I took a free class then signed up for artist Ali Kay's workshop and continued with her Fresh Paint group. I like to paint in oil with chunky brush strokes showing and her style is very similar in acrylic but I wanted to learn layering. I had so much fun following along and then continued my journey with what inspires me. The Volkswagen van was her design and the other vehicles are ones that I have taken photos of at car shows or on the street. I don't know anything about cars but do like the sleek lines, colours and shadows on the chrome.
Left: First attempt following along. "Beach Bug", 12"x12" Right: "Happy Traveler" 7"x9" Acrylic (same basic design but smaller and colours I like)
Left: "Orange Bug" 7"x9" Acrylic, framed Middle: "Date Night" 8"x10" Acrylic, framed Right: "Good Old Days" 8"x10" Acrylic, framed
If you are going through Enderby, please stop at the Enderby Arts Center to view our paintings and cards. We also both have work in the Courtyard Gallery at 104 907 Belvedere St. Enderby, B.C.
It is wonderful when local businesses support local art clubs and artists. That is the case in Sicamous B.C. where "SASCU" as it is known, has a whole wall to showcase the Eagle Valley Brush and Palette Club in Sicamous. Artists change monthly and it is completely up to the artist what they display and how, what a treat for customers and staff. The wall is mine for August 2023 and I chose to put up 5 of my abstract Travel Series and a new painting inspired by the artist Emma Pettit. I absolutely loved doing this painting. #salmonarmcreditunion
As the Featured Artist at the Courtyard Gallery in Enderby, B.C., I have all 16 painting of this series displayed together. I have been waiting for an opportunity to show them together and then sell them separately.
This series begun as my Mother-In-Law was going through both her and her Mother's photo album as she was downsizing and moving to a different province and city. Her memory of the photos events and places were fascinating. Some of her Mother's very small photos were of people unknown to her.
Noreen allowed me to keep what I wanted and I started painting without any plan to do a series. The memories she shared and the stories I made up with the poses, clothes, home, work fueled my on to the next one. Thank you Noreen.
A selection of some of the paintings are below. The frames are made from recycled wood by The Men's Shed in Vernon, B.C.
Karen Oliver's Art Journey
Thanks for stopping by to see my art journey and what I am currently working on.