Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Morris Gallery Show

I'm really pleased to tell you that this painting "Pacific Sunrise" was accepted into the Federation of Canadian Artists' Fall Juried Show Sept 28 - Oct 31, at the Morris Gallery, in Victoria BC. If you are in the area, please drop by for the opening Friday Sept 28, 6 - 8pm. There are some wonderful artists and beautiful pieces in the show. You can view the works online once the show gets underway, by clicking here.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

10 Minutes Study in Acrylic

I'm teaching my first painting workshop next month, which is very exciting and a little bit scary. It's a still life class in acrylics. I haven't been doing much in the way of still life or acrylics recently, so I've decided to get back into it with some simple little 10 minute studies, a la Carol Marine, to remind myself of all the techniques I use when painting with acrylics. The two things that came back to me quickly were :

  • using layered transparent colours to create the glow in the fruit
  • using acrylic medium and painting wet in wet to blend in some areas
  • so far lost edges are easily achievable but the soft edges will take more practice
If you paint in acrylics and have any soft edges pointers, please share. I don't think I knew what soft edges really were until I started painting in oils. :-)  Well, off to do some more studies. Talk to you soon.


Monday, September 12, 2011

Help the Children - Aid for Africa

Just Desserts  Oil on Linen  6 x 6
To purchase this painting click here.

Proceeds from the sale of this painting will go directly to the Canadian Red Cross Aid for Africa Fund. I thought this painting of simple apples, the biblical fruit, something that many of us eat as dessert, was a good choice for this Daily Paintworks Help the Children Challenge. I hope these apples tempt you into purchasing for a good cause. 

The UN estimates that up to 400,000 children in the Horn of Africa could die if they do not receive aid, and up to 11 milllion people need food assistance at this time. I have donated this painting to the aid effort and invite you to place a bid and help make a difference. Click HERE for "Help the Children of Africa" online auction, and place your bids! The bidding will continue for 7 days and payment will be made through Paypal. It's so easy!