Friday, August 18, 2017

Lime Twist, by Kim Blair

Lime Twist
(10"x10" oil on canvas)

Lime Twist is a new painting inspired from a photo I took a few years ago.  The lime wedges were arranged on tin foil and photographed to catch the ripple reflections on the reflective surface... a sea of shimmering lights and darks.

The work of Canadian artist Mary Pratt inspired me to work with tin foil.  Her painting, 'Red Currant Jelly' from 1972 was the impetus for my fruit and veggie still life work displayed on tin foil.

10"x10" oil on canvas (needs some drying time)

$150.00 (+ $15.00 S/H in Canada)   (*contact me for S/H fees to USA)

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Mandala Yellow, by Kim Blair

Mandala Yellow
(12"x12" oil on canvas)

Once the palette knife gets into my hand all bets are off as to how thick the paint application will be!

Rich buttery oil paint spread into soft layers of yellow sunshine creating a swirling disk of sunflower petals... a mandala of sorts.

Mandala, a Sanskrit word meaning 'disk'.

(*Click on the image to get a close up view of the luscious texture)

12"x12" oil on canvas (needs some drying time) 

$200.00 (+ $15.00 S/H anywhere in Canada) (email me for S/H fees to USA)

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Monday, August 7, 2017

New Perspective, by Kim Blair

New Perspective
11x14 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.

*(This is another pepper painting not previously for sale)

11x14 oil on canvas

$200.00 (+ $18.00 S/H anywhere in Canada) (*contact me for S/H cost to USA)

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Masquerade, by Kim Blair

(11x14, oil on canvas)

Masquerade was painted a few years ago... it was to be part of my graduate exhibition, but I changed my direction for that show... which meant that any paintings on canvas I had started to create would be for sale another time... and then I forgot about them.

While cleaning my studio last week I discovered a couple pepper paintings that I have not posted for sale.

The yellow pepper in Masquerade definitely has attitude! The arabesque lines of this fleshy yellow pepper along with the soft swirls of the red velvet in the background give it the feel of opulence and over the top decadence... like a costume for a masquerade ball.  The two halves look like they are having a jovial time at the party!

The undercoat is a midnight blue opalescence paint, which you can see peeking through here and there adding a bit more drama.

(Click on the image to have a closer look.)

11x14 oil on canvas

200.00 (+ 18.00 S/H in Canada)  *Email me for cost of S/H to USA

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Monday, July 3, 2017

Heirloom, by Kim Blair

(12"x9" oil on canvas)

While researching heirloom iris I came upon information regarding the Svalbard Global Seed Vault.

I thought I had landed on a site for a sci-fi movie, but instead realized it was a real place located deep inside a mountain on a remote island between Norway and the North Pole.   It is a unique storage facility housing the world's largest collection of crop diversity... for the future... just in case we need to reboot agriculture.

If you are at all interested in gardening this site is well worth taking a look at!  It feels so futuristic and yet it is a real facility. 

Good thing someone is planning ahead!

12"x9" oil on canvas (needs some drying time)

$150.00 (+$15.00 anywhere in North America)

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Friday, June 30, 2017

Happy Canada Day! by Kim Blair

The beginning sketch...

Half way through the painting... 

Yellow and burgundy bearded iris are staple flowers in many older gardens here in Edmonton, and probably throughout most of Canada.  An heirloom variety it found it's way to Canada with the hardy pioneers who settled this vast country.  Thankfully this flower species as well as the rugged people who transported it to Canada survived the harsh conditions in the New World.

Canada's 150th birthday is definitely the time to celebrate our heritage and all the things we think of as being Canadian... like yellow and burgundy iris and of course... butter tarts!

Happy 150 Canada!

(*The finished painting will be posted next week.)

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Cloud White, by Kim Blair

Cloud White
12x9 oil on canvas

While painting this white poppy I kept glancing out my studio window admiring the voluptuous white clouds floating by.  Each cloud looked more ethereal than the next and I began to notice that the poppy I was painting had very similar qualities to the fluffy fullness of the clouds drifting past.

9"x12" oil on canvas (needs some drying time)


Monday, June 26, 2017

Pink Solstice, by Kim Blair

Pink Solstice
9x12 oil on canvas

Here is the completed poppy painting from the teaser blog post over the weekend.  It was a delight to paint... just in time for summer!

9x12 oil on canvas (needs some drying time)

150.00 (+ $15.00 S/H within Canada) *email and ask S/H for USA. 

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Painting in Progress, by Kim Blair

Poppy sketch in oil... ready to start painting

Poppy painting half way to completion

I thought it might be fun to show you my set up for painting flowers... with a second shot of the painting half way to the finish line!  I photographed this hot pink poppy in a neighbourhood garden here in the Highlands.

This fabulous specimen, along with its 'siblings' (multiple heads on this plant) was growing along the side of a home next to an alley.  As you walked up the street (or alley) you were met with a riot of hot pink blossoms dancing in the breeze.  It was love at first sight!

On Monday or Tuesday of next week I will be posting the finished painting... for sale. 

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Salted Caramel, by Kim Blair

Salted Caramel
(12"x9" oil on canvas)

Yes, this painting is based on a real Iris, hard to believe I know.

