Apparently I've been remiss in my blogging duties and have painted up a storm while away! Today I think I'll share a small portion of what I've been up to, beware though, there is more to come in following posts! I've been very very busy!
The following painting is 24" x 36" in size and is acrylic on stretched canvas. Below are also a few close up shots. I was inspired by my collection of antique Victorian ephemera, a portion of which is shown in the photo above. There's something magical about Victorian images that we just don't get now a days!
Entitled "Victorian Splendour"
My favourite project! This is the main staircase in my 100 + year old home. One afternoon I was all out of wood panels to paint on and had a creative itch that needed a good scratch! So for whatever reason the first three steps of this staircase became my canvas. I had no idea when I began that I was getting myself into the most painful painting experience possible! I painted the bottom step last, late in the day, laying on my stomach with my bum in the air for a couple of hours. I won't go too much into how my back ached the next morning, I think you can probably imagine! Still, I have never loved my own work as much as I love these stairs!! I can't wait till the ugly pink walls are painted a different colour, the floor is refinished and the baseboard heaters are removed to make way for the gorgeous ornate antique cast iron radiator my husband found a while back!
The staircase makeover started a landscape trend and I haven't stopped since! Above is a painting I finished today. I had three 8" x 8" stretched canvases, two of which were damaged. To make them stronger I applied antique and vintage paper and then painted over top. I did one Autumn landscape (above), one winter and one summer.
This is the winter landscape. I love winter landscapes which incorporate plenty of brown for some unknown reason. The three landscapes all have images that wrap all the way around the sides as seen below.
This (above) is my least favourite of the three. There isn't anything particularly wrong with it, it's just cuter than the other two and I like the slightly more serious nature of the autumn and winter landscapes. I added a tiny hidden house because one of the antique book pages used to collage this piece was the first page of a chapter called "The Hidden House". I left the chapter name showing through the paint on the hill, just above the house and just below the horses.
This is an in progress picture of one of my favourite paintings to date. It was taken after the first fifteen minutes of painting. The entire painting was inspired by the Gladiator movie soundtrack which I listened to on repeat as I worked on this guy.
The above photos are more accurate for colour although the bottom gives you a better idea of the entire picture. I couldn't fit Maximus on my scanner without cropping. The image below is an iPhone photo. For the time being Maximus is intended to stay right where he is, I adore him far too much to part ways with him just yet.
This little guy is quite small at 4" x 5" in size.
Yes, another owl! This is Oscar, named after the grouch. Oscar has decided to give me the silent treatment after I placed him in the midst of a bunch of girly pink flowers. He is unimpressed! Oscar is 8" x 10" in size.
Ethel is a 12" x 12" hen famous at the County Fair for hanging bunting in her cage in hopes of attracting the poultry show judges attention.
Some of the gang hanging out on my desk :)