Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Orange Twist

Orange Twist is the portrait of a full faced, orange toned parrot tulip.  The view is looking straight down at one tulip in a short vase sitting on a swatch of striped fabric.
Parrots tulips have many unique 'looks'.  When they are fresh from the bundle they appear timid and tightly closed from the world.  Then as they relax in the warmth of the room they begin to tease you with hints of the gorgeous colours that create their petals.  Before long they open and reveal a full smile... made all the more beautiful with the countless crinkles and twists of each petal.   Exotic swirls... rich tones of orange, with hints of yellow and green peeking out here and there.  A delight to behold.

$150.00, 9x12 oil on canvas

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Portrait of a Lily

Portrait of a Lily seemed a  fitting title for this painting... it brings to mind all the portrait work I am seeing on-line these days,  very inspirational work, by some very talented daily painters.  Plus this title is  a twist on the name of a beautiful movie I saw a number of years ago (13 to be exact) called 'Portrait of a Lady'.  A 1996 movie starring Nicole Kidman and John Malkovich, it was nominated for best costume design and should have won in my opinion.  The story line is a bit twisted, but when John Malkovich is in a movie you expect it to be twisted... anyway, if you can get past the femme fatale issues in the movie you will really enjoy the gorgeous costumes.  A visual feast!
In fact, I think some lovely silk striped fabric is featured on a few of Nicole's outfits...

A portrait for your wall...

12x12 oil on canvas

Monday, December 28, 2009

Bok Choy Bundles

Bok Choy Bundles is a painting that is all about patterns (dare I say almost stripe patterns...).  Even though Bok Choy resembles celery, it is a member of the cabbage family and is sometimes known as 'white cabbage'.  This shapely vegetable is high in calcium, Vit  C & A, but low in sodium.  Grown in China since ancient times it has now become a cash crop grown in Alberta and California.  Perhaps it is beginning to find its way into more Western style cooking rather than being a low calorie secret of Chinese cuisine.

'Bundles' would make a nice grouping with my previous posting of green onions,called 'Bunches'.  Together or alone, these two low cal veggies can add flavour to your kitchen or meal...

12x12 oil on canvas

Thursday, December 24, 2009


Green onions grow in bunches and are sold in bunches.  Onions were a staple food in ancient Egypt,  first appearing in tomb paintings around 3200 BCE, both the robust bulb onions as well as green onions.
The humble onion fell in and out of favour with the upper classes over the centuries.

Columbus brought many cultivars to Haiti during his second sailing to the New World, and although the Americas had native onions the taste did not compare to the intense flavour of the European varieties.  But the native onions provided sustenance for many missionaries and explorers around the Great Lakes region in North America.  Word has it that the City of Chicago was a region where an abundance of wild onions grew, and the city received its name form the Indian word that described the odor of onions.

I wonder if that is true?  Maybe that could be a topic for an Oprah Show...

12x12, oil on canvas. (needs some drying time)

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

French Red

I couldn't help myself... one more painting of the red parrot tulips.  Larger than life, French Red makes a bold statement.  These flowers are no 'shrinking violets'.  Their vibrancy will light up a room, and warm your heart... that's what red is all about.
Hot Stuff!

You will be seeing more of this square format next year.   The square format always works, on its own or in groupings... they make a wonderful statement. Whether side by side, one above the other, or in groups of 4 or more... they always work.

12x12, oil on canvas. (needs some drying time)

Monday, December 21, 2009

Red Parrots

Bundles of Gorgeous Red Parrot Tulips nestled in a bucket... huddled together like a flock of red birds.   My heart began to beat faster and I felt a flutter in my stomach, (which is always a sign that whatever I am looking at would make a good painting, or be inspiration for a painting)... so I selected a bundle of 5 and headed back to my studio.  By the next day they were opening nicely. Crinkled variegated edges on rich red petals, with the hint of a subtle, sweet fragrance when I stuck my nose into the centers.  How could anyone not love tulips?

