Judy’s painting Backyard Beauty was painted after our second load of snow in October. Now, mid-November, we have a few more feet of snow on the rooftops and the sky shows less chance of clearing. The beauty is undeniable, however much one has to shovel.
The gift of a rose complimented by a wash of sunshine. I wanted to make this a bright and sharp painting, right down to the deep shadows up the wall. The composition was planned to be unusual to feature the balance of the solid rose and vase and the stretching lightness of the baby’s breath and shadows. I’m quite pleased with this one because it was a challenge in many ways: I had a definite vision; I’m not great with florals; I was changing composition; I was painting so many textures. Also, I was on a deadline. Of course.
One of the best parts of being an artist is having the ability to revisit a moment or a day or a place in your mind’s eye and bring it to life for yourself and others. In Flying Low, Judy has captured the warmth of a season when the coolness of the water is inviting. The freedom of the gull catching a glimpse of a fish mimics the idea of the artist catching the glint of sunshine on the wings and feet of the bird while, in this case, floating in a kayak.
Judy took a trip to Southern Ontario in October, just in time to catch the splendid display of fall colours. Inspired for a painting, she did change the oak trees to more local poplars, but the result is all about the glorious colours. This painting is very large and very long, and it would warm up any room in any season with a glint of fall.