Monday, April 24, 2017

Traces of a Previous Life, by Kim Blair

'Traces of a Previous Life' is a large  (48" x 48") abstract painting on gallery profile canvas.

The paint was applied to the support using putty knives, credit cards, sticks, cardboard and brushes.

Influenced by my ongoing research of ancient mark making and pattern this painting is composed of  thick layers of pigment scratched and gouged... revealing history... offering a glimpse into what lies beneath... traces of a previous life.

(*Click on the images below to see the rich history of paint, colour and marks.)

Traces of a Previous Life
48" x 48"
acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas
(on easel in studio)
 Traces of a Previous Life
(*hanging on dining room wall for display purposes)

Traces of a Previous Life
48" x 48"
acrylic on canvas

$2400.00 + S/H
(*inquire regarding shipping costs within North America)

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Glow, by Kim Blair

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(w.c. pastels on acrylic base coated paper)

The better title for this painting would be, 'Foot Lights... and Ten Years Younger!'  The green/yellow glow on my face reminds me of the affect that foot lights (from the 1800s) had on stage performers' skin colour.  Toulouse Lautrec enjoyed portraying this effect on his subjects... and I enjoy Toulouse Lautrec's work, so this portrait is a bit of a nod to his colour choices.

The 'Ten Years Younger,' is a bit of artistic license showing up... unintentionally of course ;)

A few months ago I listened to a podcast interview of a portrait painter who offered her prospective clients the optional incentive that she could/would "Take off ten years, ten pounds and whiten their teeth!"

Airbrushing is alive and well...

Monday, April 3, 2017

Good Vibrations, by Kim Blair

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Good Vibrations
(15x11, w.c. pastel & w.c. pencil 
on acrylic base coated paper)

Complementary colours and energetic marks combine to create good vibrations in this self-portrait.
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The combination seems to illustrate 'energy' which the thesaurus defines as:  vitality, enthusiasm, effervescence, passion, animation, zest, etc... all of which I have in varying degrees.

This is #12 in my self-portrait series.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Chalk Board, by Kim Blair

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Chalk Board
(15x11 w.c. pastel & w.c. pencil
 on acrylic base coated paper)

As a child I asked for (and received) a chalk board for a birthday gift... it came in green rather than black, which was a bit disappointing, but I soon got over it.  Last night when I showed Ferdinand this portrait and he said the background reminded him of a chalk board I thought that is definitely going to be the title for this piece!

My childhood love of chalk boards and chalk may be the reason I enjoyed using watercolour pastels and watercolour pencils to create this portrait.  The chalky appearance of the pastels gives this portrait a fun, carefree quality... even though I am not smiling in this painting I think it feels much happier than the previous portrait... and more like me!

*(I wonder if any artists reading this blog use or have used 'pan-pastels'?  I would like to try them, but knowing that regular dry/chalk pastels are too dusty for me makes me hesitant to experiment with the new pan-style variety.  Any feedback on how dusty they are would be most helpful...)

Monday, March 27, 2017

Classic Blue, by Kim Blair

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Classic Blue
(15x11 acrylic on paper)

Reserved, demure, traditionalist, conventional, all these words seem to describe this portrait... but they do not describe me.  Although I feel the features do resemble mine the 'image' portrayed in this portrait is not who I am.  A string of pearls and a sweater set would complete this conservative image... 

 Maybe I do come across as the 'girl-next-door,' at times, hmmmmm... need to work on a new look!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Red Hatter, by Kim Blair

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Red Hatter
(15x11 acrylic on paper)

I have been following my nose down a few rabbit holes with this self-portrait exercise... and decided it was time to try one wearing my red faux fur hat.  Of course being a fan of colour I felt the need to continue painting my face with a bit of a surreal palette since my natural colouring is very pale and rather boring.

This is #9.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

My Purple Period, by Kim Blair

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'Purple Portrait I'
15''x11'' palette knife painting
acrylic on paper

Yes, it has been quite a while since my last portrait posting... and I would like to confess that the exercise has been character building... to say the least!  

Although I utilized a small brush and black acrylic paint to draw my features, the rest of the portrait was painted using only a palette knife.  If you click on the image you can see the paint texture, which gives the feeling of thick skin... in some weird way.

The use of black for drawing my features was a direct influence from Van Gogh and Alice Neel, both of whom I had lunch with today... via two lovely art books. 

(This style really speaks to me... it has a quality reminiscent of my previous work painting flowers, fruit and vegetables in oil on a black acrylic undercoating... often employing a palette knife to create thick passages of paint.)

This portrait was painted using a mirror.