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instagramWell we’ve been having fun for the last few days toying with Instagram, and fun it has been. It seems to be a fun and fast way to share what we are up to, especially works in progress. The latest Instagram entry will now show along the sidebar. You can also find us by clicking HERE. I hope you’ll follow us!

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Art, photography and handmade items by Debra Hunter
www.debra-hunter.com

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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
www.debra-hunter.com

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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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Roe Islet Watercolor Painting

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Roe Islet, BC, Canada * (2015) * 4.75″ x 6.75″ * watercolor and ink on paper

With the insanity of everyday life taking a toll on my available time, I recently decided to take a break from the larger panels and instead enjoy painting in watercolors for a week or two. Watercolors require smaller amounts of time and commitment, plus I find simply by working on paper you are more likely to experiment. Experimentation is a good thing, keeping things loose and trying new things. It is easy to fit in two or three watercolors in a day, where a bigger panel takes weeks to complete. Some of the watercolors I have been working on are also scenes I have an interest  in painting on a large panel; in a way they are enjoyable research.

When I say this is a watercolor, it is in fact a watercolor overworked with ink. I quite like playing with adding a deep black after the fact. Working as a portrait photographer I am constantly avoiding shadows, always filling them in so that lines and character don’t show through. In my painting I can embrace shadows as a good thing, a defining element that is positive, and that is exactly what the black ink gives me….a good, strong, unapologetic shadow.

This watercolor and ink is of a natural area on Pender Island (British Columbia, Canada) called Roe Islet. I have been focusing on this location as a painting topic quite a bit recently. It’s natural and rugged with plants and moss and sea views too. It seems I am currently drawn to painting trees and this islet has a never ending variety of tree shapes,sizes and colors.

Painting by Debra Hunter
www.debra-hunter.com

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Knit Collection

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Today’s image is of a small collection of the knit items I create. The items include Coffee Sweaters, Coffee Mug Sweaters, Coffee Press Sweaters, Coffee Carpets, Wine Wraps, and fingerless mitts.

All items are hand knit and made of 100% Canadian produced wool that is milled in Alberta. The wool is hand dyed in natural dyes that I craft by hand; some of the dyes, such as marigold, I grow in my garden.

I photographed this image for use in a collective I am in the process of forming. I will share the details of the project here once all the details are finalized.

Items are available from me directly through the website, at Sunworks (Red Deer, Alberta) and at the Whyte Gallery Shop (Banff, Alberta, Canada).

Knit items by Debra Hunter
Red Deer, Alberta and Pender Island, BC, Canada
www.debra-hunter.com

Beach Portraits

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Photography by Debra Hunter.
Hunter Photographics

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“Roe Islet Arbutus #2” – Canadian Landscape Painting

Roe Islet Arbutus #2 (2014) 11x14

Roe Islet Arbutus #2 (2014) 11×14

“Roe Islet Arbutus #2” is one of those paintings that came together effortlessly. Before the first paint hit the panel I knew exactly how I wanted to approach the arbutus with twists of red and moving lines.

This is one of my favorite paintings completed recently. It is part of the Roe Islet series I have been working on. Roe Islet is a protected area off North Pender Island (British Columbia, Canada). Roe Islet features arbutus and evergreen trees, rocks and amazing sea views.

Roe Islet Arbutus #2
(2014)
11×14
acrylic on panel

Art by Debra Hunter

“View Through the Trees” – Canadian Landscape Painting

View Through the Trees - Canadian Painting“View Through the Trees”
(2014)
11×14
acrylic on panel

“View Through the Trees” is another of my Roe Islet paintings. Roe Islet is a Parks Canada protected area on Pender Island (British Columbia, Canada).

Roe Islet has one of the most pleasant walks . In every direction there are interesting trees, mossy rocks, sea views, and a couple of weeks ago, orcas. This view is on the north side of the islet with the distant hills being that of North Pender Island. A peaceful, inspiring spot.

Art and painting by Debra Hunter
www.thehuntergroup.ca

“Night Arbutus” (2015) – Canadian Landscape Painting by Debra Hunter

"Night Arbutus" - Canadian landscape painting

“Night Arbutus” – Canadian landscape painting

Recently I have been working on a series of paintings based on Roe Islet, a protected Parks Canada site on Pender Island (British Columbia, Canada). I am really enjoying focusing on creating art based on the such an interesting area of Canadian landscape. This painting was done quickly one evening, I wanted to paint a simplified feel of the tree without getting too hung up on details. It is a small 8×10 painting, acrylic on canvas, that focuses on the twists of the tree and the colors of night. If you have the opportunity to ever stroll to the very end of Roe Islet, you will surely recognize the tree, just past the white bench and to the left. You can’t miss it.

Landscape painting and Canadian art by Debra Hunter
Red Deer, Alberta & Pender Island, British Columbia, Canada
www.thehuntergroup.ca
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View Through The Trees, Roe Islet (Inspiration)

View Through The Trees, Roe Islet (Inspiration) (2014) 4 inches by 6 inches acrylic on panel

View Through The Trees, Roe Islet (Inspiration)
(2014)
4 inches by 6 inches
acrylic on panel

I have recently completed four paintings based on Roe Islet on Pender Island (British Columbia, Canada). Completing four paintings in a short period of time has been a valuable learning experience, with one of the best discoveries being that of how valuable a “study” painting can be. Technically the painting shown here could be considered a “study” for the main painting, but I have decided to think of the small paintings as being “inspirations” instead. The “inspiration” paintings are still proper paintings, just paintings on a very small scale. With the main painting I lay down the under-painting using an image on my iPad as a reference, but once the structure is done I tend to use the inspiration painting to guide me.

Roe Islet is a tiny little island just feet off Pender Island and is part of a Parks Canada site. The islet is home to amazing trees, interesting plants and rocks, a pleasant walk and beautiful ocean views. If you are interested in viewing images of Pender Island, check out my blog at www.islandhomeblog.wordpress.com ,you will see how inspirational the scenery is.

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

www.thehuntergroup.ca