Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Confessions of a Brush Killer

Long ago I gave up on using high quality brushes. Canvas and paint I always use an artist grade... but brushes, no. Dollar store for some mid size ones, fine liners are a splurge, but necessary.
I tend to kill them by either scrubbing them down to nothing on the canvas or I get distracted and leave them to soak by accident.
It doesn't bother me much when I do it to a $1.00 brush but when it happens to something I paid $8.00 or more to.... yikes!
My son's teacher loves me. I tend to give her fairly large used brush donations during the year. They can use the better ones for painting and the shabbiest ones for glueing things. I feel less guilty for my brush killing tendencies.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Blue Dragon Bowl

I've used a colour I haven't used in ages and ages... ultramarine blue. The dragon bowl was a touch different from the other bowls in my collection. The colour just a little more vibrant - something I couldn't quite get right otherwise.
I thought about it and thought about it until I realized I needed a different blue and immediately dug around my paint box and fixed things.
If you look closely, there are hints of ultramarine in other places, so things are nicely balanced.
You can bid on it here.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

A Note About Texture

For the past several years I've been experimenting with painting images over a thick combed texture. Lately I've been really exploring this over a series of canvases.

First I prep my canvas by taking a gel medium and combing the surface to create a loose pattern that sweeps somewhat evenly across the plain.

Once it is dried I start laying out my image. It can be quite difficult to get accurate lines and edges when you are painting over such a bumpy surface.

When the painting is nearing completion, I do a series of washes over the image. The thin paint settles into the grooves and this adds a whole other dimension to the piece.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Blue Bowl

While I'm working on a piece, I often start obsessing over my next project. In this case the blue bowl. I had it on my windowsill and everytime I went to do something at my sink, the bowl was there tempting me.
Finally I had a chance to capture the swirling pattern and the rich blue hue. I paired it up with some plates that my mother has had for years. I've looked at them so much that I've almost memorized the patterns. Those same plates make an appearance in my piece "Collection of Plates" http://mw-artco.blogspot.com/2007/03/collection-of-plates.html
You can find Blue Bowl listed here:

Thursday, June 07, 2007


I've been working on this piece for a while now. I really took my time to get the angles and lines right. Architectural stuff like this always feels like I'm working on a puzzle in many ways.
I took this photograph in an older part of town that is tearing down older homes and putting up newer homes that look like older homes. I've been drawn to landscapes that have new construction on them. Perhaps it is because of my booming local economy.
I love how the colours came out on this, the reds, yellows and purples just sing when they are placed next to the greens, blues and browns. The white lines you see on the painting that are criss crossing over the image are not painted - its just the light hitting the texture, very hard to photograph without a little showing up here and there. I splurged this time and did this piece on a gallery wrapped canvas (1.5" depth) as opposed my usual standard wrapped (3/4" depth) - it looks extra professional, if I do say so myself.
You can find this painting here:

Friday, June 01, 2007

Update on Twilight

Wow. What an honour. I was asked if I wanted to submit this painting to be considered for the use in the 2008 Canadian Cochrane Symposium being organized by a team up at the University of Alberta. It was chosen!

I have also done a black and white version to be used alongside the original on posters, brochures and other assorted conference materials. Very very exciting.