Thursday, January 31, 2008

Not Knitting, (but still crafty?)

As I stated on page one, I occasionally will chat about things other than knitting(gasp). Although it is unthinkable, at times I am drawn to projects that do not involve string and sticks. These paintings were inspired by a bathroom that is gradually becoming a true oasis, with shells and artifacts and paintings of tropical places and things. Every time I am in the islands, I am inspired by the amazings flowers, so bright and lush, so different from the grey Canadian landscape I leave behind (we always go in the Winter).

These are 8 x 10 size acrylic paintings on 140lb acid free cold press paper, in white matts with dark brown wood frames.

They lean up against a huge canvas of the island in the bay at the Couples, Ocho Rios, in Jamaica. An absolutely lovely resort we visited.

The large canvas was done last year shortly after our return from the place. It is also acrylic on a stretched canvas (no frame).

The last of the new series is a bright Bird of Paradise, same size, painted as a wedding gift to a nice young couple who will honeymoon in Hawaii. I hope they will be as captivated by the flowers as I was, and this will remind them of their trip.


MonkeyGurrrrrl said...

{{Duh. I forgot to bookmark you.}}

YOU painted those?! That's amazing. I grew up in Hawaii, and they are as beautiful as any others I've seen. You sure are talented!

chris said...

thanks again for the comments. It means the world to me... I love to paint, and knit and I dabble in bead work and sewing. I will feature most of my new stuff on the blog, and have been gradually writing up older knitting patterns that I have jotted down in notebooks (and on backs of yarn labels!) for the last few years...
More to come!