“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

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“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

 

A Fundraiser and a Painting

blog painting hangingOn Friday November 21st the Harris-Warke gallery is holding their annual fundraiser. This fundraiser auctions off works donated by local artists with the proceeds used for gallery operating costs throughout the year. Our city, Red Deer (Alberta, Canada,) has very few exhibition spaces so it is a cause worth supporting.

My piece is “Roe Islet Arbutus #1″, an 8″x10” painting of acrylic on canvas. It features the very unique arbutus trees that grow on the west coast of Canada.

blog roe islet arbutus #1 8x10 2014 satThis year the gallery asked for small pieces. It is kind of fun walking into a gallery space filled with small pieces instead of the usual huge pieces. It is a different experience standing 2 feet away from a piece of artwork compared to 20 feet away. Every single piece shown would easily fit into someone’s home.

blog galleryThe auction starts tomorrow evening at 7:00 pm, check it out if you are in town!

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Painting by Debra Hunter

www.thehuntergroup.ca

“Welcome Bay Arbutus” (2014) – new painting

"Welcome Bay Arbutus" 2014 24" x 36" acrylic on canvas

“Welcome Bay Arbutus”
2014
24″ x 36″
acrylic on canvas

“Welcome Bay Arbutus” is another of my Pender Island paintings. This is a quiet little bay on North Pender Island and depicts a day, one November, that was cold, wet and foggy……what our family refers to as “it’s west-coasting outside”. Wellie weather.

“Welcome Bay Arbutus” is finally finished after two years of working on the canvas sporadically. At three feet wide it is one of my favorite sizes of canvas to paint on.

Working for such a long spread out time on this canvas created some interesting situations. First, I had to keep reminding myself what it was that first attracted me to the subject matter and what I wanted to present. The second thing that was tricky was keeping the style the same over the course of time. Last week I discovered that the painting looked like it had been painted in three different styles in distinct zones. One area I have no idea what I was originally thinking….apparently a sponge was handy and I used it (a lot!). The only way to solve the “three style” painting was to completely attack the areas that did not work, ignore what had been done in the past, and paint as if I was painting by scratch. In the end it all worked out and I am really happy with the piece.

Painting by Debra Hunter

www.thehuntergroup.ca

 

“Autumn Walk, Dr. George Trail, Gaetz Lake Sanctuary” – New Painting of the Canadian Landscape (Red Deer, Alberta)

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“Autumn Walk, Dr. George Trail, Gaetz Lake Sanctuary”
2014
11 inches by 14 inches
acrylic on panel

This painting captures a morning walk through fall leaves along the Dr. George Trail. The Dr. George Trail is a 1 km loop the runs through the Gaetz Lake Sanctuary located just behind Kerry Wood Nature Centre in Red Deer, AB, Canada. A mix of evergreen and deciduous trees plus wetlands and grasslands makes for an interesting stroll.

I have decided to work on a series of paintings based on this natural area. We frequent the area often and see it throughout the seasons;  the sanctuary has endless possibilities for paintings. So far I have completed three finished paintings and three in progress from this area.

For the last few months I have made the switch from painting on bigger canvases to painting on smaller panels. The switch has also included going from detailed up close subject matter to broader landscape views. I expected the switch to not make much of a difference in the way that I painted, however I was very wrong. The first challenge was paint seemed flatter on the panel, I eventually solved that problem with working in some glazes to build depth. The second challenge was working on a smaller scale. I thought the smaller scale would create stiffer contrived pieces, but strangely the smaller paintings ended up looser (well after the first painting or three that is!). The paintings look more like something out of my sketch books. At first it seemed odd, but after I thought about it, it made complete sense. The smaller size was like working in a sketchbook, as was the smooth surface. I also have sketched “landscapes” for years, but have only painted them on rare occasions. So the big decision now is whether I continue to paint like I sketch or do I tighten it up. The other option is to paint the same painting two different ways. This may seem a bit repetitive, but could also be very interesting in seeing the outcome. I’ll have to see if the right spot inspires me to try the two painting scenario.

