Saturday, January 31, 2009

Golden Tiger and Heat


This sunflower, called 'Golden Tiger' 8x10 and This orange day lily, called 'Heat' 10x8 are both sold but I wanted to post them today for everyone to see.

BOTH SOLD

Friday, January 30, 2009

Paradise

In January and February my mind drifts off to exotic places... When we were in Hawaii a couple of years ago I saw numerous Birds of Paradise growing in huge clumps... Big 'flocks' of Birds...

This one is a pen and ink with a watercolour wash on 140 lb.  watercolour paper.

SOLD
10x14, pen and ink with watercolour wash, ready to be matted and framed. 

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Vincent Yellow

This fun little sunflower was inspired by Van Gogh... informal and bright tones of yellow... just what we need for a snowy day here in Edmonton.

SOLD
9x7 oil on narrow profile canvas, ready to hang

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Orange Lanterns

Chinese Lanterns make a wonderful dried flower and usually keep their colour unless displayed in direct sunlight.  I enjoy using the colour orange (and all its shades and tints).  It is a warm, 'happy' colour and many of its tones can be found through out nature...
NFS
10x8 oil on narrow profile canvas, ready to hang

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Vivid, by Canadian Artist Kim Blair

Rudbeckias grow all over my back garden.  They are like a mini sunflower in many ways... at dusk their petals seem to glow.  Like sunflowers they come in many earth tones from bright yellow, yellow with rusty orange to a deep shade of rusty brown and they make quite a statement as a cut flower for the dinning table.

SOLD
7x9 oil on narrow profile canvas, ready to hang.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Purple Passion and Renaissance, By Canadian Artist Kim Blair


The colour purple conjures up numerous images for me... royalty, velvet, magic, opulence ....

The all purple Iris below is from  a photo I took of a spectacular display planted in a gorgeous garden on Ada Boulevard here in Edmonton.

SOLD
10x8 oil on narrow profile canvas 









This White and Purple Iris is sold but I wanted to post it for everyone to see.  The rich regal colours of this painting seem to be from another era... the 'Renaissance' perhaps?

SOLD
Renaissance, 10x8



Saturday, January 24, 2009

Gregarious, Thoughtful and Shy. 'All Three' are now SOLD

Gregarious...


Thoughtful...


Shy...


These three sunflowers were painted the same day and I felt that I should post them as a set of three, but you are welcome to purchase them individually if you wish.

Each title describes the 'personality of each of these sunflowers'.  All three of these flowers grew in my garden along the fence... and they all seemed to get along with each other despite their different personalities...

 ALL SOLD
 8x6, 8x6 and 6x8 in size, pen and ink on 300 lb. watercolour paper,

Friday, January 23, 2009

Winter Bark

We are so lucky to have trees to touch, appreciate and use as painting inspiration here in Canada.  So many places in the world are not as fortunate... some parts of Africa for instance are treeless from harvesting  firewood, etc.

Trees are special.

10x8 oil on narrow profile canvas, (almost ready to hang)

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Purity, by Canadian Artist Kim Blair

There is something special about Iris...  The name is derived from the ancient Greek name for the goddess of the rainbow and as we know Iris come in many colours.  This particular Iris is from a photo I took last June of some amazing white Iris in our friend's garden.

*I just painted this one, so it will not be dry enough for shipping for a few weeks... But just like picking a cute puppy from a litter and having to wait till it is mature enough to take home... I will make arrangements for this cute 'puppy' to be picked up or shipped at a later date by the purchaser.

SOLD
8x10 oil on narrow profile canvas.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Winter Whites


Tree bark is like people's skin... different textures and colours which create individual character and beauty.  Each individual tree seems to stand alone but it is really part of a larger group... no matter how far apart they grow.

SOLD
10x8 oil on narrow profile canvas, (almost dry enough to hang.)

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Moonlight Birch I and Moonlight Birch II


Today I have posted 2 pen and inks because I painted them as a set.  But you are welcome to purchase them separately...

Moonlight is rich in symbolism... a guiding light in the dark... romance... mystery... spirituality

BOTH ARE SOLD
Each pen & ink is 8x10, pen and ink on 300 lb. watercolour paper, ready to pop into two 8x10 'ready made' frames or have them framed professionally.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Pink


Another photo from this past summer, this time of an Echinacea flower.  I planted this type in my own garden years ago but it died out after a while... not sure why.  But will try it again this year.

The bulbous orangey rust seed head next to the pink petals plus the unusual perspective of this photo are what attracted me to paint this one.

SOLD
10x8 oil on narrow profile canvas, ready to hang.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Golden Lion

This sunflower is sold but I wanted to post it for everyone to have a peek.  As I was painting the large yellow ruffle of petals surrounding the seed head the vision of a lion's maine came to me and, voila... the title.

SOLD
8x10.
I will still be posting another painting on Monday afternoon that will be for sale.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Red into Black

The shapes in the red lily from yesterday intrigued me so much that I had to do a pen and ink of it.  Even though I LOVE colour I really enjoy doing pen & ink paintings as often as possible... So you will see these black and white pieces showing up quite often on my blog.  There seems to be a zen/meditative quality attached to the process...

$50.00, 5x7 pen & ink on 300 lb. watercolour paper, (ready to be popped into a 'ready made' frame and matting).

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Ruby

This red lily is from a series of garden photos I took last summer.  The red petals of this lily were so vibrant and the throat seemed to be a green/yellow neon colour.

This piece was so much fun to paint... I played some spicy Flamenco guitar music while working on it which enhanced the painting experience.

SOLD
8x10 oil on narrow profile canvas, ready to hang. 

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Pen & Ink, Profile






                                                                    
This is the last one of the pen and ink series of the stargazer lilies.  I may do more later on...  I have some wonderful photos I took of that particular bouquet of lilies.
This one is ready to pop into a 'ready made' frame and matting, or you could have it professionally matted and framed.

$50.00, 5x7 unframed (+ 10.00 S&H anywhere in North America) pen & ink on 300 lb. watercolour paper

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Black Star


Another pen & ink of those gorgeous stargazer lilies I bought last month.  Like the last pen and ink I posted a few days ago, this one is ready to pop into a 'ready made' frame and matting. (or have them professionally done.)

The two pen and ink paintings would make a nice set to group on a wall...

SOLD
8x10 pen and ink with ink wash on 300 lb. watercolour paper.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Windswept, by Canadian Artist Kim Blair




There are sunflowers popping up all over my studio these days... even though I tend to  think of them as only an autumn flower, I feel the urge to paint them at all times of the year...

Once completed, this painting reminded me of the 'windswept' trees that grow along the shores of some of the lakes here in Canada.

SOLD
10x8,oil on narrow profile canvas, ready to hang.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Open Face




When I painted the pink and white stargazer lilies last month I also completed a few pen & ink drawing/paintings of them.  Here is one of them.

There is something mysterious about black and white pieces... is it the medium, the colour choice or the technique?

*You can pop this on into a 'ready made'   8x10 frame with matting, or have it professionally matted and framed.

SOLD
8x10 pen and ink with ink wash on 300 lb. water colour paper.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Zest


The curly yellow petals on this sunflower remind me of lemon zest.  Plus it looks so spunky and full of life... perhaps anticipating a wonderful year ahead.

SOLD
8x8,oil on narrow profile canvas, ready to hang.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Autumn Glow, by Canadian Artist Kim Blair

Certain flowers have universal appeal...  Sunflowers are such happy flowers and seem to have a constant smile on their big (or little) seed head 'faces'.  This one is from a photo I took this past September, at the end of the growing season.

SOLD
8x8 oil on narrow profile canvas, ready to hang.