These paintings were painted side by side in the heat of July in my garden here in Nova Scotia.
I picked a big bouquet of flowers and set them up outside, where I prefer to paint. Fortunately there were two essential ingredients on that hot, humid day. The first was the shade of a cherry tree to cool the air, and the second was a breeze to discourage the mosquitoes.
After painting, dripping and dragging the main colour fields into the painting outside, I finished both paintings in the studio where I could have more control over the drying time and manipulation of the paint.
I often listen to music while I’m painting and I get lost in the music of The Sanctuary Trio’s Estuary album. It helps me to focus on the beauty, shape and colour of the flowers.
I am very happy with the luminosity and spontaneity these paintings.
Enjoy this video showing some of the painting technique in these works of Ecstacy.
The paintings hang in my current show at Sissiboo Coffee Bar and Gallery in Bear River, NS. Opens Sunday Sept 9 from 2-4pm and continues to October 14, 2018 daily from 8 – 4.
What’s in a painting?
Each viewer reads a different story into an image and comes to see more as they live with the painting.
It wasn’t until I finished “The Garden Party” that I saw something that made me smile. Continue reading →
I love every single flower that blooms in my garden. They make me happy and grateful to live in a place where I can grow them. The awareness that their time in the garden is fleeting makes them even more precious.
This painting, Heat Rising on Brier Island, was painted at the farthest western tip of the island where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Bay of Fundy.
It was mid August which usually brings moderate temperatures, but this summer’s heat has been intense all over the world, even here. Continue reading →
I have painted Pond Cove many times. It’s my happy place on Brier Island. When we moved here from Ontario 11 years ago, on our very first summer we were invited to join an ever-changing Bear River group who had camped here for over 20 years. Since that summer, we’ve spent a few days annually with others camping at the end of Gull Rock Road. Continue reading →