Saturday, April 24, 2010

so much for plein air


Teatime
10 x 8
oil on wrapped canvas

I scoped out my next plein air site, a nice harbor scene and taking just my camera to get a few photos to plan the composition I hopped out of the car, braved the west coast wind and rain to get a few pics and within minutes decided I'd wait for warmer weather, or hold off till I'm back in our desert interior. So instead I decided to try a still life with a twist - just had to put myself in it. My daughter and I love to go for a proper tea and here we are at Victoria's Butchart Gardens enjoying our treats and the scenery out the window.

10 comments:

Lori Bonanni said...

Wow Barbara, This is great! You really nailed it... I love the reflection!

Barb Hillier said...

Thanks Lori - I'm fascinated by reflections maybe as they add a little mystery to the scene!

Kim said...

Hi Barb,
Just wanted to tell you that you won the painting from the draw I had tonight! If you can email me with your mailing address I will get it sent out to you as soon as it dries. I'm glad you found my blog because then I found yours! I'm enjoying looking at your work.
Best, Kim

Rishi Kapil said...

lovely reflections .... neat painting

Lisa Walsh said...

The painting is beautiful, and the person in the reflection really catches my interest and draws me in further. Fabulous job!

Margie Larson's Bittersweet Arts said...

I love doing chrome and shiny pots. The reflections are so abstract but when pulled together make a realistic painting. Good work and I know that you had fun.

r garriott said...

Outstanding!!! Great shape, great reflections. I keep thinking that someday I will paint my shiny coffee pot. Yours is very inspirational!

Thanks for your supportive comment earlier this month, it was very much appreciated.

Barb Hillier said...

Thank you everyone for your kind comments. I seem to have a fascination for reflections not only visually but emotionally as well...hmmm

Ruth said...

This may be a little late, but just wanted to tell you this is stunning. How fortunate you are to have tea at Butchart Gardens. That place is beautiful and amazing. When we toured thru there, I looked for weeds since there had to be a least one in that vast expanse of lush gardens. NONE! With all the beauty abounding thruout, look at you finding more in the details. See what happens to the artist eye? Always finding the unusual and the neat that we never saw before we educated our eyes to "see". Your rendering is priceless.

Barb Hillier said...

Thanks so much Ruth. I too looked for weeds or even evidence of a gardener. We were alone for the most part out there and it was very magical. I can't imagine how crowed it must be in the summer.