Finally get to post this little daily! I had to keep this one top secret, as it was a stocking stuffer painted for my daughter's boyfriend. Not a subject I would normally tackle, but a fun little painting, anyway. He loved it!
I photographed this one wet, so it is not a great photo, but I wanted to get it posted for Christmas day. These ornaments I purchased as a teenager and have hung them on my tree every year since I first moved away from home. I can't help but smile as I place them on the tree, as so many wonderful memories go along with them. The children all know the wooden horse is my favourite - they hear it EVERY year!
This is the second in the Christmas still life dailies...I have to admit-I am really enjoying these. This is an ornament I purchased for my husband a few years back, as he loves glass ornaments on the Christmas tree. The classic ornaments remind him of his childhood tree. I owned very few, so we have been slowly building our collection.
The leaves in the background of this painting were a challenge as I tried to keep them loose and just push the paint around. Enjoyed the experience anyway, as my daughter painted her first oil painting at the same time - it was a great way to spend the day. A lot of glare on the surface of this one - hopefully I can get a better photo of it another day.
This little painting was lots of fun. I really enjoy painting the wrappers on the candies...tedious, but rewarding when you manage to pull it off! These little dailies in this size have been excellent for days when I don't have a lot of time, or am lacking energy - I still feel like I got something done, because I "finished" something!
Here's another blast from the past memory from my childhood. I often think of peanut butter kisses at Christmas - even though they aren't a traditional Christmas candy, the parcel from home never arrived without peanut butter kisses!
This is the last of the "rediscovered" series...although I have enjoyed posting them so much, I may paint a few more. I did pick up a few more items on my trips to Nova Scotia this year, so I have plenty of new subject matter....
This painting in the beachcombing series features a piece of cork found in Winterton, Newfoundland while searching for sea glass with my children. It sits in a basket of other found objects in my studio.
This is the second in the rediscovered series. The sea glass I gathered on the East Coast, and the scallop shell was gathered by my husband on the West Coast. I love this simple composition and the lovely colors of the sea glass!
I recently discovered an earlier set of daily paintings in my studio - all inspired by the East Coast beachcombing of my childhood. I decided I should post it when my dear friend, Nancy, noticed it in the background of an old photo and inquired about it the same day I had brought them inside to photograph. Interesting but happy coincidence. This is the first of four, painted in 2005.
This tiny painting is a close study of rocks and sea glass on the East coast...one of my favourite things to do as a child, and with my own children, was to comb the beach in our home town looking for these tiny treasures of the sea.
This candy certainly takes me back! When I was a child, you could only find this candy bar in Newfoundland, so the only time I could have it was when I went home for the summer...even now, I come back with a pile of them in my suitcase. This candy bar showed up in a few other dailies lately (soon to be posted)...I guess I am feeling a little bit nostalgic these days.
This little painting was a welcome break after a year of painting grain elevators! I loved having the time to just push paint around again! My daughter put together this little bouquet - the vase itself is only about three inches tall. I couldn't resist painting it.
The last stroke of paint is on the very last grain elevator of this series...14 months in the works and the show will begin on November 1, 2011. It has been a lot of work, but I am really happy with series! Now, I guess there is no excuse not to get back to my dailies!
So, if you happen to be in Calgary this weekend, pop on in to check out the talents of our fall lineup of artists. There is so much to choose from this year, from paintings, sculpture, jewelry and fabric art! This and my upcoming Edmonton solo show have taken up most of my painting efforts, but I look forward to getting back to the daily paintings in the new year!
This is the last in the series of square paintings with the Mexican scarf. I jove the variety of colors in the mango - this one was a delight to paint! All four squares are available for purchase on my etsy site at www.etsy.com/shop/kristinasteinbring.
Although this is not one of my usual daily paintings - I actually completed it in two sittings - I thought I would include it anyway, as it was painted from life and always fits in so nicely with my other pepper paintings. I had a lot of fun with this composition, as well as with depicting the colors and sheen of the peppers.
The lilacs are coming and going so quickly, I am afraid this will be the last lilac painting for the year! Maybe I need to take a week off work each year when the lilacs bloom - that, I think, will be the only way to get enough time in to capture them all on canvas! I like the square composition in this one.
I have been trying to take the odd break from the grain elevator series to work on a few dailies...and the lilacs are irresistable! This is the first lilac painting this season, and I am looking forward to them all fully blooming so I can try my hand at a few more. I loved painting the rich purples of this little sprig of blossoms!
This is another of the cherry paintings...before the breakup! I am really enjoying painting the shiny surface and rich reds! There just never seems to be an end to the subject matter around me to paint...the only thing in short supply is the time. My grain elevator series has kept me quite busy lately. Now the dailies are like a treat for me!
I guess I should have posted the other cherry painting first...but I will keep you in suspense. I was really drawn to the very obvious missing cherry in this little composition. Tried a lighter background on this one, and had fun pushing the paint around, adding color without getting too dark.
I am not a big flower painter, but I received these from my sister-in-law, and I just couldn't resist! They were so lovely. The black background may be a bit strong, but I liked the contrast - next time I will try something a little softer. It felt good to keep the brushwork loose and spontaneous - a hard thing for me when I paint.
This is another daily from my annual painting trip - highlighting one of my favourite parts of the day...my morning coffee. Such a peaceful routine each morning which is the best time on our trips to review the previous day's work! The details on the carton were a bit of a challenge, but it definitely finished recognizable!
This fun little elevator painting came out of a sky study for a larger elevator piece - I was just mashing some colors around on the board to work out what I liked, and then I just couldn't resist finishing the painting. Very loose - lots of fun pushing the paint around on this one!
I do love painting tomatoes! Maybe it's the richness of the reds, or the highlights, or even the gnarled vines....I just enjoy painting them. I guess maybe I hope people enjoy looking at them, too!
This upcoming weekend I will be participating in the one dayBeacon Original Art Spring Show and Sale. It takes place at Bridgeland - Riverside Community Hall, 917 Centre Avenue NE in Calgary, Alberta. It will be open Saturday only from 10:00 to 4:00. Come on out and take in the work of 13 Amazing artists! I will be featuring many of my dailies in this event.
Hope to see you there!
This was a fun daily done on my annual painting trip with Tammy Watt. Although I worked on larger pieces for my grain elevator series (upcoming show - Nov/Dec 2011), it was nice to loosen up and continue to sharpen my skills with a few dailies. I enjoyed the limited color palette with this little painting, and arranging the utensils for the perfect composition. I can see a repeat of this subject matter coming up!