Monday, April 14, 2014

Dead or Alive, Aspen Tree Sketch, by Kim Blair

Dead or Alive
 Ink on Paper

Leafing through one of my smaller sketch books I discovered a couple of pen and ink drawings from a plein-air outing in Elk Island Park... last September.  It was one of those warm, end of summer afternoons, when you sit and contemplate nature... with a pen in one hand and a sketch book on your lap.  This aspen tree looked rather dead... but still a bit alive... with a few silver dollar shaped leaves dancing in the soft breeze.


Sunday, March 9, 2014

Portfolio Review Day at the U of A, by Kim Blair

Me posing with 2 of my Self Portraits

Finally the day arrived... March 6 was my Visual Arts portfolio review at the University of Alberta!  I was assigned a studio to display selected pieces from each course in my particular stream of study, plus show the panel of three instructors examples of my art work created outside of the program.
It was quite a bit of work to select, pack and transport the art, then display the work in the room at the university, and finally take it all down again within a few hours... but all the hard work was worth it!
(I have to admit that my husband helped with the schlepping, etc)

In a couple of weeks I will receive a written copy of the panels critique for my records, but I left the portfolio review knowing that they recommend I now start creating art for my final project show at the university.


Monday, February 17, 2014

Life Drawing, by Kim Blair

(7.5 x 7.5)
drawing pencil on craft paper

When I study the model's lips during a drawing session I love to get lost in the subtle nuances of tone that ultimately describe the shape of each section.  Sculpted plains of light and shade connect creating a recognizable image... a pair of lips.

I enjoy drawing lips more than the rest of the face, although eyes are a close second.

These particular lips belong to a male model.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Surprise Christmas Present, by Kim Blair

oil on canvas

Or this...
Always fun to try different locations!

Sometimes it's difficult to keep a gift a surprise, but the husband of a friend of mine did just that this Christmas. He made a point of remembering which painting she had commented on when she was perusing my blog, then he contacted me to hold the painting for him.

A fellow painter, she thought she was receiving a blank canvas as she unwrapped the gift...  but was very happy to find Can-Can instead!

It's always fun to be part of a surprise.

(Thanks C. for sending the photos)


Sunday, December 22, 2013

Happy Holidays, Enhanced Poinsettia Painting, by Kim Blair

 Poinsettia Painting
16x20, photo enhanced on a mac 

The original oil painting called 'A Touch of Lime,' was painted and sold a couple of years ago, but the image is one I enjoy looking at anytime of year.  Hot sunny Mexico is the place of origin for this beautiful plant, a member of the euphorbia family so it seems odd that it has become an iconic symbol of the holiday season.

Utilizing the photo booth app on my mac I transformed the painting into a graphic looking cartoon image... for a bit of festive fun! 

Happy Holidays... Peace and Joy to everyone.


Sunday, December 8, 2013

Ochre toned Avocado, pen and ink, by Kim Blair

Avocado Sketch
pen and ink on paper
(color enhanced in iphoto) 

A few clicks of the mouse in iphoto allows you to manipulate an image... new can become old.

Crisp white paper magically transforms into a page from an antiquated book, adding a richness to the original drawing... allowing one to believe that the sketch may be from a different era.  

You can view the original by clicking here.


Saturday, November 23, 2013

Bedazzle, by Kim Blair

oil on canvas

This painting caught my eye while I was looking through my inventory today.  Poppies have always been a favourite subject matter for me to paint and they have been very popular with my collectors.

Since the holidays are just around the corner... I wanted to remind everyone that this large silky bloom is for sale and would make a stunning gift.

Happy Shopping...

16x20 oil on canvas (ready to hang, no framing necessary)