Wilderness Dream

Watch this painting develop as the creatures arrive for the story that it has to tell. Beginning with a dry textured layer of gesso on the canvas, I poured colour and sprayed it a bit with water to make it flow. The pigments used were Golden Fluid Acrylics: Quinacridone Nickle Azo Gold, Cobalt Teal, Ultramarine Blue, and Burnt Sienna. After this had dried, I turned the canvas every direction looking for some interesting shapes. I saw the bear’s head near the lower center (minute 0:11) and the bird wing upper center. I proceeded to define these creatures, trying to preserve as much of the original background colour as I could. Adding the stream bed and trees gave context, and the fish completed the story. Check out my art courses! 

The Four Horses

This painting began without any subject in mind. You can watch how early the center horse appeared (Minute 0:43), and I didn’t see it for a long time! I reached a point where the background was left to dry (1:35) The planets and stars were formed by painting dark blue around them and leaving the colours of the pour showing in circles. This painting took over a week to complete – it’s deceiving to watch the video because it is small snapshots of the process. Can you find the fourth horse? Check out my art courses! 
Dorothy MacFarlane

Dorothy Macfarlane

How long have you been painting? I took some high school courses in painting and then did not have an opportunity to take it up again until after I retired from elementary school teaching. I have enjoyed taking art classes from Cheryl for the last four years. Why did you first want to learn to paint? I knew that I enjoyed being creative with visual elements such as flower arranging. I also appreciated the work of many artists, so I wanted to venture out and try it myself. What type of paint do you like to work in? Usually the project dictates the type of paint. I work in tube acrylics to create impasto effects and liquid acrylics for special effects such as pouring backgrounds and glazing. I paint portraits with water mixable oils. Do you have a favourite subject? I enjoy painting people, places and flowers that are meaningful to me or my family. What inspires you to be creative? I am inspired by shapes in nature, memories and ideas such as family love. Do you have any favourite artists? Some of my favourite artists are Robert Bateman, van Gogh, Renoir and many of the Group of Seven painters. How does painting affect your life? Time spent painting enables me to forget other stresses in my life. Painting also gives me a great sense of satisfaction and accomplishment. But I must give myself permission to be a learner on an artistic adventure! Painting by Dorothy Macfarlane  

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