The inspiration for this painting is a luscious, beautifully shaped specimen with rust coloured 'falls' (the lower petals) and caramel-pink 'standards' (the petals standing up) growing in a local garden here in Edmonton.

The rare colour of this particular flower stopped me in my tracks... I knew I had to paint it!

This Iris reminded me of some delicious salted caramels I tasted recently and rather than lick my brush like Van Gogh... I decided to look up a recipe for salted caramels to satisfy my sweet tooth.

12"x9" oil on canvas (needs some drying time)

$150.00 (+ $15.00 S/H anywhere in North America)

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(*if you are able to pickup your purchase at my studio please email me before you pay and I will send you a new invoice minus the S/H fees)

Monday, June 12, 2017

Origami, by Kim Blair

(12"x9" oil on canvas)

The word Origami comes from two Japanese words, oru (to fold) and kami (paper) and began as an art form practiced by monks for religious ceremonies and by the elite who could afford paper.

Today origami is a popular creative pastime practiced by young and old with a new 'green' movement utilizing old newspapers and junk mail inserts. Even paper currency can be folded into unique gifts following diagrams created with your currency's specific dimensions!

The numerous twists and folds of this variety of bearded iris could be nature's own form of origami...

12"x9"oil on canvas (needs some drying time)

$150.00 (+ $15.00 S/H anywhere in North America)

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 (*if you are able to pickup your purchase at my studio please email me before you pay and I will send you a new invoice minus the S/H fees)

Friday, June 9, 2017

Dinner in Florence, by Kim Blair

Dinner in Florence...
(watercolour sketch on paper)

Hi Everyone:

The previous blog post you received with a bunch of 'unrelated painting photos and content' all strung together did not make any sense and was not meant as a post... it was sent out by accident.

I was cleaning up a few things on my blog and website getting ready to revamp them later this month and I must have accidentally hit the publish button.
Sorry about that!

This little watercolour sketch is from our trip to Italy a few years ago... and thought I would share it with you again as an apology for the 'glitch' email.

New flower, fruit and veggie paintings will appear in your inbox from now on instead of glitches!

Thank you for your understanding.



Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Van Gogh Vivid, by Kim Blair

Van Gogh Vivid
(12x9 oil on canvas)

I always get inspiration when I have lunch with Van Gogh! After snapping a few photos of some lovely purple iris in my neighbourhood I sat down for lunch with one of my Van Gogh books and Vincent's charm started to speak to me...

In the book, 'The Secret Lives of Artists' by Elizabeth Lunday I read that the development in the nineteenth century of approximately twenty new brighter and more stable pigments allowed Van Gogh to express his new love of colour.

Thank you Vincent for your pioneering spirit with paved the way for the rest of us!

12"x9" oil on canvas *(needs a few weeks to dry before shipping)


* (if you are able to pickup your purchase at my studio please email me before you pay and I will send you a new invoice minus the S/H charge)

Monday, April 24, 2017

Traces of a Previous Life, by Kim Blair

'Traces of a Previous Life' is a large  (48" x 48") abstract painting on gallery profile canvas.

The paint was applied to the support using putty knives, credit cards, sticks, cardboard and brushes.

Influenced by my ongoing research of ancient mark making and pattern this painting is composed of  thick layers of pigment scratched and gouged... revealing history... offering a glimpse into what lies beneath... traces of a previous life.

(*Click on the images below to see the rich history of paint, colour and marks.)

Traces of a Previous Life
48" x 48"
acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas
(on easel in studio)
 Traces of a Previous Life
(*hanging on dining room wall for display purposes)

Traces of a Previous Life
48" x 48"
acrylic on canvas

$2400.00 + S/H
(*inquire regarding shipping costs within North America)

Friday, February 10, 2017

Billboard Art, by Kim Blair

Billboard Art
 At first I thought how strange it was to see my art beside an A&W sign... surreal in many respects.

But if you let your imagination work a bit I think you might see a double cheese, double bacon burger image appear in my painting... roundish buns with gooey cheese, maybe an onion ring or two?


Well, one thing is for sure... the A&W sign says, 'Limited Time' and that is true because my painting will only be up for another two weeks, and then it is time for another lucky artist to have that spot.

(Hopefully I can get some photos of it with the sun shining...sunny Alberta has not been very sunny so far this winter!)

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Billboard on a Busy Street... by Kim Blair

Here I am with my billboard image
(the image is a detail from a larger abstract painting called 'Prana')
a #YEGCanvas event

A BIG thank you to:

 The Edmonton Arts Council and Pattison signs!

I mentioned in a previous blog posting (Nov 1) that I was one of the artists selected to have a painting displayed on a billboard in the #YEGCanvas urban billboard and transit poster exhibition for 2016/2017.   Click here for the map to locate each billboard/poster for this round of artists (my billboard is #2 on the map.)

Locating my billboard was a fun game of hide and seek even though it was a bit of a cold overcast day here in Edmonton when I ventured up to 97 Street and 135 Avenue to find the billboard image of my painting.  Luckily my husband drove so I could swivel my head around (not quite like Linda Blair in the 'Exorcist'... but close) looking at the front and back of each sign until I found mine in the 'Fountain Tire' parking lot, southbound on 97 Street.  What a thrill!

Numerous photos and one short video later we were on our way back home... but the day felt warmer and a whole lot sunnier... at least for me!