Thursday, June 16, 2016

Graduation Day, Kim Blair

At the Jubilee Theatre just before Graduation Ceremony

At Home, Graduation Day, June 10, 2016

It was a beautiful day to Graduate 'with distinction' from the Visual Arts Program at the University of Alberta, Edmonton.  We continued the celebrations with a lovely dinner...

Monday, June 6, 2016

Oxbow, by Kim Blair

acrylic on canvas

Earthy hues applied with cardboard and brush...carved with twigs and palette knives creating the feel of ancient topography. 

The oxbow shape of a meandering river... named after the wooden yoke used to harness oxen.  


Friday, May 27, 2016

Prana, abstract painting by Kim Blair

36"x36" acrylic on canvas

The inspiration for my abstract work comes from a number of sources... nature, architecture, archaeology, machinery, life experiences, travel... they all influence the work.

One colour that evokes happy memories of childhood for me is this pinky orange tone.  Perhaps it was the wall colour at a friends home, or the upholstery fabric on a piece of furniture at a relative's cottage.  Whatever the source, it is a colour I absorbed into my visual memory, incubating all these years... waiting for the right moment to be expressed.

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Portal, abstract painting by Kim Blair

36"x36" acrylic on canvas

As mentioned in a previous post you can expect to see abstract work on my blog and website rather than the painterly realism of previous years.  My abstract muse has arrived and she will be staying for the foreseeable future.

If you click on the above image for a closer look you will notice thick passages of paint excavated to reveal deeper layers of colour and texture.  The primitive imperfect marks I am able to create by scratching the surface with twigs, palette knives and cardboard along with wielding my brush taped to a stick giving me a 24" handle (so that I cannot fiddle with tight brush strokes) gives the piece its character, it's 'Wabi Sabi'...

'The beauty of imperfection'...

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Sunday, April 10, 2016

Salsa, by Kim Blair

(22x28 inches, oil on canvas)

('Salsa' on easel in my Studio)

This oil painting called, 'Salsa' was created about a year ago, and I realized that I never posted it for sale.  This large (22x28 inches) red pepper painting really is a' hot item' like the name implies as it will be the last of its kind for quite a while as I transition into showing my new abstract work on my blog.

Transformation is always exciting.  I have been transforming my creativity by utilizing the power of  abstraction, allowing inspiration from various pursuits, interests and observations to inform my new work through the exploration of colour, shape and texture.

You are invited to come along for the adventure...

22x28 oil on canvas

$500.00 + $25.00 S&H  anywhere in North America

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Living Large needs a home, by Kim Blair

Living Large
mixed media
framed dimensions: 39.5 "x 31"

This painting called 'Living Large' is sitting in my studio waiting to go to a good home...

A good home for this framed painting would be in the office/public reception area of a non-profit organization, or a hospital ward/hallway were the general public would enjoy viewing it.

Please contact me if you know of an organization that fits the above description within the Edmonton area that would have room for this piece of art in their collection.  I am considering donating this piece to a non-profit organization that feels like the right fit.  All suggestions will be considered, please have the person responsible for such acquisitions contact me.


Telephone: 780-474-6734

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Endings are New Beginnings, by Kim Blair

'Formative to Informative'
Taking down my Exhibition

Today I took down my exhibition, 'Formative to Informative' after being on display for two months at the Faculty of Extension Gallery at the University of Alberta.  Packing up my art was definitely a bitter sweet experience with lots of reminiscing about the artistic process that led to the creation of this body of work.  The pieces that sold are now in the hands of the collectors while the rest of the work is safely stored in my studio.

My thoughts have moved on to creating new work for my next show, which makes me a firm believer that endings are new beginnings...