Classy Roses

Here are our acrylic paintings, a mix of student work and demos.  Well done, everyone!

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Acrylics Right and Wrong


Our adult art classes were exploring the proper approach to acrylic painting.  The one on the right was a demonstration of a quick, one shot painting.  The canvas was not prepared beforehand and the paint was not dry between layers.  You can probably tell that the colours don’t cover bare canvas very well, and they leave very prominent brush strokes.  The colours in the roses are weak and almost transparent.  You might also be able to see some streaks across the painting that were on the canvas and not sanded out prior to painting.  Only on the right side, where an extra layer of greens was added later, is the look of depth and saturation of colour beginning to grow.

The one on the left was done in class, after several layers of gesso were applied and sanded to prepare the board for paint.  Three or four layers of paint were built up to make a vivid, realistic image.  Finally, a coat of gloss was applied to settle in the colours and make the painting look finished (but also a bit matte for the camera).

This was a great learning lesson which extended over three weeks, beginning with a value sketch and ending with a finished piece.  Check back tomorrow to see the class results.

Acrylic Boxes

The kids in our classes were excited to paint their own pencil boxes.  We used acrylics, adding many layers to deepen the colours and add lots of detail. IMG_1404.jpg

To start with, they don’t look like much.

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A few more layers and a bit more detail. IMG_1422 (1).jpg

The swans box finished, along with Judy’s roses and some of the results from the older kids’ class.

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The 7 – 9 year olds were really proud of their boxes.


Scarlet Ibis

Well, this is different from the owls I’ve been painting recently!  This was round two of the kids’ classes in acrylics.  We all painted something different, an animal that we drew last week.  We had foxes, coyotes, a gorilla, a donkey, a bunny and dogs, but I’m the only one who got to paint my animal bright red!


What to do with a picture of a scarlet ibis?

Palliative Care Gallery

Our hospital has a Palliative Care Gallery where local artists can show their work and brighten up the hospital.  It gives patients, whether they’re waiting in Emergency or living in Long Term Care, something to do for a little while.  Something nice to look at 🙂  Staff are always happy to see a new display too.

Each artist has their work up for about three months.  It takes 20 paintings or so to fill the space on both sides of a hallway, so duos or groups of artists might also show.  The artist is interviewed  for an article in the paper, with a picture of the artist and his or her work in the Palliative Care Gallery.  If a painting is sold, a commission goes to Palliative Care.

Judy is on the Palliative Care Committee, and more specifically on the Palliative Care Art Committee.  She rounds up artists, helps them hang their shows, interviews them and writes the article.  Carolyn shows up for the fun parts.

Today we took down Judy’s show, just in time for some of the paintings to go to Allure at the Centre for Creative Arts.  Another Spirit River artist has populated the space with acrylics of wilderness scenes, log cabin sunrises and birds.  No doubt they will be much admired in the next three months 🙂