Sunday, June 29, 2014

"Le Pigeonnier", plein air oil by Sharon Lynn Williams

"Le Pigeonnier"' 9 x 12" plein air oil done in Frayssinet, France June 27,2014
$250 unframed 

I was delighted to get some time to go exploring with my oils during my workshop with Dreama. This was done on the most perfect of days, after the extreme heat and humidity had been rained off in a tremendous storm the night before. This little silo is actually not a grain silo at all. I was told that back in Medieval times, pigeons were raised for food, and these buildings, which dot the Provence countryside, were created to entice the pigeons to roost there. It sounds funny now, as the last thing most people these days is to encourage pigeons to roost on their property!

Everywhere you look at Le Vieux Couvent, you will find treasures -either provided by nature or by the loving hands of our host Corinne. 

This is our studio space which is assessible 24/7, but not used much by me (except for attending Dreama's amazing demos) as I was far too bushed to paint much after an incredible multi-course dinner, which didn't end until 9:30pm. If it was nice outside, that's where you'd find me.

We have our huge goodbye party/feast/show & tell tonight, and then we leave first thing in the morning. I will be sad to leave this little slice of heaven, but the next journey awaits!

Au Revoir and as always, Enjoy!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Painting France With Dreama, by Sharon Lynn Williams

"Breakfast Light", 9 x 12" plein air oil in Arches Huile Paper
$250 unframed 

This is my first oil painting from France. I am here with 17 other wonderful blissful women, doing our thing in the south west of France. We are staying at Le Vieux Couvent in the Lot Valley, with the fabulous Dreama Tolle Perry (if you don't know her work you definitely should check out her website). We have been to a different tiny medieval village each day, doing watercolour sketching and taking way too many photos. The highlight of today was our visit to a lavender farm followed by an amazing chocolate eclair from the boulangerie. I will try to post some of my sketches in the days to come, but the internet is extremely slow here, I can't promise anything.
In the meantime, enjoy!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

"Peaceful Imaginings", acrylic painting by Sharon Lynn Williams

"Peaceful Imaginings", 14x14" acrylic 

I have been sitting at Art & Soul Gallery for the past 3 days, and I did this painting  between visits with people. It is done on a piece of canvas that I textured with gesso to give the surface a bit of life. I have to admit that I made the whole thing up, hence the title. Fun to let the imagination have full reign over the possibilities!


Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Sometimes it takes a long time!!!

"Tree Patterns", 15 x15" acrylic on illustration board
SOLD -finally!!

This is a painting that I did in 2009, and it just sold in my Edmonton show. Sometimes it goes like that -you pull out an old piece that you haven't yet destroyed because you felt it had some merit, put it in a show, and finally the owner finds it there.  I have heard it said that there is an owner for every painting, and it just takes time for the two of them to find each other. Perhaps this used to be true, but I think there are so many painters showing their work out there, that there are far more paintings than buyers these days.

I have a hard time keeping old unsold work after it has been on the rounds of every show I can think of. I destroy some,  but those I really like I either unframe and try to sell them at a lower price, or offer them framed as donations to worthwhile causes. But some I just can't bear to part with, especially if I have had a frame made specifically for the painting, as in this case.

This painting is done on a textured gesso surface, and then fluid acrylics are washed on the surface to see where the magic happens. It also has washes of dilute Irridescent Copper in palaces -I love the way it separates into green and gold in a wash.

Looking at it again, I still like it, and am now especially glad I didn't toss it : )

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