Painting by Debra Hunter
www.thehuntergroup.ca

 

“Trincomali Summer View” – Canadian Landscape Painting of Pender Island

"Trincomali Summer View" (2014) 8 inches by 10 inches acrylic on panel

“Trincomali Summer View”
(2014)
8 inches by 10 inches
acrylic on panel

The last few weeks I have been focusing on small paintings on panel. This is a huge change to how I usually paint. Previously it was big canvases, usually 3 to 4 feet in length, that would take me a few months to complete. The 8 inch by 10 inch panels I have been painting recently only take two or three days. The switch to painting on panel from canvas has been interesting; the paint travels on a smooth surface quite differently than the rough surface of canvas. The decision to switch to painting on panel was a practical one; the panels travel easier, frame easier, and take up a lot less storage space than a stretched canvas. I think it is a good choice for pieces 11 x 14 and smaller.

The above painting is a view from a lookout in our neighborhood on Pender Island. It is a tucked away place at the end of a dead end road, a place where mostly locals go.  With the scarceness of rain, tall brown grass and bright blue skies are the summer colors of the island; a nice bright contrast to the silhouetted trees.

 

Painting by Debra Hunter
Red Deer, Alberta and Pender Island, BC, Canada

www.thehuntergroup.ca

 

“Lupin by Canal Bridge” – new painting of the Canadian landscape

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“Lupin by Canal Bridge” (2014)

“Lupin by Canal Bridge”
(2014)
8 inches by 10 inches
acrylic on panel

“Lupin by Canal Bridge” is one of my recently completed Pender Islands paintings. It is a colorful yet intimate piece as it only measures 8 inches by 10 inches. This painting revisits the wild lupin we encountered near the canal bridge, the single lane bridge that connects North Pender Island to South Pender Island . Coming across this lupin in the height of summer was such a pleasant surprise as at that time the islands are tones of yellow and brown with the drought like conditions. Pender Islands are part of the Gulf Islands of British Columbia, Canada. They provide endless inspiration for painting our Canadian landscape.

Painting by Debra Hunter.
Studio H / Hunter Photographics
Red Deer, Alberta & Pender Island, BC, Canada

www.thehuntergroup.ca

 

“Growing Wild (Medicine Beach, Pender Island)” – Pender Island Art

"Growing Wild (Medicine Beach, Pender Island)" 2014 6 inches by 6 inches acrylic on panel

“Growing Wild (Medicine Beach, Pender Island)”
2014
6 inches by 6 inches
acrylic on panel

In “Growing Wild (Medicine Beach, Pender Island)” I decided to try something new, I chose to paint a black and white painting. This is another small scale painting at 6 inches by 6 inches, however I feel the scale and subject matter really work. I love the simplicity of black and white, and the quickness of the paint going down resulting in a very unfussy painting that isn’t over done. This is definitely my most favorite of the paintings I have completed recently. Chances are there will be more black and white paintings in the future.

Artwork by Debra Hunter
www.thehuntergroup.ca

“Grain Elevator and Tansy” (2014)

"Grain Elevator and Tansy" (2014) 14.75 inches by 15.25 inches

“Grain Elevator and Tansy”
(2014)
14.75 inches by 15.25 inches

“Grain Elevator and Tansy” is my most recent fibre art piece to complete.

Grain elevators are a classic Alberta scene, however many are disappearing as they age and cities and towns expand. It was nice to acknowledge these giants of the prairies using age old stitching, dyeing and beading methods.

This piece consists of hand dyed cotton, dyed in natural hand crafted dyes of marigold, cutch and madder. The piece is then detailed with hand stitching and hand beading. The stitching threads of cotton, wool and silk are also colored with natural dyes. If you look closely there are some pale yellow threads in the stitching dyed from tansy collected from ditches in Alberta and then turned into dye. Truly a home grown piece.

Photography and art by Debra Hunter
Red Deer, Alberta

www.thehuntergroup.ca

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