Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Ditching work prematurely


Hi all! So I took a bit of time off but headed back to the studio today. I did some line/prep work for a new piece but it didn't make for a very good shot so I thought I'd take the opportunity to talk about an issue many of us deal with: ditching work prematurely.
Why do we do that?
In fact I often tell people I'm teaching - when they are scrunching their noses in disgust at what they've produced: "Don't throw it out! Live with it for awhile. I think some cool things are happening!"
And more often than not what do I do? Yep, toss it or paint over. Today I had to go through some photos and came across a few examples. Here's one of them. Now I can see that there were some interesting things starting to happen, but at the time I was so frustrated that I deep-sixed the thing. Grrr : )
How about you?

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Throwback Thursday

Here's a pastel drawing I did from about 12 years ago. It makes me want to do more : )

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Ever Constant, Ever Changing

Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under the trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the blue sky, is by no means waste of time. 
~John Lubbock, “Recreation,” The Use of Life, 1894My latest work is finally complete.  I hope you find something in it that you can relate to, or that makes your heart sing a little. 
"Ever Constant, Ever Changing" / acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas / 30"x30" / $1,050

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Work in progress

So an added bonus to participating in the 3 in 5 challenge was that it gave me extra time to get work done on this painting before showing the next progress shot : ) Lots of interesting decision making on this one! More to come...

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Day 5 of the 3 Paintings/5 Days Challenge

Entwined / 36"x36" / $1000 
 Reflections / sold
Climb / sold
Day 5 of the #3in5ArtChallenge. It's been great participating! Thanks Linda Hunt Fine Art and Kimberly Kincaid for the nomination. Today I nominate Claire Desjardins. I found her on Facebook and have had the pleasure of seeing her work in person in Toronto. I just adore it!

Monday, January 19, 2015

 The Allsorts Family 
 To Inspire
Leap!
Day 4 of the 3 Paintings/5 Days Challenge. #3in5ArtChallenge. Today I'm showing a few of my daily paintings. These are small works in oil that I do in studio. I credit daily painting with my growth as an artist. Because of it I began blogging, which opened up a world of art to me as well as a multitude of friendships. It also proved true all the things you read regarding logging in the time to hone your skills. There is no quick ticket. Miles of canvas and all that : ) Today I nominate Tom Homewood. Check him out!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

3 Paintings / 5 Days Challenge. Day 3.

 Old Growth Cherry / sold
 Sanctuary / sold
Great White Oak / sold
Day 3 of the 3 Paintings/5 Days Challenge. Today, some trees. As anyone who has followed me for a while knows, I have a deep and abiding love for trees. Thanks to Linda Hunt Fine Art  and Kimberly Kincaid for the nomination. Today I nominate an artist I discovered this year Lisa Morgan.
heart emoticon her work. I think you'll see why! ‪#‎3in5ArtChallenge‬

Thursday, January 15, 2015

3 Paintings/5 Days Challenge - Day 2

 Frisky Business - sold
Joyful Rebellion - sold
Shenanigans / 30"x30" / $1,050
Day 2 of the 3 Paintings/5 Days Challenge. Today I am highlighting three of my abstract paintings. 
And I pass the challenge on to Britton Paints Sometimes. As far as I know, Britton does not have a website up, but is on Facebook. Very strong, very consistent interesting, original work. An inspiration to me. Britton does not have a heads up about this nomination so I will write and ask if I can post a piece of work tomorrow so you can see what I mean. Take care everyone!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

3 paintings/5 days Artists Challenge - Reaching back into the archives

Hey folks! So on my Facebook page, Kim Rempel Art, I received a nomination to participate in an art challenge. I am to post three paintings a day for five days and pass the nomination on to a fellow artist each of those days. Linda Hunt, who is an artist I got to know through blogging, asked me to participate. Please check out her work, she's a very good painter. Hunt paints with confident, loose brush strokes and has a very lovely, interesting and sophisticated palette. Thanks Linda. I admire your work greatly : )
So here are my three paintings for the day. I have reached way back into the archives and chosen three figurative works.
After the party / sold
 Bed of Roses / acrylic / 24"x30" / $750
Nude from behind / acrylic / 36"x36" / $1000 (framed)
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Today's nomination is Barbara Muir, a Toronto artist who has become a friend of mine. We met through blogging and ended up meeting in person and becoming friends. She is a lovely, vibrant artist who lives and paints with joy. She specializes in portraits but also paints bright, bold landscapes and killer food paintings as well : ) Please check her out!

