Tuesday, February 20, 2018

New large abstract painting, by Kim Blair

What's on my easel? 
(a completed 4'x3' abstract painting)
'Montego Bay'

The same 4'x3' abstract painting
Montego Bay
(hanging in our dining room)

I completed this large abstract painting a few weeks ago... it now resides in our dining room.

This painting, 'Montego Bay' was inspired by our trip to Jamaica this past December... but the colours have been calling to me for quite a while.  Aqua blue and green tones are the predominate colours accented with a variety of greys, bits of rust/brown and a few passages of deeper blue hues... all applied with a palette knife and various other tools.

Of course my signature scraping and drawing into the thick wet paint to reveal a bit of history can be seen when viewed from close range.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Watch 'Loving Vincent', suggested by Kim Blair

 (beginning sketch of 
Armand Roulin)

 (completed painting 'after Van Gogh's painting of
Armand Roulin')

The visually scrumptious animated movie 'Loving Vincent' has been nominated for an Oscar for 'Best Animated Feature Film.' It is a beautiful movie with Armand Roulin playing the lead role, which is why I have reposted the painting I created in 2013, after Vincent's painting of Armand.

It was a challenge, but also fun to try and replicate Vincent's colour choices and brush work.  This is one of only a handful of pieces I kept from all the art work I created during the many painting and drawing classes while attending the U of A.

The movie, 'Loving Vincent' is now available (through the 'digital content' site called Hoopla) at our public library, here in Edmonton.

The Oscars are March 4, 2018...

Monday, December 4, 2017

Winter Sky I, by Kim Blair

Winter Sky I
(14"x11" oil on canvas)

A prairie winter can feel a bit bleak... but if an artist enlists the gift of imagination a winter sky can  be transformed from a frigid landscape into a magical vista.

This piece was created using thick oil paint and a palette knife.  Click on the image to have a close up look at the texture.

Winter Sky I
14"x11" oil on canvas (*needs some drying time)

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

Monday, November 20, 2017

Prairie Sky I, by Kim Blair

Prairie Sky I
(14"x11" oil on canvas)

Golden yellow canola fields, big blue skies with voluminous white clouds... the stuff of prairie dreams on a cold winter day.

Thick creamy oil paint applied with a palette knife says it all.

*(click on the image to have a closer look)

Prairie Sky I
14"x11" oil on canvas

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

Monday, November 6, 2017

Collector Photos, by Kim Blair

(Grouping of my paintings hanging in Collectors' home)

I wanted to share these photos a collector sent me showing how they have displayed four of my paintings on two walls in their living room. The vibrant, joyful colour of the walls accentuates the rich hues in the paintings!

Thank you Laura, for sending me these cheerful snaps shots... they add a lovely splash of colour to a snowy white November here in Alberta.

*(I need to apologize for a posting glitch. This past Saturday you probably received a post from a 'year ago' announcing a billboard I had on 97 Street... not sure what happened but this post was not meant to be reposted this year... that was a December 2016 post!) 

Monday, October 30, 2017

Limoncello, by Kim Blair

(8"x10" oil on canvas)

When we were in Sorrento, Italy a few years ago we toured a local lemon grove that produced Limoncello,  a special Italian liqueur produced mainly in southern Italy, around the Gulf of Naples and the Amalfi coast. This lemon liqueur is traditionally served chilled after the evening meal to aid with digestion and is gaining popularity outside of Italy.  Often used in cocktails, it imparts a sweet lemon flavour to a mixed drink without the harsh bitterness of straight-up lemon juice.

With the holiday season fast approaching you may want to consider adding a bottle of limoncello to your apres dinner offerings... or perhaps a painting instead!


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$150.00 + ($15.00 S/H anywhere in Canada... contact me for S/H costs to USA)

8"x10" oil on canvas

Monday, October 23, 2017

Fiesta Orange by Kim Blair

Fiesta Orange
8"x10" oil on canvas

As previously mentioned, Canadian artist Mary Pratt's paintings of objects on tin foil have inspired me over the years.  Fiesta Orange is another painting in my series of fruit photographed on tin foil, then painted in oil paint on canvas.  Of course I take some artistic license when reproducing the reflections from the shiny crinkled surface... 'cause that is what being an artist is all about!

Many people still use the older term 'tin foil' even though tin foil was first replaced by aluminum foil in about 1910 when the first aluminum foil rolling plant opened in Switzerland.  My research revealed that the reason one side of the foil is shinier than the other side is because the rollers are oiled... so the side of the foil that touches the rollers comes out shinier!  Who knew?  Supposedly it makes no difference which side of the foil you use when cooking or freezing food, but I only use the shiny side for my still life set-ups.

*Click on the image to see the thick textured passages of paint... making the orange sections feel three dimensional.

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

8"x10" oil on canvas