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Ixora painting & Mother’s Day Celebrations

Ixora flowers
Ixora study, 7″x7″, acrylic on canvas, © 2016 Donna Grandin. $130.

Ixora flowers

I am not sure if to call this an orange  or peach ixora, but next to red, it is probably the most popular colour of ixora flowers I’ve seen in St. Lucia. The colour (in combination with the inevitable greens and blues) just seems to convey a sunny, bright, happy mood.

There is also a yellow version, and pink – but that is a simplification, the range is even wider, with shades of each hue. There are a number of varieties available in the Tropics, it is quite common, often used in hedges.

If you live in the Caribbean, you probably have them growing somewhere in your garden, and if you’ve ever vacationed in the Caribbean, you’ve probably got a cluster of these tiny flowers somewhere in your photos (maybe in your pool-side selfie!).

I’ve only painted this subject once before, and in fact I love the painting (Red Ixora) so much, I’ve kept it as my profile photo on my Facebook page for …. more than 2 years (Whaaat?)!

Anyway, I posted a WIP detail of this small painting on Instagram some time back, but this is the first time I’m sharing the whole thing. It would make a lovely Mother’s Day gift for someone.

Mother’s Day celebrations

I am also finishing up another floral painting, for a Spring exhibition at Gallery2Art in Burlington Canada. I will deliver it tomorrow, and it will be up for their Mother’s Day Tea on May 7th.

And in St. Lucia, I have several paintings in the Arts Village May 2-4 which is part of the 25th annual St. Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival.

Wherever you are, I hope you will have a Happy (art-filled) Mother’s Day!



Daily Painting Challenge, 30 paintings in 30 days. Day 11

Red Ixora, 6"x6", acrylic on boaard, © 2014 Donna Grandin.
Red Ixora, 6″x6″, acrylic on boaard, © 2014 Donna Grandin. Sold

Ixora is the name of a tropical flowering bush, the flowers come in many hues but I think red is the most common. I really enjoyed painting this one, I was very much in my comfort zone. On the other hand, I did spend way too long (about 10 hrs) … adjusting & adjusting! And to be honest I could keep going a little longer. So in that sense, the “daily painting experiment” is not really working out for me, I cannot keep up this pace indefinitely. My usual ideal painting schedule is to alternate long painting days with non-painting/recovery days. I will have to try setting a time limit on the next painting.

There were three arts events (in three different cities locally) that I really would have liked to attend last night, but I chose to stay in and paint. Each year as I meet more people and get more involved in the arts community, there are more events that I have to miss & although it may be a relief to make the decision when the drive is long or the weather is bad, the guilt and feeling of missing out lingers on for too long. Still, carving out the time to paint – something that many artists struggle with – is a necessity for a professional artist. Actually it’s easy to keep working at the easel & neglect everything else, though the marketing has to be done because making an income from our art allows us to continue doing the work we love, the hard part is in also prioritizing health and relationships.

How are you doing with this balancing act? Artist or not, I think this is something we all struggle with … the holy grail of life … trying to have it all.


Daily Painting Challenge, 30 paintings in 30 days. Day 6

Ixora, 12"x23", pastels on board, © 2013 Donna Grandin
Ixora, 12″x23″, pastels on board, © 2013 Donna Grandin

Today is a cheat day … this piece is from Spring ’13, so if you’re on my newsletter mailing list you will have seen it already.

That’s not to say I didn’t do something new yesterday, just that I’m not going to show it.

Yesterday was a day for catching up on errands for many of us doing Leslie Saeta’s 30 in 30 challenge, so I know I’m not the only one not submitting something new.

I even took the groceries for a drive in search of something exciting, but all I found was snow & more snow, which doesn’t bring joy to my heart!

In the evening, I took supplies to the event I had to attend, and did a small pen sketch of a little still-life I set up & added some watercolour paint. I was rushing, and I’m not happy with it, so I took a long hard look up my sleeve to see if I had any tricks, and I found this one!

Last Spring I took a class on pastels at the Art Gallery of Hamilton, with Clarence Porter  and I really enjoyed it. I’d used pastels for years, on & off, for figure drawing or portraiture, but I don’t remember ever using it for landscape. And I really liked one technique he showed, I think it’s called visual vibration, where you just add strokes of colour, and when you stand back they seem to blend together to describe the form. It’s similar in concept to Seurat’s pointillism. For some reason, it just seemed right for me when using pastels.

The reference picture I used was from my HUGE collection of reference photos from my island home of St. Lucia. I am shutter-happy when in a tropical setting, so my collection should be able to see me through many winters!



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