Tuesday, December 21, 2010

All the best in the New Year!


Gingerbread house decorated by Angela Berry and photographed by Carol Berry, ©2010.

Life and paintings evolve. I wanted this year's home made Christmas card to feature a still life painting about Christmas baking. That idea filtered down into a painting of a gingerbread house. 

One Sunday last month my eldest daughter decorated this gingerbread house. Early that afternoon, while bright sunlight beamed onto our dining room table, I hurriedly took what I thought would be a series of photos to be used as back-up references while painting the gingerbread house from life. I really enjoyed this photography process, even improvising a fill light with a white bristol board. 

After loading the photo series into Photoshop, I picked the best photo and started to clone in a sky, a frivolous but fun exercise. I had the real gingerbread house to paint from and I didn't really need a perfect photo reference. I was having fun and one hour of Photoshop turned into three. The next thing I realized, the real sun had set and time to paint the gingerbread from life was done. 

That night at dinner my kids teased me about my self indulgent right brain processes. I had totally let the Christmas card evolve on its own accord. We all agreed that the photo said everything I had originally wanted, nothing more could have been added if I had actually put brush to canvas. I was glad to have the card match my original vision, even if that was accomplished quite differently than planned.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Tangerine


Carol Berry, Tangerine. Oil, 8 x 10 inches. ©2010.

This is another still life that I painted in our trailer one rainy Sunday last August. I was really pleased with this painting. I have always been in love with form and volume. Years ago I worked a lot in clay, always mindful of the play of light on the form I was creating. Back in my darkroom days, hovering over the trays of chemicals, I loved watching the shadows develop first, establishing the relationships between the objects. My still life paintings are all about light and form, the opposite of my landscapes, which are all about flat planes and space. I am going to challenge myself to include more forms in my landscapes.

When I look back over this year I realize that I have been on a journey of growth as an artist. I especially love being freed from using any reference photographs when I paint these small studies. I have finally learned how limiting photographs can be. Photos can still be references for future paintings, but only as one part of the whole process. I finally see that the act of applying the paint is not just a means to an end, but as an enjoyable process, rich with the potential of my growth as a painter. 

Monday, October 18, 2010

Corn and Tomato


Carol Berry, Corn and Tomato. Oil, 8 x 10 inches. ©2010.

I set this still life up in our trailer during a rainy Sunday last August. I have really enjoyed working on smaller canvases this year, this is new for me. The reward is that I can manage to finish a piece in an afternoon. I now have to think through what type of still life subjects to paint, random pairings such as these don't always work well together.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Coffee Cups


Carol Berry, Coffee Cups. Oil, 10 x 8 inches. ©2010.

I haven't painted a still life since university, but have really been enjoying following many excellent daily painters such as Carol Marine and her wonderful still lifes. So when the weather was too wet this summer, I was inspired to paint a few still lifes that I setup inside our trailer. I really had fun and will continue painting still lifes this winter. 

I see lots of opportunity for growth, I am challenging myself to work on being more decisive with my brushstrokes. I remember studying marker rendering as a graphic design student, and how with regular practice you went in just once with your colour. This is similar, with the added challenge of mixing the correct colour myself, compared to my student "palette" of 60 markers.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Concession Road 4, Late Afternoon


Carol Berry, Concession Road 4, Late Afternoon. Oil, 8 x 10 inches. ©2010.

I painted this right at the entrance to our campground. I had motivation problems that Saturday and only finally started painting in the late afternoon. The downside was that the sun changed a lot more than I was used to, but the greater upside was that I spoke to lots of nice folk, which was ok since I was still having trouble focusing! I met and had a really lovely chat with a neighbour who walked over to see what I was doing on her land. I later spoke with an outgoing family with two teens who stopped their car and all piled out to see what I was doing because their son really enjoyed art and was considering it as a career. 

Friday, September 17, 2010

View from Newcastle Harbour


Carol Berry, View from Newcastle Harbour. Oil, 8 x 10 inches. ©2010.

I loved painting this on location. I set up my gear on the breakwater near the lighthouse at the mouth of the Newcastle harbour. Besides the curious seagulls, a steady parade of large sailing cruisers motored past me while I painted which was exciting for me, a sailor, and of course the boat crews were happy to see an artist depicting a view that they loved so they all said hi to me.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Concession Road 4, Orono


Carol Berry, Concession Road 4, Orono. Oil, 8 x 10 inches. ©2010.

