My Sketches from the Fort Edmonton Park Excursion

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I took an full day excursion to the Fort Edmonton Park last sunday on a rather chilly day. The sun did come out in the afternoon which was nice. I brought my sketchbook with me and was prepared to illustrate the beautiful and unique scenery presented in front of me.

In case you are wondering. Fort Edmonton Park is one of the largest living history museum in Canada. “It includes both original and rebuilt historical structures representing the history of Edmonton and is staffed during the summer by costumed historical interpreters.” There was a special event that day so quite a bunch of us, Edmontonians showed up.

I was both intrigued and fascinated by the wooden cabins, the horse wagons, the aboriginal teepees, and just the whole feeling of traveling back in time to the old Western days. So here are some sketches of the structures and landscapes that caught my eye the most that day. This is what I love about being an artist, the ability to freely translate what you see visually on to a medium. Allowing myself to fully express my inner creativity and the feelings in my mind at the time.

PS. I am also working on a watercolour painting of Fort Edmonton Park as well. I can’t wait to show you when it’s done!


Using the Palette Knife: Devonian Garden Part II

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Here is a short clip of how I use the palette knife to add colour depth and accentuate the contrast. In fact, palette knife is one of my favourite tools. It’s excellent for producing textured, impasto work and sweeping areas of flat color as well as tiny shapes of colour. The painting is near finish. Can’t wait to show the finished product. #gqart

Use backlight to enhance still life paintings

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A lot of photographers use backlight to enhance their photographs. It can add real depth and character to still lifes. As an artist, I love to dabble with the backlight effect in my still life paintings as well. Something magical happens when you see an object lit brightly from behind.

Decorative Plates

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I recently painted some decorative plates for my friends as a gift. The first one I used double-ended art markers I bought from Japan which I am very comfortable with. The colors are quite vibrant – a good turnout. However, the only concern here is that each stroke must be absolutely accurate as there are no way to rectify any mistakes.

The second plate I tried using acrylic, but colors didn’t show up as well as it would have on canvas. #gqart

My sketches from Squamish and Maple Ridge, BC

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I visited Squamish and Maple Ridge, BC, Canada last year. I couldn’t resist from the breathtaking scenery around me, so I had to do some quick sketches.

British Columbia is one of the most beautiful place I have been to and I would go back in a heartbeat. I like to thank Nan and Michelle for hosting me while I visited BC. #gqart