starting a 48″x36″ canvas

PROTEAS

-apologies. This post was taken down to edit errors and is simply re-posted- I’m fine with paint … not computers – Jo

drying protea leaves and a messy table as colours begin

 studio notes

Watching paint dry has me working on two or three canvases … after several months of tweaking, changes and more changes, I can say “finished” to a piece started a year ago, and varnish it to send it to my next exhibition. Now I’m gazing at shadows thrown by protea leaves, which are twisting as they dry. The protea painting is off to a strong start as it takes on a new life, already diverging from my original concept. I liken it to writing, the when characters take on a life of their own.

I hate styrofoam (see photo) but free range eggs occasionally arrive it, purposely re-cycled … it makes a great paint holder, easy to pop into a plastic bag (another hate!) – I mix on glass palette; the mini one pictured above (I have three). I try to keep my palette clean as I work but occasionally one dries “dirty”. Hand sanitiser cleans dried acrylics like magic, then that palette is well washed and put away for several days.

background grass detail for proteas

 

starting a canvas

upcomng exhibition

Feather & Flora- March 1st – April 10th 2019

Van Dusen Botanical Gardens, 5251 Oak St. Vancouver BC

With the date for a new exhibition set, I am gathering the pieces I want to feature along with my medieval and earlier birds, most of which are small images (8”x10” – 10”x14”.  By medieval, I mean to my pieces, inspired by my research in museums and libraries.

A new piece requires moving it from rumination to reality. This piece started last September, when I visited Kew Gardens and again was fascinated by proteas. Intense study often means looking, then drawing then painting. Between initial looking and eventual painting, some pieces lose their passion and may never become a final painting.

I know it will happen when the piece takes on a life of its own, immediately morphing into something other than initially imagined.

This blog will take you through the process ….. though perhaps earlier than the posts go up, it will be at the same pace.