When it’s the middle of March and there is still plenty of snow on the ground, and the world is changing every day with the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, I sought solace and peace in painting this beautiful hot pink flower…
12′ x 12″ Acrylic Painting Cost: $125
Advice from a Hibiscus
Live with joy, bring beauty into the world, create a colourful life, open to love, and be dazzling!
In troubled times it truly is an asset to be creative, or to have a hobby. As each day brought more serious, shocking and sometimes sad news of the progress of the coronavirus, I turned to my easel for an outlet and a diversion for my emotions and anxiety.
I had also been painting a lot of winter scenes lately. When you live in northern Ontario, winter consumes at least 6 months out of the year. You are surrounded by beauty and also the harshness of the endless cold and snowy days. So painting winter is to be expected and requires a lot of blue paint! The idea of painting a pink flower was really exciting. And I just happened to have this lovely photo of this stunning hibiscus flower from a hibiscus bush that bloomed non-stop all summer long!
I hope it brings others as much joy as it did for me.
Every now and then inspiration for a painting sits in your mind long enough that when you finally put brush to canvas, the painting almost paints itself! That was the case with “Winter Reflections”.
I think that if someone had given me the task of painting with only 2 colours, I would have felt somewhat limited. But that was not the case at all with this painting. Two paint colours were all that was needed and there was no more to consider. In the end, I think that the simplicity of only 2 colours makes it all work!
The theme for this year’s Christmas show & sale for The Gallery at the Centre in Elliot Lake is “Angels Among Us”.
While I liked the theme when it was presented, for the longest time, I really didn’t know what I might create for this theme. A crafty type person would make Christmas tree ornaments out of paper, wood or metal. I had some ideas but they all required a lot of supplies that I didn’t have. Plus I wasn’t all that enthused about any of them. I really don’t glue, or sew a lot. I don’t even own a glue gun. The sure indicator of “the crafty type”.
Yet, the theme inspired me. Angels. How beautiful.
Like most artists would do, I Googled and I checked Pinterest to see what was out there with the angels theme. What were other artists doing? Amongst the more religious ancient paintings of the renaissance period and earlier, there were some really nice contemporary takes on the angels theme.
I knew that I had to stick with the art medium that I felt most comfortable with at the moment. After my first Woodland Angel painting, the other 2 angel paintings seemed to come together easily.
This painting was inspired by the view from the balcony
where I stood in the spring of 2018 when we visited Estepona, Spain.
We arrived late the evening prior. After organizing the
essentials and changing into fresh clothes we headed out to the nearby streets
in search of a place to eat. This proved easy since most eateries open late for
dinner in Spain. It was the eve of the May 1 holiday weekend, and the streets
were full of bustling crowds of people of all ages—a mix of tourists and
nationals. How exciting it all was! The next morning, I ran to the top of the
apartment and looked out from the terrace to look upon this scene.
“You can see the Rock of Gibraltar on a clear day”, we were
told. And there it was in the distance. The sun had not yet made its way over
the square below, just kissing some of the roof tops. And just beyond I could
see the ocean, the sand and the palm trees. Good morning, Estepona! We have
I was intrigued by the perspective of the buildings from
where I stood. So many angles, but all pointing to the sunlit ocean and palm
tree in the distance. The colours and shadows were interesting too. I played
around with the oranges, creamy whites, and purple hues, changing them until I
was satisfied with the end result.