It has been a fantastic summer, highlights include my new iPad and the dry, very warm weather we had in Ontario this summer! I'm very glad that I got out sailing in my little Mirror Dinghy at least a dozen times.

The biggest thing that happened this summer is that I put into practice a completely new painting mindset, one that took a year to wrap my head around, plan and put into effect. All my painting tools and methods are new compared to a couple of years ago. Previously I painted on medium sized stretched canvases setup on a French easel, using regular oil paints and solvents, following photo references and carefully made linears. I would only set out the paints colours I needed for specific parts of the painting. This summer everything changed! I now paint on small canvas panels setup on my fantastic new homemade prochade box using Windsor Newton Artisan water-soluable oils. I squeeze out all the colours of my limited palette into my prochade box before I set out to paint en plein air. I paint directly from my subject, both landscapes and still lifes. I now see firsthand that photo references handicapped me by limiting my understanding of a scene. I can honestly say that from hard work comes growth.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Tuesday night model


Carol Berry, Tuesday night model, oil, 24 x 18 inches. ©2010.

This was painted during a Tuesday night model session at the Don Valley Art Club. For these life paintings I have been sticking to the limited palette of Ivory Black, Cad Red Light, Cad Yellow Light and either Titanium White or Zinc Mixing White.

I never expect a polished painting after these sessions. Painting from life is a time honored ritual. The act is in the doing, and reward is the successful capture of the human form. Many of my fellow Tuesday nighters also feel the importance is in the act and not in the product, they regularly paint right over their fine masterpieces that were painted just the week before. I paint my life paintings on sheets of canvas taped to gator board. When dry, I remove the canvas sheet from the board and store because it does not take much space.

Toronto survived the G20 summit held last weekend. I stayed away from downtown but watched the disturbing vandalism and the face-offs between the police and protesters on TV. Now the local businesses are left repairing the inexplicable damage to their property. This is in huge contrast to joyous Pride celebrations taking place in Toronto this weekend, where a million people party and the police protect everyone, wearing rainbow coloured hawaiian leis.

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Saturday, June 26, 2010

Walsh Road No.2



Carol Berry, Walsh Road No.2, oil, 8 x 10 inches. ©2010.

It is another rainy Saturday, so instead of painting I am finally writing this post. So much of my life is geared towards the summer month; sailing, camping and plein air painting. These major activities have to compete for my time with everyday chores, volunteering, friends, family and work. Priorities change as events evolve, but there are constants as well. I love the total peace I feel when out sailing. I love sitting around the campfire with my family. I love succeeding with a difficult visual challenge both in graphic design and in painting. Being able to combine any of these activities is a higher level of success, plein air painting while camping is at that level.

I painted this from the same spot on Walsh Road as the previous post. I framed that painting and gave it to my Dad for Father's Day. This view is facing more to the south. I tried a slightly bigger canvas, my new challenge is to work faster.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Walsh Road No.1




Carol Berry, Walsh Road No.1, 6 x 8 inches. ©2010.

Finally, painting outside! It was an unusually warm day for the first weekend of June, so I wore short shorts, a tank top and crocs. I remembered sunscreen but I thought it was too windy for my fancy new plein air umbrella so I took it down. Big mistake for two reasons. Although I was very happy with my painting, the mid-tones are a bit dark when viewed indoors, because the strong daylight light was so much brighter when painting without my umbrella's shade. And because I was in the direct sunlight, I myself got fried by the sun, but only where I missed with my sunscreen. Particularly horrible are the small circle tan marks on my white feet where the holes in my crocs let in the sun.


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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Marco's Dynamic Pose


Last week one of my fellow Don Valley Art Club members offered to fill in when our model did not arrive. His pose for the whole three hours was very dynamic, he stood holding a staff and had his body all twisted, even kept his mouth open and his head tilted the whole time, very Michelangelo.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Concession 4, Orono



Carol Berry, Concession 4, Orono. Oil, 11 x 14 inches. ©2009.

