I sold two paintings today! They were both 12″ x 36″ rock paintings done from photos taken along the Elbow River in the Elbow Falls area. I was given a challenge of posting photos of 5 paintings in 5 days on Facebook and the buyers saw my posting and contacted me. The two were favourites of mine so it was a bit hard to see them go but they had just been sitting in my closet and will now go to a new home where they will get to be on display. That sure beats a life in a closet.
After doing a major clean out of the house (thanks to Covid19) it was back to painting. Here are some small flower paintings that I started with.
Also some rock paintings – my favourite subject to paint.
And finally some landscapes – always a challenge for me.
I think this might be my favourite rock landscape painting because I love the warm colours of the hoodoos. It was a lot of fun to paint and I liked using a birch panel for it. I painted a frame and mat on the edge. I am showing the initial value painting below as well as the finished painting above.
I don’t usually do landscapes as I find them intimidating, but I had this tall skinny canvas that seemed to need a tall landscape painting on it. So I found one of my favourite photos from Sunshine Meadows in Banff National Park and painted this lone larch tree. I titled it “Reaching for the Sunshine”. It is an acrylic on stretched canvas with a black floater frame. I plan to put it up for sale in the Spring Bow West Art Sale, April 18, 2020.
I painted this for our daughter who LOVES our Golden Retriever Farley and enjoys dressing him up. Our daughter is an adult but sometimes they never grow up (this refers to our dog too). Just for fun I thought I would show the steps that led up to the finished painting (see the bottom photo).
Two new paintings of Farley – one when he was a puppy and one as an adult with his favourite toys – felted balls. He is always so proud when he gets two in his mouth together.
Farley is our 2 year old Golden Retriever who is generally wild and goofy – but also very intelligent. This painting captures him in a quiet, thoughtful moment – probably while he is contemplating stealing a sock from the laundry hamper.
I sold this painting which was painted from a photo taken at Lake Windermere. I like the way the sky is reflected in the water and the ripples in that reflection. I also like the leaves that are caught against the rocks.