$200.00, 12x12 inches, oil on canvas

Sunday, December 20, 2009

I'm in Print

I'm in Print!  I am one of four lucky artists chosen to be in the fall/winter addition of the Arts and Culture Magazine called 'Alternative Trends'.  If you click here you can read my article and see the numerous photos of my art. The magazine is beautiful, with lots of great information and articles discussing some of the latest arts and culture trends we are encountering in life.
I want to thank one of my collectors (and friend), Ted, who submitted my name for consideration for the magazine article; plus Pardee, the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Alternative Trends for selecting me for one of the profiles.

Have a look and a read... who knows, you may just see one of the paintings you purchased from me in this beautiful glossy magazine.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Tangerine Tease

Tangerine Tease is just that... one little tangerine segment... who can eat just one?
This sweet treat is resting on a gorgeous silk striped scarf that a friend gave me for my birthday. (She subscribes to my blog and noted that I am into using striped fabric in some of my paintings).  I made sure that this tangerine piece was perfectly dry before I placed it on the silk...

Now for some tangerine trivia.  Did you know that tangerines are named after the port city of Tangiers, Morocco, in North Africa? Word has it that this port is where the first Mandarin oranges were shipped from to Europe in 1841.  Mandarin oranges are native to southeast Asia and were cultivated for over 3,000 years in China and Japan before being introduced to Europe in the beginning of the nineteenth century.   The season for tangerines is November through January, which is probably why we connect them to the holiday season.
Enjoy a segment or two...

10x8, oil on canvas (needs some drying time)

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Limes on Red

These limes on a piece of rich mottled red fabric have character.  The brownish sections on the green rind are marks that create the uniqueness of each lime.  Smooth, flawless, bright green skin is the sign of a fresh lime... but where is the individuality of the fruit?
Sometimes too perfect is too boring to paint.

9x12 oil on canvas (needs some drying time)

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

'L' is for Lime (s)

I painted limes on this red plate last year using acrylic paint as my medium.  This time I painted different limes on the same red plate using oil paint.  Red and green work so well together.  The intense hue of this painting makes my heart sing and beat a little faster...
How about you?

8x10 oil on canvas, (needs some drying time)

Monday, December 14, 2009

'A' is for Artichoke

I think artichokes have dual personalities.  A rather regal looking vegetable it is at home in elegant surroundings, or can fit into a relaxed party atmosphere as part of a dip recipe... which is why I painted part of it propped against the rich reddish toned jacquard fabric and the head resting on the playful stripes.

The Artichoke originates from the Mediterranean region and was brought to California in the 1600's by the Spanish.  It took over 300 years before this member of the thistle family gained sufficient prominence in culinary circles to make it a viable cash crop.  In the 1920s artichoke fields were planted just south of San Francisco and soon became a better investment than sugar beets for farmers in the region.

Marilyn Monroe put Castroville, California and artichokes on the map when she was crowned 'Artichoke Queen' in 1948.  Eighty percent of all the artichokes grown commercially are from Castroville.  I wonder how many chachkas with Marilyn's image painted on them are for sale in Castorville?  Maybe my next painting should be of her holding an artichoke...

$150.00, 9x12 oil on canvas 

Friday, December 11, 2009

Blue Jewel

Poppy centers remind me of the Queen of England's crown.  The crown with crushed velvet under the ( I assume gold) metal bands encrusted with jewels that meet in the centre...  There are a few blue sapphires tossed into the crown gem mix, which is the blue colour at the centre of some poppy varieties, like this one... so add that into the organic/botanical design of the crown and you can see why my brain connects the two.
Poppies are gorgeous flowers, especially the orange ones...  When they come with the sapphire blue around the seed pod 'crown', they are very special... like a blue jewel.

8x10 oil on canvas (needs some drying time)

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Etch A Sketch Iris

Yesterday was my birthday, which translates into no painting for my blog.  Instead I am posting my Etch A Sketch Iris.  This Iris was created in one try... no second takes.  Like 'side walk chalk art' it isn't permanent, but it's fun and can be captured on camera.