Here are two paintings I did in the studio of a scene I love. Something so simple as grass, grown and cut, all orderly and so satisfying. I see the influence of my formalist art school years, many years ago - simplifying the elements and enjoying the lines of the new green grass, alternating with the lines of the cut hay. The strong compositional elements of the hay fields are an awesome display of mankind's mark on this earth.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

My Friend, Petro Dhimitri


Carol Berry, My Friend, Petro Dhimitri. Oil, 24 x 18 inches. ©2010.

I painted this a few weeks ago at the Don Valley Art Club. This particular Tuesday night the model did not arrive, and Petro Dhimitri, a fellow club member, volunteered to sit for the whole three hours. Petro is one of the many talented artists who belong to the DVAC, we are both regular Tuesday Night life painters. I might be the only one who sees his sense of humour in this pose, but Petro has a great sense of humour and is a lot of fun to be around. He has a blog and I suggest you check it out.   

I'm still learning how to work the WN Artisan water soluble oils. I have not used my traditional oils for 9 months, and really love the easy clean-up of the Artisan paints. Here I only used Burnt Sienna on the bare gessoed canvas, but will post some limited palette life paintings soon. My painting life is becoming more predictable, Tuesday night life painting and plein air one day a weekend starting next week. I am also in the process of planning a larger landscape to be done in the studio with traditional oils and liquin, I'll be posting the stages as it progresses.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Study, Cherry Beach en Plein Air


Carol Berry, Study, Cherry Beach en Plein Air. Oil, 6 x 8 inches. ©2010.

My eldest and I set-up our easels right by the lake on Easter weekend. The sun was warm but the water had a cold breeze coming off it. It was a very hazy morning and my painting looks quite muted but at the time it was a good match. I want to paint faster, the painting doesn't feel finished yet we were there for over an hour. Gotta get outside and paint more often, am going painting next weekend in Newcastle. 

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Study, Scottsdale Farm, Ontario


Carol Berry, Study, Scottsdale Farm, Ontario. Oil, 6 x 8 inches. ©2010.

Here in Toronto, it finally feels like spring will stay! The leaves are budding, the grass is greening up and we've put our winter coats and snow boots into storage. 

I'm finally painting regularly, though not every day. I've been plein air painting a couple of times in the past three weeks and over the past few months, I've gotten myself into the habit of going to Tuesday night life painting with the DVAC. Between the plein air and the life painting, I foresee a steady supply of new paintings and studies to post. 

This small study was done at Scottsdale Farm, north-west of Toronto, where early one surprisingly cold Saturday morning I painted with the Ontario Plein Air Society. I was quite a sight, painting in my big Arctic coat with my hood up, snow pants and leather gloves. I had listened to expert advice and was the most comfortable of the group. This was my maiden voyage with my new painting kit, and of course I forgot to pack a tube of white. Since I was the only person using water-soluable oils, I made do and used the white of the canvas instead.  

I never rework either my life or landscape studies. They capture in a moment in time, relative to the sitter or the landscape as well as to my own energy and focus at that specific time of creation. I'm sure I'll speed up after I do a few hundred more, and these studies will become more complete little paintings. 

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Early Morning Hayfield


Carol Berry, Early Morning Hayfield. Oil, 11 x 14 inches. ©2008.

This hayfield is near Emily Provincial Park. Summer weekends used to find me jumping in my car before breakfast to go take landscape reference photos. I forced myself to paint this in one day, encouraging myself to get into the habit of painting, signing, framing, submitting, showing and selling. This resulted in me having no paintings left, as I sold all my small landscapes at Don Valley Art Club (DVAC) art shows. 

Since then I've refocusing my art goals. I am painting small plein air studies and I joined two plain air painting groups. I am in the planning stages for a larger landscape painting (24" x 48") to be painted indoors. It will be interesting to see how my emerging plein air painting techniques might inform my studio painting technique.

In the past year I've learning how to manage WordPress, Blogger, Feedburner and Twitter. I now manage two blogs, one for the Don Valley Art Club and and this one. A more creative offshoot if this is that I've started a sketch book for the first time, inspired by the Urban Sketchers blog.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Tuesday Night Racing


Carol Berry, Tuesday Night Racing. Oil, 16 x 20 inches. ©2008.

