En Plein Air – April 13th, 2016 – Backyard Sycamore

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Backyard Sycamore – April 13, 2016 – 8″x10″ – acrylic on paper

Four en plein air paintings in four days. I am continuing to work on paper with acrylic. I had a little more time than I did yesterday to paint which was nice, as was working on an easel. One thing I was wanting to achieve with this piece was stronger colors as I think I tend to be too cautious when painting on location. I think I take the colors of the natural landscape too literally and too seriously, and I wanted to change that. So today’s piece is gutsier and maybe more honest to the way I like to paint trees.

The challenge continues. Now to decide what to paint tomorrow!

Painting by Debra Hunter

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En Plein Air – April 12, 2016 – Coronation Park, Red Deer

blog coronation park april 12 2016_4678 Today’s en plein air effort, a 45 minute acrylic on paper sketch of Waskasoo Creek in Coronation Park (Red Deer, Alberta, Canada).

Refreshing to paint an overcast sky rather than the typical bright blue of Alberta.

I have noticed other artists attempting “100 paintings in 100 days” as a personal challenge, I may see how long I can keep the “painting a day” going. It appears , so far, that the key to success is just taking the kids along with me rather than trying to carve out time on my own to paint. Let’s hope life and the weather continue to co-operate!

Painting by Debra Hunter

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En Plein Air – April 11, 2016 – Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary

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Today’s en plein air effort. A very quick 30 minute paint. When you have very little time to put a scene down in paint you really have to minimize the detail.

I am going to continue posting these quick en plein air paintings as it is interesting to look back on the progress.

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En Plein Air – a new website page

With the arrival of good weather I find myself painting en plein air on occasion.  It is a style of painting that has many challenges including weather, changing light, insects and onlookers, however it is a very rewarding endeavor as well. I have decided to add a dedicated En Plein Air page to the website ( www.debra-hunter.com ) that is linked to this blog as a way to see all this season’s works put together in one place. The page is En Plein Air Works and can be viewed by clicking HERE. For now it is just the one image, but as we progress through spring and summer I hope to see the collection of images grow.

Gaetz Lake april 10 2016

En Plein Air painting by Debra Hunter

“Reaching For The Sun” – a new painting of Canada’s west coast – plus a quick update

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“Reaching For The Sun”
2016
17.75″ x 25.75″
acrylic on paper
painting by Debra Hunter

It seems like it has been ages since I have put up a blog post on this site. 2016 to this point has been busy and productive. Multiple paintings have already been completed this year, for some reason it has been just a very good year to this point for creating work. In addition to the painting, I have been prototyping new naturally dyed hand knits (for http://www.handmade-canada.com ), had some lovely portrait shoots, and spent quite a lot of time working with wood and carving. It seems I am spending more time working with my hands than on the computer, which explains the very sparse blog posts.

This year I have been painting on panel, canvas and paper. The work above was finished late last night and is acrylic on paper. I am still working with the Roe Islet subject matter, it seems the more I paint the more I find to paint and explore. This is turning into a beautiful project with so many possibilities.

Hopefully the blog posts will become more frequent in the coming weeks. It’s funny that when you are really busy and have lots to share that it is also when you have the least amount of time to blog. Hopefully I’ll be back with another blog post soon, however if you follow Instagram, I often put “in progress” images up under @debramhunter if you want to take a look.

Art by Debra Hunter
http://www.debra-hunter.com
Red Deer, Alberta and Pender Island, BC, Canada

 

On Facebook at Debra Hunter – Art and at Hunter Photographics  and at Handmade in Canada

On Instagram at @debramhunter and @hunterphotographics and @handmadeincanada .

 

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Evening View to Clam Bay Farm – New Canadian Painting

"Evening View to Clam Bay Farm" 2015 12"x12" acrylic on panel

“Evening View to Clam Bay Farm”
2015
12″x12″
acrylic on panel

This painting was inspired by an evening view of historic Clam Bay Farm on Pender Island (British Columbia, Canada). Through the smoky haze of distant forest fires soft colors play in the distance.

A smaller sized panel, pastel colors and new subject matter  created new territory for painting. This is the second painting in the last couple of weeks with an agricultural theme. This is perhaps not what first comes to mind when you think of the Gulf Islands, but farming is definitely part of the island’s past, present and culture.

Painting by Debra Hunter
http://www.debra-hunter.com

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A New Painting – Sea Star Vineyards (Pender Island)

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“Sea Star Vineyards” 2015 11×14 acrylic on panel

Sometimes a peak through the slats in a gate leads to inspiration. That is the story of this painting. A quick look and a shot on the iPhone and the idea to paint this piece was planted. It was fun to paint this image, brighter colors than usual, smaller in size, and painted in the course of an evening (and into the night if I am to be truthful!). The painting speaks of a carefree summer day on Pender Island (British Columbia, Canada)

Painting by Debra Hunter
Red Deer, Alberta and Pender Island, British Columbia, Canada

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“Standing Tall” – Canadian Landscape Painting

"Standing Tall" Roe Islet series (2015) 24"x24" acrylic on panel

“Standing Tall”
Roe Islet series
(2015)
24″x24″
acrylic on panel

Roe Islet (Pender Island, BC, Canada) continues to be a source of inspiration for my paintings, and I am sure by the time I have exhausted all the painting possibilities I will know every rock and tree on the islet. The arbutus amaze me in the way they twist and turn, and the red of the trunks is hypnotizing.

This painting features a view up a small hill looking towards Currents and Otter Bay. If you were to walk the path you would recognize the twisted  tree in the center of the painting. Roe Islet, for its intimate size, is a most beautiful natural spot and well worth a visit.

Artwork by Debra Hunter
(Red Deer, Alberta & Pender Island, British Columbia, Canada)
For the website and inquiries please visit:
www.debra-hunter.com

For more work from Canadian creators, you can also visit www.handmade-canada.com .

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