from September 2, 2006.  Watch for more reflections on the past as I look over my shoulder on Sundays.

Bread and Seasons