Red and Hot Pink Flowers

This post is cheating really because these photos are neither metalsmithing pieces nor paintings, but oh, aren’t the colours just gorgeous? I photographed them in the studio today and tried to set them up in compositions that would be interesting to paint.

I love the shapes and the colours in these photos. I tried to be mindful of the negative spaces around the flowers as well as the postive flower shapes. As I pointed my camera at them, I imagined the viewfinder as being a canvas and snapped away.   Continue reading

Painting the Setting Sun

One night last August, Larry drove us home through the Annapolis Valley while this sky drama unfolded. That ribbon of orange light that contrasted with the purple-indigo sky was so captivating that I’d wished I could paint it. I snapped these photos with my digital camera. (I never even go to the grocery store without it.)

While I was painting the flower bouquet, I remembered these photos and how I’d always meant to paint the scene. Only at the time, I thought I’d use watercolours. Now that I’m experimenting with oil paints, I really wanted to interpret the scene with my oil paints and oil sticks. Continue reading