Wednesday, March 28, 2012

What Would Happen If ...

The last two are at the same stage, just different lighting. The bottom one is daylight, and somewhat more true to life.  Looking at it, the painting seems suitable for a children's book illustration. I think I want it gloomier and more eerie. So I am thinking of placing some grayed wash wet-in-wet on the entire background and into the top of the tree. That's where the "what would happen if ... " comes in. It's probably my favorite phrase, leading to all sorts of different ideas.
Again, Buddy's portrait is under Anne's scrutiny. Interestingly, She asked me to critique it, and send my thoughts along with the touched up photo. It was an illuminating exercise.
One of my sisters, Steph - she of the animal rescue and all the family portraits, suggested I ask her husband about doing a [some?] painting for his office. He is a "higher up" with one of the large American banks here in Vancouver, and the work would get good exposure. So I spoke to John; he was agreeable. Now I have to get some ideas going for paintings with a strong Vancouver theme.
Anyway, that's what's happening in my part of the world.

As ever, your comments are MOST welcome!


  1. I really like how you have painted the moss creeping up the trunks - Its looking great! :0)

  2. I agree, gloomier. The blue in the bottom one is too sunny skies for the subject. Great idea on the painting for the office. Get a foot in the door, cause a stir, stop by the office to oversee the "installation"--who knows where it could lead?

  3. Sounds good Kathryn , you are doing so many things, love your energy! Good luck with the paintings for the bank, I am sure you will get some great idea...or maybe you already have something , which you forgot about:-)) XOX

  4. I can see what you mean by children's book illustration. I am curious what you will do next. And what an honour to do a painting for a bank!

  5. Do you know what? You are feeling what you are painting. You are feeling the possibilities in the "what would happen if" painting. No one can take that feeling from you- keep going- it is what you are feeling and seeing.
    That is one of the big differences in artists who can paint, and those that can also paint "illustrations for childrens "books.
    I feel what you are painting - you have pulled this puggy in!
    I feel the spooky , eerie ,gloominess that you are creating.

  6. Those colours look adorably, and the light comming back from the bark of the tree... can't wait to see it finished :)

  7. Yes! Showing at a bank is great exposure. Definitely do the Vancouver theme.
    Best of luck.