Monday, September 19, 2016

Large Abstract, needs a name... (already has a good home) by Kim Blair

 snippet from large abstract
 snippet from large abstract
 preparing to hang painting
 Abstract installed
Abstract, 48"x 60", acrylic on gallery profile canvas

Yesterday we delivered and installed the large abstract painting commission, 48"x 60" acrylic on canvas.  It looks fantastic in the space!  I thought you might like to see the wall space before and after the painting was hung... along with some close-up 'snippets' in order to get a better overall 'feel' for the piece.

*The painting has not been named yet.

As part of this commission I thought it might be fun to give my clients the opportunity to participate in the naming of their painting.   While contemplating some titles last night we all thought it would be fun to ask my subscribers to offer suggestions too... so please let your creative juices flow and brainstorm some title suggestions for this large abstract painting.

The colour palette in this painting consists of various tints, tones and shades of grey, black, brown, rust, purple, teal/aqua along with a few tiny hints of orange. (Too bad the title "Fifty Shades of Grey" is already taken!)

A glass of wine by the cozy fireplace (off to the right of the painting) will help the ideas to flow this fall/winter, but my clients liked the idea of asking my subscribers to offer title suggestions... the more ideas to choose from the better!

Anytime you come up with a title for this painting just pop it into an email to me.  Once a name has been chosen I will let you know in a future blog.

We are looking forward to your creative title suggestions...

Monday, July 25, 2016

Painting Tools, by Kim Blair

(Selection of Abstract Painting Tools)

Creating an abstract painting is a liberating experience.  Applying the thick buttery paint to the canvas utilizing an array of tools (see photo) to manipulate the medium is rewarding as well as intellectually stimulating. The creative process allows collaboration between my subconscious and conscious brain giving me access to a visual language that feels both primitive and contemporary.

It is this magical collaboration that keeps me returning to the studio.

(At the moment I am working on a large abstract will be posted once it is completed and installed.)

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Graduation Day, Kim Blair

At the Jubilee Theatre just before Graduation Ceremony

At Home, Graduation Day, June 10, 2016

It was a beautiful day to Graduate 'with distinction' from the Visual Arts Program at the University of Alberta, Edmonton.  We continued the celebrations with a lovely dinner...

Monday, June 6, 2016

Oxbow, by Kim Blair

acrylic on canvas

Earthy hues applied with cardboard and brush...carved with twigs and palette knives creating the feel of ancient topography. 

The oxbow shape of a meandering river... named after the wooden yoke used to harness oxen.  


Friday, May 27, 2016

Prana, abstract painting by Kim Blair

36"x36" acrylic on canvas

The inspiration for my abstract work comes from a number of sources... nature, architecture, archaeology, machinery, life experiences, travel... they all influence the work.

One colour that evokes happy memories of childhood for me is this pinky orange tone.  Perhaps it was the wall colour at a friends home, or the upholstery fabric on a piece of furniture at a relative's cottage.  Whatever the source, it is a colour I absorbed into my visual memory, incubating all these years... waiting for the right moment to be expressed.

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Portal, abstract painting by Kim Blair

36"x36" acrylic on canvas

As mentioned in a previous post you can expect to see abstract work on my blog and website rather than the painterly realism of previous years.  My abstract muse has arrived and she will be staying for the foreseeable future.

If you click on the above image for a closer look you will notice thick passages of paint excavated to reveal deeper layers of colour and texture.  The primitive imperfect marks I am able to create by scratching the surface with twigs, palette knives and cardboard along with wielding my brush taped to a stick giving me a 24" handle (so that I cannot fiddle with tight brush strokes) gives the piece its character, it's 'Wabi Sabi'...

'The beauty of imperfection'...

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Sunday, April 10, 2016

Salsa, by Kim Blair

(22x28 inches, oil on canvas)

('Salsa' on easel in my Studio)

This oil painting called, 'Salsa' was created about a year ago, and I realized that I never posted it for sale.  This large (22x28 inches) red pepper painting really is a' hot item' like the name implies as it will be the last of its kind for quite a while as I transition into showing my new abstract work on my blog.

Transformation is always exciting.  I have been transforming my creativity by utilizing the power of  abstraction, allowing inspiration from various pursuits, interests and observations to inform my new work through the exploration of colour, shape and texture.

You are invited to come along for the adventure...

22x28 oil on canvas

$500.00 + $25.00 S&H  anywhere in North America