Art – Miniatures in Progress

The start of a new year also means the start of a new series. This year I have decided to explore a botanical theme in the miniatures, focusing initially on the forest floor.

The theme seems well suited to miniatures, as mushrooms and leaves demand our up close attention for viewing details as do small works of art.

I am continuing to work in pen, ink and brush on paper, yet loosening up the lines in the initial drawing stage. There has also been a small departure from patterning, which I may or may not stick with.

Art is always a process. It will take a few pieces and many hours to define how I proceed with this theme. You never quite know where a piece will take you.

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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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Opus Daily Practice- day 16 and 17

Just a quick post today with my Opus Daily Practice update. 

Day 16 was focused on matting and framing a set of drawings headed to a gallery on the west coast.

Day 17 was some work on future ideas and some thumbnail  sketches for future drawings.


Day 17 also saw some “road knitting ” completed on a Cowichsn inspired toque,


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Opus Daily Practice – Days 12, 13, 14 and 15

I’m a little bit behind on blogging about my Opus Daily Practice, so I thought I would do one multi day post instead.

Day 12 – The theme was forest. I managed to finish off a painting based on a forest area in Kootenay National Park.

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I also worked away on a naturally dyed ear flap hat.

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Day 13 – was a “work in progress” day, knowing that I still needed to complete more drawings before Friday

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Day 14 – involved finishing up 3 miniature drawings

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plus work on another Cowichan inspired hat.

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Day 15 – involved another side of an artistic practice which included documenting all the drawings and the start of matting and framing each piece so that they will be ready to go to the gallery on Pender Island.

"Canada Flag #1"

We are more than half way through Opus Daily Practice. It has been fun consciously working each day, plus watching others post their work on Instagram and Twitter.

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Art and handmade by Debra Hunter.

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Happy National Flag of Canada Day !

"Canada Flag #1"

“Canada Flag #1”

 

Happy National Flag of Canada Day! Our flag is 52 years old with the first flag being raised on February 15th , 1965. A pretty cool flag for a pretty cool country!

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Canada Flag #1
5″x7″
ink on paper
2017
by Debra Hunter

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Opus Daily Practice – day 10

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Opus Daily Practice day 10. The theme was “folk”.  “Folk” isn’t far from a lot of the work I create. Today’s work is an “in progress” 2″x3.5″ ink drawing, and an ear flap style toque knit of naturally dyed wool. Lots of items “in progress” due to the Opus Daily Practice project, soon I will need to take a day or two to actually get some pieces finished.

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Opus Daily Practice – day 7

Opus Daily Practice day 7 ( #opusdailypractice ). The theme was “urban”, citing the style of Basquiat as a style. Each day I have been doing a daily practice with both art and handmade, today is no exception, except today I will show both pieces separately as the styles are so vastly different.

#opusdailypracticeThe painting, “Leftovers”, is 8″x10″ and acrylic on paper.

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I also have another Cowichan inspired hat half-finished. This will be headed west once completed as all my hats have sold out on the island.

February has been a busy month for creativity!

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