This painting of the Volkswagen Van was fun from start to finish. It provoked a lot of memories of my youth and the fun I had with friends. I never owned one but a camperized van is on my bucket list to travel and paint in.
The photo above is in progress, blocked in and starting to get the correct values and colours. The middle photo is nearer completion and the bottom is the final painting....fun, fun, fun!!!
"The Fun Continues"
12" x 9" Oil on canvas, unframed with 1/2" painted sides
I have been working on a new blog posting spot on my website in a tab instead of having 2 destinations to go to. This hopefully will be easier for me to post and for people that are interested in following my art journey. I am grateful for everyone that is and has been interested as I started this blog to be able to watch my art journey unfold.
This is a photo of our new Grandpuppy "Freddie". My husband Gord developed allergies to dogs and cats as an adult so our kids were never able to have either to call their own. We had guinea pigs, fish, gerbils etc. instead. This is our daughter and son-in-law's new love. We were able to spend the first couple of hours with Freddie after they picked him up from his previous owner. What a bundle of fun and love! Freddie is a heart full! This photo might be a future painting!
A wonderful hand made thank you!
You can imagine my sheer delight when I opened the large envelope to find this wonderful thank you card made by a grade 3 class at Louis Riel Elementary School in Calgary. I made book marks I call "Art Marks" from my original painting that I cut up. Doris ("Grandparent Volunteer") asked if she could have some for her class and I was more than happy to oblige. The wonderful gift I received was this thank you card that looked like the bookmarks and each child signed their name with one word to describe the bookmark: as blue as the ocean, artistic, awesome, beautiful, gorgeous....can't you just feel my happy dance.
16" x 20" Oil on canvas
#20011319 For Sale
This is a typical view of hiking near the Canadian Rocky Mountains with the river valleys. We have wonderful hiking within 1 - 2 hour drive from Calgary.
I go on an annual hiking trip with a group of ladies and take all kinds of photos to inspire me later. The ladies generously share their photos as well so it is great to see different
perspectives and what interests them in a landscape scene.
Wow, I have been having fun! There is a show coming up in March in Vancouver, B.C. called Sticky Show. You can draw, paint etc 6 to 10 3" x 3" "sticky notes" by 3M or other brands.
Well I had never done anything but write or doodle on these stationary supplies so I thought why not try. I used everything I could get my hands on to see what it would do on this thin paper. I tried to apply acrylic medium to thicken the paper (did not work well, curled the paper up as it dried), water colour, ink, acrylic, alcohol ink, pencil, pen etc and the results are above. These fun pieces will be for sale with a zillion others at the "Sticky Show" at The Arts Factory in Vancouver B.C.
The deadline to have the art received is Monday March 25 so there is still time if you want to give it a try! The great thing is they just fit in a regular envelope and one stamp, how easy is that! The website and information is: http://hotartwetcity.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/sticky-show-guidelines.pdf Hope you have as much fun as I did!
April 15 Email Update: Our most recent art show STICKY was a huge success with over 140 artists participating and almost 700 people attending the one-night only show. We'll post pictures from the event soon! Some unsold works will also be available to buy online in the next couple of weeks. Stay tuned!
Karen Oliver's Art Journey
Thanks for stopping by to see my art journey and what I am currently working on.