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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Coffee Sweaters Custom Made For Woods On Pender

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Coffee Press Sweater available from Woods on Pender (Pender Island, BC, Canada)

Ten new Coffee Press Sweaters have just been completed. This batch will be available at Woods On Pender (Pender Island, BC, Canada) very shortly.

Coffee Press Sweaters both protect the coffee press and keep your coffee warm while adding a little style to your table.

Each Coffee Press Sweater is made of 100% Canadian wool, milled in Alberta. The wool is dyed by hand in natural dyes and the sweaters are knit by hand. This collection features dyes of chamomile, pomegranate, turmeric, madder and indigo.

This selection features the resort’s logo and colors, however we can accommodate other colors and patterns if you have something special in mind as each piece is made completely by hand.

If you are interested in a Coffee Press Sweater, feel free to email Debra at handmade-canada@outlook.com .

Art, photography and handmade items by Debra Hunter.
Red Deer, Alberta and Pender Island, British Columbia, Canada.

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Knitting in Progress

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Another Coffee Press Sweater order is currently being worked on for Woods on Pender. I am currently at the half way mark. This grouping features indigo, madder, chamomile, pomegranate and turmeric as the natural dyes used for dyeing the wool. Each item features the Woods on Pender logo.

I have many hours of knitting ahead of me this week completing this order. If the weather holds I will also be getting the indigo vat going so that I can start dyeing another stock of indigo dyed wool. The blue color is becoming a favorite in a lot of my pieces.

Knitting and dyeing 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)
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Coffee Press Sweaters for Woods on Pender

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Coffee Press Sweater naturally dyed in indigo, chamomile, pomegranate and turmeric.

The Coffee Press Sweaters for Woods on Pender (Pender Island, BC, Canada) are complete. The sweaters will be dressing the coffee presses (and keeping coffee warm) in the accommodation units at the newest resort on the island.

Each Coffee Press Sweater is made of 100% Canadian produced wool that is milled in Alberta. The wool is hand-dyed in micro batches in natural dyes that I craft by hand. In keeping with the resort’s colors, the items feature colors created with marigold (right from our gardens), chamomile, pomegranate, turmeric and indigo. The Coffee Press Sweaters are knit by hand and proudly display the resort’s logo in the center band .

In addition to creating custom Coffee Press Sweaters for boutiques and the hospitality industry, we are always thrilled to sell our lovely handmade items to individuals. If you are interested in a Coffee Press Sweater we can be contacted through our website www.debra-hunter.com.

Handmade items by Debra Hunter
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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
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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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Roe Islet Watercolor Painting

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Roe Islet, BC, Canada * (2015) * 4.75″ x 6.75″ * watercolor and ink on paper

With the insanity of everyday life taking a toll on my available time, I recently decided to take a break from the larger panels and instead enjoy painting in watercolors for a week or two. Watercolors require smaller amounts of time and commitment, plus I find simply by working on paper you are more likely to experiment. Experimentation is a good thing, keeping things loose and trying new things. It is easy to fit in two or three watercolors in a day, where a bigger panel takes weeks to complete. Some of the watercolors I have been working on are also scenes I have an interest  in painting on a large panel; in a way they are enjoyable research.

When I say this is a watercolor, it is in fact a watercolor overworked with ink. I quite like playing with adding a deep black after the fact. Working as a portrait photographer I am constantly avoiding shadows, always filling them in so that lines and character don’t show through. In my painting I can embrace shadows as a good thing, a defining element that is positive, and that is exactly what the black ink gives me….a good, strong, unapologetic shadow.

This watercolor and ink is of a natural area on Pender Island (British Columbia, Canada) called Roe Islet. I have been focusing on this location as a painting topic quite a bit recently. It’s natural and rugged with plants and moss and sea views too. It seems I am currently drawn to painting trees and this islet has a never ending variety of tree shapes,sizes and colors.

Painting by Debra Hunter
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Knit Collection

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Today’s image is of a small collection of the knit items I create. The items include Coffee Sweaters, Coffee Mug Sweaters, Coffee Press Sweaters, Coffee Carpets, Wine Wraps, and fingerless mitts.

All items are hand knit and made of 100% Canadian produced wool that is milled in Alberta. The wool is hand dyed in natural dyes that I craft by hand; some of the dyes, such as marigold, I grow in my garden.

I photographed this image for use in a collective I am in the process of forming. I will share the details of the project here once all the details are finalized.

Items are available from me directly through the website, at Sunworks (Red Deer, Alberta) and at the Whyte Gallery Shop (Banff, Alberta, Canada).

Knit items by Debra Hunter
Red Deer, Alberta and Pender Island, BC, Canada
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Beach Portraits

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Photography by Debra Hunter.
Hunter Photographics

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