As skills improve the temptation is to constantly go back and repaint old paintings like this one. But it's a new year and time to paint some new paintings!
For my best friend and partner in crime for the past 40 years. In all the world they'll never be a better friend for me than thee
This is an old painting that I kept pushing and experimenting with. I looked at it today and I thought that's my New Years resolution; to push my painting farther and then experiment more. Let's see what happens in 2023!
These are a series of 4 by 4 inch paintings on Arches oil paper. I really enjoy the tiny format. A little dab here and there and they're done! The framing was much more tedious to do, but I think it turn out well!
Whitevale is one of my favorite places to paint en plein air.
Being in Whitevale is like stepping back into an idyllic version
of the past. That's why I was so pleased to have the
opportunity to show my art at the Whitevale Arts and Culture Centre
on September 17th for Porchfest.
There will be lots live music and corn!
What could be better than combining two of my favorite things; painting and kayaking. It's plein air or maybe plein lac? Tom Thompson apparently sometimes painted from his canoe which gave his art a unique vantage point and the kayak does allow you to see from a different perspective. Here are some of my kayak paintings.
My painting Firecraker Sunflowers was accepted into the Impact 2022 Juried Show. What a fantastic show! There was a wide variety of mediums and styles making for interesting viewing. For the first time since the pandemic started it was nice to have food and drinks offered at an art opening! The Neilson Park Creative Centre is such a wonderful venue.
My painting is based on some sunflowers I grew from seeds. These Firecracker Sunflowers were the drama queens of the garden. They moved their golden crowns to face the sun in a daily dance. Like actors on a stage, they commanded attention. When I painted them, I was so mesmerized by their shapes and colours that I lost track of time and suddenly, the painting was done. I didn’t want to make the edges to clean or perfect because that would dampen the sense of movement and energy created by the spontaneous shapes and brushstrokes.
August Afternoon was accepted into the Viewpoints 2022 Juried show and is now on view at the McKay Art Centre until June 12. This is a small gallery on Main Street Unionville and space is limited and competition strong, so I was very happy to have this piece accepted.
I've been experimenting with painting Flowers on Arches paper. This paper is super strong and able to hold up to oil paint. Enjoy!
© Laurel Martin 2010