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Artistic Evolution

Working on material for a group show with three fellow artists this fall, I’m stretching and trying new things in my paintings. Although I feel I will always be a representational painter, I am working on loosening up my work and evolving into a more impressionistic style of painting.

I continue to use photos as reference but no longer copy them as I have done in the past. Here is an example.

3735 - Sailor's Delight, Acrylic on Canvas, 6 x 12 inches, Copyright Wendie Donabie

Sailor’s Delight, Acrylic on Canvas, 6 x 12 inches, Copyright Wendie Donabie

Also, in some of my paintings, I’m working faster, using more limited colour palettes and trusting the brushes and knives to create exciting motion. This small piece demonstrates what I’m referencing.

3736 - Perfect Day for a Sail, Acrylic on Canvas, 5 x 7 inches, Copyright Wendie Donabie

Perfect Day for a Sail, Acrylic on Canvas, 5 x 7 inches, Copyright Wendie Donabie

And again, because of this upcoming show, I’m attempting to try my hand at abstraction. Not as easy as it may appear…..This painting is acrylic with mixed media, including broken glass from our car window embedded in acrylic skins (thin pieces of dry acrylic paint). I call this Creation Dancer.


Creation Dancer, Acrylic and Mixed Media on Canvas, 14 x 11 inches, Copyright Wendie Donabie

The artist’s journey is never ending. We come to interesting rest stops along the way but just as we change and evolve over time, so our art will continue to reflect our growth and development. Thank you to everyone who takes the time to read my posts, view my work, comment on what moves you and share my journey.

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  1. They are lovely and Sailor’s Delight is outstanding.

  2. Midge

    Enjoyed looking thru your paintings. Do you have any shows before the one in the Fall? Midge

    • Hi Midge… The Muskoka Arts and Crafts show is Mar 24-26 at the Sportsplex.. I have 3 pieces in it… We have over 90 artists participating… It should be a great event.. Hope you can make it… The opening is 7 pm on the 24. Sat 10 – 5, Sun 11 -4

    • Hi Midge. Not sure I ever answered this. No shows how nail October. Glad I didn’t plan anything with all that s going on. 🙂

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