Monday, April 24, 2017

Traces of a Previous Life, by Kim Blair

'Traces of a Previous Life' is a large  (48" x 48") abstract painting on gallery profile canvas.

The paint was applied to the support using putty knives, credit cards, sticks, cardboard and brushes.

Influenced by my ongoing research of ancient mark making and pattern this painting is composed of  thick layers of pigment scratched and gouged... revealing history... offering a glimpse into what lies beneath... traces of a previous life.

(*Click on the images below to see the rich history of paint, colour and marks.)

Traces of a Previous Life
48" x 48"
acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas
(on easel in studio)
 Traces of a Previous Life
(*hanging on dining room wall for display purposes)

Traces of a Previous Life
48" x 48"
acrylic on canvas

$2400.00 + S/H
(*inquire regarding shipping costs within North America)

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Glow, by Kim Blair

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(w.c. pastels on acrylic base coated paper)

The better title for this painting would be, 'Foot Lights... and Ten Years Younger!'  The green/yellow glow on my face reminds me of the affect that foot lights (from the 1800s) had on stage performers' skin colour.  Toulouse Lautrec enjoyed portraying this effect on his subjects... and I enjoy Toulouse Lautrec's work, so this portrait is a bit of a nod to his colour choices.

The 'Ten Years Younger,' is a bit of artistic license showing up... unintentionally of course ;)

A few months ago I listened to a podcast interview of a portrait painter who offered her prospective clients the optional incentive that she could/would "Take off ten years, ten pounds and whiten their teeth!"

Airbrushing is alive and well...

Monday, April 3, 2017

Good Vibrations, by Kim Blair

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Good Vibrations
(15x11, w.c. pastel & w.c. pencil 
on acrylic base coated paper)

Complementary colours and energetic marks combine to create good vibrations in this self-portrait.
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The combination seems to illustrate 'energy' which the thesaurus defines as:  vitality, enthusiasm, effervescence, passion, animation, zest, etc... all of which I have in varying degrees.

This is #12 in my self-portrait series.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Chalk Board, by Kim Blair

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Chalk Board
(15x11 w.c. pastel & w.c. pencil
 on acrylic base coated paper)

As a child I asked for (and received) a chalk board for a birthday gift... it came in green rather than black, which was a bit disappointing, but I soon got over it.  Last night when I showed Ferdinand this portrait and he said the background reminded him of a chalk board I thought that is definitely going to be the title for this piece!

My childhood love of chalk boards and chalk may be the reason I enjoyed using watercolour pastels and watercolour pencils to create this portrait.  The chalky appearance of the pastels gives this portrait a fun, carefree quality... even though I am not smiling in this painting I think it feels much happier than the previous portrait... and more like me!

*(I wonder if any artists reading this blog use or have used 'pan-pastels'?  I would like to try them, but knowing that regular dry/chalk pastels are too dusty for me makes me hesitant to experiment with the new pan-style variety.  Any feedback on how dusty they are would be most helpful...)

Monday, March 27, 2017

Classic Blue, by Kim Blair

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Classic Blue
(15x11 acrylic on paper)

Reserved, demure, traditionalist, conventional, all these words seem to describe this portrait... but they do not describe me.  Although I feel the features do resemble mine the 'image' portrayed in this portrait is not who I am.  A string of pearls and a sweater set would complete this conservative image... 

 Maybe I do come across as the 'girl-next-door,' at times, hmmmmm... need to work on a new look!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Red Hatter, by Kim Blair

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Red Hatter
(15x11 acrylic on paper)

I have been following my nose down a few rabbit holes with this self-portrait exercise... and decided it was time to try one wearing my red faux fur hat.  Of course being a fan of colour I felt the need to continue painting my face with a bit of a surreal palette since my natural colouring is very pale and rather boring.

This is #9.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

My Purple Period, by Kim Blair

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'Purple Portrait I'
15''x11'' palette knife painting
acrylic on paper

Yes, it has been quite a while since my last portrait posting... and I would like to confess that the exercise has been character building... to say the least!  