Obviously NFS.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Ruffled Orange

'Ruffled Orange' was so much fun to paint!  This orange poppy is from a photo of a gorgeous plant growing in the Highlands, here in Edmonton.  The petals of this flower had lots of twists and curls, with a number of split petals which created the appearance of multiple ruffles... orange ruffles.  Layers upon layers of fluffy orange silk... a full skirt waiting to be twirled!

How many of you had an Etch A Sketch as a kid?  I LOVED mine, and after going on and on about how much I enjoyed using it as a kid... this little pocket one appeared under the Christmas tree a number of years ago.

I was inspired to pull out my little' Pocket Etch A Sketch' and try to recreate my painting...

I'm a bit rusty, but not too bad for one try at the poppy (no second takes).  Tomorrow I will show you the Iris...
(Of course I can write my name too)

9x12 oil on canvas (Etch A Sketch is not included... ask Santa for one)

Monday, December 7, 2009

Purple Buttons

Purple Buttons are plump little regular button mushrooms placed on a piece of purple and acid yellow silk stripped fabric.  A rather elegant setting for a such simple fungi... but these are diamonds in the rough... but you foodies out there probably already know this next dirty little culinary secret.  Follow this  veggie lineage...

The Portobello mushroom is really just a large crimini mushroom, which in turn is just a brownish button mushroom!  There, the secret is out... no more turning up of noses at the sight of a 'common' little button.

My sources say they all have similar nutrition levels and health benefits; but the taste gets stronger, earthier and meatier as you go from white button, to brown crimini, to portobello.

They all have merit.

8x10 oil on canvas (needs some drying time)

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Free, to a Good Home

I am offering this pretty bone china, tea set for FREE, to the first person who emails me and who has purchased a painting from me and lives in or around the Edmonton area and can come to my home to pick it up before Dec 24th, 2009.

It serves 6 people and includes a Large tea pot, large cream and sugar, 6 cups and saucers, 6 dessert plates, and one large serving plate to hold all the goodies!  It is in perfect condition, no chips or cracks.

 As you can see it is white with a blue peony, a small pink bud and some green leaves painted on it.  Light weight, but strong...  when you hold a tea cup up to the light you can see through the china.  It is made in china, hand painted with a lovely glossy glaze over the design.  It looks brand new... I probably only used it a handful of times.

I was cleaning out a cupboard last week and realized that I need to let it move on to a new home... one that loves soft blue tones as much as I did 30 years ago when I purchased it.

*The reason I am not offering it to any collector who lives in a location where it would have to be mailed is that the boxed parcel would end up weighing quite a bit, thus costing the receiver more than $15.00 to mail it, plus the chance of it arriving broken.  And I want this gift to really be free.

Just like my paintings, the first person who emails me and fits the criteria, gets the tea set.

**going, going, GONE!
I am happy to say that the 'tea set' has been spoken for.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Lime Wedges

These plump, juicy, lime wedges are sitting on a piece of tin foil, reflecting back their dimpled green skin.  While slicing into the rind and flesh of the lime my nose caught the unique sweet, almost floral fragrance of this fruit ,which reminded me that essential oil of lime is a main stay in the perfume industry.  This cute little green citrus fruit originated in Malaysia and found its way to the Mediterranean region via the Crusaders in the 1300's.  Then the Spanish introduced it to Mexico and the Caribbean Islands in the early 1500's, where it flourished.
Limes, like lemons are good to have as a staple in your kitchen.  Usually I keep mine in the refrigerator (when I am not using them as a painting prop)... they look fabulous (and festive) in a bowl as a center piece for your table.
Of course they also add a nice touch sitting on the rim of a special drink...

