Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Love on the Rocks


The lyrics of the well known song by Neil Diamond was my inspiration for this painting.

'Love on the rocks
Ain't no big surprise
Just pour me a drink
And I'll tell you my lies
Yesterday 's gone
Now all I want is a smile.....' 

The background tells the story of first their passionate romance on the purple A side of the record and then the break up on the blue B side. I wanted the standing glass with the wonderful refraction of the two lovers dancing on the A side of the record to be the first focal point and then as we begin to look more closely for our eyes to wander down to the more distorted images of them at the back of the fallen glass and then forwards following the flow of the melted ice leading finally to the lonely man from the B side of the record walking dejectedly away in the puddle on the floor.
 
Transparent Watercolour 20.5 by 26 inches

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Weimer Congemi Memorial Award

Exciting News! My painting 'Animato Assai' has won the Weimer Congemi Memorial Award in the Louisiana Watercolor Society's 46th International Exhibition.


I have to tell you an amusing story about the shipping of this painting. This is my fourth year in the LWS exhibition and all other years it has taken 8 days for the painting to travel down to Louisiana from here in Canada. So I shipped this one allowing the same amount of time. It arrived in only 4 days! I guess when a painting's title means 'very animated' it has an effect on the travel time (smile). Thank you to A Plus shipping for being so accomodating and taking the painting in early.

The LWS 46th International exhibition opened yesterday and continues until May 21 at Place St. Charles, 201 St. Charles Ave. New Orleans.  If you live in the area I hope you will be able to visit.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Pennsylvania Watercolor Society’s 37th Annual International Juried Exhibition Acceptance

I had notification today to say that 'Snips snails and puppy dog tails' has been accepted into the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society’s 37th Annual International Juried Exhibition.


Mischief and Giggles, Fun and Love,
That's what I hope this painting is made of.

The exhibition will be held at the Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art, 176 Water Company Road, PO Box 33, Millersburg, PA and will run from July 5, 2016 – August 27, 2016

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Thought Bubbles


Our thoughts are like soap bubbles floating in a gentle breeze on a summer’s day. Some are large, like dreams that glisten full of hope and promise. Others are smaller and less flamboyant but perfectly formed.  

Just like our thoughts, the fragile beauty of each rainbow coloured liquid orb is fascinating. For a short time they are a floating miracle, until they are no more.  Nothing is permanent, and like our thoughts and dreams, all things change.

Thank you for all your lovely ideas over the past few days about what the child might be thinking. I have a very creative group of friends. I will leave it to your imaginations to decide what thoughts she has in each bubble. (Transparent Watercolour 28.5 by 18 inches.)

Soap Bubbles are such fun to paint. This 10 minute video shows me painting a simplified version of the bubbles I created in the painting above. It isnt an instructional video. It was simply a first attempt at videoing me painting. I am really happy with the mount that my husband has made for the video camera so it can be suspended right over my painting area but we do need to work on better lighting as the glare from the wet paper is distracting and the colours are quite dull. Nevertheless I thought you might enjoy seeing my very first video attempt. (If you are subscribed to my blog e mail notification and are reading this as an e mail you will need to go to the blog if you would like to see the video)



Ona

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Portrait WIP 1

Look who has been appearing on my paper over the last few days. I love the dreamy look in those eyes.  Any guesses what the child I am painting might be thinking about?


 Ona

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Grandmasters of Fine Art 'Living for Art'

I am honoured to be one of the 40 artists from around the world invited to be part of the Grandmasters of Fine Art 2016 Exhibition' Living for Art'


Click on the link to view the exhibition. Underneath each artists photo is also a link to their own websites so you can see more of their art if you would like.



Ona

Friday, April 1, 2016

A Flight of Fancy

Sometimes I just need to let my creative spirit fly free. ‘A flight of fancy’ Transparent watercolour 15 by 19 inches painted purely from imagination.


I have to confess I’ve had a tough month dealing with a nasty virus. For a while I couldn’t physically paint so I did the next best thing… I closed my eyes and created a painting in my imagination.

I wouldn’t trade my imagination for anything. The act of creation lifts my spirits and thinking outside the box is fun. Yes, it involves taking risks. You have to be prepared to try new things, be willing not to know and be ok with making mistakes.

