Tuesday, October 25, 2016


This checkerboard is inspired by kandinski and is meant to go with Gardener's Dilemma.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

A bit more kandinski

Two paintings underway.  Love the colours.

October already

It's October - a fierce October ! The fall rains and big winds have changed our summer landscape completely. I  got a fantastic new computer - with Windows 10, Photoshop and all sorts of new ways to do old things.  I also got a DVT. Now it's warfarin forever. Thank goodness for painting. I just get out my paints and go to another realm. Everything is about colour and light.

I have worked on several paintings over the past month. Here is one I started in the September class with Dennis Brown:

I love it. It is so peaceful. I know I need to do a tiny bit more - but I don't want to loose what I have.

I also revisited Gardener's Dilemma and think it is nearly done - but not quite.
I think I need a few more strategically placed red and/or while rectangles to link it together better but still keep it slight jarring.

I have done quite a bit on on my Triptec. Here are the 3 pieces together plus a close up of the connection between the second and third pieces There is so much more to do but I love the warm glow in my studio.

I have also gone back to Troubling Waters 2 and added a bit more collage - words about plastic water. There was a lot of news about Nestles taking water from a community in Ontario recently.  I thought some actual quotations about the problems caused by plastic water would  add to the aesthetic appeal and to the message:

Maybe Troubling Waters 2 is finished now. I put the most recent iteration on my website because I think it is.

And finally, I started a new series I am calling them "iKandi" because it is inspired by Kandinsky and Dennis Brown's October class.  Mike thought it would be a cool name.

This is the first one. Note how there are outlines and there are blurred areas. This is fun to do and, to me, is reminiscent of Picasso. I think this image is probably upside-down - but that is yet to be finalized.

This is the second one at a very preliminary stage. I plan to make it much more complex. Compared to my other paintings, these are relatively small paintings 12x36.  It is quite wonderful to work on something smaller but no too small.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Dilemma #1

I think this painting is finished except for edges and final matte finish. I am very happy with colours and pretty happy with the design. I will take it to my class in Ladysmith tomorrow to see if Dennis has any useful comments. My idea (from Dennis) is to take on piece of it and make the next one and thus creste a series. The only parts that look possible right now are the magenta rectangle and the textured bit. Oh maybe the red and white squares next to the magenta rectangle. Also green leafy bit in the middle. Don't really know how to do this - that will be my aim for tomorrow.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

More Checkerboards

This is a painting I was working on before we went on our 10 day RV trip.I am not sure what to do next.It is helpful to look at a photo of it to get new ideas. What I am seeing in this photos is that there are too many white "zebra" stripes. They were actually supposed to be abstract foxgloves - depicting the struggle for order (checkerboards) in chaos in a garden. They are not bad on the left side - maybe even to the claw  is sort of OK. I think I will paint white over the whole main one so that I can then paint it pthalo green again and do some texturizing, The yellow post-its are a perfect colour. Somehow I have to make them work. Collage? Post-its as a collage might be a little edgy.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

What Eve Saw

Mike and Lexy - now with some abstract touches including checkerboarding and stronger drips. I think this is my best painting to date. I might change the name to "What Eve Saw" to indicate that Mike's hand is a bit like God touching Adam and the red leash is a bit like the serpent. Got these ideas at the optomitrist. Why not!

Gardeners Dilemma

I have started a new abstract which I am calling  Gardner's Dilemma. I started it when Henry and Charlie were here. So much green paint got squeezed out that I knew they could not use it all - so - although I hadn't intended to paint I slopped it on a waiting canvas and did a little scraping. I then added some blue and red.The yellow is actually oil pastels.

 I worked on it yesterday - adding some strange zebra like strips, changing the colour of the checkerboard, adding a blue square.

Today I had an idea. I thought it was depicting the conflict between the organic maybe chaotic green and blue bits and the imposed checkerboards. For some reason the red checkerboard reminded me of a red rose bush I had planted that was suddenly in bloom. The zebra bits reminded me first of flox and then of foxgloves. Foxgloves - those lovely self-sewn plants that enliven the garden but eventually have to be puled out. I had a theme. It is the gardener's dilemma of whether or not to allow all the wild growth that goes on in the garde n- at least in my wild garden.

To me a garden is imposed order on nature. I hope this picture ends up depicting the conflict between wild nature and imposed order. . Next step is to add some lovely yellowish green chaos on the left side and reduce the stripey look (or maybe not.) I tried to blog this on my phone but the photos would not download and the whole thing would not publish.