I’m trying to shift gears for spring and feel like it should be warm out already. So I forced the issue a little with this crazy tulip painting. It’s a little all over the place and has the energy of ” I can’t wait for spring”. This one is a warm up for me, a study to see what works and colour combinations. Okay, next one should be a little calmer.
Below are three images of the same painting. I thought it was “done” a couple of times but something wasn’t sitting right with me and I gave it another go. Now it has the richness and depth that comes with layers, glazing, pouring and all of that good stuff.
It was a quiet day full of Charlie Brown snowflakes and I felt like painting what I saw out my window. Lovely hazy trees in the distance and soft snow falling. There is one tree that stands out from the rest, tall and twisted. It has it’s own thing happening and may not be conventionally beautiful but there is room for all.
A little sunshine can do a world of good. Looking forward to warmer breezes as the days stretch toward Spring. In the meantime I’m breaking out the cheerful palette and whimsical style. The sparse and hazy florals I like for their moody rain washed look. The painting directly above reminds me of groovy days of flower power.
It’s true! I just saw a snowflake. It’s time to shop for Christmas and I know just the place to find unique handmade gifts for people on the “good” list.
Artisans inside Ottawa’s Byward Market Square has original art work and art pendants made by Mary Loos Originals as well as hand painted silk scarves, knitwear, one of a kind hats, clothing, and jewelry designs. All made in the Ottawa area by Canadian artisans !
Peaceful landscapes are arriving at Artisans in the ByWard Market this week in my new original acrylic paintings.
8 x 36 $225
It’s time to embrace handmade. I’m saying this to myself because I could use the lesson. I can get hung up on trying to create something picture perfect without drips, dust, specs or spots. In this business for creating art from start to finish, outside a lab or factory but a living breathing studio, it’s next to impossible. I’m slowly realizing it’s the imperfections that help give handmade objects life and signature thumb print. I don’t know why it’s taken so long for me to learn something I already know. When it comes to pottery I always choose the mug that’s different from the perfect pieces because i find it has the most personality. Okay, time to embrace!
I’m working on a painting of a tree bursting with warm fall colours of burned red, gold and umber. It feels like -33 C with the wind chill here in Yellowknife and today there is no place I’d rather be than inside. I’m feeling some big artistic changes coming and I’m going to take this long winter of ours to explore a new creative direction. With some experimentation and hopefully interesting growth over the next few months, I’ll be ready to welcome Spring with a fresh offering of original art.
I’ve been roaming around at night. It’s not insomnia it the aurora effect. Are they going to show? How cloudy is it? A few evenings ago the sky above Yellowknife looked like it was supporting some wonderful cosmic lava lamp. I saw a vortex of light two nights ago. Incredible. My artwork can’t recreate mother nature’s glory but these whimsical paintings are so much fun to do I can’t help myself.