Monday, March 23, 2020

Golda's portrait in pastel by Kim Blair



Golda
(14"x11" wax pastel on gessoed w.c. paper)

I saw Golda while shopping a few months ago.

Her braids and beautiful skin caught my eye. Past experience taught me that if I see/meet someone I feel drawn to paint I should not hesitate to ask permission to photograph them at that exact moment in order to capture the essence that inspired me. Golda agreed to allow me to photograph her, paint her portrait and post the painting on social media.

Thanks Golda for being open to the experience!



 "A portrait painting is the artist's expressive interpretation of the sitter, capturing a single moment in time."





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Monday, March 2, 2020

Rebecca's portrait in pastel by Kim Blair


Rebecca
(14"x11" pastel on gessoed w.c. paper)


Rebecca works at one of my favourite gluten free bakeries here in Edmonton, Celebrate Gluten Free.

Her smiling face is just one of the many friendly staff who may greet you when you visit this special bakery. 
One day, when I was at CGF picking up my bread order (along with other delicious treats), Rebecca came to the counter to assist me and I was immediately inspired to ask her if I could paint her portrait... lucky for me she said yes.

Rebecca mentioned she is interested in studying Culinary Arts, which ties in nicely with her experience working at Celebrate Gluten Free.

I have to confess that I absolutely love CGF's carrot cake and it has become a tradition for my birthday cake!

Next time you stop by CGF to sample some scrumptious baking say hi to Rebecca for me.






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Monday, February 24, 2020

Johanne's portrait by Kim Blair



Johanne Yakula
(14"x11" pastel on gessoed w.c. paper)


Johanne is passionate about history and old houses!

Since 1994 she has owned and operated her own business "From Times Past", a design and decorating source for owners of heritage homes. Through her business, which is now home based, Johanne is still involved in antiques as a certified appraiser with CPPAG. She continues to share her extensive historical knowledge about design, preservation of heritage homes, history and art as a guest speaker.

I had the pleasure of hearing Johanne lecture about art history through the University of Alberta Faculty of Extension and enjoyed the way she wove interesting tidbits of information about the various artists we were studying into her lectures.

Johanne's first book, "Historical Interiors of Alberta - A Guide to Preserving and Decorating Your Heritage Home" published in 2012, is an informative read and includes numerous photo references.


A bit of fun!

  



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Monday, February 10, 2020

45 Portraits by Kim Blair


(45 portraits completed for exhibition)



(my pastels... well used)


Okay, so here is my excuse for not posting since November... I wanted to complete the 45 portraits I have been working on for my exhibition in Edmonton this April.

The final portrait for the show was completed last week. Yippee!

I will post the exhibition information closer to the date

Next on my to do list... create 45 videos (one for each portrait) of the process shots I took as I worked on each painting. These short 2 minute portrait videos have been a hit on my blog which is why, as promised, there will be one for each portrait in the April exhibition.


In the mean time you will start to see some new portraits on my blog.


Monday, November 4, 2019

Suzanne's portrait in pastel by Kim Blair


Suzanne Allard
(14"x11" pastel on gessoed w.c. paper)


I've known my good friend Suzanne for over 30 years! 

It's amazing how time flies. When I first came to Alberta Suzanne and I shared a townhouse for a couple of years. Now we make sure to schedule time to get together for tea ever month or so in order to catch up, share ideas, and dreams.
It feels so easy to talk with Suzanne because she enjoys listening as well as sharing, which makes our conversations a joy!

I painted her portrait to celebrate her birthday which falls on the 17th of this month.

Happy Birthday Suzanne !

Her creative spirit and love of design are two essential ingredients for her profession as an Interior Designer.

If you are looking for an interior designer who will actively listen to your needs, whether residential or commercial, I would highly recommend you contact my good friend Suzanne:





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Monday, September 23, 2019

Sisters...by Kim Blair

Zoe with her portrait

Mya with her portrait


I thought you might like to see these two talented sisters, Zoe and Mya, holding their portraits.

Although I am not posting regularly at the moment I am painting... for an upcoming portrait exhibition scheduled for early next spring. Of course I will keep you posted on the details closer to the event, but for now I wanted you to know why my blog posts have been sporadic.

There are a few more people I promised to paint for the blog over the next few months so stay tuned.
:0) 

The upcoming portrait exhibition will consist of 45 portraits (26 painted so far) plus a 'surprise' element to be displayed next to each portrait.

Don't you love surprises!
;)

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Zoe with a bit of Frida... by Kim Blair



Zoe 
(14"x11" pastel on gessoed 300 lb. w.c. paper)


Zoe is a talented young dancer who enjoys expressing herself through ballet, tap and jazz classes.

My friend Christine, who commissioned this portrait, inspired Zoe's interest in Frida Kahlo... which is why I added the flowers in her hair and changed her hoodie into a peasant style blouse with a bit of colourful trim.

Zoe and Mya, who was my previous blog post, are sisters. Both girls now have a pastel portrait of themselves... gifts from our mutual friend Christine.

Thanks Christine! 



A smile to brighten your day...




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