Heaven’s Gate- Acrylic on Canvas Art

gold, blue, green acrylic on canvas
Heaven’s Gate – 2016-12 x 6 inches

 

I wanted to feature this piece specifically because it incorporates lots of gold. I like it so much that I gave it a name;(something I have not made a habit of thus far). It is entitled “Heaven’s gate” as this was the first term that came to my mind when it was completed.

I used gold leaf, green and blue acrylic on this 12 x 6 inch canvas. The only qualm I have with this work is that it isn’t as large as it deserves to be (in my opinion). There is some limited relief and texture in this piece, and the blending is quite well executed.

I have not sold this piece yet, but even if it doesn’t sell I am happy to have it hand on my wall for as long as I am able to.

Thanks for stopping by,

-S

Statement Art and Home Decor

 

I created these as complimentary pieces using gold leaf. Each measures to be about 36 x 24 inches- quite large for acrylic on canvas. My goal was to create a glimpse into an underwater wold with dark colours blended into light yellows and gold.

I have hanged the two pieces in landscape orientation with the piece on the right above the piece on the left in my home: my hope is to create a statement wall of art that will act as a “conversation starter” in our dining area. I love interior design: especially when it is for my own home.

On the left
I like the use of violet (purple) as I rarely use this colour. It’s a colour that evokes deep emotion, and I find my eyes drawn to it when I behold this piece.
It’s very lovely.
The introduction of yellow at the top of this piece was a risk: I don’t actually love that hue of yellow as I feel that it contrasts too much with the violet colours (perhaps that is why I don’t often use violet as I find it difficult to compose colour schemes when it is involved).

On the right
I painted this piece first (before the one on the left). The colours are softer- much more somber than the hard contrast of the companion piece. There is much more gold leaf in this piece, and the dominant colours are grey and sky blue. I think this one captures the “underwater” theme more concretely.

I am looking forward to creating more pieces like this, and I think I am developing a distinct style for acrylics on canvas.

Thanks for stopping by,

 

-S

Streets and Architecture

I snapped this shot on a beautiful November afternoon in Hamilton.
I absolutely am an admirer of the architecture seen here at the tops of this row building. I would assume that this was one large building at some time in the past due to the consistent style of windows, and the continuous use of the same decorative brackets and cornices.

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King Street in Hamilton

There are a few locations in Hamilton where this style is experiencing a revival- either that or they are borrowing from the existing style of older buildings (like the one you see above) to create uniformity and identity.

Heritage Building in Hamilton (note the cornices)

This uniformity is something that many other places use to give specific neighbourhoods a unique look and feel. One town that comes to mind is Unionville, north of Toronto. Here are some shots of Unionville buildings:

 

 

Thanks for stopping by.

-S

 

**Updates** Images of buildings in downtown Hamilton that illustrate the continuity of the architectural style described earlier. I love that you can find the classic heritage buildings with the style; as well as many new constructions.

Making Art With Limpet Shells

First things first: what are limpets exactly?

A limpet is an aquatic snail with a shell that is broadly conical in shape. “Limpet” informally refers to any gastropod whose shell has no obvious coiling, like the coiling which can be seen in the shells of garden snails or winkles- Wikipedia via Google Search

I was dining with family recently when we sat down to a meal that featured Portuguese Limpets. They were prepared inside of their beautiful shells, and I was fortunate to save a few to clean and reuse.

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The back of the shell is rough, but it is covered with a small amount of algae when fresh.

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The opalescent colour on the inside of the shell reminded me of a flower, so I incorporated a few into an art piece I had been working on.

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By gluing the shells to the canvas, I aimed to create a textured bouquet as the centerpiece of my artwork.

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I love to create pieces that borrow from the style of Matisse. The thick and heavy lines used in his work always seem to be like a cartoonists impression of a real life scene.

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Matisse would often capture relate-able snapshots into what I imagine might be a Sunday afternoon.  The observer gets to imagine the mood within that setting; sometimes including  a dog or cat sprawled out and enjoying an empty apartment while the owner stepped out to shop.

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Thanks for stopping by.

-s

StarBlast Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas

Item for sale on Etsy.
Item for sale on Etsy.

I created this piece this month- it took about 6 hours. I really enjoy the colour composition; the play between light and dark. It’s really easy to lose yourself in the arrangements demonstrated, and I’ve found guests who have seen it in person to stare at the intersecting lines in a Rothko-esque fashion. (Famed artist Mark Rothko (d. 1970) was said to believe that large art is best observed 18 inches away from the canvas surface.)

You can check out the listing for this piece here.

A Canadian Wintery Roadside

Canadian Highway
Canadian Highway

Check out how dirty my easel is getting!

This was one of my first canvases that I made from scratch; by cutting knotty pine to size and using wood glue and staples to secure the rectangular shape. I don’t think i had discovered gesso yet, so I made a mixture of white acrylic paint, Elmer’s glue, and wood glue to prime the cotton material for painting.

As a sewing aficionado, I have a rather large collection of fabric that I keep in my studio. It has resulted in a great segway into stretched canvas creation for my paintings. (You can bet your pants that I will explain more about that in a future post)

-s