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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.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Still a work in progress....slow progress

Tedious tedium
tweedle tweedle dumb....

When I get to this stage in a painting - I often wonder "what am I thinking?".  Seems like I have been working on this piece forever.  Don't get me wrong.. I love the complexity and all the detail.  It is just at this point I am getting excited for the next painting - without any shade of pink.  Have I mentioned that each petal takes at least an hour to complete?

This painting will require at least three more sessions to complete.   My favourite stage is when I look at the work and start to balance the colours - a little bit more colour here - and little more darks in there. This really makes the painting pop.

I have my next painting sketched out - actually I have three more sketched out - two more watercolors and one in oil. May have something to do with my anxiousness to complete this.


  1. I love it when you show us your works in progress. It's so interesting to be able to see the planning and the progression. Hard to believe a person can take a tiny little photograph and create something so big and beautiful from it.

  2. Thank you Susan
    I guess that is where seem artistic licence may come in :)

  3. Looking great!! I love your pink paintings - hope the aversion doesn't last long!

  4. I am in awe of your work! You might just make me stop painting for my market at the moment and do what I want to do for ME!

  5. Wow! Love the colors and the vividness of it all Helen.
    I'll be checking to see the finished piece - nice progress so far!