Saturday, November 23, 2013

Bedazzle, by Kim Blair

oil on canvas

This painting caught my eye while I was looking through my inventory today.  Poppies have always been a favourite subject matter for me to paint and they have been very popular with my collectors.

Since the holidays are just around the corner... I wanted to remind everyone that this large silky bloom is for sale and would make a stunning gift.

Happy Shopping...

16x20 oil on canvas

Friday, November 22, 2013

Andrea, Modigliani Style, by Kim Blair

Andrea, Modigliani Style
20x16 oil on canvas

Andrea is a professional model who works for many of the artists and art schools here in Edmonton and surrounding area.  She was the model during our in-class assignment for copying a famous artist.

The long neck, thin face and vacant eyes probably gave it away... another painting in the style of Modigliani.  Andrea's naturally delicate features and tiny frame seemed to be enhanced by this style of painting and I am pleased with the results.


Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Ferdinand, Modigliani Style, by Kim Blair

Modigliani Style
12x9 oil on Canvas

Portrait painting after the style of Modigliani... another assignment from art class.   Amedeo Modigliani was a contemporary of Picasso, and like Picasso, Modigliani was influenced by African Art.  He started out as a sculptor, creating long necked busts with blank almond shaped eyes, which carried over into his paintings.  His recognizable style of elongated necks and vacant eyed sitters created memorable portraits that contained an essence of the model sitting before him, (it is suggested that he even painted from photographs.)

Although some of his portraits were painted with eyes, the majority were painted with the haunting vacant eye shapes... embedded into the long thin faces perched atop the rather giraffe looking necks.  After studying and viewing a number of his portraits I found that I did not notice the absence of eyes... my mind seemed to fill in the blanks.

Both Modigliani and Picasso were influenced by African art... each of them absorbing and utilizing this influence in their own way, creating very different and unique artistic visions.


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Yellow Glow, and sharing some fun news, by Kim Blair

Yellow Glow
 10x8 oil on canvas

A few years ago my garden was packed full of golden yellow rudbeckia flowers, but now most of them have disappeared.  I thought I did all the right things... such as letting them go to seed in the fall and allowing the dried seed heads to be tossed about in the wind in order to scatter their contents in the garden... but perhaps the wind scattered them in gardens beyond my own.  Next year I will plant more.

*On another note I wanted to share with you that I was so fortunate over the weekend... I won an ipad!
ipad, still in the box

Needless to say I was over the moon with excitement about my luck, especially since my plan was to  purchase one next month as a gift to myself to use in my art practice.  Here is a photo of it still in its packaging.

After pinching myself the next morning I carefully unwrapped it.  Now to learn how to use it...