Monday, March 21, 2011

Help Japan Challenge

This weeks Daily Paintworks Challenge is the Help Japan Challenge. The theme of this challenge is "Home" - an image that says home to you. This painting is a Sunday morning on Commercial Drive in Vancouver, where I grew up. The west coast of Canada is on a major earthquake fault line. All of us have some sort of thrown together emergency preparedness kit for such an eventuality, but after seeing the crisis in Japan, we are soberly and seriously preparing our earthquake kits. This is an opportunity for you to donate to Japan Relief and have 100% of your donation go to the cause and at the same time receive a great original piece of art. Click here to go to DPW Challenge and view all of the wonderful paintings donated by artists all over the world. I'm sure you'll find something you will love to own with the added value of helping those in need.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Opulence - Step by Step

'Opulence' Original Acrylic on Canvas 30 x 30

I'm back! It seems like forever since I posted and talked to everyone. I was sick with a cold, then went out of town to visit my parents, and then my daughter came into town to visit us. It's been great spending the time with family and having so many laughs!

I think I'm finished this painting, but I'll need to live with it for a few weeks to really know. Because of the time lapse since I started posting the Step by Step, I decided to post them all together so you get the effect. There's a bit of glare in the upper right hand corner, probably because I used some glazing fluid and it has a bit of sheen. Once I've decided that it's finished, I'll varnish it so the finish is consistent.

Now has this ever happened to you? When I went to make this blog post, my image upload window wouldn't let me upload any pictures. I am a bit technologically challenged so things have to be pretty basic for me. I've been checking my 'cache' and my 'cookies' and updating Firefox and finally googling how to revert to the 'old editor' on my blog. Phew!


Thursday, March 3, 2011

Above the Courtyard

Above the Courtyard - SOLD

This is a repost of one my all time favourite paintings. I love the quality of sunlight I captured in this one. It brings back warm memories of a year abroad. I hope you have a great weekend. Talk to you soon!