Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Siena, acrylic on canvas, by Kim Blair

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.

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.


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.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Yellow Gold, oil painting by Kim Blair

Yellow Gold
11x14 oil on canvas

This painting of a yellow pepper cut in half was created a few months ago and has been stashed away in my studio... it may not leave my collection, at least not for a while.  After doing research on the history of capsicum annuum I painted this piece to evoke and symbolize the rich and bloody history of the conquest of the New World.  Along with gold bullion and the well guarded secret of a new source for red dye the Spanish fleet carried a new vegetable back to European soil.

(NFS at this time) 

Monday, June 30, 2014

Let's Stay in Touch, Canada's New Legislation, by Kim Blair

On July 1, 2014 Canada's new Anti-Spam Legislation will come into effect, regulating the distribution of commercial electronic messages by all organizations and individuals in Canada.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

One Half, Pen and Ink Sketch, by Kim Blair

One Half
Pen and Ink Sketch on Paper
3.75 x 2.75 inches 

This little pepper sketch was created using a black ink uniball pen.  Spontaneous and quick strokes within a little frame... different mark making from the previous 'chop stick' and ink drawing.