Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Book Cover Art, by Kim Blair

Lion Rampant I

Do you remember this painting I created a few years ago of the 'Lion Rampant', the unofficial national flag of Scotland?  Well, now you can see it as an Amazon/Kindle book cover if you click here, approximately number six down the list of books written by H. A. Culley.

Mr. H. A. Culley, a prolific authour from Great Britain emailed me a few months ago requesting to use it on the cover of his latest book, "The Winter King": Robert the Bruce (Robert the Bruce Trilogy 2).  I am looking forward to reading it over the winter.






Monday, November 3, 2014

Sketching in Italy, by Kim Blair

Italian Pepper
6x8 Pen and Ink, Watercolour Sketch 

I had good intensions to fill my sketch book while we vacationed in Italy for the month of October... but our days were filled with sightseeing, enjoying the local culture and eating gelato.  Most evenings we cooked dinner while sipping a glass of wine, discussing our daily adventures... then fell into bed!

The only time I had to sketch was in the evenings, which is why the few sketches I was able to squeak in revolved around food.  But, since fruit and vegetables are my favourite things to paint it turned out to be a lovely way to relax.

*One tip I'd like to pass along is not to have your tea cup next to your watercolour water container... A couple of times I found myself absentmindedly rinsing my brush in the wrong cup!

Ciao for now.



Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Colourful Grouping, paintings by Kim Blair




A Calgary couple who have collected a number of my paintings (and ink drawings) sent me these photos of their recent acquisition 'Siena' hanging in their living room next to a grouping of two smaller pieces that I painted a few years ago.   It's a visual treat for me to see my art hanging in a collectors home.
Thanks L. for sending me these photos.

Colourful art on gorgeous colourful walls!




Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Siena, acrylic on canvas, by Kim Blair


Siena
24x24 acrylic on canvas

Siena, a picturesque medieval town in the Tuscan region of Italy was the source of a rich transparent reddish brown earth pigment first used in prehistoric cave paintings.   During the Renaissance artists began roasting this pigment (found naturally in clay) to enhance the range of hues, and one color produced was called 'burnt sienna'.
 Approximately 20 years ago the supply ran out, and now this luscious paint color comes from Sardinia and Sicily (even a small quantity from Germany), or is synthetically produced.

I just mailed this painting off to a collector in Calgary... she said she would send me a photo of it hanging in its new home and I promise to post the photo on my blog so that you can see it hanging in situ.

SOLD
24x24 acrylic on canvas

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Green Hearts, oil on canvas, by Kim Blair


Green Hearts
14x11 oil on canvas

During one of our trips to Mexico we booked a week long archaeology tour of the Yucatan Peninsula stopping at various ancient Mayan temples, sacred sites and historic cities... it was a very memorable experience.  Our first stop was Chichen Itza, a UNESCO world heritage site.  Along with its massive pyramid to the Sun the site contains numerous fascinating structures, temples and sculptures.

Human sacrifice was one of the religious practices of the Mayan... and during my research of capsicum annum (peppers) and its origin in Mesoamerica... I noticed an intriguing similarity between the structure of a pepper and a human heart.  

NFS (at this time)

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Pen and Ink Contour Figure Drawing, by Kim Blair

Pen & Ink on Paper 
5 x 3.3 inches

Pen & Ink on Paper
  3.5 x 4 inches

 Pen & Ink on Paper 
4 x 3.5 inches

Pen & Ink on Paper
5.5 x 3.5 inches

How many lines does it take to describe the human body?

Using pen and ink I created these four semi-blind (you try not to look at your paper too often while executing the drawing) contour drawings during a life drawing session.  I liked the challenge of using line (without the addition of hatching or shading) to evoke the model's voluptuous form... choosing four  different perspectives for this exercise in simplicity.

NFS


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Red Accents, Oil Paintings by Kim Blair

 Silver Peppers
12x12 oil on canvas
Tomato Red I
10x10 oil on canvas

A Collector from Calgary recently did a kitchen renovation using red as an accent colour... which included two of my paintings. Last week she purchased 'Tomato Red I' to hang above her sink, while a previous purchase, 'Silver Peppers' hangs on the wall by the stove.

It's so much fun to see where collectors hang their purchases!

Thanks A.S. for sending these photos to me.