Thursday, May 23, 2013

Birds of Paradise, Oil Painting, Flying to Mexico, by Kim Blair

 Sterlitzia I
Sterlitzia II

Bird of Paradise is the common name for this flower, but it are anything but common!  An exotic bloom with a regal pedigree the complementary color scheme of bluish purple and orange will add a touch of spice to the right decor.

These two paintings are off to a new home in Mexico... and it sounds like I will have visiting privileges!

Have you been wondering how to hang a group of paintings in your home?  If so then you might want to check out this blog posting I found on hanging your art.

Both are SOLD

Monday, May 20, 2013

Model with Flower Pot, Pen and Ink Life Drawing, by Kim Blair

 Model Holding Flower Pot
Ink on Paper
 Model Holding Flower Pot 
Ink with Ink Wash on Paper
Semi-Blind Contour Drawing of a Face
Ink on Paper

Another life drawing session produced a few fun pieces in my sketch book.  Gardening was the theme, and the model arrived with an assortment of interesting paraphernalia for props... watering can, straw hat, shovel and pots of flowers.  I decided to focus on a close-up section of her holding a pot of flowers which allowed me to combine my love of flowers with my interest in drawing the human body.  

The last photo is of a tiny semi-blind contour drawing of the model's face.  I love the unique distortion you can achieve using this technique... while at the same time capturing an essence of the model before you.

The whimsical mark making created with semi-blind contour drawing offers me an avenue for self expression that I have not been able to find using classical drawing techniques.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

New Perspective, oil painting of red peppers, by Kim Blair

New Perspective
oil on canvas

Your first impression of a glossy thick skinned red pepper is that he/she is pretty sure of themselves and their place in the vegetable kingdom.  Its bright red exterior usually takes center stage when mixed  with other veggies on a party tray... often the life of the party this colorful extrovert can be mild mannered or a bit hot.

The interior of a pepper is beautiful too, and while taking a closer look you notice that it has a soft vulnerable side as well.   Pliable reddish orange flesh surrounds a soft creamy white focal point accented with a multitude of little white lentil shaped seeds... the heart of a pepper reminds us that what we see on the outside is often no indication of what lies within.

Sometimes a new perspective is needed...

Like a book... you shouldn't judge a pepper by its cover.

11x14 oil on canvas