At Work

Throwback Thursday

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Tynehead, 12×16 inches.

I took an oil painting class in 2004 with Gerald Smith at the Ottawa School of Art. This is the first oil painting I completed (aside from one when I was 12).

The exercise was to complete a painting over the course of two classes based on a photo we brought in. My photo was one I took at Tynehead Park in Surrey, BC.

During the class a student asked Gerald how to put the paint on the canvas. She had never done it before. He said, “You take your brush, dip it in the paint, and then put it on the canvas. I’m not going to do it for you or even show you. Do you think anyone in any of my studies ever showed me? No. You just do it.” Be still my beating heart.

January Drawing Challenge

For the month of January, I participated in the Comox Valley Arts, a community arts council, 30-Day Drawing Challenge. I used a free app, You Doodle, and my finger on an iPad. This is a selection from the month.

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Prompt: a resolution or a dream.
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Prompt: a comic strip.
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Prompt: light & shadow – practice your shading.
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Prompt: something scary.
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Prompt: a whale.
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Prompt: a place you’d love to see – try using perspective.
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Prompt: something retro/vintage.
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Prompt: something from the utensil drawer.
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Prompt: a day in the snow.
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Prompt: your comfort food.
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Prompt: something tropical – a flamingo perhaps.
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Prompt: a monster.
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Prompt: a haiku (make or borrow one) – text art exercise.
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Prompt: things you find in a river.
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Prompt: a chair – try using foreshortening.
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Prompt: something drawn while blindfolded or using blind contour.
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Prompt: a treasure map, and something in flight (combination of two prompts).

 

The Sides of a Canvas

I don’t paint the sides of canvases.

Because:

It indicates that the painting is finished. I don’t consider my work finished. There is always something that can be improved or changed.

It can prettify the work. I’m not interested in pretty (unless it’s a device to lead you to something else). Beauty and pretty are not the same thing.

It’s a painting. I’m not interested in trying to make the painting into something it is not. It feels like it is trying too hard. That’s not to say that paintings are not other things. It will become what it will become.