9x12 oil on canvas (needs some drying time)

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Red Lion

Red Lion is the colour of amaryllis that I thought I purchased.  After painting the pink and white one the other day I was still in an 'amaryllis mood' and wanted more...  Then I remembered my stash of amaryllis photos from last year!  There he was, a rich orange red toned beauty, called Red Lion, (that is the actual name of this variety/colour of amaryllis flower.  Native to South and Central America, these bulbs, like many other beautiful plants have spread to other tropical regions in the world.  We, in the north can find them in many stores and garden centers at this time of the year... a box of winter joy... very easy to grow, no green thumb required.  Lots of colours to choose from.

The botanical name for them is hippeastrum, which means 'knight star' (yes, with a k).
Sunshine and Happiness on a stem...

10x8, oil on canvas

Wednesday, December 2, 2009


This pear is gigantic!  It is one of the largest bosc pears I have ever seen and purchased.  I'm talking rotund.  This specimen's gurth is a woppying 11 and a half inches with a height of 7 inches...
I thought placing it next to the vertical stripes drew your eye upwards... (at least that is what vertical stripes are supposed to do).

Bosc pears haver a unique skin colouring and texture.  A warm cinnamon brown with russeting over the entire surface, or like this one, mottled russeting with greenish yellow patches.  To check for ripeness you apply gentle pressure with your thumb at the base of the stem, if you feel a slight give it is ready to eat... or if there is a  bit of puckering/wrinkling at the base of the stem.
This is Bosc pear season.

12x9 oil on canvas (needs some drying time)

Tuesday, December 1, 2009


I am growing this amaryllis bulb and when it started to open I noticed that the colour was not red as the tag said, but white and pink.  Sometimes things get mixed up... we all make mistakes, or as I like to call them 'Happy Accidents'...
I was quite happy painting this 'non-red' amaryllis.  I directed my spot lighting to come from below the plant, which always creates a dramatic effect and placed it against a red toned background to accentuate the reddish pink mottling in the petals.
No matter the colour, amaryllis flowers are fun to paint!

10x8 oil on canvas (needs some drying time)

Monday, November 30, 2009

Fiesta Garlic

Some varieties of garlic have a pinky purple tone to the papery covering that surrounds each clove and the entire bulb.  These tones can be accentuated by the surface they are places upon.  Fiesta Garlic consists of a new 'crop' of bulbs from the Italian Center Market which I positioned on a orange and red striped table cloth.  The angle of the lighting on my still life set-up allowed more of the reddish tones form the cloth to bounce onto the skin, intensifying the hues perceived.  This same illusion happens when you paint the human figure.
The fabric/surface that the person is posing on is often reflected onto their form creating various tints, tones and shades of skin.  Bringing out interesting nuances of colour that fire up the imagination when selecting the paint.

Fiesta Garlic fired up my imagination with the feeling of heat... the anticipation of a delicious meal... a great party with good friends, a fiesta of sorts....

9x12 oil on canvas, (needs some drying time)

Friday, November 27, 2009

Three Limes on Red Plate

Three Limes on Red Plate has the colour combination that speaks of the coming festive season.  Red and Green are complementary colours on the traditional colour wheel... they create a lovely vibration when placed next to each other in a painting.   I find this colour combination very uplifting and energizing... sort of like adding a 'twist of lime' to your favourite fruity drink over the holiday season.

16x16, acrylic on canvas (already hung in its new home)

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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Still Life of Garlic,Garlic Stripes, Kim Blair

Same garlic bulbs, different view on the same blue and white fabric.  I like the way this painting is different yet similar to yesterday's posting of 'Blue Garlic'.  The two paintings could be hung together...

I am sure that most of you have tried roasting garlic bulbs in the oven which changes their flavour into a rich, almost nutty taste.  There are many recipes for this but basically you take the whole bulb and slice off about 1/4 of an inch across the top (to expose the flesh of each clove), drizzle a tsp. of olive oil over each bulb, place them on a piece of tin foil and bring up the foil on all sides and fold over all the edges to seal (like a closed tent), you can also place them in a small oven proof dish covered with a lid.  Bake at about 375 degrees for 45 to 60 minutes.  They are done when the individual cloves are browned and soft.
I like to give each guest their very own bulb on a plate with buttered gourmet bread and some brie cheese.  Then it is only a matter of squeezing out a clove, spreading it on a piece of the bread and if you like, add a thin slice of the cheese.

