“Reaching For The Sun” – a new painting of Canada’s west coast – plus a quick update

reaching for the sun - canadian landscape painting

“Reaching For The Sun”
2016
17.75″ x 25.75″
acrylic on paper
painting by Debra Hunter

It seems like it has been ages since I have put up a blog post on this site. 2016 to this point has been busy and productive. Multiple paintings have already been completed this year, for some reason it has been just a very good year to this point for creating work. In addition to the painting, I have been prototyping new naturally dyed hand knits (for http://www.handmade-canada.com ), had some lovely portrait shoots, and spent quite a lot of time working with wood and carving. It seems I am spending more time working with my hands than on the computer, which explains the very sparse blog posts.

This year I have been painting on panel, canvas and paper. The work above was finished late last night and is acrylic on paper. I am still working with the Roe Islet subject matter, it seems the more I paint the more I find to paint and explore. This is turning into a beautiful project with so many possibilities.

Hopefully the blog posts will become more frequent in the coming weeks. It’s funny that when you are really busy and have lots to share that it is also when you have the least amount of time to blog. Hopefully I’ll be back with another blog post soon, however if you follow Instagram, I often put “in progress” images up under @debramhunter if you want to take a look.

Art by Debra Hunter
http://www.debra-hunter.com
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:
www.debra-hunter.com

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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
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

“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

“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