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Friday, January 28, 2011

Midday Sun Painting

 Midday Sun
approx. 2 x 3 inches

This is the smallest I have ever painted.  The painting is about 2 x 3 inches or the size of a school picture. I bought a set of inexpensive small brushes and just went at it.  It was lots of fun.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Blue Hydrangea Oil Painting

Blue Hydrangea
approx. 5 x 4 inches

Recently I have been painting quite small.  This one is about 4 x 5 inches.  I think I am done, except for pumping up the highlights after they dry.  The blue blossom is from one of the new hydrangea plants at the lake.  I photographed it last summer when the plants were at their peak.  I used the sleeping porch as my background, as I did in Lake Wildflowers.  There aren't strong shadows in the room, but the light is beautiful. 


Friday, January 21, 2011

Visit to the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa

National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa

If you are ever near Ottawa, I highly recommend that you visit the National Gallery of Canada which is chockful of art, including an extensive contemporary art collection. 

The building itself is worth a visit. From a distance it looks like a huge greenhouse or conservatory. It was designed by Moshe Safdie.

This is the entrance into the museum.  The light is magical, and as you progress up the ramp, you felt like you were embarking on an adventure.

We spent the entire day in the museum and still did not get through all of the galleries.  We really enjoyed learning about the Canadian artists, like Tom Thomson,  as well as seeing all of the famous works, like those of Rembrant, Klimt, and Warhol. 

Our favorite piece was this newly installed one.  The whole room, including the mirrored floor, was part of the work, which was suspended from the ceiling.

Up close, it is a construction of mesh wire, and beads, creating a very intricate made-up world.

You can read more about the museum here on Wikipedia or visit their main site at the National Gallery of Canada.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Thousand Islands Study No. 30

Thousand Islands Study No. 30

Over the holidays, we stopped by the cottage at Thousand Islands Park on our way back from Ottawa to check on it.  I didn't have my good camera with me, but I was able to make this photo using my little camera.  It was unusually warm. Not much snow, and  no ice on the river, except in the shallow coves.


Friday, January 7, 2011

Oil Painting of Lake at Dusk

Lake at Dusk
8 x 10 Oil Alkyd on Masonite

For the Blue Moon Ball fundraiser this year, I am donating the Lake at Dusk painting from my series of paintings from the lake.  It was one of the last ones I did before we packed up in September and came home.

It is mostly blues and purples with some pinks for the evening sky at dusk.  In the upper left hand corner, our neighbor's sailboat is anchored offshore, and the lights of the cottages are coming on the background.  The rest of the lake is in the distance.  Looking South. 

It was painted in one session so it is loosely done, and more about mood than precision.  I scratched the mast of the sailboat in with the wooden end of my paintbrush.

It was challenging to get the effect of dark water and the colors at dusk. This was my first painting of a night subject.  I am interested in nocturnes and see myself doing more of them in the future.

The Blue Moon Ball is a fantastic, annual fundraiser for the Corning Children's Center.  It is held at the Corning Museum of Glass, next weekend.

It is a top-notch children's center and I am happy to support them.  Over the years, I first donated jewelry for Two Sisters Studio with Pip's Boutique, then for the last couple of years I have donated a framed black and white photograph along with one of my books, and this year I am donating a painting.

The Children's Center has been one of my most enthusiastic supporters of my creative efforts, and it is most appreciated.