Isaiah 43:2 Waves

Some paintings are more challenging than others and this was one of those paintings for me. However, after changing the direction and adding the verse I am happy with the outcome. Also, I always love the chance to practice my fonts. 🙂

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Art at Cloverdale Library

Today is a good day. It’ sunny and I got a free journal from Chapters because I pointed out that the cover was upside down. Hurray for free defective stuff! I’m also sipping a homemade chai tea smoothie. Mmm, delicious… Get the recipe here: http://www.paleonewbie.com/refreshing-chai-tea-smoothie/ 😛

But those aren’t the only good things about this week. On Tuesday Christine Schiedel and I installed our art at the Cloverdale Library! It was great to collaborate with another artist in this new venture. So if you happen to be in the downtown of the Cloverdale sometime check out their newly brightened walls. Christine’s pieces are the one’s behind the front checkout and mine are upstairs plus the one of the Crescent Beach Pier also behind the checkout. They will be on display until the end of June.

PS All of Christine’s and my pieces are for sale, you can ask for prices at the info desk. 🙂

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I got to meet Nicholas Bott

Friends,

Have you ever unexpectedly met someone you admired? Well today was one of those days for me. I had the car for the afternoon so I could run an errand and while I was in the area I wanted to visit the White Rock Gallery because they always have such beautiful displays and I hadn’t been in a while. I walked in and after a minute I noticed there was a small group of staff and an older gentleman talking at the counter and I heard them mention his name, Nicholas Bott.

Nicholas Bott is an amazing artist who portrays Canadian landscape with vibrant colours and bold, angular brushstrokes. I have looked closely at his work online as well as at the White Rock Gallery when I have visited in the past.

It was one of those moments where you suddenly realize you are in the room with greatness (ahem, I mean a successful person… I felt like a teenybopper in the presence of Justin Bieber or something). I casually meandered my way to the counter and interrupted to say how much I love his work. It turned out he was just there dropping off a new collection. The staff even showed me one of his newest paintings.

#rightplacerighttime 🙂

PS If you have no idea who I’m talking about please check out his work at http://www.whiterockgallery.com/Nicholas_Bott.htm

Paintings at Apeldoorns

Hey so it’s been a little slow lately but I just wanted to send out an update! Last Saturday Dayton and I took a trip out to his cousin’s coffee shop, Apeldoorns, in Chilliwack and hung up two of my Crescent Pier paintings!

It’s a great little place with delicious affogato (ice coffee with a scoop of vanilla ice cream in it), crescent sandwiches and lots of other yummy treats. I’m excited about the opportunity to get some exposure and was just happy to help brighten up the place with some original art!

Here are a couple pics of them hanging on the walls:

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So if you happen to be in the area check it out! Apeldoorns is located on Mill Street in the historical part of Chilliwack north of the highway. It’s also on Facebook, just make sure you get the spelling right. 😛

The Pier at Crescent IV

Here is the 4th and final painting of the Crescent Beach Pier. Enjoy!!

 

The Pier at Crescent III

Hey everyone! Here’s the next one in the series! Hope you like it and be looking for the next one..It will the the final Crescent Pier painting for this series.

P.S. Notice I signed this one like a normal human being! I have never known how or if I should sign my work and there seems to be no real consensus in the art world on this subject (at least that I can find). I have seen artists that have a really cool signature that they incorporate into their pieces and others that only sign their work on the back. I have tried to lean towards the former but I have realized that instead of trying to come up with some “cool” way to sign my art or leaving it blank because I can’t I should just write my name in a way that is subtle but still there. Or, as my husband Dayton put it, “Don’t try to be original. Just write your name.”

P.S.S. The heart shape in the sky was completely unintentional… I didn’t even think about it until after. 🙂

My Butt-Kicking Painting Challenge

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The Pier at Crescent II. Acrylic. 18×36
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The Pier at Crescent II. Acrylic. 18×36
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The Pier At Crescent II – Close Up
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The Pier at Crescent II – Close Up

This painting was done in record time. Twelve days!! (I made a chart to track my hours which you can view/print/download here) After struggling with what to paint next and my “artistic vision” I decided to challenge myself and paint the same picture again. The thing is is that the last painting I posted “The Pier At Crescent” was really awesome technically compared to a lot of my other paintings (I’m not bragging), but I did not really enjoy painting it. It was looonnngg and very tedious and I wanted to scribble all over it with a sharpie at times. I forced myself to finish one section before I started the next (the pier before the sky, for example) and it felt as if all these separate pieces were being patched together. It seemed forced. And although it got a great response I couldn’t help but think that wasn’t how I wanted to spend the rest of my creative career. But when I look back at the paintings where I just did whatever I wanted and was all fruity the end product wasn’t necessarily that aesthetically appealing.

So I decided to repeat the subject matter in order to force myself to focus on technique. It’s easy to get caught up in a new picture and not ever really improve your style. Don’t get me wrong, I’m proud of how the last painting turned out, but to me it just feels…stationary. I want my paintings to feel alive when you look at them, like you can almost see them moving.

Because this canvas was a different shape I knew that I would have to put more emphasis on the clouds since they took up so much of the painting. I kept trying to paint what I thought clouds should look like and where I thought they should be placed but it wasn’t working. Then I saw this painting titled “Night Drive” by Diana Willard:

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Night Drive by Diana Willard

It inspired me that the clouds didn’t look like clouds per se. But they give motion to the painting and make it interesting. I then tried just making random marks (I even closed my eyes for a bit!) which eventually morphed into sky and clouds. It really helped to free me to realize that a mark you make might look like nothing or even look weird on its own, but as a whole, it works.

One other thing I tried on this painting that really helped me out was doing a monochromatic underpainting to help me map out the lights and darks.

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Monochromatic Underpainting

I think typically they are done in black and white, but for whatever reason I did it in purple. It was great because I ended up letting some of it show through the final layer and it really complemented the blues in the sky and water.

Last thing I’d like say is that I am finally forcing myself to settle down. I am going to endeavour to create a cohesive body of work that is all one style and similar subject matter (by “body of work” I mean 20+ paintings). The painting I have just started is another view of Crescent Pier and I will probably do one more after that. I then hope to do several paintings from photos I took at White Rock Beach after that storm that happened a couple weeks ago.

It is exciting to me that I am finally in the place mentally where I feel I can commit to a project of this size instead of wishy-washally going to and fro with each painting. I am choosing a direction and you can hold me accountable. I am determined.

The Pier at Crescent

Success! Here is my first completed painting since the birth of my daughter. It is a glorious feeling to finish a painting. Suddenly the world opens up to all the new possibilities of what the next painting might behold. 🙂

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The Pier at Crescent. Acrylic. 18×24

I hope this painting represents the beginning of more frequent posts once again.

Take care,

Ruth

Art After Baby

So. I have a beautiful daughter named Mary Mackenzie. Part of this new mom adventure is learning how to incorporate time for art back into my life. And so far it’s been okay. I have successfully started a new painting based off the cover photo on this blog (the blue rails picture). So. Here it is. I started with a base coat in grey just to start mapping out the lights and darks.

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Blue Rails: Mapping Lights and Darks