Painting In Progress

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Shilo Ratner

As part of my spring cleaning I made some measurements for a new drying rack that I plan on building this May in the loft/storage area of my studio. As of now this painting is about 80% complete. The value contrast on the figure needs some adjustments. I plan on adding a neutral value to the back right arm of the figure and readjusting the direction of some of the brush strokes on the legs.

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Oil Painting of a Tulip and Daffodils

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Deb Anderson, painting

The girls and I took a trip to Michigan this weekend while Sten was rocking out at a retreat with the Hungry Fathers Band. We had a great time – slept in a tent, took a walk in the woods and saw spring wildflowers, and hung out with family members we have missed.

I started this painting yesterday. I’m trying to get some of the interesting, loose brushstrokes I like from the timed sketches into larger, more careful paintings. I tried doing a 30 minute timed still life of daffodils, and it was terrible – wiped it. (I think some of the problem was I used pthalo blue in a the underpainting and the whole thing came out blue-greenish). I planted daffodil bulbs in the garden last fall, and a young neighbor was nice enough to pick these for me :).

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Olga Khodyreva

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ars longa; vita brevis

Stepping stones, acrylic on canvas, 24×18 inches Olga Khodyreva

Olga Khodyreva has painted all her life, encouraged by private lessons when she was a child. In her young years, though she studied to become an engineer and obtained her degree, she spent spare moments in the many galleries and museums of Moscow. These housed large collections of Modernist works. It was there that she picked up a taste for abstract art. Her favourites were Wassily Kandinsky, Matisse, Alexej Jawlensky, Picasso, and Joan Miro.

Now as a member of the contemporary Fort Gallery in Fort Langley, Khodyreva is offering us her two latest series of paintings. The first is based on Joan Miro’s “Carnival of Harlequins”. In the Surrealist tradition, she works from simple geometric sketches portraying two facial features, eyes and nose, as the common thread in these seven paintings.

Dream of the Penguin, Acrylic on canvas, 24×18…

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Shedding – Ebb and Flow of Creativity

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Dosia McKay - Original Paintings

Shedding – old feathers fall away with old fears. To me art making is often about overcoming my own fears and reaching the inner sanctuary where I can be unconstrained by the expectations of my critics and freed from the old stifling patterns. It’s also about letting go of the past and creating new and unimagined before reality. I’ve heard a friend once say that before the flow there must be an ebb.

This digital artwork is available in acrylic print, canvas print, framed print, art print, or greeting card. Click here to select size and format.

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