Art studio

a bouquet with love


 
A bouquet today with love for my beautiful granddaughter who has broken her collarbone and who helped me with the painting over FaceTime; I couldn’t have done it without her. I can’t wait for the day when we can be together again and I can give her the biggest hug. ❤️

arrest unwarranted


 
On a day when I’m proud to say the mayor of Vancouver declared this will be a Day of Action Against Racism, this is America today, May 29th 2020, a day on which Omar Jimenez a black Latino CNN reporter was arrested with three other members of his team for simply doing their job. To quote the words of Marcellus in Shakespeare’s Hamlet “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark”.

exploring the possibilities

 


 
“Being inspired by Turner is all about being creative and exploring the possibilities, just as he did.”

Tony Smibert.

colour harmony

 

“In the chart of exercises…the sketches are all quite tiny – deliberately so – because the idea is to experiment quickly, identify techniques, and move on.”

Tony Smibert on exercise in Colour Harmonies in Turner’s Apprentice.

 

In memory of George Floyd
and the need for a very different colour harmony.

Turner’s Apprentice


 
Last week I received Tony Smibert’s new book, Turner’s Apprentice, A Watercolor Masterclass and started on his watercolor exercises in the studio today.
 

 
I learnt so much from his previous two books, Tate Watercolour Manual: Lessons from the Great Masters and Painting Landscapes from your Imagination that I already know the next few weeks will be another inspiring and memorable journey. Once again I thank my dear friend and wonderful Australian artist and teacher Debi Riley for introducing Tony Smibert’s books to me.
 

…to be continued.

From Park Walk to Art Work

Pacific Spirit Regional Park I – 25.5.20

Four years ago I posted From Yardwork to Artwork and was honoured to have it featured as an Editor’s Pick on WordPress Discover, which I posted about in a day like no other.
 

Pacific Spirit Regional Park II – 25.5.20

To celebrate this special anniversary for thechangingpalettte, yesterday and today in the studio I continued to create Art Works from our daily Park Walks in the beautiful Pacific Spirit Regional Park, which as you know I have featured regularly in the last few weeks since the pandemic started with photos and paintings.

 
Here’s a look back at the post that WordPress Discover featured for those of you who may not have seen it.

From Yardwork to Artwork: The Photinia Story Part One May 24, 2016
 
photinia c
 

Photinia I 23.05.16

Today’s post is all about learning to find beauty and inspiration in the mundane chore of yard work on a holiday Monday.

photinia ix

Yesterday was Victoria Day here in Canada, the perfect time to prune the photinia and clean all of its dried leaves from the studio roof and gutter.

With the concrete cleaned and swept the afternoon was free for painting and photography in the studio with a rescued photinia branch making for the perfect subject…

 
photinia xix

and a few of the trimmed branches new tools for drawing with.

photinia ii

Now all I had to do was put the two together. What could be better than an ink drawing of the photinia created with one of its own branches?

photinia vi         photinia iv
 

Well, perhaps some additional watercolor to complete the picture…

photinia iii
 

and we’re almost there…

photinia v

So ended a very satisfying day turning the hard work of yard work into art work.

photinia x
 

to be continued…

return to venice

Venice 22.5.20

 

Five years ago today I was also in a Venice frame of mind.

 

Studio 365: Day 142   22.5.15

 
Day 142 iv

Venice study I 22.5.15
 

Painting this watercolour and ink sketch in the studio this afternoon allowed me to re-visit our magical trip to Venice in July 1999, a visit documented in a precious journal that I kept throughout our Italian travels that year.

Venice ii

together apART


 
What could be better than spending time in the studio virtually with my beautiful artist granddaughter today.
 

Together apart takes on a whole new meaning.
 

 

Sadly whilst we were in the studio word came of the crash of one of the Canadian Snowbird planes with the loss of life of one of its team members, Captain Jenn Casey. This heartbreaking news comes as they have been crossing Canada to pay tribute to those fighting Covid-19. I send my heartfelt condolences to her grieving family and to all of the Canadian Forces Snowbirds team. I would like to dedicate my Kite Under The Rainbow painted today to Captain Casey’s memory. 🇨🇦
 

Canada Strong. Nova Scotia Strong

need for color


 
The need for a little colour in the studio today with this bouquet from the imagination, with thanks as always to our frontline healthcare workers and of course all our nurses as we come to the end of nurses week.