Monday, October 20, 2014

Child's Play - SOLD

Now I want to go marble shopping : ) I'm enjoying painting these but as you can see I only have a select few and I'd like to explore some other colour schemes. I think a trip to the thrift shop is in order.
6"x6" / oil on archival panel / $99 (includes free shipping worldwide)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Scattered Marbles


More marble fun : )
6"x6" / oil on archival panel / $99 (includes free shipping worldwide)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Losing my marbles


Enough said : )
6"x6" / oil on archival panel / $99 (includes free shipping worldwide)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Sunbathing

Ahh... Some nice warm sun.
6"x6" / oil on archival panel / $99 (includes free shipping worldwide)



And I've missed a number of Inktober sketches. With our Thanksgiving holiday, life got a little busy. Today I did a very quick sketch of this Halloween decoration hanging at my child's music school. Squeezing it in where I can!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Sweets

Salt water taffy and strawberry candies. Something that makes children smile. Do you remember when you used to get excited about candy? : )
6"x 6" / oil on archival panel / $99 (includes free shipping worldwide)
And here is my Inkobter sketch.


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Marbles + Inktober

I really enjoyed painting these marbles with the thick, juicy paint. Marbles are so pretty.
And above is today's sketch for Inktober.
Marbles / 6"x6" / oil on archival panel / $99 (includes free shipping worldwide)

Monday, October 6, 2014

Lemon Danish

Today's painting: a lemon danish. Usually my props do not appeal to me in the slightest after I've finished painting them but this was an exception. A mouthful of zingy, lemony goodness. Mmm.
6"x6" / oil on archival canvas panel / $99 (includes free shipping worldwide)
My sketch for Inktober. This time I added a splash of colour.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Inktober

Fighting a cold so I didn't get any painting done but I did do a quick sketch for #inktober


Thursday, October 2, 2014

Triple Yum

Here you go. Enjoy with your afternoon coffee or tea : )
6"x6" / oil on archival canvas panel / $99 (includes free shipping worldwide)



And here is today's sketch. Taken off the studio floor. #inktober

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

"Donut Stack" and Day 1 of the InkTober Initiative

Someone brought donuts to work so I stole some of the leftovers to paint. In case anyone is interested in donut matters, they are from Tim Hortons. 
And in other creative news I have taken on the InkTober Initiative in which I intend to do a pen sketch each day of the month. I want to thank Crystal Cook for telling me about it : ) It began in 2009 by Mr. Jake Parker as "a challenge to improve my inking skills and develop positive drawing habits. It has since grown into a worldwide endeavor with thousands of artists taking on the challenge every year."
Today's sketch is of some office plants.
Inktober, October 1, 2014 #inktober

"Donut Stack"
6"x6" / oil on archival canvas board / $99 (includes free shipping worldwide) 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

"Locals" Original oil painting by Kim Rempel

Another grape painting today. I have called it "Locals" because the air is heavy with the scent of grapes right now. Harvesting time!
6"x6" / oil on archival panel / $99 (includes free shipping worldwide)

Monday, September 29, 2014

The Noble Grape

As you can see, I ate a few!
6"x6" / oil on archival canvas board / $99 (includes free shipping worldwide)

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Spring Fever

"Spring Fever". Don't worry. I don't have it already but it seemed like the perfect title ; ) 
16"x20" / acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas. Below is a screen shot from Saatchi Art. You can click to see further details here.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Shift


From SaatchiArt. This is how it would look in a room.

Something different as I don't usually work with hard edges but I had this idea running around in my head.
"Shift" / 11"x14" / acrylic on canvas / $280

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Love Letter

My newest painting: Love Letter. It's a good size - 36"x30". Acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas. For further details or to see how it would look hanging in a room, please click here.
P.S. I just took a screen shot from Saatchi's website so you can get the idea:


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Shake it up

The last couple of weeks I was working on multiple paintings to varying degrees of success. In between I kept going back to this one, playing with different concepts, painting a little differently than my norm - experimentation mode as it were : ) So here is the outcome - a whole bunch of 80s energy going on...
12x16 / acrylic on canvas / $355

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Yarn Shop - contemporary painting by Kim Rempel

"The Yarn Shop" - my latest painting. It's been a tough slog the past couple of weeks but I finally moved past it. It seems to happen quite regularly ; )
12"x12" / acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas / $240.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Throwback Thursday - Branches in April

I'm not trying to use Throwback Thursdays as a crutch but I've had limited studio time this week and the painting I'm working on has been a toughie! So here is one of my favourite paintings. I love this one because it began as an (unsuccessful) landscape and ended up taking on a life of its own. As I painted over my previous work I began to see it emerge as an abstract. At this point I followed my intuition and just thought about form, movement and colour. It taught me so much.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Detail of work in progress

This is a small detail of a work in progress. Hoping to finish tomorrow! 
And in other news "Joyful Rebellion" sold on the weekend. Always exciting when someone has connected with your work. Thanks so much to the buyer!
"Joyful Rebellion"

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Frisky Business

Fresh off the easel: Frisky Business!
20"x20" on gallery wrapped canvas.
For details please see the listing on Saatchi.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday couldn't have come at a better time because apparently I've forgotten how to paint! #feelingperturbed
This was a portrait I did in 2011 of a young Pierre Elliott Trudeau. 6"x6" / oil on canvas / sold

Monday, August 25, 2014

The Glass Flowers at the Harvard Museum of Natural History

Glass botanical models by the Blaschkas. Harvard Museum of Natural History.

Yes. The roots you see there? ALL. GLASS.* (see further down....lol)


All the fine leafy fern bits? Glass!
One of my highlights from our camping trip was visiting the Harvard Museum of Natural History in Cambridge, Massachusetts. A few years ago a German friend of mine told me all about the glass flowers created by the insanely talented Leopold and Rudolph Blaschka from Dresden. The Blaschkas were unparalleled masters in glass model production. In the late 1800s the Blaschkas were commissioned by Harvard University to create botanical models for research purposes. What they created over the next 4 decades was truly remarkable. The Blaschkas never took on an apprentice and when the Leopold, the father, and later Rudolph, the son, passed away (in 1895 and 1939 respectively), so did their secret techniques. 
My son took some photos for me at the museum with his phone (which was permitted) but to truly see the exquisite detail of their work it would be best to type:  into your search engine. They are so exquisite and realistic I could not wrap my head around it. I went back out the doors and said to one of the staff:
So, the enlarged botanical details are glass? The ones laying beside the preserved (or plastic I thought) models?
Staff member: Nope! It's all glass.
To which I stupidly continued, Yes, but the branches and diseased fruit for example....

Staff member: All. Glass.
Me: The flowers, yes, but the roots and...

Staff member: ALL. GLASS. And you can take pictures. And people won't believe it. Everything is made of glass. I know. It's amazing.

From The Corning Museum of Glass (October 18, 2011): 
The Blaschkas eventually agreed to create a few plant models for Harvard. Another hurdle arose, however, for these first precious models were shattered in shipment. Always inventive, the Blaschkas ended up devising a mode of shipping so fail-proof that Dr. Goodale was quoted as saying that the packing of the flowers was “almost as wonderful as anything about them.”
...For 46 years, everything the Blaschkas made went to Harvard: nearly 850 sets of models, with more than 4,300 enlarged details, were commissioned.
Thank you Iris for introducing me to the incredible Blaschkas!