- 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 1, 2011
WIP - Longing For Spring
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.