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Grasses and blue sky – from a parking lot – really!
Yesterday we were driving home after a beautiful weekend on Mayne Island. We were hot, tired and needed to stretch our legs. We found a small patch of shade on the outskirts of a mall parking lot near the highway. I nursed small one and while I was sitting on the curb in the shade I noticed the pathway behind me. It is a walkway in Nanaimo which parallels the highway. I was really drawn to the warm colours of the grasses against the blue sky and the the wispy white clouds. I was happy to have found a breathing space within an urban setting.
Victoria has had my heart since I attended university here from 1999 – 2002. It is a gorgeous city if gardens, coffee shops, awesome parks and beaches. I love it here! En-route to a wedding in the Gulf Islands, we are spending a few days near Willows Beach. It was lovely to go for a solo walk last night after baby was settle into bed.
I’m taking A Free Spirit Life’s Mothering with heART e-course right now and this is one of my art journal pages. I have to work quickly during nap times but I’m starting to enjoy the hustle to create. It makes me work intuitively and prevents me from getting too fussy. I’m loving using mixed media. In this collage I’ve used maps, magazines, watercolour, gesso, pencil, pens, and fluid acrylics.
Despite rainstorms and some gloomy weather, I’ve been feeling the promise of Spring! Lately I’ve been using my Gelli Plate to create these small works on paper. I start by layering acrylics using a monotype process. Then I work with watercolours, graphite, pencil crayons, white Sharpie and a permanent marker to develop texture and details. Map and marine chart symbols having been figuring prominently in my work again. I think that this is symbolizing my journey into motherhood and my drive to reconnect with both an inner and outer landscape.
I’m late posting today as we travelled from Vancouver back to Vancouver Island. I envisioned taking a lovely landscape from the deck of the ferry. When baby fell asleep 5 minutes before driving onto the ferry, we decided to camp out in the car while she napped. So here is my photo, taken with my iPhone, from the backseat of my car, while baby slept. I think some areas of the image look like an pencil crayon drawing or etching.
This little painting was inspired by several of my morning commutes along the Old Island Highway on Vancouver Island. When I drive to teach on call at Bowser Elementary School, I’m often treated to beautiful sunrises in Baynes Sound, just south of Comox Valley. I love the sun peeking through the stormy skies of Qualicum. The pink, orange and purple skies of the early morning are often gone by recess as the rainstorms and clouds roll in.
I finished this little acrylic painting this weekend. I’m so pleased to have resolved it! I started it before Christmas and then left it to sit on a shelf in my studio because I couldn’t quite figure out the sky….first it was too orange, then too blue, then too plain! I was pleased with the water and estuary in the lower portion but looking at the sky was driving me nuts. Sometimes I reach this point in painting where I’m afraid to do anything to the painting because I might wreck the good portion. I’m sure I’m not the only artist who feels this way. Finally I decided to darken the sky with a blue glaze to accentuate the texture of the horizontal scratch marks that I originally created with Golden Light Modelling Paste. Then I gently brushed in the clouds and added some white highlights to the water.