Thursday, January 25, 2007

Lonely Tamarack, Oil on Canvas, 25 x 25 inches

This is the painting below that has been reworked.

This is an old painting that needed a lot of work.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Monday, January 22, 2007

William G. Allen (1837-1922), Oil on Board, 16 x 12

My husband's maternal Great Grandfather

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Monday, January 15, 2007

Exhibition at Fredericton Playhouse, Jan 2 to Jan 31, 2007

A Grouping of Paintings

East Wing Gallery (The Boathouse on the desk sold)

West Wing Gallery (The Red Sunflower Painting sold)

Yellow Roses (1961), Oil on Canvas Board, 18 x 14

Here is the second painting of a pair. Then I did not have the high regard for colour values that I have now. One thing I remember doing in these paintings was that after I had meticulously painted the flowers, I mixed up all the colours remaining on my palette and painted the background. I still find it hard to not use up all the paint I mix!

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Purple Orchids (1961), Oil on Canvas Board, 18 x 14

This is one of a pair of paintings that I did about 46 years ago before I was married and when I was living in Winnipeg working as a meteorological observer for the armed forces. It was painted from a photograph in a Walter Foster "How to Paint" book and was a gift for my mother.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Young Boy (1955), Watercolour, 7 x 5

I have in my possession three paintings that I did when I was young. This painting was done by copying part of a larger picture that I found in an art book while I was taking art classes in Junior High School. It is more than 50 years old! My mother had it for years and I got it back when she died.

I also remember doing special posters (of Mexico, for example) and doing chalk board decorations for holidays (Christmas) during my primary years. I did a polar bear booklet in Grade 4 and painted on glass (silhouettes) in Grade 5. I did a watercolour of a sunset that turned out quite well in Grade 6. I did an oil painting of Mount Rundel for a friend of my mother's. Later, it burned in a house fire. If I hadn't taken art in school, I probably wouldn't be doing it now. My mother and I took art together in night school classes one year and we each painted the same scene given us by the instructor (Mr. Kershaw). These were given to my aunt and I don't know where they are now. I painted a night scene of a corral (from a magazine photo) which I gave to my aunt also.

At first, I couldn't remember the art work that I did years ago, but just writing this information down brought back a lot of memories of other art projects.

Friday, January 12, 2007

Monday, January 08, 2007

Mom's Marriage and My Birth, Collage with Rice Paper, 25" x 25"

I just have to comment on that marriage certificate: it looks just like a tombstone between those separate pictures of the couple on their wedding day!


Thursday, January 04, 2007

Mary Letitia Smith Graham (1867-1950, m. 1892), Acrylic Collage, 10 x 10

My Great Grandmother as she appeared on a Christmas card around 1948.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Ancestors II (The Graham Family), Oil on Canvas, 4ft x 5ft


(left to right) Austin William, William Anson, Viola Gladys, Elizabeth Orilla (1894-1963), Floyd Anson (baby), Mary Letitia, Frederick Oscar

Monday, January 01, 2007