En Plein Air – April 15, 2016 – Red Deer River

Red Deer River, April 15, 2016 - 5x7 - oil on canvas

Red Deer River, April 15, 2016 – 5×7 – oil on canvas

6 en plein air paintings in 6 days. Tiny paintings of local scenes. This one a 5×7 oil on canvas of the Red Deer River (Red Deer, Alberta, Canada).

Painting by Debra Hunter

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En Plein Air – April 11, 2016 – Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary

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Today’s en plein air effort. A very quick 30 minute paint. When you have very little time to put a scene down in paint you really have to minimize the detail.

I am going to continue posting these quick en plein air paintings as it is interesting to look back on the progress.

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New Watercolour Painting of Red Deer

 clinging leaves mckenzie trails 9x12 2015 wcolour_1570“Clinging Leaves, McKenzie Trails”
2015
9″x12″
watercolour

I have been trying for weeks to get out to paint the fall leaves, however life has a way of getting very busy and painting is the last thing on the “to do” list.

Yesterday I finally squeezed in a quick 20  minute paint down at McKenzie Trails in Red Deer, Alberta (Canada). I haven’t done watercolours in forever, but it seemed like the right choice for a quick paint. There is something to be said for working fast, the work is freer and less contrived, plus it allows one to be just a little more abstract.

Painting by Debra Hunter

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A New Painting – Sea Star Vineyards (Pender Island)

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“Sea Star Vineyards” 2015 11×14 acrylic on panel

Sometimes a peak through the slats in a gate leads to inspiration. That is the story of this painting. A quick look and a shot on the iPhone and the idea to paint this piece was planted. It was fun to paint this image, brighter colors than usual, smaller in size, and painted in the course of an evening (and into the night if I am to be truthful!). The painting speaks of a carefree summer day on Pender Island (British Columbia, Canada)

Painting by Debra Hunter
Red Deer, Alberta and Pender Island, British Columbia, 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:
www.debra-hunter.com

For more work from Canadian creators, you can also visit www.handmade-canada.com .

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“Bridges Road” – Canadian Ink Painting

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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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“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

“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

 

“Hay Bales at Horne Beach” (2014)

"Hay Bales at Horne Beach" (2014) 11 inches by 14 inches acrylic on canvas

“Hay Bales at Horne Beach”
(2014)
11 inches by 14 inches
acrylic on canvas

We just spent a weekend at the cabin. As the weather was changeable with periods of rain dotted with spots of sun it was easy to find a couple of hours to paint. Thanks to my husband giving me a rather lovely iPad Mini, I am currently testing a new way to approach my painting where by I shoot a scene on the device and then use that as a reference for the painting. This is the first painting completed this way.

Sometimes I will paint on location as some of you may have seen on my Island Home Blog, but after a few close calls with rising tides I think having the reference image to finish up with will be handy….and safer (let’s just say last time we cut it too close!).

The scene inspiring “Hay Bales at Horne Beach” is a field that over looks Lake Isle (Lac Ste. Anne County, Alberta, Canada), about 100m from our cabin. Very rural. Very Alberta. A moment captured between rain storms with sparkling clear Alberta skies. Trust me, those skies turned very black shortly after when the next storm blew off the foothills.

 

Art and photography by Debra Hunter
Red Deer, Alberta
www.thehuntergroup.ca

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