Friday, August 18, 2017

Lime Twist, by Kim Blair


Lime Twist
(10"x10" oil on canvas)

Lime Twist is a new painting inspired from a photo I took a few years ago.  The lime wedges were arranged on tin foil and photographed to catch the ripple reflections on the reflective surface... a sea of shimmering lights and darks.

The work of Canadian artist Mary Pratt inspired me to work with tin foil.  Her painting, 'Red Currant Jelly' from 1972 was the impetus for my fruit and veggie still life work displayed on tin foil.

10"x10" oil on canvas (needs some drying time)

$150.00 (+ $15.00 S/H in Canada)   (*contact me for S/H fees to USA)

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Mandala Yellow, by Kim Blair


Mandala Yellow
(12"x12" oil on canvas)

Once the palette knife gets into my hand all bets are off as to how thick the paint application will be!

Rich buttery oil paint spread into soft layers of yellow sunshine creating a swirling disk of sunflower petals... a mandala of sorts.

Mandala, a Sanskrit word meaning 'disk'.

(*Click on the image to get a close up view of the luscious texture)


12"x12" oil on canvas (needs some drying time) 

$200.00 (+ $15.00 S/H anywhere in Canada) (email me for S/H fees to USA)

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Monday, August 7, 2017

New Perspective, by Kim Blair


New Perspective
11x14 oil on canvas

Your first impression of a glossy thick skinned red pepper is that he/she is pretty sure of themselves and their place in the vegetable kingdom.  Its bright red exterior usually takes center stage when mixed  with other veggies on a party tray... often the life of the party this colorful extrovert can be mild mannered or a bit hot.

The interior of a pepper is beautiful too, and while taking a closer look you notice that it has a soft vulnerable side as well.   Pliable reddish orange flesh surrounds a soft creamy white focal point accented with a multitude of little white lentil shaped seeds... the heart of a pepper reminds us that what we see on the outside is often no indication of what lies within.

Sometimes a new perspective is needed...

Like a book... you shouldn't judge a pepper by its cover.

*(This is another pepper painting not previously for sale)


11x14 oil on canvas

$200.00 (+ $18.00 S/H anywhere in Canada) (*contact me for S/H cost to USA)

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Masquerade, by Kim Blair


Masquerade
(11x14, oil on canvas)


Masquerade was painted a few years ago... it was to be part of my graduate exhibition, but I changed my direction for that show... which meant that any paintings on canvas I had started to create would be for sale another time... and then I forgot about them.

While cleaning my studio last week I discovered a couple pepper paintings that I have not posted for sale.

The yellow pepper in Masquerade definitely has attitude! The arabesque lines of this fleshy yellow pepper along with the soft swirls of the red velvet in the background give it the feel of opulence and over the top decadence... like a costume for a masquerade ball.  The two halves look like they are having a jovial time at the party!


The undercoat is a midnight blue opalescence paint, which you can see peeking through here and there adding a bit more drama.

(Click on the image to have a closer look.)


11x14 oil on canvas

200.00 (+ 18.00 S/H in Canada)  *Email me for cost of S/H to USA

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Monday, July 3, 2017

Heirloom, by Kim Blair


Heirloom
(12"x9" oil on canvas)

While researching heirloom iris I came upon information regarding the Svalbard Global Seed Vault.

I thought I had landed on a site for a sci-fi movie, but instead realized it was a real place located deep inside a mountain on a remote island between Norway and the North Pole.   It is a unique storage facility housing the world's largest collection of crop diversity... for the future... just in case we need to reboot agriculture.

If you are at all interested in gardening this site is well worth taking a look at!  It feels so futuristic and yet it is a real facility. 

Good thing someone is planning ahead!



12"x9" oil on canvas (needs some drying time)

$150.00 (+$15.00 anywhere in North America)

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Friday, June 30, 2017

Happy Canada Day! by Kim Blair


The beginning sketch...


Half way through the painting... 

Yellow and burgundy bearded iris are staple flowers in many older gardens here in Edmonton, and probably throughout most of Canada.  An heirloom variety it found it's way to Canada with the hardy pioneers who settled this vast country.  Thankfully this flower species as well as the rugged people who transported it to Canada survived the harsh conditions in the New World.

Canada's 150th birthday is definitely the time to celebrate our heritage and all the things we think of as being Canadian... like yellow and burgundy iris and of course... butter tarts!

Happy 150 Canada!

(*The finished painting will be posted next week.)

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Cloud White, by Kim Blair


Cloud White
12x9 oil on canvas

While painting this white poppy I kept glancing out my studio window admiring the voluptuous white clouds floating by.  Each cloud looked more ethereal than the next and I began to notice that the poppy I was painting had very similar qualities to the fluffy fullness of the clouds drifting past.


9"x12" oil on canvas (needs some drying time)

sold