- Helen Shideler
- Quispamsis, NB, Canada
- As long as I can remember I have been drawing and painting. Although my subject matter may have changed with time, what has not changed it my attraction to nature. Being drawn in by sunlight, shadows textures and details all with rich colors. I know I am best challenged when the work has a high element of complexity. I spend much time and effort exploring my subjects - striving to gather as much information as possible before I begin working. My first love is working with water mediums - from watercolors, through acrylics and most recently water soluble oils. Often I may explore the same or similar subject in different mediums.
Monday, August 22, 2011
Armed with green gold, olive green, perylene green and sap green I began this painting adventure. Although the lily pads took a lot of concentration - they were fun to paint. Monochromatic. But fun none the less. The little leopard frogs were trickier to scketch in than they were to paint. Almost my favourite bits of painting are the tiny little bugs. I had to take my glasses off to work on them.
The work in progress post is just below!
Monday, August 15, 2011
Sunday, August 7, 2011
I love how deep and rich the colors are. I went back in with magenta and a really bright pink to add more detail and create more dimension. And of course, viridian green and indigo for the leaves.
After I removed the masking compound and sat back to look at the work - it reminded me of a serigraph print. I actually thought about leaving it as is. It had depth and the shaped were interesting. But, being who I am, I had to go back in with more detail.
Interesting enough, the most difficult stage of this painting was titling it.
Monday, August 1, 2011
Monday, July 25, 2011
|Pretty Potted Petunias|
|Sit a Spell|
Sunday, July 17, 2011
This painting seems to have taken longer than usual to complete. It is a large acrylic paintng 36" x 30". For more information on this you visit my posting on my new website at
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
|King of the Commons|
unfinished - have photo to complete it
|Tide Going Out|
Will touch up the little house
|Obviously from a photo|
|Standing Tall and Proud|
Monday, July 4, 2011
|Wondering About Supper|
|Could Clear up - Could Rain|
|Coming In or Going Out|
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Honestly, I think I was more afraid to start this commission than I have ever been when starting a portrait. The owner of this tractor loves it. He is more than proud of it. And so my conundrum (I love that word). Painting nature is a bit more forgiving and less precise than rendering something that has been manufactured. Tractors are specific, they have gears & grills, shiny parts and mucky parts along with very specific angles, perspective and proportions.
Friday, June 3, 2011
Sunday, May 29, 2011
Monday, May 23, 2011
They have leaned longingly into the fence for a few years now - and managed to bend down a section making it easy for them to leap over. And well, we cannot figure out how to repair it with out completely rebuilding it!
The deer love lilies. All kinds of lilies - as much as we do. Only we do not eat ours! The lilies grow amoung the asparagus (which deer do not eat) and the mint (wish they would eat) and the clematis (crap shoot on this one, well they will sometimes eat the blooms).
And so, in a effort to get to enjoy these lovelies, I must paint them. This ia a 12" x 12" watercolor on Arches 300lb paper. I think as time permits I will paint this again on Ampersand Aquabord in a larger size.
Monday, May 16, 2011
So what does any artist operating under self imposed deadlines do? Why I checked my framing inventory and, this time wrote the sizes down and went searching for subjects that would be fun to paint and coordinate with my three burgundy frames and two gold ones.
Sunday, May 1, 2011
These are the Adirondack chairs under our side verandah. I love these chairs and the verandah. There is a swing off closer to the concrete retaining wall. This area is our southern exposure - we spend a lot of time there in the spring and fall and on windy days.
When I was painting our clapbords, I realized that our whole house needs to be painting - unfortunately, I do not mean on canvas! As I started adding in details like the knots and the greenish ting to the gray I realized that while these details may make for a good painting - they do not say this is a well kept house. Painting the house will have to be a project for next spring.
I started to block in the second window - and have the perspective off - will correct that in the next session. The deck is covered with snow, as are the arms, seats adn the backs of teh chairs. Once I have the background right - I will start into the snow.
This is a large acrylic painting 36 x 42.
Sunday, April 24, 2011
She is getting on in years now. We think she is about eleven - not sure as she was a resuce dog. Her hair is turning quite white and she has started to slow down some.
This is a mixed watermedia painting on Ampersand Aquabord. This surface is wonderful for painting textures such as fur and hair.
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Sadie is a mixed breed - cross between a lab and a border collie - the border collie being dominent. She has us completely trained!
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Sunday, April 10, 2011
I knew today that it was in my reach to finish this piece. I hunkered down at 8am and just finished it at 7pm.
I spent a lot of time deleloping the foliage. After I thought I was all done - I looked at it with squinty eyes and realized that I had to deepen the colors of the leaves. I went back in with a wash of terre vert (a blueish green) and intensified the leaves. And then once again thought I was finished.
Then I looked at it again with squinty eyes. Saw a number of the rose petal has to be deepened and some of them needed a boost of personality (more colors).
I looked at it again and thought I was finsihed. Then I realised the tiny fly had no legs or antennae.
I fixed up the bug and hung the painting on my fridge - yes my fridge. And am determined no more squinty eyes.
I am declaring this painting finsihed. At least until tomorrow when I look at it with fresh eyes.
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Monday, March 14, 2011
I am actually working on two paintings at the same time. The other is another poured painting of daisies. Loose and fun so the focus on this one will not make me too crazy!.
The name above may not stick but for now I'll use it.
Friday, March 11, 2011
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
And soon - the reveal of the finished painting!