Friday, October 28, 2011

Back in the day!




Back in the Day - Work in progress.


I have always wanted to do a series of painting of old cars and trucks. I like those ones of old rusty heaps sitting out in vacant farmer's fields. I had taken some photos of some old antique cars at the local Fair last year and have been "itching" to use them in a painting since.
This truck remided me of the old "camp" truck we had when I was a kid. Our family owned and managed a KOA campground and the old trusty ugly green/blue truck was the work horse we used to pick up the pine needles and garbage throughout the tourist season.

Anyways, I like red better and I like the way the wind blows through the golden dry grasses in one direction and then the next.

My husband donated a kitchen cupboard door to paint it on. A left over from when he had a cabinet making business.

This painting will also be in the upcoming "Art Before Christmas Art Show and Sale" in St Thomas. See poster below;




Quote of the Day:

Have courage for the greatest sorrows of life and patience for the small ones, and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily tasks, go to sleep in peace. God is awake.


Victor Hugo, 1802-1885 French Poet and Writer

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

When your fenced in...



Fenced In - 24" x 36" Oil paint on stretched canvas, sides painted black. Canadian Horse stallion - Trooper II.

This one isn't finished yet, but I am guessing that 2 or 3 more sessions should do it. This one has to be done by November 18th for the St Thomas Elgin Art Guild Show at the Train Station. It will be on all weekend with lots of various local artists showing off their best!

I went through several possible titles for this piece and ended up with "Fenced In".

This is our friend and trainer's Canadian Horse Stallion and half brother to our Trooper (we just sold).
Our friend actually liked training our Trooper so much he named his stallion the same name! So actually this is "Trooper 2"!

Below is the poster for the upcoming Art Show!


I will be posting several of my submissions for this show over the next few weeks. So watch for the "sneak previews"!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Vegetables of a different color


Transition of a painting in progress;



Transcendent Stains - 16" x 20" x 1.5" Oil painting on Cradled Birchwood panel. Sides are painted black, comes ready to hang on your wall!
I wanted to do a painting including something from the "Fall" season, but I didn't want to do just another "Still Life" painting. I had this photo of two squash that I wanted to paint. Around  the same time I was contemplating the two different colors; contrast, tension that is often felt when someone is racist, intolerant and prejudice of others for what ever reason.

In my previous career in law enforcement, I came across this mentality (way of thinking) more than I care to remember within the criminal element I dealt with. Sometimes I felt that I was able to get through to them. I would explain to them about how we are all the same inside and made of the same materials. We all have more things in common than differences; especially physical ones. No matter how hard they tried to argue their way around the facts, they could not rub out the truth. The stains of truth were left and I can only hope that it was the beginning of a new outlook on life for them. At least I made them think if even just for a moment. You can't erase the truth. You can't change people, but you can offer alternatives that they can choose. You might be able to hide the truth for a while, but it always comes out in the end.

Anyways, that is how I came up with this painting. It might say something different for you and that's okay too!

Quote of the Day:

"Outdoors is where the great mystery lies, so going into nature should be...like going to church".(Skip Whitcomb)