30" x 24" Oil on canvas, framed #20028519
Not sure why I am so enamored with fish but this large framed painting of Koi was fun to create and another addition to my fish series. These Koi were very fluid with dripping colours, as well as a variety of colours in the fish and background made it really intriguing to paint. I had to step back a lot so that I did not get into small details that did not matter. I wanted the painting to look and feel fluid.
30" x 15" Oil on canvas with 1 1/4" painted sides (framing not required)
The reference for this photo was taken on our daughter's phone when she was in Bali. I loved the blues and the contemplation factor in her body language. The long format gave me the opportunity gave to show the great expanse of the sky over the ocean. The vast scene aligns with her contemplation of the rides ahead.
Shannon and I drove to Keluki Beach parking lot and I had to paint the wild Balsamroot. Due to the end of the day and dull light I painted it very loosely in acrylic and added ink (see photo below).
aNothing like finishing a very full en plein air painting day with framing in a parking lot. These paintings will be on exhibit and for sale at the Vernon Community Arts Centre 2704A Hiwy 6 in Polson Park from May 31 to June 11.
The photo reference for this painting was taken by Karen Jensen Letendre. Karen posted it on Friday February 13 on the Sicamous Rant and Rave Facebook site. It is taken from the town beach park out towards the lake. I found it just stunning and of a place I love and know well.
I sent Karen a message asking if I could have her permission to paint it. Not only did she give me her permission but also let me know she is part of the Arts Council and is going to submit to the Eagle Valley Brush and Palette Club/Eagle Valley Photography Club annual photo to canvas painting show tomorrow May 12 in conjunction with a Mother's Day Tea. As I am part of the EVB&P Club, I was thrilled to be able to participate. The tea and exhibition are from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. with a slide show at 2 p.m. at the Red Barn Art Centre, The cost is $5 and everyone is welcome to this celebratory event.
Instead of the photograph landscape view I decided to do my version square (24" x 24"). The other noticeable difference is the reflection of the sun on the back of the tree (camera lens reflection). I felt joy as I painted this one, loving the colours and reflections. I am also using Karen's title for her photo. A huge thank you to Karen Jensen Letendre for her generosity!!!!
"A Splendid Day In The Neighbourhood"
Oil on canvas with 1 1/2" painted sides 24" x 24" #22001519
Reference photo by Karen Jensen Letendre
This is a photo of my beautiful sister Shannon and my en plein air set up. You can see how much the light has changed already from the start of the painting. Shannon met me in Oyama, we filled her Red Flyer wagon and off we went on the Rail Trail. There was a cool breeze off the water which made painting in acrylic especially challenging for me.
There were periods of time with few people passing by then a group of bikers would stop, chat, watch and even take photos.. I even had a budding artist try her hand with my paint and palette, what fun!
The first acrylic painting titled "Red Buoy" completed and framed! 16" x 20" #20008519 This painting will be on exhibition and for sale from May 31 until June 11 with other artists that sketched and painted en plein air (on location) for this event. These Trail Festival art works can be seen at the Vernon Community Arts Centre 2704A Hwy 6, in Polson Park, Vernon, B.C. #vernonarts #okanaganrailtrail
As I hadn't painted plein air (outdoors) yet this year and the Rail Trail event was coming up I decided to pull out my water colours and see if that was the medium I was going to use. I usually enjoy painting en plein air in oils but needed to frame and hand it in to the Vernon Arts Centre as I was not going to be in town to hand in later. I painted the same scene at the unfinished rail bed in Sicamous two different times of the day in 2 days. The lighting was very different! Both are done on 1/8 sheet of water colour paper. These two paintings have already been chopped up for bookmarks.
I am looking forward to participating in this first annual event. Four things I love are: painting, biking, being outdoors and spending time with family and friends. Imagine getting to enjoy all four in one day! If you get a chance and want to paint add your name (free registration this year only). If you so desire, your en plein air art can be in a show and sale following the event (email firstname.lastname@example.org).
This painting is part of a fish series I started. So far salmon and koi have intrigued me. This one in particular because of the deep colour of the pool with the brightly coloured koi. The variety of markings and colours are also very intriguing to paint. It struck me that these fish are as visible as a pet gold fish in a bowl.
"Beyond The Bowl"
20" x 16" Oil on 1/2" canvas with painted sides
#20025419 For Sale
A Beautiful Day Awaits
8" x 10" Oil on canvas board
#20015419 $80 unframed
This is a misty view of Mara Lake in the early morning before the sun has burned the mist off the lake and the clouds away. The sun's paint brush is just starting to add colour, love this time of day.
