A Very Red Poppy

 

 

acrylic on canvas painting of a red poppy

very red poppy

I usually spend weeks on a painting and sometimes they never come together the way I envisioned them.

Once in a rare while, one  comes together in what seems like minutes.

This is a rare one: It’s exactly what I was looking for and it just flew together.

And,  I’m proud of this one!

It’s 24″ x 18″ x 2″, acrylic on canvas finished on all sides so there is no need to frame it.

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My Art: A Look Back

A lot of memories that come flooding back when I look through this gallery of most of the art I’ve done over the past few years. I am now re-energized and excited about my art, both painting and my fabric art, and look forward to many more creations in the future.

The following pictures are where I’ve been with my art. It will be interesting to see where it goes from here.

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Morningstar Mill

Historic Morning Star Mill

Historic Morning Star Mill

We often hike in this area, it’s just a few minutes drive from home, on the edge of the escarpment with many hiking and biking trails. It’s still a working mill, and they often offer demonstrations of how the mill worked back in the mid 1800’s.
Both Larry and I are fascinated with the the area, the waterfall, the rocks and the architecture so I guess it’s only natural that I wanted to paint it . Conicidentally, this is the last painting I did in oil. I’m not saying last oil painting ever, but I did want to try my hand at painting acrylic.

Hibiscus

Hibiscus

Hibiscus

Last winter Larry and I often went to St Catharine’s Jaycee pool to get a little exercise and change things up from our many hikes. In this building there is a long South facing row of  windows on a  hallway to reach the pool and in this area a number of employees have taken to tending to beautiful flowering plants. It is there that we discovered this beautiful flower.
This was my first attempt at painting with acrylic paints instead of my old favorite oil. I have to admit it was a bit of a struggle, the paints just didn’t flow like the oils did. In my more recent works I’ve used nothing but acrylic paints and I think I’m getting in to the medium. I especially like the ease of clean up using only water, compared to the stinky varsol I used before.
Chances are there will be another oil in my future but I’m starting to see the advantages of acrylic.

Old School House

Old School House

Old School House

12 X 16 Oil on canvas paper
This picture was taken by our daughter Pamela Armitage near Sauble Beach, Ontario and posted on Instagram. As soon as I saw the picture I just knew it was going to be a painting.

Zebra

Florida's official butterfly, the Zebra Long Wing, as seen by artist Marilyn Vanstone

Zebra

16 x 12 Oil on Canvas
We were walking our dogs one morning in Fort Wilderness this spring when we happened upon this amazing butterfly. Turns out it’s Florida’s official butterfly, known as the Zebra Long Wing.

Jupiter Beach Sunset

Jupiter Beach Sunset

Jupiter Beach Sunset


Two 4 x 4″ canvas wrapped over 2″ deep frames. Oil on canvas painted on the face and all sides.
I was taken by the Treasure coast area of Florida, especially the area around Jupiter Beach. I’ve been in to painting lighthouses a bit lately, but was disappointed that this light house is built out of red brick with no contrasting colors. It is all just red brick!
Then I saw it at sunset!

Veils Of Moss

Veils of Moss

Veils of Moss

16 x 20 Oil on Canvas
“Veils of moss draped the trees. Under the veil of descending darkness the thieves began their operation”
We were enjoying a leisurely, lazy boat ride down a canal in central Florida when this picture jumped out at me. I convinced our host we needed to go back and capture the moment. I’ve spent many hours creating this canvas and I still don’t know what secrets are hidden in there could be.

Motif Number 1

Motif Number 1
16×20 Oil on canvas
We were staying at Sebastion Beach, Massachusets when I heard that the USA’s most painted building, this fisherman’s shack at Rockport, Mass was less than an hour away. We just had to go have a look. I immediatley understood why it had earned that honor. Here’s my take on this shack on Bradley’s wharf.