Update Time!

It has been a long time since posting. It has been busy. Very busy. With an incredible amount of creative changes. I think the easiest way to do an update is by breaking it down by medium:

Artwork – miniature landscapes have been selling well all year long out on the west coast. Pieces have gone to both tourists and island collectors. It is always a good day when the gallery calls you to say “We need more paintings!” Currently I am working on new pieces for the Christmas Small Packages Show. My artwork is available on a continual basis at Talisman on Pender Island (BC, Canada).

Photography – as of last month I have put portrait and wedding photography into hibernation. I will still continue to work on personal photography projects. This decision was made as I needed time to commit to my new project http://www.w1hundred.com . Only having 24 hours in a day had become a little limiting!

Textiles – big changes here! With the development of “W1 Hundred” I had to make some decisions as to how to handle my various textile projects and what their focus will be. In order to have development time, I have taken a break, for most of 2019, from working with retailers in the mountain parks. It was a necessary step to be able to focus on new products, techniques and building a new business model.

I am currently combining “Handmade in Canada” and “Pure Wear Canada” under “W1 Hundred” as themed projects. “Handmade in Canada” products are currently available on Pender Island; they sell consistently well to visiting tourists. “Pure Wear Canada” is having a little rest, but will most likely return as a hand-knit series; I already have many concepts in mind, but the aesthetic will be very different than before. “W1 Hundred” is now fully launched, new products, a new look, a new shop…..and the latest blog post can be read HERE .

Now that the work is done, hopefully I will have more time to stay in touch blogging and updating this site.

And if you are on Instagram, that is where you will find me most days, at @w1hundred and at @makerslife_debrahunter .

Let’s stay in touch.

Debra

 

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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Opus Daily Practice – the rest of Opus – days 16 to 28

This post is “the rest of Opus Daily Practice”. A bit of traveling managed to happen at the end of this project which meant I was able to post to Instagram, but my cell phone data plan was unhappy with the usage needed for blogging. Below are the rest of the pieces created for the 28 days of Opus Daily Practice.

Day 16

photography - red deer, alberta

Urban photography in Red Deer, Alberta

 

Day 17

sketching ideas

sketching ideas

 

Day 18

watercolor of the Salish Sea painted from a BC Ferry

watercolor of the Salish Sea painted from a BC Ferry

 

watercolors painted from the ferry

watercolors painted from the ferry

 

hand knit west coast inspired hat

hand knit west coast inspired hat

 

Day 19

ink drawing

ink drawing

 

Day 20

en plein air watercolor of Peter Cove South on Pender Island, BC

en plein air watercolor of Peter Cove South on Pender Island, BC

 

Day 21

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en plein air watercolor of Peter Cove South on Pender Island, BC

 

knitting an earflap toque with naturally dyed wool

knitting an earflap toque with naturally dyed wool

 

Day 22

acrylic on panel (photographed in very poor lighting conditions)

acrylic on panel (photographed in very poor lighting conditions)

 

Day 23

en plein air drawing at Craddock Drive on Pender Island, BC, Canada

en plein air drawing at Craddock Drive on Pender Island, BC, Canada

 

Day 24

en plein air drawing at Roesland, Pender Island, BC, Canada

en plein air drawing at Roesland, Pender Island, BC, Canada

west coast inspired fingerless mitts

west coast inspired fingerless mitts

 

Day 25

en plein air sketch at the ferry terminal on Pender Island

en plein air sketch at the ferry terminal on Pender Island

 

Day 26

knit mini bag in progress at the top of the Rogers Pass

knit mini bag in progress at the top of the Rogers Pass

an ink drawing of Mount Rundle in progress

an ink drawing of Mount Rundle in progress

 

Day 27

a painting of Kootenay National Park (acrylic on panel)

a painting of Kootenay National Park (acrylic on panel)

 

Day 28

a painting depicting kayaking on the Salish Sea (acrylic on canvas)

a painting depicting kayaking on the Salish Sea (acrylic on canvas)

 

The daily practice challenge was just that, a challenge. It made you create even when life was busy. It is a good way to build skills and work through creative block.

art, photography and handmade by Debra Hunter

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Orcas – Galiano, BC, Canada

Orcas, BC, Canada

Orcas, BC, Canada

 

Sometimes nature provides you with amazing subject matter. A chance sighting of orcas off the coast  made for a wonderful opportunity for photography. Two adults and one small whale  played off the coast of Galiano (BC, Canada) for a few minutes before swimming off. It is always exciting to see a dorsal fin in the distance, but whales viewed up close are quite a treat.

The second picture just sums up the west coast. Rocky coastline, casual whale watchers, navigational marker, ferry in the distance and a whale. All the elements of the Gulf Islands in one image.

Orca of the coast of Galiano, BC, Canada

Orca of the coast of Galiano, BC, Canada

Over the coming months I am planning to add more and more nature photography to the website as I sift through the thousands upon thousands of nature photographs taken in the past year or two. I think you will find that this will make the website much more interesting, diverse and fun to read.

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