Covid creativity: 30May2020

By Paulette Poirier

Greater free time allows for experimentation. Paulette has been trying different processes to develop varied works.

MacCrimmon Hall in MacCrimmon.  Oil on canvas, 14” x 11”

I took a photo towards the end of March 2020, at the end of the afternoon on a cold wet day. This painting resulted.

Leaves, Oil on canvas 18” x 14”

My granddaughter took a photo of a plant at home. Then I used part of it to illustrate these 2 leaves as my experiment trying my luck at getting away from the subject as much as I feel comfortable.

Oil wash & fine marker for accent & detail on 14” x 11” canvas

I’ve walked a lot in South Lancaster these last 2 months and taken many interesting photos of trees and tree trunks. This is what resulted.

4 comments

  1. Hi Paulette…fascinated by your lovely tree trunk. Would like to know more about the technique you used. Flip (Flockton)

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  2. Hi Flip, thanks for your comment, the tree trunk exercise was a lot of fun of trial and error which I started to get my grandkids interested in possibilities of seeing faces in a tree trunk and giving it character based on how you happen to be feeling, mind you I’m not sure they enjoyed it as much as I did. I used oil paint and lots of paint thinner to make a wash of my intended colors. Used my dirty paper towel to smudge here and there and it was dry in no time so I finished it off with a fine marker to give it that ‘pen and ink’ feel.

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  3. Love the tree face! And ” Leaves” is a beautiful and balanced composition. You have used admirable restraint in the use of colour….something that is not always easy to do.

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  4. Paulette, these works are fabulous. I also like the very subtle use of colour, and those leaves look like I could pick them up off the page. Thanks for sharing!

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