Monday, October 5, 2015

Have you had a Rorschach today... Snippets by Kim Blair


(closeup sections from larger work on paper)

  The Rorschach was a psychological test developed in 1921 where the participants were shown a set of ten ink blot cards and asked to describe what they thought each looked like.

Instead of ten, I am offering two snippet/closeup sections taken from the same larger mixed media work on paper... what do you see?

Be creative.... there are no wrong answers.

(The larger work will be revealed at my exhibition in 2 months.)


Sunday, September 27, 2015

Officially Fall Snippets by Kim Blair

 (close-up detail from larger work on canvas)

(close-up detail from larger work on canvas)

Autumn is officially here.  A thick carpet of golden yellow elm leaves has started to develop along our street and the aroma of freshly baked apple crisp has filled our house numerous times over the last few weeks.
But that is not the only thing that has been happening... I have been putting together the details for my grad exhibition that will take place in a few months.   Selecting which paintings will be hung and where all seemed so simple until I actually sat down with a scaled model of the gallery (that my husband designed for me.) 

 Yes, it's all fun and games until some hard decisions have to be made about your own work because not every piece I painted will fit in the gallery space.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

What a line Snippet, by Kim Blair

(close-up detail from larger work on canvas)

A line has the capacity to draw the viewer into or out of a painting.  The thickness of a line along with the intensity of colour can create the illusion of strength or delicacy.  But what happens when the colour of a line is considered to be delicate while the thickness suggests strength?  Is that allowed... can something be delicate and strong at the same time?

I like to think of it as the 'yin yang effect.'

My grad show has now been booked for the end of November 2015.  I will keep you posted as to exact dates, plus the date/time of the reception/party at the venue/gallery.

(*In this upcoming show I will be exhibiting the complete, larger paintings where all these smaller 'snippet' close-up sections originated from).  

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Purple Passion Snippet, by Kim Blair

(close-up detail from larger work on canvas)

After my confession on my last post (about having a saturated palette... surprise, surprise) I thought it might be good to offer up a 'snippet' example of rich vibrant hues playing off some tints and shades... variations on a colour theme.
I didn't come completely clean with my confession... I should have added that I have a soft spot for using line work in my paintings, which makes my art a painting/drawing hybrid of sorts.

Monday, July 27, 2015

True Confessions Snippet, by Kim Blair

(close-up detail from larger work on canvas)

I have a confession to make... (but I have a feeling most of you know it already), I have a saturated palette.  There, I said it out loud for everyone to hear.  Rich vibrant colours make my heart sing and always put a smile on my face.  It has taken me a long time to admit this, but now that it is out in the open I feel a weight of paint falling off my shoulders.

Although I do have a weakness for monochromatic black and white work (some examples will be included in my grad show later this fall) my brush tends to be attracted to saturated colours, along with a variety of tints, tones and shades of various hues for added depth and interest.

I'll sleep better tonight now that my secret is out...

Monday, June 15, 2015

What do you see Snippet, by Kim Blair

(close-up sections from larger work on canvas)

These two snippets (like the previous two from June 12) are from larger abstract works on canvas.  Although I will not reveal the inspiration for the abstract paintings these sections are from... I will say that these two particular snippets seem to evoke landscapes, but your eyes and imagination might see something different.

Tell me what you see...

Friday, June 12, 2015

Orange is the new Snippet Colour, by Kim Blair

(close-up sections from larger work on canvas)

Orange is back in vogue.  You'll find it in book and movie titles, accent pillows, hand bags and napkins... even a line of high end cast iron cookware comes in a vibrant shade of orange.

From pumpkins to poppies you can find a multitude of tints, tones and shades of this warm earthy hue... it can even be found in a snippet or two...