Opus Daily Practice – day 9

Opus Daily Practice day 9. The theme was “muted”. As much as I thought about creating a muted piece to fit the theme I am currently working on, the more the weather outside called to the theme. So after a quick snowshoe, I set about to do a quick , muted, en plein air watercolour. […]

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Johnson Lake Paintings – Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada — Debra Hunter – photography & art

I was recently going through a few paintings from spring of 2016. During that time I was taking a theme and then doing a few paintings based on a single theme before moving to a new subject matter. I thought it would be interesting to do a post showing a few paintings based on a […]

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Painting Challenge – The First 8 Days

An artist I follow on Instagram has decided to do a challenge of 100 paintings in 100 days. Through virtual chatting she suggested that I give it a go too. I have just completed the first 8 days. All these paintings were painted live on location, or “en plein air”. 4 are painted in acrylic, 3 in oil and one is a watercolor. On www.debra-hunter.com I have been tracking each of the paintings on the “en plein air” page. Some I love, some I don’t, but I guess that is bound to happen when you usually have less than an hour to paint.

Now I need to make a decision, continue with “en plein air” or move to a another style for a week to explore? Do I return to my usual “studio” painting, try portraits, or maybe abstracts? I will have to have a think, and see what tomorrow brings.

Painting by Debra Hunter

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Painting Two Days In A Row

blog Bax april 11 2016It doesn’t happen often, but I have managed to get out painting two days in a row. Quick, en plein air sessions, but painting none the less. Today my youngest was my company. He ate his lunch on location while I snuck in a quick 30 minute paint before doing the school run.

i Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary April 11 2016_4670 aA quick paint again at Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary. Painting close to home makes it easy. It also allows me to revisit scenes and see how I approach it differently.

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“Standing Tall” – newly completed work

"Standing Tall" Roe Islet series (2015) 24"x24" acrylic on panel

“Standing Tall”
Roe Islet series
(2015)
24″x24″
acrylic on panel

Painting has been going well over the last few months. Switching to panel and a square format seems to have allowed the work to flow naturally off the brush. This painting is acrylic on panel and measures 24″ by 24″.

Roe Islet (Pender Island, BC, Canada) continues to be a source of inspiration for my paintings, and I am sure by the time I have exhausted all the painting possibilities I will know every rock and tree on the islet. The arbutus amaze me in the way they twist and turn, and the red of the trunks is hypnotizing.

 

Artwork by Debra Hunter
(Red Deer, Alberta & Pender Island, British Columbia, Canada)
For the website and inquiries please visit:
www.debra-hunter.com

For more work from Canadian creators, you can also visit www.handmade-canada.com .

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Works in Progress, Finished and Things

It seems to have been another busy week that has whizzed past at break neck speed. A combination of trying to finish the order for Woods on Pender, working on Handmade in Canada, plus life, has made for a week of very late nights (well technically early mornings when you work until 3 am!).

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Work in progress. Acrylic on panel. 24″x24″.

I finally managed to put in a few hours painting the panel that I had started before Easter. It is still a work in progress but coming along. The piece measures 2 feet by 2 feet and continues with the Roe Islet theme. This theme seems to provide never ending material. A couple of weeks ago I shot several hundred reference images while walking the ever changing islet, including macros of spring lilies. Hopefully I will get a few of these images up on Island Home Blog sometime soon.

blog painting wipI work on panel differently to canvas in that I tend to prefer to work flat instead of on the wall easel. The upside to this is that it is a much more social way of working. Mark and I each choose our ends of the table, we turn on the “wireless”, he works on “something”, and I paint and argue with CBC radio (and their endless agendas). Sometimes it is BBC Radio 4. We fell into this habit out on the coast and it has now become a great way to spend an evening no matter where we are.

1_coffee press sweater 6x6_7642The order for Woods on Pender is complete. Knit, finished, blocked. I will do the packaging this evening and then the order will be ready to ship. The complete group of items can be viewed by clicking HERE. Each piece is completely unique except for the resort’s logo that is featured in the center panel.

blog planA few days ago I also tackled playing with cabin floor plans. We still don’t know exactly what insurance is going to do. If they can fix the situation it will be great as we won’t be without the use of our cabin for as long, but the reoccurring dreams of the cabin collapsing makes me wonder if the verdict is going to be that the cabin is a tear down. It has been full of water for so long. Common sense tells me that I need to consider all the options for how we may need to deal with this property

So in an effort to be proactive I started drafting floor plans. My goal is to shrink the actual foot print from that of our current cabin. I know this seems counter-intuitive considering the size of our family, but more land and less building makes sense to me when we are at the cabin. The plan above is the ground floor at 780 square feet, plus we would add an enclosed loft portion over part of the cabin to work as a bedroom/studio/study space. The portion not enclosed would become a covered balcony which will give lake views. We’ve learned from the house out on the island that big spaces with high ceilings are hard to heat when you aren’t there full time, so the goal is to scale it back and make heating the rooms, especially the bedrooms, easy.

