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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Monday, April 22, 2019

Yvette's portrait by Kim Blair



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

My friend Yvette, like my friend Ruth, (see her portrait here) is an artist. She works in various mediums and styles with beautiful results. We have one of her unique batik dye on silk paintings hanging in our home.
At the moment she is exploring alcohol inks producing vibrant abstracts perfectly sized for a small hit of colour in any room.

Besides working in the arts Yvette is a gardener. Her colourful flower beds are a delight to see and it is apropos that she has won numerous awards over the years for her lush gardens.

Her portrait, recreated as sidewalk chalk art, might be a fun accent to her landscaping this summer...






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Monday, April 8, 2019

Double Cuteness.... by Kim Blair


Ella
(with her portrait)

Ella, my niece, was 3 years old when I painted her portrait.

In this photo she is 3.5 years old... time sure flies! I think there will be a few more portraits in her future.
:0)
xxoo