Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Fossil

 
When I lived in the UK, there was a large corn field where I walked daily with the dogs and the children.  Every walk uncovered fossils on the ground that we'd pick up and bring home.  They were mostly extinct ammonite species from the Triassic/Jurassic period and most were left behind when I moved back to Canada.

The simple shape is appealing and the colours that come from age and earth add to the appeal.  Using granulating watercolours in Lunar Black and Lunar Blue (a combination of Lunar Black and Pthalo Blue), they are perfect additions for creating texture and age.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Floral Tea


Floral Tea
6" x 8" oil on panel

The forecast for Valentine's Day is a blizzard and a lot of snow.  I'm sure that will put the damper on those restaurant dinners that may be planned and perhaps dining at home will be in order, provided you remember to get the supplies at the stores.  And if the power stays on.  However, love always finds a way, storm or no storm.

While I'm not a fan of Valentine's Day and have zero expectation, it tends to pass by unnoticed for the most part for me.  But when there's a chance to put some seasonal red in a painting that just may be the token of affection for someone in your life (or perhaps self appreciation) I'm all for it, especially in the depths of winter when we need all the encouragement we can muster that spring isn't too far away.

Happy Valentine's Day!