Monday, August 31, 2009

Shapes

Hello Monday! It has been a busy weekend for me, painting baseboard heaters in our apartment and paintings for our living room! The heater painting project is still ongoing, 3 more to go with lots of sanding to get rid of the old paint and 2 coats of oil based paint with 5 hours of drying time in between. Bleh! My head is full of fumes. But thankfully the paintings for the living room are finished. Yay! Please see below my completed effort, we spent yesterday afternoon hanging them up.

We have high ceilings in our apartment so I thought it would be nice to fill the space with something simple that complements the colors in our space. I enjoyed the process and the final result of my last project (I did 3 little ones click here to read more) and wanted to continue exploring in that direction. More shapes were drawn in the sketchbook and a compilation of all the ones that interests me is the result of this project. I originally thought one long piece would do the trick but later decided 2 separate ones of different sizes would look more interesting. The paintings are done on 1.5" thick canvas, size is 18" x 24" and 18" x 36".

Other projects already in our living room are Landscape Pair and Cushion Project.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Burnaby Art Gallery Part 2

I'm continuing my post on Deer Lake Park where the Burnaby Art Gallery is located. Another highlight about this park is the pond area located amongst the garden flowers. It's filled with all kinds of greenery and several little frogs. Here's one sunning himself on a lilly pad spying on us!I like the light shining through the blades of this water grass so I took several shots.
We went on the trail that looped around the lake and found blooming lilies.
Sun rays streaming through the leaves above the trail. The afternoon weather is cooler now, I could smell autumn in the air. A realization that soon it will be cold again and that we must make the best of the good weather. :)

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Burnaby Art Gallery

Burnaby Art Gallery is one of my favorite places to visit in Burnaby. Not only does it hosts a variety of interesting art exhibitions, it is situated in Deer Lake Park, one of the picturesque spots popular with weddings and friendly gatherings. Pictured below is the Ceperley House where the art gallery is located. It has an interesting history, read more about it by clicking here.
One of the highlights for us has always been the garden that surrounds the area. Over the years we have enjoyed the ever changing array of plants and flowers, truly a feast for our eyes. Here's a few pics I snapped today.
I fell in love with this last shot, so dreamy, the colors just worked out. Which one do you like?

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

The Three

I don't think I've done much abstract art. I honestly can't recall the last time I've done some. Last week a series of pencil sketches led to some shape then to some color exploration. The result are these 3 paintings on 8" x 8" cradled panels. They kept me very busy and my mind was involved more so than ever before. I'm quite pleased with the outcome, I don't think I've worked so hard on any of my previous paintings. What do you think of these?I've finished off the sides of the panels differently. Normally I would extend the color of the paintings over the sides, click here to see. This time I decided to paint it a wood color, looks like it's framed, doesn't it?

Monday, August 17, 2009

Richmond Olympic Oval

The local news announced the completion of Richmond Olympic Oval, one of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic venues. We decided to head over and check it out. I was pleasantly surprised and thought the building is nicely done, a simple modern design.
I love the blue colors and the curved lines of the roof.
The Oval received an award for innovative architectural design. The roof ceiling is made of pine beetle killed wood. I'm glad someone has decided to use this otherwise disposable resource and create something beautiful.
Some pictures of simple shapes and colors taken while walking around the building.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Maplewood Flats Conservation Area

Last week, Vancouver broke its own record for the highest temperature 2 days in a row. Thankfully the weather has since cooled off. We decided to take advantage of the milder weather to visit the Maplewood Conservation Area. We came to know this park through a colleague who mentioned she liked its shaded trails amongst the trees and the numerous siting of birds and wildlife. We like the area for the same reasons though today I was noticing the little bits of colors that surrounded us.
I also noticed the little bulges on the branches which turned out to be snails! I don't think I've ever seen them on trees but they seem to choose the ones with smoother trunks and some had climbed to great heights.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Fireworks!

For the last 2 weeks alternating Wednesdays and Saturdays there has been some spectacular fireworks view for Vancouver. This Celebration of Light event has brought us some nice summer entertainment for the last few years. We make it a point to be home at 10 PM, the show last about 25 minutes. David has all the photographic credits for this post, he patiently stood there the entire show snapping all the pictures. Here's some to share with you!