It’s a great day (well it is after 8 now so I guess it’s night). But I am keeping my promise to write or share something every week.
Today I quickly share what I am working on. This painting is a 36 x 48 inch oil painting on canvas.
There is still quite a bit of work to do but I am so happy with it so far. I love, love, love when I receive so many inspirations, it just confirms that I am so wealthy and I can share that wealth, and I do, with anyone who is looking, listening.
Even though I am still working on this one I sometimes do updates on Instagram, heatherdawnkemp ,so if you want you can follow me there. I like the blog though because it gives me an opportunity to talk a bit about what’s going on.
I saw a quote today and I feel that it is good to share whatever comes my way, so here is the quote:
“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.”
Here it is…drum roll… 😉 my new WIP ( work in progress)
Oh my it has been a long time since I posted on here…it kind of feels like being away from home…have I bitten off more than I can chew? I don’t think so, I think it is just a matter of getting into a flow and I am certain that will happen soon.
Today I want to share a little of what has been happening with me. I have had a few commission paintings and a few photography sessions…well in between that I have been plein air painting and working on some of my own pieces; oh I have a long list of art shows that I am going to create and that is so exciting for me!
I also have been doing ALOT of courses on mentoring, health and painting.
Still my most all time favorite pass-time is being with my family & friends.
Today I decided to start a SmugMug website https://heatherdawnfineartphotos.smugmug.com/ for photography… and I recently I started a FASO website for paintings http://heatherdawnfineart.com …and the third website has yet to have work added…it is my Daily Paintwork website (I will tell you more about that as I get it up and running) I hope that this will simplify things for me in the end because it is like organizing….right? 🙂
There is much more to come and I have been working hard, so I want to say thank you so much for being patient and staying with me through all of my figuring out things.
All the best to all of you as you continue on your journey.
I will check in soon for updates.
Do you all remember the post I made about painting a large profile photo of a client? Well I finally took the time to make a video about BOTH the painting and the photo session. This gives you an idea of what I was talking about. Enjoy….BTW I LOVE your feedback. Thanks for taking time out to visit. Please click the link below to see the video. Hugs to all.
It is said that an artist is their own worse critic…well I certainly have been. I know it is a good thing to take pride in my work and always push the boundaries in order to achieve the level of painting that I want to achieve; not comparing myself but to be better than I was yesterday. So with that in mind I have realized that while I am painting and pushing my boundaries, I am developing; but in the process I am also advancing which can be somewhat crippling at times because I then am dissatisfied with a painting not long after it is finished. I have an idea, an image in my head that I want to attain…therefore I often don’t appreciate the beauty of a piece that I just painted.
I have been going through my studio getting organized for new clients and new work. In the process I came across some older paintings that I did on watercolor paper. I have a new appreciation for them; absence makes the heart grow fonder. 🙂
It reminds me of when I go to my sister, Charlene`s, home. She has collected many pieces of my work: a handmade, lidded ceramic box with intricate carving and a soft moss green, sugary glaze, little leaf print dishes with tiny coiled feet, an ornately carved tile piece, and (among other works) paintings which I made so many years ago. When I see them I can`t help but gaze a little longer at them and wonder why did I not appreciate these before? I am thankful that she has kept them safe. It is like old friends that someone has taken care of for my return visit.
These flower paintings do have a charm of their own and I can see that they can be loved and appreciated by someone as much as I have come to love them. If my work brings joy to one person it will have been worth it.
I can imagine them all being framed and hung as a group on one large wall or even in some small, precious, sitting nook to be enjoyed while relaxing for the day. I can imagine that they will be quietly speaking peace to the home where they will live.
Well today I have decided that in order for this “river” to flow I will let these paintings fly away to rest in whichever home they are meant for.
I am letting go with love, joy and peace …sending these out to their new families. My hope is that once they have been framed and placed in their perfect nest, that the owner would take a photograph of themselves with the painting (or just the painting if you wish) and allow me to have a digital copy for my portfolio. It would be such a good memory for me.
Each one, no matter the size, is CAD $60.00 each (plus shipping).
Thank you for your kindness in liking and sharing this post around the world.
Hugs to all.
I am including larger, individual images with the size and description underneath each one….keep scrolling. 🙂
Ink and Watercolor on YUPO – 26 inches x 16.5 inches.
Big Pink Poppy – Watercolor on Paper. 16 x 20 inches.
Irises – Watercolor of paper. 11 x 15 inches.
Red Poppies – Watercolor of paper. 11 x 15 inches
Pink Poppies Watercolor on Canson Painting Board 16 x 20 inches.
Poppy – Watercolor on paper. 11 x 15 inches.
Red Poppy- Watercolor on paper. 11 x 15
Orange and Red Poppies – Watercolor on paper. 11 x 15 inches
Tulips – Watercolor on Canson Paint Board. 16 x 20 inches
Poppies in the Breeze. – Watercolor on paper. 11 x 15 inches
Blue Vase. Acrylic on Windsor Newton 140 Lb paper. 22 x 30 inches.
Love, Joy Peace- Watercolor on Windsor Newton 140 Lb- 7 x 10 inches.
It has been so exciting and inspirational to paint these two beauties. They came about because of my desire to create stunning portraits by using hand painted canvases as backdrops….marrying two art forms that I am deeply involved with.
I have so many ideas of making unique fine art portraits using beautiful paintings running through my head…I just need to get all the other work done first so that I can free up some time to do it.
I will keep you posted as to my progress and am eagerly waiting to bring to life my portraits using these two canvases.
Thanks for your continued support and encouragement and thank you all for sharing my experiences.
24″ x 48″
I was invited to show some of my work last summer at an annual art show in Inglewood. It was so much fun to set up my work and see people’s responses. My friend who invited me had pointed out that she saw similarities in my work and the work of Gustav Klimt.
Above you can see some of my work from 2012 and 2008
Gustav Klimt’s work …I know mine is not to be compared, but the idea of the small dabs of paint is what I find so beautiful one day I may be able to reach the quality of Gustav’s work.
I had no idea that he did tiny dots and tress…oooo his trees are so beautiful to me. So 1 year later it sinks in and I am inspired 🙂 Here is my goal.
I am no stranger to painting on a large format. Walls were one of my favorite surfaces to paint on. I discovered that I absolutely love the smooth surface for some paintings and for other types of paintings my preference is texture.
The purple wall is one that I did some years ago. It has 7 layers of paint and all of the textural quality was done using only my hands…no brushes, sponges or rollers. I did, however, wear cloves to protect my skin.
This image has different lighting and that is why the colors look different.
Below you can see some close up shots of the wall, these shots were taken with natural light.
Well I am at it again, yesterday I did a couple of sample miniature paintings just to get the feel of the layers, you can see those here.
These two images below are test shots.
I have this huge desire to paint giant unique backdrops which I will use for some photography sessions.
I am looking for the perfect outfits to develop my idea for these backdrops. They are inspired by Gustav Klimt…I think I will do a blue/purple one on two 24 x 48 panels, but for the gold I imagine it will be a six or seven foot by 5 feet. I am so excited to do that one. As for the lighter blue, I’m not sure how I want to create that one or one similar to it. I have a dream …I see these not so much as backdrops but paintings themselves. I see cobblestone, pebbles, ripples in water…stars…petals floating in the air…raindrops. Oh how lovely this is going to be fun.