Although I utilized a small brush and black acrylic paint to draw my features, the rest of the portrait was painted using only a palette knife.  If you click on the image you can see the paint texture, which gives the feeling of thick skin... in some weird way.

The use of black for drawing my features was a direct influence from Van Gogh and Alice Neel, both of whom I had lunch with today... via two lovely art books. 

(This style really speaks to me... it has a quality reminiscent of my previous work painting flowers, fruit and vegetables in oil on a black acrylic undercoating... often employing a palette knife to create thick passages of paint.)

This portrait was painted using a mirror.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Billboard Art, by Kim Blair

Billboard Art
 At first I thought how strange it was to see my art beside an A&W sign... surreal in many respects.

But if you let your imagination work a bit I think you might see a double cheese, double bacon burger image appear in my painting... roundish buns with gooey cheese, maybe an onion ring or two?


Well, one thing is for sure... the A&W sign says, 'Limited Time' and that is true because my painting will only be up for another two weeks, and then it is time for another lucky artist to have that spot.

(Hopefully I can get some photos of it with the sun shining...sunny Alberta has not been very sunny so far this winter!)

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Mirror, Mirror... by Kim Blair

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Mirror, Mirror
ink, acrylic in paper

This time I ditched the photos and used a mirror instead.  Looking at myself in a mirror for this sketching session, felt very different from looking at a photo.  The photo allowed me to feel removed from the drawing session, whereas the mirror did not.

Staring at a flesh and blood person, even if in a mirror (and even if it is yourself) made me really think about what I was doing because I was looking at a real person....  It was a very strange experience, but I have to say it was more satisfying/interesting to draw myself using a mirror than using a photo.

This is #7.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Frankimstein, by Kim Blair

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 (collage, w.c. pencil, w.c. pastel & ink on paper)

Ever have one of those days when your forehead feels a bit large?

The collaged section containing my right eye and nose was salvaged from a previous selfie attempt gone bad...  as the new  image began to emerge I had the feeling it was becoming a creation that only a mad scientist could love... so 'Frankimstein' was born!

 Lucky number six...

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Billboard on a Busy Street... by Kim Blair

Here I am with my billboard image
(the image is a detail from a larger abstract painting called 'Prana')
a #YEGCanvas event

A BIG thank you to:

 The Edmonton Arts Council and Pattison signs!

I mentioned in a previous blog posting (Nov 1) that I was one of the artists selected to have a painting displayed on a billboard in the #YEGCanvas urban billboard and transit poster exhibition for 2016/2017.   Click here for the map to locate each billboard/poster for this round of artists (my billboard is #2 on the map.)

Locating my billboard was a fun game of hide and seek even though it was a bit of a cold overcast day here in Edmonton when I ventured up to 97 Street and 135 Avenue to find the billboard image of my painting.  Luckily my husband drove so I could swivel my head around (not quite like Linda Blair in the 'Exorcist'... but close) looking at the front and back of each sign until I found mine in the 'Fountain Tire' parking lot, southbound on 97 Street.  What a thrill!

Numerous photos and one short video later we were on our way back home... but the day felt warmer and a whole lot sunnier... at least for me!

Monday, January 2, 2017

New Do for the New Year, by Kim Blair

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'New Do for the New Year'
(12x9 pencil on paper)

I had my hair cut a bit shorter for the holidays, which meant I needed to take a new series of photos for my self-portrait project, (although I may still utilize some of the previous photos).   It's interesting that my image changes depending on the angle of the camera, the pose taken and/or the style  of my hair.  The challenge is to work with the image chosen, trying to recreate what you are seeing rather than what you 'think' you see, or think you know...

My New Year resolution is to complete and post the balance of my self-portraits over the next 11 months, which works out to one self-portrait a week for the next forty-seven weeks.

This is number five.