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Tuesday, 14 November 2006

2006- Another year and more Florals
Topic: Paintings 2006
Granted, as this year is coming nearer to a close I have formed a fair collection of floral paintings.

At first I wanted to "go inside" the flowers, to their hearts- their centers; I wanted to go beyond perceptions of flower center and enter into a world abstract but at the same time suggestive on another level-the level of surrealism. Iris's were the perfect subject, they have wonderful centers and complex petals. Beyond Iris's centers came a "zoom out" of my sensibilities so to speak. With one painting I began to include the suggestion of leaves and that was it! I was hooked onto a new way of seeing flowers.

The milestone here came with the painting " Peony" a cream coloured frilly beauty that I thought I would never be able to finish because it was a multitude of shades of white.But finish it I did, and in record time, for it was with this painting that I discovered the technique of painting that works for me. An approach that in time will allow me a freedom of expression greater than anything I have encountered before.

I admit that I used images that moved me in the beginning because I did not have the technology ( digital camera) to go exploring. Now I do and so a great many of my latest paintings come from the inspired pictures I take of flowers around the cities gardens and parks.

I have found great inspiration at Vandusen Botanical Gardens and at Stanley park
Indeed, as these magical gardens move with the seasons I am constantly held in awe at the beauty of flowers.

Link to Photo Album Paintings 2006

Posted by art3/julia_caldwell at 6:26 PM
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New Beginnings
Topic: How it started
I started painting again, this time with acrylics. It is a sad state of affairs when my middle-aged self made the long planned for move down to English Bay from Marpole(southern Vancouver known as an Indian midden); finding that within a week, my storage locker would be broken into and all my oil paints and paintings stolen. I am still waiting to see if they turn up someday at one of the weekend yard sales. Anyways, that was when I had a change of heart. I was trained in oils ( oh how I love the smell of linseed and turps)but with a new BF who has asthma and limited ventilation, the choice just seamed natural to go to the next best thing- acrylics. After all, technology has come a long way in the inorganic pigment department and some of my cherished oil colours are now available in acrylics!

I fumbled around for a year or so, feeling my way through those acrylic viscosity and drying times so different from oils; by trial and error I came to an understanding with acrylic paint on canvas.About the same time I painted "Bluebells", some flowers that grew in the alley between pavement and concrete wall.
Something about those little blue blooms, so beautiful in their own right, magnified against the stark grays of pavement and wall- a contrast between what is man-made and what is by the hand of God. How much more impressed I am by the simply complex beauty of a flower. Because of this opening up of my senses I have decided to pursued the path of the bloom. It was the beginning of my love with things that bloom - Flowers- all sorts, shapes, colours, sizes.

So please, view and enjoy 2005's work with an eye to the future in this spark from the garden.

Link to Photo Album Paintings 2005

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