Work in Progress – Miniature Art

Currently in progress are several pieces of miniature art. The pieces are acrylic ink on paper and reflect themes of the west coast of Canada.

The above artwork, which is shown much enlarged compared to the size of the art in real life,  measures 7 cm in diameter. Artwork that can literally fit into the palm of your hand.

Miniature art is interesting. It is artwork that must be viewed up close. Art than can fit into any home. And due to it’s size, art that is affordable to own (and collect!).

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Canadian inspired art by Debra Hunter.

Beach Art – En Plein Air Painting on Pender Island


En plein art painting is always an interesting experience. You are dealing with shifting light, unpredictable conditions plus distractions. The great thing about working en plein air is how it teaches you to see and break down a scene so that it can be rendered on paper or canvas.

It has been quite a while since I have painted en plein air landscapes, but the last few days provided great opportunities. The beaches of Pender Island have been beautiful places to sit and paint.


Being a minimalist at heart, I have made a few changes to the art equipment used for outdoor painting. The art kit has now been stripped down to a watercolour pad, a waterbrush, a small travel watercolour paint kit, and a fountain pen. So streamlined. Less is definitely proving to be best, allowing me to focus on the painting rather than on an overwhelming array of art materials.

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“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

 

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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
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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:
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“Bridges Road” – Canadian Ink Painting

blog bridges road 5x7_0222“Bridges Road”
2015
5″ x 7″
Ink on paper.

I am continuing to work on small pieces mixing colored ink with black ink. I think this style of work leads to interesting interpretations of the scene. Automatically the scene becomes more abstract as the colors are no longer representational.

The above image is inspired by the beach at Bridges Road, Pender Island (British Columbia, Canada).

Artwork by Debra Hunter
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“Bridges Road in Black and Blue” – Ink Painting of Canada’s West Coast

"Bridges Road in Black and Blue" (2015) ink on paper 5" x 7"

“Bridges Road in Black and Blue”
(2015)
ink on paper
5″ x 7″

Today’s piece shows a continuation in working on images inspired by the west coast of Canada. This ink on paper piece depicts the trees that cling to the rocky outcrop at the beach on Bridges Road (Pender Island, British Columbia, Canada).

The inspiration was a colorless winter day, one of those days when you reach the beach and wonder “Do I even want to go down to the water’s edge?” But you do, and you see a scene so different from those of bright blue skies, sunshine and sandcastles.

I’ve been revisiting working with ink recently. It seems to be a nice medium to work with until I gather the courage (and a few dead quiet hours) to finish the latest panel I am painting. I didn’t really think about my choice of ink colors until my husband asked me “What made you choose blue?” Thinking about it, it was probably because blue is cold and the day was cold.

Perhaps I will try a few more blue and black ink images in the next few days. A recent snowfall has left me with a stash of images on my camera that are just made for that cold blue look.

Artwork by Debra Hunter
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