“Freedom 5: Grey Flood” – Canadian Art

“Freedom 5: Grey Flood”, ink on paper, 5″x7″, 2018, by Debra Hunter

 

The Freedom series continues. Small works on paper, approached with experimentation. A way to loosen up painting and art.This piece is one of the wettest pieces I have made in recent weeks. Layers of diluted ink veiling one over the other. Hard lines for contrast.

This piece is based on recent spring floods, and the spreading flowing waters. There is inspiration everywhere.

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And so the paint meanders…..

 

And so the paint meanders…….

A new work in progress. An idea that has shifted a dozen times in the last few days. In the last couple of hours it has found its path. I think we have navigated past twee and into stronger territory.

A smaller canvas at 16″x20″. I wanted to test out playing both vertical and horizontal lines on something smaller, testing to make sure it didn’t get too landscapey, but was still reminiscent.

Hopefully I will be up to the strong color portion tomorrow, that is when we will see if it all comes together.

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Wet Monday

It’s a Monday with a lot of wait times.

I’m working very wet on paper. I mean VERY wet. This is day two of small pieces with layers and bleeds of color. One west coast piece and one more for the “freedom” series. It seems it is a couple of minutes of painting followed by a couple of hours of waiting.

I’m also reclaiming a canvas I decided I didn’t love. I know some people burn canvases, I’m re-gessoing. So it is roll and wait, roll and wait. I am actually going to attack the same canvas, with the same theme, but employing some things I have learned along the way.

It is also scouring and mordanting day. It is so important to stay on top of having a dyed wool stock, as dyeing takes me a day or two per skein.

I imagine the next few days will be prep work and organizing, and then off to the coast for a work week.

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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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Canadian Inspired Knitting

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As some of you may know, I have a new site up called Handmade in Canada. It is a site of handmade and art pieces, influenced and inspired by Canada, and often made with natural, eco-friendly and Canadian sourced materials.

Over the next few weeks we will be adding shops and galleries to our various collections on Handmade in Canada. Today we launched the O’ Canada Collection.

Our O’Canada Collection celebrates the colors of our flag. The iconic red and white, are accompanied by grays, dark browns and blacks. This is classic Canadian. Our collection will remind you of ….well……everything Canadian (and maybe old school work socks too!).

The O’ Canada Collection is made of natural sheep wool, produced here in Canada and milled in a heritage mill. We believe in using natural products and using Canadian produced raw materials when possible. The yarn for this collection is hand dyed in natural dyes in micro batches with the red color being obtained through dyeing with lac. All items are hand knit and are one of a kind. Each item posted is available for purchase and ready to be shipped. Items can be viewed by clicking HERE.

Items start at $15.00 including tax and shipping within Canada. The pieces make great gifts for friends and family  as they are Canadian made, unbreakable, and ship well.

I hope you will pop over to the new site and check it out. More collections are to come. Also if you have any special requests send us an email, we are always up for creating something new.

For more information please feel free to email us at handmade-canada@outlook.com .

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by Debra Hunter

Red Deer, Alberta and Pender Island, BC, 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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For more work from Canadian creators, you can also visit www.handmade-canada.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
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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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Autumn Leaves In Two Styles – Canadian Ink and Watercolor Paintings

"Autumn Leaves in Black and White" (2015) 5"x7" pen, brush and ink on paper

“Autumn Leaves in Black and White”
(2015)
5″x7″
pen, brush and ink on paper

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This week I have played a little bit with using one piece of imagery and completing two pieces based on the theme in the same sitting. The concept is to use a different approach with each piece and to see what happens. I will admit that I am working on automatic and just going with how the image comes off the pen or brush, rather than being a slave to realistic details.

"Autumn Leaves" (2015) 5"x7" watercolor and ink on paper

“Autumn Leaves”
(2015)
5″x7″
watercolor and ink on paper

The subject matter this evening was an image of Alberta autumn leaves. I tackled one painting in black and white and the other in color. You can see how the pieces are related, yet they have very different feels. The color image is more aggressive and busier, while the monochrome painting takes a simple and more peaceful route.

Playing with different styles in the same sitting  is an interesting approach, and I will be continuing working this way in the coming week.

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

website: www.debra-hunter.com

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“Remnants” (2015) – a new fibre art piece

"Remnants" (2015) 10" x 14" ntutally dyed and eco dyed cotton, naturally dyed cotton, silk and wool threads, hand stitching

“Remnants”
(2015)
10″ x 14″
naturally dyed and eco dyed cotton, naturally dyed cotton, silk and wool threads, hand stitching, lino cut bull skull

“Remnants” is finally finished. This fibre art piece, started in late October or early November has been a journey. Originally it was to be a small lino cut skull printed on naturally dyed fabric and then embellished by beads. As I worked on the piece the idea grew to a larger piece that incorporated eco printed fabric ( the leaf imprints), took on a landscape concept, and relied on hand stitching to create the image. The idea of beading was completely abandoned; too fancy for this piece.

This piece has a roughness about it. Raw edges. Rough fabric. Lopi tacked down. Fabrics dyed with marigold and tansy; dyes from the earth. It is a rugged piece, rugged like the prairies. Inspired by farms down dirt roads with skulls tacked on fences and adorning sheds, the bits left behind, and remnants of the past.

Art by Debra Hunter
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