Saturday, December 31, 2016

Time to Celebrate! by Kim Blair

(4'x5' acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas)

It's the time of year when many of us celebrate our accomplishments while reflecting on the past twelve months of life and/or work.  The large abstract commission I painted this past summer was definitely one of the highlights of 2016 for me!  My clients informed me yesterday that they have decided on a name for their new acquisition... 'Unearthed'

They said they chose this name because they feel the painting depicts bold movement and speaks to the transformation of their kitchen/family room while complementing and incorporating their new colour scheme.

I'll drink to that...

(Thanks L. & M.)

All the best for a wonderful New Years!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Not Quite Whistler's Mother... by Kim Blair

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'Not Quite Whistler's Mother'
(12x11, graphite pencil on paper)

Things are looking up!  I decided to change my drawing medium from ink to graphite for #4 in my self-portrait series and a substantial jump in obtaining a likeness magically happened...
It could be the magic of the holiday season that took over my hand... but in reality it was the magic of  an eraser.

When I showed the finished drawing to my husband I commented that I thought I looked rather 'philosophical' in this profile portrait, to which he responded, "Not quite like Whistler's Mother..."

 We had a good laugh, and I used his quick humour as my title!

Maybe next time I should put on a bonnet and black dress... just like Whistler's Mother.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Antler Envy, by Kim Blair

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'Antler Envy'
(14x11 micron pen and acrylic on paper)

Red cloth antlers with little brown ears are all the rage this season... or is it just in my studio?
Number three and counting... only 5 days until Santa's visit.  Wonder if he needs another reindeer?

Happy Holidays!

Friday, December 16, 2016

Second Chance, by Kim Blair

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'Second Chance'
(14x11 micron pen and acrylic on paper)

This is my second self-portrait in the series.  I was going to call it 'number 2', but somehow that felt wrong...
I can see an essence of me within the mark making, which gives me hope.  Did I mention that it isn't easy to stare at yourself for hours, trying not to judge what you see, but rather interpret?

Only 9 days until Santa arrives... hopefully I can post another one before he shows up.

Friday, December 2, 2016

It's a Secret..., by Kim Blair

'It's a Secret...'
(14x11 micron pen and acrylic on paper)

I never thought these words would come out of my mouth...'I need a selfie stick!'  My arm is just not long enough to take a selfie on my phone without the image looking like a cartoon character, which isn't all bad, but my nose is large enough without the close range enhancement.  How does Kim Kardashian do it?

It's done now and there's no turning back... especially the clock, because a week from today will be a milestone birthday for me and to celebrate the occasion I will attempt to paint a self portrait once a week for a year.  But be forewarned, a variety of styles, mediums and colours will be used which may be offensive to anyone who only enjoys photorealism...

The above portrait is the 'pre-birthday' warm up, and as the title says, 'It's a Secret...' 

Let's just say I'm not 25...

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