We are also thinking of putting the water tank and pump in a separate utility building and going with on demand hot water. We are determined to never have another water disaster again.

I figure if we have plans of action in place for all the different outcomes that things will be less daunting when the time comes.

handmade in canada badgeHandmade in Canada is ticking along. We spoke with another interested artisan the other day. Hopefully in a few days I will have another maker’s profile to share.

Well off to package and paint. I have a chance to actually accomplish a few things this evening as the rest of the family sits in front of the hockey on T.V. …..or plays Minecraft.

( I may have been premature in thinking everyone would be firmly parked in front of the T.V. (A.K.A. “out of my way”). Interest is now lagging as the Canucks have scored twice. Hmmmmm.)

Another finished painting?

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Last night I worked a bit more on this 12″x12″ painting. I think it is “done”. It is always hard to know exactly when a painting is finished, sometimes I think I call them “done” when I think whatever paint applied next will ruin the image. This is where I am with this painting now .

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The painting is inspired by a view of Gowlland Point on Pender Island. It is acrylic on canvas. Please forgive the iPhone pictures, I still need to shoot the painting properly ( and title the painting too!).

Another Painting in Progress

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I have spent the last couple of days working on a new painting. I am revisiting working on canvas, this time a 12 inch by 12 inch one.

This painting is inspired by the view over Gowlland Point (Pender Island) from the Brooks Point connector.

The next step is to work in the long grass which will be the focal point of the painting . It will be interesting to see how that works out.

Black and Blue – a work-in-progress post

It’s been a while since I did a work in progress post so I thought I would share a play-by-play on an ink drawing/painting (you decide) from the other evening. I thought another “feel good” post was in order.

blog black and blue 1We start with the basic setup as captured on my iPhone. Ink, palette, heavy watercolor paper taped to a piece of panel, brush, water and the obligatory cup of tea. The iPad mini holds my all-in-one stash of images for art inspiration, plus Tune In Radio so I can listen to BBC 4 (I’ve mostly given up on CBC).

blog black and blue 2I start with very light blue ink to block in the distant horizon and the rocks in the foreground. This gives me a starting place.

blog black and blue 3Then come the trees. I resist getting caught up in the details and instead put down the basic shape.

blog black and blue 4I start to add some depth with a medium blue ink. It’s an interesting process working at this stage where the image is in monochrome, but it isn’t black and white.

blog black and blue 5From a medium blue to a full intensity blue the drawing/painting starts to come to life. It is a bit too Delft for my liking so I decide to work into the piece with some black.

blog bridges road in black and blue 2015 5x7 borderThe final image completed ( and photographed in the studio rather than with my phone). I think the blue and black work well together.

More details about this piece can be found on my other blog by clicking HERE.

If you are interested in seeing the location that inspired this piece, it can be viewed by clicking HERE.

Artwork by Debra Hunter
www.debra-hunter.com
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Friday Update – Into the Studio, Knitting and Painting

Today was a day to tidy up some things on the “to do” list. It is back to being cold outside (-20C with windchill….the wind is “not nice”), so it was easy to make the decision to stay in and get things done.

blog knit items_9716 aFirst project was to shoot a selection of the knit items completed recently. They are all hand knit of Canadian produced and milled wool that I hand dye in hand-crafted natural dyes. This image is for a project I am currently working on.

blog knitting shootJust for fun, here is a quick iPhone shot of the pieces set up in the studio. The decluttered studio I might add; I like working in bare places. I am still toying with painting the studio, but it is a huge job. Of course I AM stuck at home for the next 3 days at least as our FOUR month old van is in the shop AGAIN, for the EIGHTH time (lost power when driving today….not good), so perhaps I should see it as an opportunity to paint the studio. Then again it is too cold to open windows for ventilation for the paint smell. Decisions, decisions.

blog head shot_9640 bI also knocked off a quick self portrait head shot to update in my website. The last one was a couple of years old so it was time.

blog roe painting in progressAnother painting is also in progress, this one is 24″ by 24″. I joke that painting square is like painting Hasselblad. I have finished three paintings this size or larger in the last few weeks. I really need to post the finished pieces here, but naming paintings gets in the way. I was discussing with my husband my “naming” difficulty, and that I can’t very well name them “tree”, “tree#2”, and “another flippin’ tree” (hey, it’s a series! LOL!)…..my husband’s solution was to name the paintings “untitled”. Soooooo as you can see the whole family is “naming challenged” so it might be a while before a finished piece hits the blog.

This evening  I also did a bit more recycled spinning, and I might get some stitching done (rumor has it the new House of Cards is up on Netflicks………by the way, check out the version of House of Cards that Sesame Street did, it is priceless).

Knitting and art by Debra Hunter
Red Deer, Alberta & Pender Island, BC, Canada

www.debra-hunter.com