Monday, January 12, 2015

New beginnings

Hello all! A new year, the start of a new painting. I'm beginning this year with an experimental piece. It is proving quite time consuming (hence the small patch) but here is what I've got so far.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Top 10 List for 2014

Well, as the year draws to a close I find myself thinking on the last 12 months. It's been a difficult year for many people I love. For some I wish I could turn back the clock, for others I wish I could speed it up. This is life. 
I browsed some quotes regarding New Years and here are two I'd like to share:
An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves. ~Bill Vaughan
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And ye, who have met with Adversity's blast,
And been bow'd to the earth by its fury;
To whom the Twelve Months, that have recently pass'd
Were as harsh as a prejudiced jury -
Still, fill to the Future! and join in our chime,
The regrets of remembrance to cozen,
And having obtained a New Trial of Time,
Shout in hopes of a kindlier dozen.
~Thomas Hood
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And now it is time for my annual Top 10 list. These are my favourite paintings from the past year. A very sincere thank you to everyone reading this and for the comments you may leave throughout the year. It means so much and keeps me going. I truly wish you a warm, secure, exciting 2015.
love/sex/chaos/love - sold
Joyful Rebellion - sold
Entwined - $1000
Reflections - $995
Sanctuary - sold
Marbles - collection of the artist
Gelato - $1,200
A change in the weather - $1,270
Shenanigans - $1,050
Frisky Business - $650



Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Peace and Love

Well, today is December 24th. Another Christmas Eve is upon us. Whatever you celebrate, I extend the warmest wishes of love and peace to you and all those you love! Because in my books, that's what it all boils down to.
I've been taking some time off to be with the ones I love but here are a few Christmas themed paintings from the past couple of years. Enjoy and thank you so much for being interested in what I do. It means a lot. xo, Kim

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Tired Heart

Fresh of the easel, here is my newest painting: Tired Heart. It is 30"x40", acrylic. I hope you enjoy it!
acrylic, $1250
For further details, please see my work on Saatchi.
And here is how it would look in a room:


Friday, December 12, 2014

How about some art for Christmas?

There is still time to buy art if you're looking for a fresh gift idea. Never owned an original painting? You might just get hooked! I have a studio full of dramatic statement pieces, lively abstracts and fresh landscape paintings (to bring the outdoors in during our long winter). Email me if you'd like to stop and browse through my studio or message me if there's something you know you'd like to purchase. No tax and I offer payment plans.

"Entwined" and "Nude from behind" $1000 each.
"Peonies and phlox" $450, "Cedar in the evening" $450, "Cosmos with tipped chair" $425, "Bowman Swamp" $1000.
"Gelato" $1200, "Dawn" $270, "Honey" $725

Monday, December 8, 2014

Entwined

Finished! This painting is called "Entwined." These are some black locust trees on our yard that twist and turn and tangle together. I have always adored them. Living sculptures.
36"x36" / acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas / $1000.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

New Arrival

So I had seen another artist post this (I can't remember who) and I thought it looked like a book I needed to read. It is called: ART/WORK: Everything You Need to Know (and Do) As You Pursue Your Art CareerIf I had my pick I'd stay in the studio all day long and not deal with the business stuff one iota. But  we all know that is completely unrealistic. Darn > : P How about you? What are your favourite art business books? What's the most important thing you've learned?


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

And...

what it looks like today.
I'm not sure if the progress shots are getting tiring or not. I know some people enjoy seeing works in progress and others are like "just post the darn thing when it's done!" : ) Anyway...tomorrow: midtones. Acrylic / 36"x36"

Monday, December 1, 2014

Update!

LOTS and lots of work ahead on this one but here's what it looks like today.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

ARTLOVE

"Pastries" by John Azoni
It's been too long since I offered up a little "ARTLOVE". So just wondering, who is an artist, or more specifically a painting, you are loving right now? Of course, we could list hundreds but just choose one : ) I'm spotlighting "Pastries" by John Azoni. Isn't it lush?

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Work in progress

So today I finished the drawing to the level I wanted and began blocking in the light areas. I am just loving the tangle of branches. At this stage I don't want to leave the studio but alas, I've got other responsibilities too ; ) Soon!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Sneak Peek

A detail of the tree painting I started today : )

In the five+ years I've been blogging, this may be the first time I've posted something truly non art-related. I saw this tonight and am sharing. I am warning you that it is horrific but also honest. Just maybe someone out there who drinks and drives will happen to watch this and who knows... it might happen to affect them in such a way that it will save somebody's life. Yep. Probably a long shot but you gotta try.
Tomorrow, back to my tree progress.
Peace : )

Monday, November 24, 2014

Want art? : )

So I'm getting back to the studio tomorrow to begin a large tree painting (feeling excited) but in the meantime, I wanted to show you a sample of some of my small paintings in case you might be looking to brighten your wall, or someone else's space. If there's anything you're interested in or would like me to send some pictures of, just ask! I deliver everywhere : )

Friday, November 14, 2014

Pictures from the Christmas Handmade Market - Friday

Today was a bustling, festive day at Honsberger Estate Winery. Complete with snow flurries! Here are a few quick snaps. The market runs Saturday and Sunday from 11am-4pm. Come out and enjoy!