Saturday, January 14, 2017

Revising Website

I really need to completely revise my website. I based it on a couple of previous websites which I made from scratch. When I say scratch I mean I actually started with a book. I to do html coding and set up my own CSS.

Eventually I bought some software called "Coffee Cup" which made coding much easier. A few years later Coffee Cup came out with a new product you can use to build websites. It has many benefits - including  allowing websites to appear on any device.  There are also ways to check that links work, to update everything at once, and all sorts of other great things. I've known for a long time that I need to start using this software - but I have resisted because I think it will be so hard to learn and figure out. I'd rather be painting.

My plan now is to start my www.pennygrantpaintings.ca over again using this software. Bit by bit I will incorporate everything in my current website until it is the same. If I complete any paintings before I am done, I will put them up on my original version. When the new website is done, I will simply replace the currently one. This will be tought but it's time to get it done.

Pacific Voyage completed

I just completed a painting which fits into my "Climate Change - Drought" series.  Here it is. It is very red - including cadmium red and quinacridone red - to give a rosy hue.  The blue is ultramarine and the yellow is cadmium yellow. The green parts emerge where the yellow and blue have mixed with each other. so that's waht it's made from - 4 colours and no white.


I started this painting in the fall (2016) in an art class with Dennis Brown. My main challenge was that it started out having 2 very different styles - the left side was complex and detailed - the right side was formless and vague.



I removed some details that I liked - but that were inconsistent - like this:



And this:


So now I am calling it done. I have put a QR code on the bottom right hand corner and it is now on my website.  It is 30"x40" and is ready to hang (black edges and d-rings).

Here it is again:

Oh yes, it does have a message. I started my Drought series in the summer of 2015 when Vancouver Island had had no rain for weeks and weeks. The sunny days were lovely but there were many forest fires. The air was grey with smoke. Normally our summers are fairly dry - but there are always a few wet days to keep the forest damp. During the summer of 2015, it felt as if the climate was changing much faster than anyone had thought.

The summer of 2016 was not so dry. The pressure was off - but the climate has not stopped changing. It is time for the big transition to new forms of energy which do not produce carbon dioxide. I honestly have not had much success doing this in my private life - but at least I paint about it.

Another result of climate change on Vancouver Island is the arctic outflow weather we have been experiencing this winter. It has been unbelievable cold - with long-lasting  snow and ice. When the snow first fell in December, we had not had now in Nanaimo for 1000 days. You might think this excessive cold is  a sign that global warming is not happening - but unfortunately these bursts of cold air are actually a result of the warming of the arctic.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Website updated

Today I finished updating my www.pennygrantpaintings.ca website. I added the Fireworks paintings and a slightly changed version of Gardener's Dilemma. The blue dot in the orange rectangle has gone. It was way too dominant.


I also created some business cards with my "Aura" painting on them.



I recently joined the Federation of Canadian Artists at the beginner level. I hope I can learn a lot from them.  I think, if I want to get to the next level, someone from the local chapter has to check out my artwork. I hope they like my website and my business cards.

Now I'm ready to get working on something new! How wonderful to be able to paint something new again!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Fireworks Finished




Here are the three panels of my triptych. I ended up calling it "Fireworks" - mainly because I just watched "Lord of the Rings" and Gandalf's fireworks reminded me of my paintings. Of course being abstract paintings they could remind viewers of anything - including sinuses or multiverses - but nowadays I like Fireworks better.

Before i finished, I took a real risk and added, not just plastic jewels, but also glitter glue, to make the painting sparkle. It doesn't sound very professional but it really worked and added a whole new feeling. Maybe that's why I called it Fireworks in the end. 

I gave these three large (3"x3') paintings to my daughter and they are hanging on a beautiful large reddish wall on the second floor of her house in Sechelt. You can see them when you walk in the front door.

They look fabulous!  Thrilling!

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Why sinuses?

Forgot to mention in previous post why I was thinking of happy sinuses.  It's because the painting is for my daughter and what she really wants is happy sinuses. Her sinuses are not happy right now.  She's had problems - bad problems - for many years. Hopefully the high tech, cutting edge, expensive blue light therapy and newly designed probiotic will fix her sinuses and the painting will tell a happy story .

Multiverse or happy sinuses?

Although it may not show in the image on the previous post- I have done a lot detailed cleanup on this painting. The left and middle panels are now done in the same style. The white edges bled onto the scenes but the outside edges are sharp.  The drip downs are multicoloured.  The slash downs in the large spheres are more muted. I made one of the pinkish spheres in the left panel turquoise.  I think this helps it fit with the centre panel but also looks good on its own.  In fact the turquoise becomes the dominant sphere in the left panel. Confusion sets in when you then look at the centre panel which has more turquoise spheres but the blue sphere is dominant. So on to the original right panel. I'll try to make a yellow share be the eye catcher.  This will be tricky and I doubt if anyone will actually get this puzzle. Oh yes I think I will need to add a turquoise sphere to that panel.