10" x 20" Oil on canvas board
#20009419 For Sale
This painting is based on a couple of photos that I took along side the Eagle River outside Sicamous, B.C. The salmon were taking a short rest before they zoomed up a few feet against the current. Their heads were turning from red to green at this point. It is quite amazing to watch their struggle and how shallow the water can be as they head upstream to spawn. I was so enamored with the first painting, I have decided to do a series. I love the narrow and long length of this canvas.
8" x 10" Oil on canvas board
#20002419 $190 framed
This is the 3rd salmon run painting that I have done in this fish series (first one posted) The photo reference is from just outside of Sicamous, B.C. of the Eagle River. Some salmon found a deeper spot to rest in while others were partially out of the water. It is amazing to think of the distance and difficulty these salmon had going back to their original spawning spot.
This painting has been juried into the Thompson Nicola Shuswap Chapter of the FCA Open National Show 2019 April 11–20 at the Old Court House, 7 Seymour Street W., in Kamloops, B.C. If you are in the area, check out the beautiful art from across the country. They always look so much better viewed "live".More information on the TNS Chapter National FCA show can be seen on the "Midday" TV show.
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!
I received a wonderful email message from Kristy and Jeff after they bought my painting from L'Originals in Salmon Arm B.C. It absolutely made my day as Kristy wrote "Thought I would pop a quick email to you. I just love my new gorgeous work of art (I treated myself today). It is on the wall next to my bed and it makes me feel happy when I see it. Thank you for sharing your love of colour and texture!" So grateful I leave a business card on the back.
Oil on canvas 9" x 12"
These hay bales were very interesting to paint. Trying to make the round shapes actually look like a bale. I am always surprised when I start on a blank white canvas that a recognizable subject comes alive in a painting I love the contrast of the warm and cool colours with the flecks of red flowers peeking through.
Acrylic abstract on water colour paper
16" x 12" #20011219
My husband and I went on our annual cross country ski trip with 7 of our friends. As we were skiing, we kept getting glimpses of the frozen water falls up on the mountains. Unless the sun was shining on them, they were really hard to spot. We skied part way to Takakkaw Falls in Yoho National Park and were really enjoying all the beautiful winter sights. We stopped at the top of the switch backs (see photo below). Going up was work but going down was fun and fast. I painted this abstract from the memory of all the beautiful ice colours and rocks peeking out.
"Another Golden Day"
Oil on canvas, 16" x 20"
This painting is based on a photo reference I took while biking along the Cambie-Solsqua Road in Sicamous, B.C. It is a beautiful and peaceful ride with a large variety of views (including trains, farms, old barns, Eagle River and hillside views). This is one of my favourite bicycle rides.
"Rest Stop View"
8" x 10" Oil on canvas board
This painting is based on a photo I took at a road side pull over. I had to climb over the rock fence and down a bit to get this view. The town of Banff would be out of the picture plane on the left. I love the colours and sunny feel with the Rocky Mountains overseeing the warm view. Another painting celebrating our varied Canadian landscapes.
The Spirit Of Nature Reflecting"
12" x 12" Oil on Gessoboard
I haven't painted on Gessoboard for a long time and forgot how smooth and slippery it was. I really enjoyed painting this one with the early morning colours as the mist was lifting. The photo reference was along the Eagle River in Sicamous, B.C.
12" x 12" Oil on 1 1/2" thick canvas with painted sides (framing not required)
The still life reminded me of how difficult it is to be a model posing for artists and how setting up a still life lets you have all the time you need.
Heart Filled Journey
Oil on canvas with thick 1 1/2" painted sides (no framing needed)
24" x 30" #20012119
The painting reference is from one of the many hikes I do with my ladies hiking group annual get away. Our time together is always filled with laughter, a lot of talking and sharing, good food, wine and beautiful vistas.
16" x 20" Oil on canvas
HAPPY NEW YEARS to you. To the artists, I wish you an exceptionally creative year. To others interested in painting, I hope you find plenty to feast your eyes and find treasures you enjoy every day.
I have continued to add to my boat series. This one is based on fishing boats that were resting in the mid day sun in Spain. This painting is quite textural and I learnt a lot trying to work with thick paint and not getting to detailed in our studio class with Doug Swinton.
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/