Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Red Hatter, by Kim Blair


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

'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.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Billboard Art, by Kim Blair


Billboard Art
 At first I thought how strange it was to see my art beside an A&W sign... surreal in many respects.

But if you let your imagination work a bit I think you might see a double cheese, double bacon burger image appear in my painting... roundish buns with gooey cheese, maybe an onion ring or two?

No?

Well, one thing is for sure... the A&W sign says, 'Limited Time' and that is true because my painting will only be up for another two weeks, and then it is time for another lucky artist to have that spot.

(Hopefully I can get some photos of it with the sun shining...sunny Alberta has not been very sunny so far this winter!)



Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Mirror, Mirror... by Kim Blair

*click on 'Selfies' tab at top of blog for image


Mirror, Mirror
12x9
ink, acrylic in paper


This time I ditched the photos and used a mirror instead.  Looking at myself in a mirror for this sketching session, felt very different from looking at a photo.  The photo allowed me to feel removed from the drawing session, whereas the mirror did not.

Staring at a flesh and blood person, even if in a mirror (and even if it is yourself) made me really think about what I was doing because I was looking at a real person....  It was a very strange experience, but I have to say it was more satisfying/interesting to draw myself using a mirror than using a photo.


This is #7.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Frankimstein, by Kim Blair

*click on 'Selfies' tab at top of blog for image

'Frankimstein'
14x11
 (collage, w.c. pencil, w.c. pastel & ink on paper)

Ever have one of those days when your forehead feels a bit large?

The collaged section containing my right eye and nose was salvaged from a previous selfie attempt gone bad...  as the new  image began to emerge I had the feeling it was becoming a creation that only a mad scientist could love... so 'Frankimstein' was born!

 Lucky number six...

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Billboard on a Busy Street... by Kim Blair


Here I am with my billboard image
(the image is a detail from a larger abstract painting called 'Prana')
a #YEGCanvas event


A BIG thank you to:

 The Edmonton Arts Council and Pattison signs!



I mentioned in a previous blog posting (Nov 1) that I was one of the artists selected to have a painting displayed on a billboard in the #YEGCanvas urban billboard and transit poster exhibition for 2016/2017.   Click here for the map to locate each billboard/poster for this round of artists (my billboard is #2 on the map.)

Locating my billboard was a fun game of hide and seek even though it was a bit of a cold overcast day here in Edmonton when I ventured up to 97 Street and 135 Avenue to find the billboard image of my painting.  Luckily my husband drove so I could swivel my head around (not quite like Linda Blair in the 'Exorcist'... but close) looking at the front and back of each sign until I found mine in the 'Fountain Tire' parking lot, southbound on 97 Street.  What a thrill!

Numerous photos and one short video later we were on our way back home... but the day felt warmer and a whole lot sunnier... at least for me!





Monday, January 2, 2017

New Do for the New Year, by Kim Blair

*click on 'Selfies' tab at top of blog for image

'New Do for the New Year'
(12x9 pencil on paper)

I had my hair cut a bit shorter for the holidays, which meant I needed to take a new series of photos for my self-portrait project, (although I may still utilize some of the previous photos).   It's interesting that my image changes depending on the angle of the camera, the pose taken and/or the style  of my hair.  The challenge is to work with the image chosen, trying to recreate what you are seeing rather than what you 'think' you see, or think you know...

My New Year resolution is to complete and post the balance of my self-portraits over the next 11 months, which works out to one self-portrait a week for the next forty-seven weeks.

This is number five.