- 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.
Sunday, May 29, 2011
Although I said I would never paint them again - I am at it - and am planning at least one more.
A number of years ago I painted a large watercolor of these delicate blossoms, sold it and received three commissions to do similar ones. And so I thought that I was apple blossomed out.
Only we have five mature apple trees and two young pear trees in our yard. And they are truly beautiful. Each year as the blossoms open, I am out in the yard photographing them. Over and over. And.. there are so darn many of them! This angle...that angle... maybe with more sky... maybe with less sky. Obviously I am really attracted to this flower. Maybe just to anything that blooms in the spring.
So, once this painting is complete, I hope to paint another on a larger scale with the sky as the focal point – much like the painting Blue on Blue below.
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.