In the Toronto Outer Harbour, the wind often drops at the end of the day, as it had here for these unfortunate Tuesday night racers, a couple of summers ago. Dinghy racing was a way of life for me until my mid-twenties, so painting this familiar scene was very nostalgic for me. I grew up in a small town on Lake St. Louis near Montreal, Quebec. I spent every summer day of my childhood on the water, learning how to race and later while in university I spent my summers teaching sailing at the same yacht club. 

I now have a small sailboat, a pretty little Mirror Dinghy with varnished wood and colorful red sails. Although the nothing compares to the inner peace I feel while on the water, I am too busy to commit to a season of racing. Besides, last summer it rained so often that I only had one opportunity to get out on the water. I honestly think that the major role of sailing in my life has been is to give me something to dream about while waiting out the long Canadian winter. 

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Cherry Beach, Toronto Outer Harbour


Cherry Beach, Toronto Outer Harbour (16"x20") oil, by Carol Berry, copyright 2008

I previously posted the smaller study I did for this painting last  January. I used a photo reference that I took while sailing, so this is a different vantage point of a very popular Toronto beach and life guard house. Painted a couple of years ago, I really enjoyed allowing myself to get whimsical with the trees. My breakthrough with this painting was that I used linseed oil instead of liquin, this especially changed how I painted the clouds.  

We are enjoying a record-breaking temperatures this long weekend, it was actually 25 Celsius, about 15 degrees higher than our average April temperature. My daughter and I painted en plein air on this same beach yesterday. Lately I have been laying out my palette differently, compared to when I painted this painting. I am already seeing more of a variety of colours in my new paintings compared with older paintings like this one.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Tuesday Night portrait session


Tuesday Night portrait session at the Don Valley Art Club (16"X20") oil, by Carol Berry, copyright 2010

I painted this a couple of Tuesdays ago with my friends at the Don Valley Art Club. I'm learning how to work with my new water soluble WN oils. For long-term health reasons I'm determined to like them. I've been trying all of the various water soluble WN mediums with these oils but don't have any favorites yet. 

To complicate things I'm also experimenting with different treatments of the canvas at the same time. Earlier in the day I had painted the pre-gessoed canvas with a thin layer of yellow ochre liquid acrylic. At the club I roughed in the model with burnt sienna and titanium white. The oil paint had a bit of a hard time sticking to the liquid acrylic although it was really easy to wipe off mistakes. Next week I'm going to tint gesso, which I expect will really grab the paint, but will it let me correct my mistakes? Will I care?

Sunday, March 14, 2010

From the Beach at Emily Provincial Park


From the Beach at Emily Provincial Park (14 x 11) oil, by Carol Berry, copyright 2008

This was my first small-size landscape painting, I challenged myself to start and finish a painting in a weekend. Even though I did not actually paint this on location, I did paint it outdoors on our campsite at Emily Provincial Park. I used a photo enlargement that was the exact size as the painting as my reference and then sketched directly onto the canvas, adjusting the composition a bit to enhance the painting and ultimately setting the reference photo aside while I fine-tuned the different elements in the painting.

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If you live in Toronto, please come to one of the Don Valley Art Club's fabulous art shows held at Todmorden Mills on Pottery Road in Toronto's Don Valley. The opening for our annual spring show is April 30, 2010. Details are on the club's website http://www.donvalleyartclub.com - I designed and manage the club's website. I have no paintings available to hang in this show but it is a very pretty gallery and my fellow members are all talented so I encourage you to try to see the show.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Three Teddy Berrys


Three Teddy Berrys (15 x 20) watercolour, by Carol Berry, copyright 2000

I am really digging out my old paintings! This painting was done a few years ago as a portrait of my three daughter's favorite childhood teddy bears. I chose the traditional serious portrait pose and lighting especially because of the casual subject matter. To further the seriousness, I put a relatively high price on it at one of the Don Valley Art Club's art shows. It sold right away! Unfortunately, two days later our freshly out-of-warrantee family car had a head gasket emergency, completely wiping out any financial gain. 

I have finally started painting again at the Tuesday night life sessions at the Don Valley Art Club and I will post some of those once I photograph them. I have mentioned my art club before, I really value the people I know there. I am especially happy that two of my daughters have recently joined the club and go to life sessions with me. 

