Monday, November 4, 2019

Suzanne's portrait in pastel by Kim Blair


Suzanne Allard
(14"x11" pastel on gessoed w.c. paper)


I've known my good friend Suzanne for over 30 years! 

It's amazing how time flies. When I first came to Alberta Suzanne and I shared a townhouse for a couple of years. Now we make sure to schedule time to get together for tea ever month or so in order to catch up, share ideas, and dreams.
It feels so easy to talk with Suzanne because she enjoys listening as well as sharing, which makes our conversations a joy!

I painted her portrait to celebrate her birthday which falls on the 17th of this month.

Happy Birthday Suzanne !

Her creative spirit and love of design are two essential ingredients for her profession as an Interior Designer.

If you are looking for an interior designer who will actively listen to your needs, whether residential or commercial, I would highly recommend you contact my good friend Suzanne:





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Monday, September 23, 2019

Sisters...by Kim Blair

Zoe with her portrait

Mya with her portrait


I thought you might like to see these two talented sisters, Zoe and Mya, holding their portraits.

Although I am not posting regularly at the moment I am painting... for an upcoming portrait exhibition scheduled for early next spring. Of course I will keep you posted on the details closer to the event, but for now I wanted you to know why my blog posts have been sporadic.

There are a few more people I promised to paint for the blog over the next few months so stay tuned.
:0) 

The upcoming portrait exhibition will consist of 45 portraits (26 painted so far) plus a 'surprise' element to be displayed next to each portrait.

Don't you love surprises!
;)

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Zoe with a bit of Frida... by Kim Blair



Zoe 
(14"x11" pastel on gessoed 300 lb. w.c. paper)


Zoe is a talented young dancer who enjoys expressing herself through ballet, tap and jazz classes.

My friend Christine, who commissioned this portrait, inspired Zoe's interest in Frida Kahlo... which is why I added the flowers in her hair and changed her hoodie into a peasant style blouse with a bit of colourful trim.

Zoe and Mya, who was my previous blog post, are sisters. Both girls now have a pastel portrait of themselves... gifts from our mutual friend Christine.

Thanks Christine! 



A smile to brighten your day...




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Monday, July 15, 2019

Day of the Dead... by Kim Blair



Mya
(14"x11" pastel on gessoed 300 lb. w.c. paper)


Halloween is that special day of the year when we get to express ourselves by creating a unique look. Mya enjoys The Day of the Dead theme and chose it as her costume for Halloween last fall. My friend Christine commissioned me to paint Mya in her favourite costume as a surprise gift ... so of course I said yes! The photo Christine sent instantly inspired me.

You can tell 'M' has a theatrical spirit by the way she portrays the drama of her costume. This mighty little spirit enjoys swimming, Taekwondo, and plays the Ukulele! 




Looks like 'M' has inspired this chalk artist...
:0)






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Monday, June 24, 2019

Double Double...by Kim Blair


Jacquie with her portrait


John with his portrait


 Jacquie and John agreed to pose with their portraits so I could snap a few photos. John commented that the reference photo used to create his portrait was taken when his beard was 'a bit more groomed' than it is now... 5 months later.

Next time you are at the 'The Old Strathcona Market' here in Edmonton stop by their pottery booth Aven-Hill Pottery and say hi!



Monday, June 3, 2019

John's portrait in pastel by Kim Blair




John
(14"x11" pastel on gessoed 300 lb. w.c. paper)

John is the other half of the creative talent for Aven-Hill Pottery (this is a link to their blog).  In 1984, right after graduating from the Alberta College of Art and Design, he and his wife Jacquie started their pottery business, which means they have been creating pottery for 35 years!

You will find them at their booth inside the Old Strathcona Farmers' Market every Saturday. Next time you're at the market you might want to stop by their booth to see the exquisite range of colours they use for glazing their pieces.



Looks like someone recognizes another one of their humans...
:0)




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Monday, May 13, 2019

Jacquie's portrait in pastel by Kim Blair




Jacquie
(14"x11" pastel on gessoed 300 lb. w.c. paper)


Jacquie and her husband John (who's portrait will be my next posting) are the creative talent behind Aven-Hill Pottery (this is a link to their Facebook page). They have had a booth at the Old Strathcona Farmers' Market for the past 19 years!

Of course we own a number of pieces of their fine craftsmanship and plan on investing in more.

Every morning I have the pleasure of enjoying my tea from one of their beautiful mugs. There is something nurturing about sipping a beverage from a piece of handcrafted pottery... it reminds me to slow down and enjoy life. 

A little bit of gratitude with each sip!



Looks like someone recognizes one of their humans...
:0)



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