Saturday, July 9, 2011

May blooms in a Mason Jar

Acrylic on gessoed hardboard, 18 x 14''
Painting #195, 2011

Yellow daisies, columbines, tulips and lilacs, these flowers are all perennials from our backyard garden. It's been two years already since my fast floral painting, and each time I find this subject matter somewhat daunting. I was truly compelled by the contrasts and backlight effect when considering this photograph I took for the study.

This painting is part of the Juried Exhibition 2011 which opened this week at the Moncton Gallery at City Hall. I haven't shown any artwork in Moncton, the city where I reside since 2007, so it a nice opportunity to remain in contact with the artistic community of Kent, Westmorland and Albert County.

Fog Forest Gallery 
14 Bridge Street, Sackville, NB. Canada
(506) 536-9000 or .


  1. Hi, Alvin,
    Wow, what an awesome painting! Congrats on your exhibition. Hope everything goes well!

  2. Congratulations on your exhibition! I love this piece - the light is wonderful.

  3. Great work Alvin...Hang on Moncton here comes Alvin!!!!!!!!


  4. Hi there Alvin!.... Love your "Spring Preserves" HAHA!!And folks thought that preserves were only undertaken in the Fall! We do things differently up here in Canada!HAHA!!

    Great light...colour and detail - ALWAYS the hallmark of your fine artwork!

    Good luck with the juried show exhibition!
    Good Painting!... and Happy Summer!
    Warmest regards,

  5. Your painting just exudes "Summer". Love the bright colors and the jar with the dramatic light. Also the hint of backyard in the background just makes you feel like going outside. Congratulations on you exhibition. One day I will see your work in person:)

  6. Thanks everybody for stopping by and leaving such beautiful comments....wishing you all a great summer!

  7. Congratulations on getting juried into the show. Your lighting in this painting is wonderful. I really like how you treated the background. There's just enough information to make it interesting and it really makes the jar of flowers pop.

  8. Excellent, as usual! I love how the flowers pop off of that dark background. Love the shadow on the wood, too. Really well done, Alvin.

  9. Congratulations on the show. I know your paintings will walk off the walls. The lighting in this painting is fantastic. I'd love to know your painting process Alvin. It looks like you have the patience of a saint. Maybe you could show a demo video?

  10. Love your work... And such a refreshing and contemporary look on a classic subject!