If you live in Toronto, please come to one of the Don Valley Art Club's fabulous art shows held at Todmorden Mills on Pottery Road. The next one opens April 30, 2010. Details are on the club's website http://www.donvalleyartclub.com - I designed and manage the club's website.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

4th Concession, Orono, Ontario (fourth view)


4th Concession, Orono (11 x 14) oil, by Carol Berry, copyright 2008

Here's another painting done of a farm on Concession 4. This is the extra scenic road that leads to the campground where we spend all our summer weekends. Just like the previous painting posted, I actually painted this from a photo enlargement while camping at a different location. 

Working from digital photos can be helpful, I have the advantage of shooting in 16 bit camera raw which allows more post control of the exposure of the shot. I am also able to both frame the scene with the camera viewfinder as well as with the crop tool in Photoshop. The third advantage is that I can reduce the amount of detail in the photograph with Photoshop filters, which helps to inform me about the basic forms in the scene and allows me to pre-visualize my vision of the final painting. 

To the above process I am looking forward to adding plein air studies done on location. This winter I've read a lot of books about landscape painting and next weekend I am going to a painting workshop that I hope will kick me into gear and get me outside painting plein air when the weather warms. 

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Thanks Mary Pratt


Thanks Mary (15 x 24) watercolour, by Carol Berry, copyright 2000, in the collection of the East York Foundation.

This painting is inspired by the Canadian artist, Mary Pratt. I set up the objects for the still life and photographed the scene, using a whole roll of slides. Luckily the light changed in the last couple of shots and finally I had what I wanted. I remember that this was painted on watercolour board, a first and a last for me, I paint watercolour with many, many layers of thin glazes of colour, the board was not as absorbent as my usual 140 lb. Arches and the threat of lifting previous layers of paint was very real. This painting was purchased by the East York Foundation, my first piece in a public collection.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Emily Provincial Park

Emily Provincial Park (16 x 24) oil, by Carol Berry, copyright 2006

I have taken a bit of a break from posting because I had surgery a couple of weeks ago. Nothing serious, but certainly disruptive. 

This painting of the view from the beach at Emily Provincial Park is one of my first landscapes. Mixing the blues was very elusive, I finally realized that I had mixed all my tubes of blue paints together to get the blues I wanted. I painted this during a few weekends while camping at Emily. I must admit that I used photo references and didn't paint on location, instead setting up my easel in the shade on our campsite.


Sunday, February 7, 2010

My new plein air kit


I am having a fun morning, learning about Blogger. The fine artist in me has to compete with the applied artist. My latest kick is to figure out how to post here using my iPhone and more importantly my soon to be new iPad!

Rainy day studio

Whiskey (18 x 24 in.) oil on canvas, by Carol Berry, copyright 2009.


I painted Whiskey's portrait last August at our trailer. Unfortunately it was a really wet summer and rained almost every weekend. Luckily our new home-away-from-home has a large brightly kitchen which easily fit my studio easel and paints. After five years of use I found that my favourite Julian French easel was not flexible enough for me, and I gave it to a very delighted eldest daughter. Over the past few months I've put together a new plein air kit. I'm looking so forward to spring to get outside to paint. I admit that I'm not brave enough to paint outdoors in Toronto in the wintertime even though our it has been unseasonably mild lately.


Sunday, January 31, 2010

Concession 4 in Orono, Ontario (third view)


4th Concession, Orono (11 x 14 in.) oil on canvas, by Carol Berry, copyright 2008

I painted this landscape three summers ago, before we moved our summer trailer to our current campground on Concession 4. Every weekend, from May to October, we had been camping at Emily Provincial Park. On this day we took an exploratory drive down this pretty road following a sign for a private campground. I wanted to see how well this private resort would compare with the provincial park. It turned out that the campground was just as pretty as Emily, with big, private, spacious sites. That drive changed our life, a year later we moved our trailer there.

During that first trek down Concession 4, I stopped the car every kilometer or so to take more photos. I later painted four paintings from the photographs I took that day, including this small oil painting.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

My first watercolour

Angela (15 x 20 in.) watercolour, by Carol Berry, copyright 1993

I have not painted for three months, but everything I do when I'm not working as a graphic artist is geared towards getting me there, including creating this blog and going to meetings at my art club. While I am in this "between" time, I'm going to continue to post a couple of times a week, featuring paintings I've done in the past.

