En Plein Air – April 17, 2016 – Waskasoo Parks (Red Deer)

Waskasoo Parks - April 17, 2016 - 8"x10" - oil on canvas

Waskasoo Parks – April 17, 2016 – 8″x10″ – oil on canvas

Another en plein air painting, 8 paintings in 8 days. After yesterday’s rushed watercolour I returned to oils today. The oils were tackier in the sun, harder to move around, but they do seem to suit en plein air painting where your time is limited and it is more of a gesture rather than a detailed painting. Of course I believe the concept of doing a painting a day is more about process than product; away of learning how to make yourself paint rather than waiting for the perfect scenario and inspiration.

Painting by Debra Hunter.

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En Plein Air – April 16, 2016 – Johnson Lake, Banff National Park

Johnson Lake, Banff National Park - April 16, 2016 - 5"x7" - watercolour on paper

Johnson Lake, Banff National Park – April 16, 2016 – 5″x7″ – watercolour on paper

Day 7 of en plein air painting brought a challenge. We decided to go out of town hiking, so the only way to keep up the daily painting was to pack up the watercolours for a quick paint post hike.

Another little one, 5″x7″, watercolour on paper.

Art by Debra Hunter

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En Plein Air – April 14, 2016 – McKenzie Ponds, Red Deer

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mckenzie ponds, red deer – april 14, 2016 – 5″x7″ – oil on canvas

This is the fifth en plein air painting in 5 days. A tiny 5×7 in oil. I haven’t touched oils in years and years, but it felt like it was worth a go. What I liked about the oils was the color, creaminess and the ability to alter what you have laid down. What I don’t like is the smell, the dry time, and the fact I reckon things could get murky pretty fast if you mess about on the canvas. Still, an interesting experiment to mix things up a bit.

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 – 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

Winter Portrait and a Return To Black and White

winter portrait

As spring is just around the corner, I thought I would show one of my favorite winter portraits while the snow is still on the ground. Reflecting my current preference for shooting, the image is in timeless black and white.

I find myself returning more and more to black and white, returning to the style of photography that made me fall in love with the medium. Perhaps this is how it often goes. We start out in photography for love, then twist what we do to meet our clients needs in order to make a living, but in the end we find we need to return to the style of shooting we love. It seems I am slowly completing that circle, black and white is coming to the forefront plus an interesting (non-commercial) project in its infancy. Stripping away all the fakeness of photoshopped images in their over-processed ways, and going back to the basics, photography is becoming interesting again.

Photography by Debra Hunter
Red Deer, Alberta & Pender Island, BC, Canada

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Instagram: @hunterphotographics

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

reaching for the sun - canadian landscape painting

“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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A Frozen Gaetz Lake in Black & White – Red Deer, Alberta, Canada

gaetz lake, red deer, alberta, canada

gaetz lake, red deer, alberta, canada

gaetz lake, red deer, alberta, canada

gaetz lake, red deer, alberta, canada

gaetz lake, red deer, alberta, canada

gaetz lake, red deer, alberta, canada

Covered with tracks, land shadows and a beaver lodge in the distance, the Gaetz Lakes show their beauty in the winter months.

For more images of Heritage Square please visit our Images of Red Deer page.

Photography by Debra Hunter
Hunter Photographics

www.debra-hunter.com
www.hunterphotographics.wordpress.com

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Historic Schoolhouse – Heritage Square, Red Deer, Alberta, Canada

Heritage Square, Red Deer, AB, Canada

Historic Schoolhouse, Heritage Square, Red Deer, Alberta, Canada

The historic park area of Heritage Square always has an added sense of nostalgia once the snow arrives. Black and white enhances the historic feel and also helps to define the architectural qualities of the buildings housed in the square.

For more images of Heritage Square please visit our Images of Red Deer page.

 

Photography by Debra Hunter
Hunter Photographics

www.debra-hunter.com
www.hunterphotographics.wordpress.com

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