Sunday, May 27, 2012

Mango on a French Plate, by Kim Blair

Mango on a French Plate
8x10 oil on canvas

We went to a House Concert in our neighbourhood last night and I had the pleasant surprise of bumping into the art patron who purchased this painting.  After only a few questions we discovered the link to the hostess... me via a friend and her via her daughter, which explained how each of us heard about the house party/concert.  I thoroughly enjoyed the concert and the chance meeting to catch up with Deb.

It seems to be true that we are all connected by 'six degrees of separation'.

The fun is asking the right questions to discover the connections... which makes attending a house party an interesting experience!

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Antique Clothing... Almost Abstracts, by Kim Blair

 Mauve Ruffles
10x10 oil on canvas
 Reference Photo for Mauve Ruffles Painting
 Antique Leg-of-Mutton Sleeve
8x10 oil on canvas
Reference Photo for Antique Leg-of-Mutton Sleeve Painting 

Antique clothing came up in a conversation with some friends the other day and I remembered these two paintings I created last year:  a mauve ruffle (Perkins' Mauve) on a brown toned dress and a leg-of-mutton sleeve from a linen blouse.  You can see how I used some artistic license to enhance the colours, but essentially they are pretty close to the photos I took at the University of Alberta's Human Ecology Building in their textile/clothing collection.

It was fun hunting for the reference photos amongst the thousands of photos on my computer... but once I found them I discovered some other photos that would make for interesting studies... such as a 17th century French corset!  A corset section might make a unique pen and ink drawing with a blush of watercolour for a romantic touch... just a little something to hang in the boudoir?

If you want to see the original postings for these two paintings click here... and here.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Poppy Painting, Orange Flames, by Kim Blair

Orange Flames
10x10 oil on canvas

Yes, I have been playing with a more muted palette lately... but my heart still sings when I look at vibrant hot colours!  This orange poppy painting hangs in our kitchen and its happy little face reminds me that gardening season is fast approaching, which means more opportunities to paint lots of crinkled, silky petaled poppies.

10x10 oil on canvas