Here is my first watercolour painting, a portrait I did of my eldest daughter, done many years ago. I never tried watercolour until I was in my mid thirties. I was not introduced to it during my fine arts student years. I was finally taught this flexible medium in an illustration class I took while studying graphic design. I loved it, everything about watercolour made sense to me, probably because there is so much technique involved. There are many ways to use watercolours, but at that time I was shown the wonder of transparent glazing, mixing colours on the paper by painting layers of the three primary colours and burnt siennia.

A few years ago I switched back to oil paint, partly because the original watercolour paintings cannot be distinguished from giclee prints and mostly because I did not want to have to pay for expensive mattes, glass and frames to be able to show my paintings with my art club.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

4th Concession, Orono (another view)

4th Concession, Orono (11 x 14 in.) oil on canvas, by Carol Berry, copyright 2009

I painted this landscape a couple of years ago. We spend our summer weekends in the countryside, north of Newcastle, Ontario. I personally think that we are located on the most scenic road in the region. Over every hill is another picturesque view and I'm hoping to paint each of them en plein air starting this spring.

I used a photo I took on location as reference for this small painting. I love the diagonal patterns of the hayfield on the hill behind the farm. The fresh greens are almost monochromatic as this is early summer.

Monday, January 18, 2010

The support of a father

My Handsome Dad (18x24) conte on paper, by Carol Berry, copyright 2008

I drew this portrait of my father to mark his 75th birthday, almost a couple of years ago now. He has always been very supportive of my art, starting when I did my BFA at Concordia University.

My father's great-aunt, Henrietta Mabel May, was a member of the Beaver Hall Hill Group in Montreal in the 1920's. Mabel May enjoyed a long and successful career as a painter. My maternal grandmother studied Art and Music at Mount Allison University as a young lady and she painted and played the violin her whole life.

Being an artist in my family was definitely encouraged.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

In the company of friends


From life, DVAC (24 x 30 in.) oil on canvas board, by Carol Berry, copyright 2005

I am posting this portrait done during an evening life session at the Don Valley Art Club. I value my 10 years of membership at the art club very much. For almost four years I have been working full time as a production designer, based from my home. Therefore it is very important for me to get out during the evening to paint or see a demo at the art club in the company of so many warm and talented members who I can truly call friends.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

4th Concession, Orono

4th Concession, Orono (11 x 14 in.) oil on canvas, by Carol Berry, copyright 2009

Here is a painting that I painted last year. I was trying to paint a quick study, only to realize that I can't paint quickly in the studio with photo references, my natural tight style edges in. I think I have been procrastinating because I haven't painted for the past 3 months. October surgery did interfere and then preparations for Christmas and our family trip to Montreal for the holidays.

I have been creating a new plein air painting kit based on the recommendations by Tom Brown. I must admit that I draw great pleasure reading painter's blogs and trying to see their painting materials. I'm almost finished constructing my wet panel carrier, foam core and duct tape are my tools of choice. To procrastinate even further, I spent all last weekend assembling a full height canvas storage rack, adapted from a couple of new Ikea shelving kits and augmented with two trips to Home Depot.

I am not in any hurry to get outdoors in this cold Canadian January weather but I am determined to get painting soon, I have my new WN Artisan oils that I want to learn about!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Cherry Beach, Toronto

Cherry Beach, study (11 x 14) oil on canvas, by Carol Berry, copyright 2009

There are so many paintings of Cherry Beach, though not so many from the water. I sail at Cherry Beach and I always take my camera with me. My small sailboat is often seen with its sails flapping, but I'm not in difficulties, I'm happily snapping away.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Whiskey, a wedding gift

Whiskey (18 x 24 in.) oil on canvas, by Carol Berry, copyright 2009

I painted this last summer as a wedding gift for close family friends. I loved doing this, although it meant that I wasn't able to get out to paint en plein air. This was the first time I painted a complete burnt umber underlayer.

Artist blogs are a wonderful inspiration

I am setting up this blog as a quick experiment, I run the Don Valley Art Club website as a self hosted WordPress site and I have used the free WordPress.com service but I've never used Blogger before and I wanted to see how easy it was to get started with it. I'm going to be making recommendations to my fellow art club members and thought I'd better have experience with both of the major players in the blogging world.

To see more about the Don Valley Art Club go to www.donvalleyartclub.com.