Footloose

Can you find your pair?

Footloose or that Barefoot Feeling is a large acrylic (30 x 36”) on canvas.

This was a wonderful family day at the beach. The sand was too deep to walk in so you had to kick off your shoes to get anywhere. I loved the natural groupings of the various family shoe piles.

That summertime feeling

This painting made me profoundly happy to paint. The shoes presented an interesting perspective and I’ll admit that at first I wondered what I was getting myself into. I thought about it a bit and then decided to approach the shapes much like I do when painting a flower. I kid you not, this perspective has helped me solve how to paint may different subjects. Even portraits! By associating it with something I know it took my fear and apprehension away. Seriously and thankfully.

I started with the purple crocs, then went on to paint the redish sandals beside them. I giggled all the way through them. They gave me so much joy to paint. Apparently I really needed a break from white lilacs!

What I am most happy with is that some of the shoes look like you could slide your feet right into them. Sigh…. I love that barefoot feeling!

Oh the grass

The sand was pretty quick to layer in and pretty much had to be in place as a foundation for the grass. Oh the grass! This painting was certainly thought provoking. I really had to think this through as I was not up for painting every single individual blade. In the foreground it was necessary but as the painting moved away from the front there was an opportunity to suggest the shapes and colours. Then bring the detail up in a few to give the illusion of depth.

to give you an idea of the scale of the painting

to give you an idea of the scale of the painting

I can still feel the sun from this day.

Soon I will share another post from our South African vacation. I think you’ll like the photos of the elephants and penguins.

Cheers

Late August acrylic seascape arrived safe & sound in Vancouver

This was a bit of a nail biter.  I paid the premiums with Canada Post to get the painting there quickly.  Two days after we expected it to arrive there was still no sign of the painting at its destination. I then checked the tracking number.  And they indicated it arrived two days earlier.  Just not to who I shipped it to.  Holy crap!!!  The building super had it - signed for it.  Just did not tell anyone!  Anyway, the new owners were able to track it down and now have the painting in their home . Phew.

The colours in this photo are a bit off - painting is not quite this blue and the grasses are more vibrant and are more golden orange. The lower resolution photo in this posting altered the colours.

Late August Day - Seaview, Prince Edward Island

There was something magical about the day.  It was the first real indication the season was getting ready to change.  That summer was fading and a new season would soon be upon us.  Even the clouds seemed somehow different.  The sun had a warm orange glow casting a golden hue on the fields. The wind was active, whipping the clouds across the St. Lawrence towards us.  The clouds were heavy, potentially full of rain with brighter fuller clouds peeking out above them. Glorious!  The visible bits of sky were a lighter shade of blue than on the previous days. And the ocean well, was deep blue and turquoise. Intense with white caps rushing towards the shore.  The air smelled wonderful.  The sound of the waves crashing so captivating.  A truly beautiful late August summer’s day.

 

This was our last full day on the island.  The guests had already begun travelling back to their homes across the globe.  We reveled in this last vacation day.  Attempting to slow the day down so we could take in every single moment.  It seems only natural that something about this day and this feeling would be a natural choice to capture for a wedding celebration painting.   The photo above represents only half or so of the actual painting.  I have started the water, and in acrylic, this stage is too messy looking to share.

There were so may days of photography.  So many subjects including a beautiful wedding.  Yes, somehow, this is the feeling the newlyweds want me to capture.  I have had three painting sessions on the clouds so far.  There are still some tweaking I will do once I have the waters well underway.