8x10 oil on canvas ( yummy addition to your kitchen)

Monday, November 23, 2009

Tangerine Leaves

Can you believe that I found a tangerine with leaves, here in Edmonton, Canada?  I could not believe my luck when I was in the 'Italian Center' store and there was a box full of these fun shaped tangerines with stems and leaves!  Some of the fruit had patches of orange along with soft shades of green which blended nicely with the green leaves.  It was surprising to feel the texture of the leaves... soft, supple yet leathery... not what I expected.  As I checked out at the till the clerk said that quite a few people were purchasing them because they wanted the leaves attached for display purposes...  I was the first one to tell her I wanted to paint them.  But she said that everyone who purchased them told her to be careful not to ruin the leaves, or break them off putting them into our shopping bags.
I haven't eaten one yet, so I can't vouch for their flavour... who cares... they look too pretty to eat!

10x8 oil on canvas (need some drying time)

Friday, November 20, 2009

Pepper Scape Too

A second pepper scape of a different pepper.  The peppers from today and yesterday are the same 'whole' peppers used in my post 'Red Elegance', from November 18.
Peppers were introduced to Spain in 1493 from the Americas and the Spanish have always called the hot peppers 'chili' (from Chile). To the spice conscious Spanish, the pepper was an unexpected and most welcome find.  Perhaps, they could be considered 'red gold'...

In the 17th century peppers were taken to India and Southeast Asia by the Portuguese.  Peppers became so common there that their American origins were long forgotten, despite the fact that in India they are all consistently called 'chillies'.

8x10 oil on canvas (needs some drying time)

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Pepper Scape

The interior of fruits and vegetables intrigues me.  Unique 'scapes' created from the seeds, pulp and flesh of each specimen.  Worlds unto themselves, waiting to be discovered.

I feel another series coming on...

A couple of years ago I purchased a microscope and had many hours of fun viewing bits and pieces of plant material for my abstract work. Fascinated by what I discovered... time slipped by... I was mesmerized for hours checking out all the nuances of textures and shapes that were revealed through the lens.  Yes, it's time once again to dig out that microscope and have look.

I think I feel a number of series coming on...

8x10, oil on canvas (needs some drying time)

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Red Elegance, by Canadian Artist Kim Blair

These two red peppers fit together like spoons.  Their soft curves accentuate the golden toned designs embossed in this swatch of burgundy fabric.  Peppers are not a vegetable (I think they are really in the fruit family...) I would normally associate with elegance; but when I placed them on this piece of cloth their forms flowed together with the jacquard pattern... oozing elegance... red elegance.

9x12 oil on canvas

Monday, November 16, 2009

Lemons with Stripes

Lemons with Stripes is a simple composition of objects/subject matter... yet if we delve a little deeper we are rewarded with some interesting trivia.   I mentioned that I am doing research into the history, use and significance of the stripe, which has taken me in many different directions.  Subjects that at first seem not to be related are woven together with invisible threads.
The stripe took on a hygienic meaning which could be why many objects associated with cleanliness became striped, such as the tea towel, dish cloth, table cloth, diner napkin... and of course the fresh scent of a lemon is associated with cleanliness as well as being an important ingredient in numerous tasty recipes.
So even though these two objects create a simple, pleasing little still-life painting, you can now see a few of the connecting threads...

12x9, oil on canvas (needs some drying time)

Friday, November 13, 2009

Aztec Gold

(Below is a close-up to view paint texture for Aztec Gold)

The petals of this vibrant tangerine coloured gerbera radiate out from the centre like rays of sunshine... or gold.  The Aztec people were conquered by the Spaniards in the 1500's. In search of fortune, especially gold, the Spaniards' greed led them to believe the Aztecs had vast amounts of golden treasure.

