The last few weeks I have been focusing on small paintings on panel. This is a huge change to how I usually paint. Previously it was big canvases, usually 3 to 4 feet in length, that would take me a few months to complete. The 8 inch by 10 inch panels I have been painting recently only take two or three days. The switch to painting on panel from canvas has been interesting; the paint travels on a smooth surface quite differently than the rough surface of canvas. The decision to switch to painting on panel was a practical one; the panels travel easier, frame easier, and take up a lot less storage space than a stretched canvas. I think it is a good choice for pieces 11 x 14 and smaller.
The above painting is a view from a lookout in our neighborhood on Pender Island. It is a tucked away place at the end of a dead end road, a place where mostly locals go. With the scarceness of rain, tall brown grass and bright blue skies are the summer colors of the island; a nice bright contrast to the silhouetted trees.
Painting by Debra Hunter
Red Deer, Alberta and Pender Island, BC, Canada