But what if I fail? I hear you say

 My answer is… but what if you fly! Until you spread your creative wings you will have no idea how far or high you can soar. 

It’s been so much fun bringing this idea to life on paper over the last few days.
 
  Ona

Monday, March 28, 2016

Exciting News!

I received a very exciting surprise e mail a few days ago from Beth Erikson at F&W/ North Light Books.

'Congratulations! Your piece "Waiting" from Strokes 6 has been selected to be in our new compilation book, Art Journey Animals: A Collection of Inspiring Contemporary Masterworks. Art Journey Animals will showcase the best animal art. Your piece has been selected to be the jacket cover image for the book.'


Harry and I can't wait to get our copy!

Monday, March 7, 2016

Strumming my Pain with his Fingers


It was the lyrics from  'Killing me softly with his song'  that gave me the idea for this painting.

 'Strumming my pain with his fingers, 
singing my life with his words, killing me softly with his song' 
 
 I love starting with lyrics such as these and just seeing where my imagination takes me. Transparent Watercolour 28 by 17 inches.

Ona

Monday, February 29, 2016

Forever and Always


Drawing this over the last few days has been a fun way to pass the time. Harry, as usual, was a very willing model. Wherever I go he is always at my side so eager to make me smile.

Scratchboard on Ampersand panel 8 by 10 inches.

Ona

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Harmonic Distortion

I have been quietly working away at this full sheet Transparent Watercolour for nearly a month now and finally finished it yesterday.



Everything we see is an illusion. Even our perceptions of reality are illusionary and are usually distorted by our beliefs and ideals.

Sorry I didn't share the WIP photo's with you all as I painted this but I felt it would spoil the fun of the final illusion if you knew from the onset what was there. How many musicians can you count in the whole painting? Click on the image to see a larger version and to see all the fun distortions of the musicians in the clear bell shaped glasses.

Ona

Monday, February 22, 2016

46th Louisiana Watercolor Society's International Exhibition Acceptance

'Animato Assai' has been accepted into the 2016 Louisiana Watercolor Society's International Exhibition. It is such an honor to be included with so many amazing artists!


 I love to include snippits of real music hidden in my music series of paintings. The music flying off my subject's hair in this painting is from the song 'Happy'. It seems very fitting this evening.

Ona

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Sweet Heart-Ted

With Valentine's Day just around the corner I couldn't resist painting this miniature Ted watercolour.

Little 'Sweet Heart-Ted' is seeking a home where he will be loved and thinks nothing would be sweeter than coming to live with you. Will you be his Valentine?

 Transparent watercolour (5.5 by 3.5 inches). 

Give somone a hug this Valentine's Day and make sure they know how much they are loved.

Ona

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Flight of the Imagination and A Penny for your Thoughts

The selection of entries for the Watercolor Art Society-Houston's 2016 International Watercolor Exhibition has been completed by juror Anne Abgott, AWS, NWS and I was very happy to learn yesterday evening that my painting 'Flight of the Imagination' has been selected to be part of the exhibition.


The exhibition will take place from March 8-31, 2016

Edit: I also had notification today to say that my painting 'a penny for your thoughts' has been selected to be part of the Transparent Watercolor Society of America's  40th National Exhibition. This exhibition will take place from May through to August at the beautiful Kenosha Public Museum

It's been a good 24 hours
Ona

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Think and Wonder, Wonder and Think

 'Think and Wonder, Wonder and Think' is a quote by Dr Seuss which I love and I have decided to use it as the title for my first painting of 2016.

 Let's make 2016 a year in which we look for the beauty in the world around us and to remember there is beauty within each and every one of us also. It would be a very boring world if we were all the same so let's celebrate the rich diversity of life around us in all its forms.


I chose to use a hummingbird in my painting because 'legends say that Hummingbirds float free of time. They open our eyes to the wonder of the world and inspire us to open our hearts to loved ones and friends. Like a hummingbird, we aspire to hover and to savor each moment as it passes, embrace all that life has to offer. The hummingbird’s delicate grace reminds us that life is rich, beauty is everywhere and every personal connection has meaning.' (Papyrus)

Is the girl really looking at a hummingbird? Or is the small bird merely symbolising the child's thoughts as she stares into space dreaming of a world where there is acceptance and harmony, where beauty in all its forms is celebrated.

Transparent Watercolour 27.5 by 17 inches