My research tells me that the Aztecs possessed more knowledge of metallurgy than perhaps gold... Yes they mined gold and silver, but also copper.  It seems they discovered a process to create beautiful treasures of 'pure gold', (or so the Spaniards believed) by using mostly copper and a small amount of gold, a product called 'Tumbaga', to create exquisite objects.  The Conquistadors were dupped!  The lesson learned... "all that glitters is not gold."

9x12 oil on canvas (needs some drying time)

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Different Paths

Stripes have quite the history.  They have taken many different paths... being in and out of fashion at various times. Stripes were very popular with the court jesters in medieval times, and evolved into the favourite fabric selection for the modern day jester character, the 'clown'.  Thankfully, stripes became quite fashionable in the 1780's, after the American Revolution and have remained a popular design choice in all classes of society.  A unique motif... sometimes complex... sometimes simple... sometimes subtle, but always special.

$150.00, 12x9, oil on canvas (needs some drying time)

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Pears with Stripes

Pears are voluptuous.  There is no getting around the fact that they have a lovely shape.  Of all the fruits, the pear is the one that most resembles the female figure (in my opinion, of course).  Each pear is unique... a subtle variation of the classic 'pear shape'.
This still life set-up with stripes, creates multiple images in my mind... My imagination goes from two pears placed on fabric reminiscent of a figure painting class where the models position themselves in a comfortable pose, knowing that this one will be held a long time for the class to render their forms and the folds of the fabric just right.... to a green grocer in a small European village with a striped awning over his fruit stand of fresh produce out on the side walk.  What does this painting remind you of?
Imaginations are wonderful...

8x10 oil on canvas (needs some drying time)

Monday, November 9, 2009

Still Life of Fruit, Tangerine Trail, Kim Blair

It's the time of year when we start to see bags and boxes of tangerines arriving in the supermarket.  Yesterday I purchased them in a net bag, but usually I prefer the boxes.  There is something extra special about each piece of fruit when it is wrapped individually. Little squares of paper protecting tangerine treasures.  Orange globes filled with sweet juicy flesh, covered with a dimpled rind...  a pleasure to paint as well as eat.

 8x10, oil on canvas

Friday, November 6, 2009

Gilded Lilies

Gilded Lilies..."to adorn unnecessarily something already beautiful."

Many of my subscribers know that orange and rust tones are some of my favourite colours to use in a painting...  Fun and flamboyant the colour orange radiates warmth and energy (according to one of my on-line sources) besides stimulating activity and appetite it encourages socialization.  Perhaps that is why cozy terra cotta toned dinning rooms are popular in restaurants and homes... you will linger a bit longer.

I am in the midst of working on some larger paintings for a show I will be doing and hosting next year, and will keep you posted as to the location and the date. (I have a few venues I am researching) 

 And yes, there will lots of rich earthy colours in the show...

8x10 oil on canvas (needs some drying time)

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Autumn Gourd Study

Autumn Gourd Study is a demo drawing/painting I did for a drop-in class I was asked to teach last month.  Watercolour pencils was the medium used.  My focus in this study was to demonstrate that this type of pencil can be used like a traditional colour pencil by layering colours to create new hues, or add water with a brush to change the consistency of the applied lead to create a watercolour effect.

Watercolour pencils are my medium of choice when I travel.  Light weight and compact... all you really need is:  3 primary colours (red,yellow and blue), pencil sharpener, a small watercolour brush, tiny water holder (you might have one of the "ancient" plastic 35mm film canisters kicking around) plus a bit of paper towel, and of course a sketch book with paper that can withstand some water.

Happy Travels... Happy Sketching.

This piece of art is not for sale... 

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Wine Stripes

 The green glass of a wine bottle reflects the evening... multiple tones of green light swirled into a solid object... encircled with green and cream fabric.  A wine bottle, a striped dinner napkin... the remains of a lovely dinner party with good friends.
12x9 oil on canvas

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Lily Stripes

Yes, there is a theme emerging...  stripes.  Lily stripes is an interesting burnt orange asiatic lily with rusty brown patches near the center.  This flower (from my back garden) had a sprinkling of yellow pollen scattered on some of the dark areas of the petals...  yellow freckles.  The wide striped background of a chaise lounge in the garden gives the suggestion of lazy summer days... long gone for another year.

