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...

Monday, June 8, 2015

Sea Treasures Snippet, by Kim Blair

(close-up section from larger work on paper)

The long red streaks of paint in this snippet seem to suggest strands of red coral (Corallium rubrum) floating amongst green seaweed, rocks and various plant life found in the sea.  In antiquity the Romans would hang branches of red coral around their children's neck to protect them from evil spirits.
Red coral, like many aquatic treasures harvested from the sea is now on the endangered species list. 

Friday, June 5, 2015

Snippet Diptych, by Kim Blair

(close-up sections from larger work on 300 lb watercolour paper)

When photographing these close-up sections (snippets) from the larger paintings I created for my graduate show, I use the camera view finder like a mini frame, selecting passages where the paint application, colour combination and brush work create mini abstract paintings.

These 'snippets' are little paintings within larger paintings.

Both of these snippets are taken from the same larger mixed media painting.