Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Canadian Pacific

The boyfriend, he likes trains. A lot.

So, needless to say, he had a lot of feedback on this piece. 

This was last summer near Severn Falls.



Friday, January 5, 2018

New Year, New Work and a Blogger's Lament

Hello All,

I'll be the first to admit, I've kind of let this blog fall by the wayside.

It's not all bad though.

Part of the reason I've been blogging less is that I've been painting MORE.  I just haven't had the desire to post about it.

I'm on the fence over whether I want to continue posting here, but for now, I figured I would start the year off with my latest finished piece, which I will be submitting in roughly a month for the International Women's Day Show at the Orillia Museum.  The show's theme is 'Exposed'.

"The Long Walk Down" - Acrylic on 12x16 canvas
I'm slowly creating a collection of pieces surrounding my experiences with cancer and other various health problems.  Other pieces can be seen here and here. I like to approach the subject with a bit of a light-hearted touch.

Ahh.  Well.  As I said, I'm going to see how I feel about continuing this blog.  If you're interested in following my work, I can be found other places as well:

Fine Art America - https://fineartamerica.com/profiles/andrea-cole.html
Pixels.com - https://andrea-cole.pixels.com
Society6 - https://society6.com/andreacoleart
Art By Andrea Cole on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/andreacoleart
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/andrea.lyn.cole.art/ 

Thursday, March 23, 2017

A Tragically Hip Mountain Goat

I got a silly idea in my head the other night. I was thinking about my two favourite bands, the Tragically Hip and the Mountain Goats (both amazing bands with large bodies of work and incredible lyrics), and I was kind of combining the two names in my head, and this amalgam resulted in this image of some kind of hipster goat. A Tragically Hip Mountain Goat, if you will.

The original idea was going to be a goat with a beard and hipster glasses, but I didn't know that it would get the idea across, so instead of glasses I decided the goat should be wearing a hat similar to the ones that Gord Downie (the Tragically Hip's front man) wore during the Hip's final tour this past summer.  To people who watched the final concerts, it would be fairly recognizable.

This is possibly my favourite piece I've ever painted.

Acrylic on 8x8 canvas
I had a huge smile on my face the whole time I worked on this.  If I had to complaint about anything, it's that I ran off the edge of the canvas. A taller canvas may have been in order to fit the whole face in the frame.

But overall, this piece makes me happy.  It's whimsical as hell.

(I used a picture I found on Flickr for a reference.  The photographer can be found here.)

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Colon Cancer Awareness Month: Prep Time.

There's an explanation for this. As you may or may not know, March is Colon Cancer awareness month. I wanted to do something for it, since I often feel like I am a bad cancer survivor. I don't post the colour of my undies or copy and paste vague threats to delete friends who don't copy and paste posts about the terribleness of cancer, and I don't Relay for Life or Run For The Cure (Susan G Komen can suck it anyway).

So I intend to do a small series of paintings themed around my experiences as a cancer survivor and living post-colectomy. They are not self-portraits per se, but reflections of my reality. I also wanted to break some of the taboos that tend to stymie discussion of... You know... "Butt stuff" or "poop stuff."


Acrylic on 8x8 canvas
This piece illustrates a major part of my reality as a cancer survivor and a long-time IBS patient, having been diagnosed at 18 with ulcerative colitis. 


I now get scoped and biopsied about once a year to make sure the cancer doesn't return.  Prepping for scopes is the worst part (closely followed by driving to the city on a completely empty stomach with no caffeine in my system).  It's quite literally a pain in the ass (invest in good toilet paper!).

Colon cancer is one of the most easily treated cancers, while simultaneously having the highest mortality rate, since it is often difficult to detect. If you are over 50, have a family history, or other risk factors, you should be getting screened.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Moon Over Water (with #Throwback)

My main aim with this picture was to practice painting back-lit clouds.  Nightscenes are interesting as it seems almost like you have to forget everything you think you know about light and shadow.

8x8 Acrylic on Gallery Canvas
It struck me afterwards that this piece was very similar in theme to one of my earliest works, in that the idea was a moon over a lake at night.  The first was painted over 10 years ago, when I first started dabbling.  I think it's a nice testament to how far I've come.

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Simon

As an artist have you ever completed something and been unendingly impressed with how it came out?  Especially when it was kind of done as a lark, just to see if you could?

I'm always intimidated by the idea of painting animals, then pleasantly surprised when it comes out well.

I spent a week looking at this when I was done.

8x8 Acrylic on Canvas
This is Simon.

He's kind of dumb, but beautiful. Kind of like Brad Pitt's character in Burn After Reading.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Snowscape with Creek and Fence

It's winter here in Canada.

There are a lot of things I don't like about winter, and not many that I do.

But I do enjoy the fresh-fallen snow when the sun is hitting mid-afternoon and the sky is a brilliant blue.

Cameras never capture the effect as I would like, so I decided to try a simple snowscape from my imagination.

The song Membership by the Tragically Hip has a line about a 'butterscotch river overspilling its banks' which is what I tried to capture in with the creek flowing through the foreground.

9x12 Acrylic on Canvas
I also wanted to make sure I caught subtle things like the reflection of light on the surface of the snow, and the three dimensional effect of the snow where the banks meet the river.