I loaded my car and headed to a wonderful old barn and buildings I have admired on many walks in the Sicamous, B.C. area. After setting my easel up on the side of the road, a truck slowed up and I met the owner for the first time. Hector was very accommodating and invited me to take some photos of the buildings in his yard. It was a feast for an artist's eyes and a wonderful tour.
8" x 10" oil on canvas board, en plein air (painted on location), #20030820
I thought I would try more "selfie" paintings using wild, non`representative colours. My biggest difficulty was taking the selfie's, very uncomfortable to do! I used bold colours and brushstrokes in acrylic on gesso'd watercolour paper. These have scribbles and scrapes in them as well. I took a black and white photo of each one to see if I had the values right and it 'reads" correctly. One in particular made my husband uncomfortable, can you guess which one?
I have been having some fun using different colours and working in acrylic. My preference is to work in oil but now is a good time to change it up. I took some selfies at different angles so that alone would be a challenge. I looked at a couple of artists I like and thought I would try their colours or shaping or textures. These are some of my learning results. I was happy that they at least look humanoid and enjoyed the process.
8" x 10" oil on canvas board, en plein air #20004820
What a wonderful time I had painting outdoors! I dropped my husband off to play Pickleball in Salmon Arm, B.C. and headed just down the road to see what awaited me. This serene scene was perfect with beautiful colours, a variety of shapes and a calmness that I felt while painting. I had very few people drive by and one really nice lady stopped to chat. It felt so good to get outdoors and paint again!
Karen Oliver's Art Journey
Thanks for stopping by to see my art journey and what I am currently working on. If you are looking for previous posts, they can be found on my old blog: http://karen-oliver.blogspot.com/