Friday, February 27, 2009


There I was feeding my dog .. when all of a sudden I thought "Oh my gosh ... it's Friday. You know what that means? It's Blog-Day. What shall I write about?"

As some of you know from my E-Newsletters, I have been intrigued by reflections lately. (Not reflections of life, rather reflections in the water.) I love going down to French Creek and taking photos of the boats - but mostly the ripples in the water and the reflections of the boat on the water. Sometimes you can capture the whole image of the scene just from the water.

During a recent interview with one of my "Feature Artists" Nana Cook, Nana explained how she starts a painting. Usually she begins with a black gessoed canvas, as she likes to bring the paint forward. I thought I'd like to give that a try.

On these two paintings, first I painted several layers of black acrylic paint on the entire canvas, including the sides. Then I roughly penciled in some of the main shapes. Slowly I started adding and painting in the shapes, building up the colour, not getting too detailed, and leaving bits and sections of black poking through.

The result was very dramatic, graphic, and simplistic.

Someday I'll tackle a huge canvas using this technique. I think it would be great fun working on floral paintings this way.

Till Next Time ...

Love what you Do ... and Do what you Love.


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