Monday, October 16, 2017

Hollyhock Light by Kim Blair

Hollyhock Light
(12x12 oil on canvas)

Hollyhocks can grow up to 12 feet tall, and on my back alley walks in our neighbourhood I discovered numerous plants that height!  Most seem to be around 5 to 6 feet tall, but the giants are out there...
Raspberry red blooms with a bit of sunlight falling on them, offer some dramatic photo opportunities.  The silky tissue paper thinness of the petals shows off the delicate nature of the blooms, quite a contrast to the strong fuzzy stalks that support them.

I love the name 'Hollyhock', and noticed in my research that the famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright, designed a house that was given the name HollyHock House.  Built in 1921 in Los Angeles for Philanthropist Aline Barnsdall, it has an interesting design (and history).  The exterior, (for me) is reminiscent of ancient Mayan temples and homes.  I guess Frank had to get his inspiration from somewhere.
Hollyhocks were Aline's favourite flower, and Frank (we're all on first name basis) abstracted the hollyhock to create motifs and designs utilized on the exterior, and throughout the house.  It is interesting to see how far he took the abstraction, which again looks rather Mayan to me.   I would love to see this house in person.

Have any of you been there?

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$200.00 (+ $18.00 S/H anywhere in North America)
12x12 oil on canvas

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Framed by Kim Blair

(Three citrus paintings framed and hung in collector's home)

Lime Twist
Blood Oranges
Yellow Boats for Vincent

I thought you might enjoy seeing how this collector framed and hung the three citrus paintings she purchased from me.  Although my paintings on stretched canvas are painted on the edges, which allows them to be hung without framing, I suggested this collector have the three pieces framed in order to give them more visual weight on the wall she choose to hang them on.

* If you click on the individual photos you will be able to see the intricate detail of the frames and how they work perfectly with each piece.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Apricot Sky, by Kim Blair

Apricot Sky
(14"x11" oil on canvas)

It's that luscious time of year when the sun creates a warm golden light that accentuates the rich fall colours.  There is an urban farm not far from our home here in the city.  I watched their sunflowers grow all summer long... and one day when I was driving by there was a young woman working in the garden, so I stopped and asked if I could come in and take some photos of the  sunflowers.

Apricot Sky was inspired by one of these photos... a thick stalky stem supporting a voluptuous chocolate brown seed head surrounded by a fringe of yellow, set against an apricot sky.

*(Click on the image to view the thick texture of the petals.)

Apricot Sky
14"x11" oil on canvas (needs some drying time)

$200.00 (+ $18.00 S/H anywhere in Canada) (email me for S/H fees to USA)

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Monday, September 25, 2017

Paper Lilies, by Kim Blair

Paper Lilies
(10"x10" oil on canvas)

Garlic belongs to the lily family... Allium. When we think of lilies we usually do not think of garlic, but the two are related, with garlic being the aromatic cousin of the shapely lily. Both are equally welcome at most parties... although, if you are a vampire, you would probably hang out with the floral bouquet and stay clear of the dip!

Speaking of vampires... my research revealed that because garlic was used to ward off blood sucking mosquitos it was only natural that it would be considered the veggie of choice to ward off blood sucking vampires. Makes total sense.

So in honour of garlic (and vampires of course)... here is my attempt at some Vampire Haiku.

A trickle of red
drips down her delicate neck.
She forgot garlic!

Paper Lilies, 10"x10" oil on canvas

$150.00 (+ $15.00 S/H anywhere in Canada) (contact me for S/H fees to USA)

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Green Goddess, by Kim Blair

Green Goddess
(10"x10" oil on canvas)

Nothing says retro like Green Goddess salad dressing... unless you toss in a new ingredient. Avocado adds a rich creaminess which allows you to forgo the mayo, sour cream... even the yogourt! Here's the link to the recipe on 'Real Food with Dana', that I am going to try. 

This painting of an avocado on a red plate is guaranteed 'dairy-free' and will add zing to your kitchen wall!

Green Goddess
10"x10" oil on canvas (needs some drying time)

$150.00 (+ $15.00 S/H anywhere in Canada) (contact me for S/H fees to USA)

Monday, September 11, 2017

Mona Lisa, by Kim Blair

Mona Lisa
(10"x10" oil on canvas)

I know you're looking at this painting of an avocado and thinking... Huh?  I don't get it, but stay with me on this one.  While staring at this painting... trying to name it... Mona Lisa popped into my head.  I thought the name really suited it, but was unable to come up with a rational reason.

Then I decided to google Mona Lisa and avocado.  I discovered an artist who drew the Mona Lisa on a white plate using mashed avocado flesh ... I'm not kidding!    Click here to have a look for yourself.

(Leonardo is probably rolling over in his grave as I write this post.)

Mona Lisa
10"x10" oil on canvas (needs some drying time)

$150.00 (+ $15.00 S/H anywhere in Canada) contact me for fees to USA

Monday, September 4, 2017

Blood Oranges, by Kim Blair

Blood Oranges
(10"x10" oil on canvas)

 (Grouping of the three citrus paintings)

Blood Oranges is the third still life painting of citrus fruit on canvas.  Each still life set-up was  arranged on tin foil to create colourful shimmering reflections.

Thanks again to Canadian artist Mary Pratt and her 'Red Currant Jelly' jar painting for inspiring this series of citrus fruit arranged on tin foil for the reference photo... but painted on canvas.

These three paintings, each created on 10"x10" canvas, look good individually, but as a grouping of three hung either in a row horizontally (as I have them arranged on my easel in the above photo), or vertically, would look stunning in a kitchen, dinning room, or hall way.

(See the previous 2 postings for the lime and lemon paintings.)

Blood Oranges, 10"x10" oil on canvas