Opening of my show “Whimsy”

Just before the opening of my show “Whimsy”

Usually, I post a painting amd say a few words about it but this week, my featured artist spot at a local gallery opened so I wanted to share! In all there are about twenty of my pieces hanging in the gallery until June 4th including some abstracts, my Skyflowers series and my Exploring the Edges series. I was so delighted to see it all hanging together!

Working as an artist can be quite isolated at the best of times and the past two years even more so. Having the chance to share my work and have positive feedback from other artists and gallery visitors was quite moving.

(C) 2022 Hilary Farmer


Skyflowers (30″x30″ oil on canvas)

I just had a three day open studio as part of the Gabriola Thanksgiving Studio Tour. It was a wonderful experience slightly tempered by the necessity of keeping strict COVID protocols. Welcoming people into our space after being quite solitary for the past year and a half was heart-warming. People were so thrilled to be able to take part in this activity and visit many artists studios throughout the long weekend. This painting was shown at the central gallery where each artist displays one piece of work.

The idea for “skyflowers” – or clouds that taken on the aspect of various flowers – drifted into my mind and just had to be painted. The seascape part is very much inspired by the local waters here amongst the Gulf Islands off Vancouver Island on the west coast of Canada.

Here are irises cascading into the ocean behind an island at sunset.

Skyflowers (Detail)

I built up and scratched away layers to enhance the evening glow in this part of the sky.

Skyflowers (Detail)

One more piece of sky clearing showing the shape of the iris clouds.

Skyflowers (detail)

This painting is definitely not the last of this series. 🙂

images (C) 2021 Hilary Farmer