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I hope you are having a joyous and restful season. This is a very non-seasonal blog probably because as the snow drifts down here I am thinking about summer.
Sometimes I like a study so much that I decide to paint it larger and that was the case for Ah! Sun-Flower but in addition to increased size I decided to do it in oil paints. This is the year that I will commit myself to painting more in oils, I decided a few months ago but when I got started I thought to myself I'd just better commit myself. Not to oils, either. Getting the hang of a different medium isn't always fun but it did becomes increasingly more enjoyable until I couldn't wait to jump out of bed to do some more work on it. This is the big version of what I had done before and called it 'Ah! Sun-Flower' after a poem by William Blake. Prior to this I had rashes and wheezing when working with oil and my lips and tongue would go numb but I've tried it again and those symptoms have disappeared. This was so much fun and I want to share it with you.
24 X 24 X 1.5" Oil on Canvas $600.00 Valued in Canadian dollars. Shipping extra
Can you believe how swiftly the year has passed! This is the first snowfall that has stuck to the ground here so we consider ourselves fortunate. But could someone please explain to me why it is that winter arrives I want to paint summer images? Am I a malcontent? Whatever it is, I do love to paint sunflowers and here's one for you from an Osoyoos garden almost ripe for harvest.
For a long time I have wanted to paint a red onion and searching through the grocery store bin I found the perfect one: round, spherical, unblemished with a little topknot. I sketched and sketched, figured out how to fix the colours and off I went. And here you are--ta da! A red onion.
Each painting is acrylic on 8 X 8 X 1.5" wooden cradle board prepared to the finest standards. $120 Canadian dollars. Shipping extra.
After a long session of painting sweet confections, my thoughts turn to the final harvest of fresh vegetables. These green onions or scallions, as my mother used to call them seem to appear in my daily menu in a variety of forms. Here they are, just on their own.
Acrylic on 8 X 8 X 1" wooden cradle board prepared to the highest standards. The beginning of another vegetable series.Shipping extra.
My neighbour arrived at the door with a box of peaches. Here in the Okanagan Valley it's a pretty regular later summer event and always welcome because who doesn't love peaches? ! Peaches and cream? Peaches with yogurt? Even better with ice cream. And for someone who loves to paint the myriad of fuzzy hues from maroon through to fuchsias to the palest peaches and yellows all in one fruit is a dazzling experience. And then there's the contours, the planes of a peach. We wait all year to eat peaches and here I was in October painting the last of my peach photos. If only the fresh peaches could last so long . . . I tried to capture the fuzziness of a peach. Part of this year's peach series.
Acrylic on 8 X 10" wooden cradle board prepared to the highest standard. $150.00 for peaches year round. Is your mouth watering yet?
It's just about that season and The ART GALLERY Osoyoos is once again welcoming the public for the Open House of the Christmas Artisan Market this Saturday from 12 to 4 p.m.. Head here first for those unique gifts: paintings, pottery, quilting, photography, hand-made chocolates and soaps. And here's the tip: Open House this Saturday from 12 to 4 p.m. will offer refreshments and nibbles.
If you're in town, make sure you come see from Saturday November 3rd to Saturday December 22nd, 2018. Take a look at my "fresh" paintings
Once my mother mastered chou pastry there was no stopping her with the variations she could make, mostly topped or filled with whipped cream, dashed with icing sugar, drizzled with icing or chocolate or dipped into a vat of the glossy liquid. Homemade custard--heavenly! I found this lovely cream puff in Keremeos at the bakery on recommendation of a friend who says it is the best bakery east of Montreal. I fear that will change as the supermarket had just become part of the "Buy Low" chain.
Please come and see about 50 of my works in Keremeos. I'd love to meet you in person on Saturday, October 20th, 2018 at the Ferdinand.
As the temperatures drop, my thoughts still linger in summer. Here's a sample of summer in the Okanagan where July and August are peach season.
'In the Peach Orchard' There is nothing more peaceful than walking in an orchard, the only sounds being the hum of bees or the rustling of leaves against the wind. The temperature drops under the canopy of shade and the sun filters through to warm you. But it's the scent of the ripening peaches that will keep you there--the true taste of summer.Photo credit: Judy Millar
Acrylic on 20 X 40 X 1.5" deep gallery wrap exhibition canvas prepared to the highest standards. $1200. CAN Shipping extra.
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Of these recently painted donuts, what's your favourite donut? Boston Cream, Chocolate Glaze or the Double Double?
I'm looking for a good place to buy more donuts to paint. Do you know one in the Okanagan area? I can't stop and I can't slow down.
To see the whole collection go to my website www.PocketDesertPainter.com and click on the 'Confectionary' gallery.
Thanks for looking!
I've taken the plunge. This Saturday Public Voting on the entries takes place between 3 and 8 p.m. May the best artists win!