9x12 oil on canvas (needs some drying time)

Monday, November 2, 2009

Pink Gladiolus

I painted some red glads a number of months ago... It is always enjoyable to paint one variety of flower in different colours.  The change of hue changes the mood and feel of the painting...  Here, the pink toned glad  creates a soft, romantic atmosphere, whereas the red glads from July 14 called Sizzle, have more of a hot passionate feeling.  Both paintings have their merits.  Always nice to have choices in life... and art.

10x8, oil on canvas (needs some drying time)

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Beet Stripes

Beet Stripes is a painting of one of yesterday's famous beets!  (Now cooked up in a pot of Borscht).  After washing the beet and placing it on a tea towel, I grabbed my camera and snapped a few shots.  The folds of the stripped towel along the placement of the earthy beet inspired me.  Simple pleasures...

9x12 oil on canvas (needs some drying time)

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Plated Beets, by Canadian Artist Kim Blair

These 'Plated Beets' were a gift from a neighbour down our back alley.  She wanted to show me how huge her root vegetables grew after I mentioned to her (this past last spring) which days and times were best to plant them according to the Biodynamic Gardening calendar.  If you remember from my April 13, 2009 posting, called 'Roots', I wrote about the theory of planting by the phases of the moon....

These two beets are sitting on a large dinner plate...  The bag also contained one potato about ten inches long with approximately a ten inch circumference.  She informed me that her root vegetables have never grown to that size (she has been gardening for years).   Her whole family was amazed at the yield from her small garden plot.  She planted her root vegetables according to the dates I gave her for root veggies from the calendar.  If you decide to utilize this Biodynamic gardening calendar make sure you make time adjustments for the time zone you live in compared to the zone the calendar was written for.
Now is the time to order your calendar for next year.

I made Borscht with these two beets... they were delicious.

9x12 oil on canvas

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Distant Moon, by Canadian Artist Kim Blair

Distant Moon is one of those evenings where the moon is full but a bit hazy, casting an unusual glow on the prairie landscape.  Just you and the open road... going on for miles.
(This piece has a textured underpainting which creates unique mark making within the painting.)

14x18 inches on 2 inch deep gallery profile canvas.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Mountain Pines, by Canadian Artist Kim Blair

As I was painting Mountain Pines I could almost smell the pine resin mixed with the warm earthy scent of moss and crushed pine needles baking in the sun.  Bits of grey paint were transformed into a rocky slope... showing off the long afternoon shadows.

12x16 inches on 2 inch thick gallery profile canvas (needs some drying time)

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Windy Shores

Walking along a shore when the wind is blowing and the white caps are rolling in really makes me feel alive!  Maybe it is the negative ions in the spray that create a pleasant invigorated mood...  I think it is a combination of that and the gorgeous view.
It's raining today here in Edmonton... enjoy soaking up all those good negative ions.

12x9, oil on canvas (needs some drying time)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Hollyhock IV

It really is fun doing a series.  My hollyhock series was inspired by three collectors who emailed to tell me how much they enjoyed the first few hollyhock paintings (that sold asap) and asked if I planned on painting more...  It is always a pleasure hearing from subscribers about which pieces or subject matter they enjoy seeing, and when the suggestion works with my inspiration then that is the day(s) I will work on the chosen subject.
So, please email me and let me know if there is something you would like me to paint and I will add it to my inspiration list...
*(for those subscribers who has already done so please note that I have not forgotten your requests...)

10x8 oil on canvas

Monday, October 19, 2009

Top View

The perspective used for this painting was a top view, so the title seems fitting. Little mini pumpkin gourds have character and substance. Wonderful curves and lines... and these plump orange cuties have extra long stems which attracted me to purchase them for my daily painting... very whimsical.
Happy Autumn.

10x8, oil on canvas (needs some drying time)