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spring is cherry blossoms …oil painting

Posted in art, flowers, haiku, painting, poetry with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on 2017/04/13 by greenteadoodles
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spring is cherry blossoms!

A small painting before Easter weekend to celebrate this long, slow Vancouver spring. It may be cooler than usual but that sure makes all the blossoms last!

This is just 6″x6″. The size is fun for quick studies and experiments – very freeing! This painting is based on a friend’s photo that she graciously let me use as inspiration. Thanks Claire!

Tom wrote a quirky haiku to go with these Taiwanese cherry blossoms. 🙂

foreshortened phloem
flower’s fragrant fabric
fine filigreed fire

painting (c) 2017 Hilary Farmer
poem (c) 2017 Tom Radcliffe

Cat and flowers…

Posted in art, cats, flowers, haiku, painting, poetry with tags , , , , , , , , , on 2016/06/16 by greenteadoodles
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cat and flowers

This quick 4″x 6″ postcard was inspired by a photograph in a delightful calendar from 2006 (A Cat in the Garden – photos by Del Greger). I knew there was a reason I was keeping it!

UPDATE: New haiku from Tom!!

hunter stalks flowers
fierce eyes threaten destruction
inner cougar purrs

water colour (cc) Hilary Farmer 2016
poem (c) Tom Radcliffe 2016

Spring Blossoms…

Posted in art, flowers, haiku, painting, poetry with tags , , , , , , , on 2016/04/24 by greenteadoodles
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Spring Blossoms fresh from Taiwan…

Long over-due post! Just a quick watercolour to celebrate the warm sunshine. In fact I was doing more oil painting over the winter taking part in an e-course “Dream, Love, Paint” which I highly recommend. I decided not to post the work from the course – more about the process than the result! …and also the set up, images and technique were directly from the teacher so it didn’t seem correct to post them as my work.

Hoping to carve out more time for oil painting soon and post some new works but in the meantime, I’m rediscovering watercolours a bit with an eye on doing some plein aire with them – oils are more challenging in terms of traveling etc even though I love working with them. Watercolours have their own challenges but it’s all OK if one decides to just call the “mistakes””happy accidents” instead! lol

The “Spring Blossoms” painting is inspired by a photo a friend in Taiwan posted on her Facebook page a while ago and gave me permission to work from – thanks Claire!!

UPDATE: New self-described “goofy haiku” from Tom – thanks Tom!!

plump plum petals primp
pleasingly posed performance
pretty petticoats

painting – water colour and ink on paper – (cc) 2016 Hilary Farmer

Poem (c) 2016 Tom Radcliffe

today’s doodle… trees

Posted in art, computer art with tags , , , , , , on 2014/03/12 by greenteadoodles
trees

trees

Another quick doodle today since choir practice was cancelled due to a snow storm. I have been thinking about trees a lot lately… planning to plant some this spring – some evergreens and hardwoods – all native species. It should be an interesting project to try to increase wildlife habitat – a long term project!

UPDATE: haiku fromTom!

foggy forest, ferns
familiar falsehoods fading
fermenting futures

image (cc) Hilary Farmer 2014

poem (c) TJ Radcliffe 2014

further development of a painting…

Posted in art, painting, poetry with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 2013/10/27 by greenteadoodles
the voyage - final detail sketch

the voyage – final detail sketch

This week I prepared my 18×24″ canvas with a variety of colours all in the mid tones in terms of darkness. I also sketched the position and clothing for the figure in the painting. The final result was refined during class today while producing this sketch to be used to transfer the most detailed part of the painting onto the canvas. For this I simply traced the sketch onto tracing paper, put graphite from my handy 6B pencil on the back and then transferred onto my canvas. It was still hard to see, so I followed up by applying some acrylic paint (raw umber) to follow the outline.

the voyage - outline added to colour-washed background

the voyage – outline added to colour-washed background

At this point some more adjustments were made with the teacher’s advice. The balance and composition were improved until we were both satisfied.

the voyage - tonal wash added

the voyage – tonal wash added

There was only enough time left to add some tone to the painting – also in a wash of raw umber acrylic paint. Since the light source will be from the far side of the hills, just adding the wash starts to give that feeling, starting to create ambiance and give an idea of the shape of the final painting. Even though this painting will be completed using oil paint, doing the painting to this point using acrylic was helpful as the detail won’t be smudged away when the oil paint is added next week.

Last time I posted poems that Tom had sent me for this work – here is another one, a haiku:

Clotho’s tangled thread
trails across the pier at dawn
she casts herself free

images (cc) 2013 Hilary Farmer
poetry (c) 2013 TJ Radcliffe

Face doodle 3…

Posted in art, computer art, haiku with tags , , , , , , , on 2013/06/06 by greenteadoodles
Girl in a blue sweater

Girl in a blue sweater

One more quick doodle that was done on the long weekend in May. I must start doing some new drawings soon… and I will have more time to do that not long from now. I’m looking forward to it!

UPDATE: New haiku from Tom! Thanks!!

dull thud of voices
small talk murders consciousness
while witnesses sleep

haiku (c) 2013 TJ Radcliffe

Image (cc) 2013 Hilary Farmer

Face doodle 2…

Posted in art, computer art, haiku with tags , , , , , , , on 2013/06/04 by greenteadoodles
Holiday weekend doodle

Holiday weekend doodle

Long overdue for a new doodle! Still playing with the Procreate app. This quick sketch was done while at Baie Saint-Paul. Enjoy…

UPDATE: New poem from Tom! See explanation in the comments. Thanks!!

during the war she
fought with guile now long faded
sepia photo

haiku (c) 2013 TJ Radcliffe

image (cc) 2013 Hilary Farmer