One Day at a Time at the Wildland-Urban Interface
from Forest House Studio
by Susan Neilson
Current work in the studio includes this series entitled “Lifelines.”
The first of these are painted with translucent oils on natural wood surfaces, inspired by the wood grain. Other materials will also be explored.
There are portraits of wild survivors at the edge of the forest, especially families, young and old.
Link from gallery photos for more information about projects.
Samples from a set of small backyard Okanagan wildlife portraits
After painting demo woodgrain pieces on live-edge wood in the summer, it was time to try some kiln-dried panels. Each piece was sealed with layers of oil and alkyd, fat over lean, then the paintings were varnished with Gamblin Satin GamVar artists’ archival picture varnish.
Thanks and Community
These are samples, but there are more!
Several small pieces are going to the Lake Country Art Gallery annual U100 annual fundraiser to help support the great work that they do in the Okanagan!
Reference Photo Credits
The mini series turned out to be a great project for learning about characteristic features of a variety of local small wildlife. I referred to some of my own photos and to my sketchbooks, but I also learned from other people.
Thank you to the following local birdwatchers and photographers for help with species I.D. information and for kind permission to access reference photos: Keith Richardson, Jim Sedgwick, Jim Burnham, and Pat Burnham . Thanks to all of you!