Cowboy

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Cowboy ~ 6″ x 6″ oil on canvas covered hardboard panel

To be so blessed to live in the wilds on the North Coast of B.C. is such an amazing gift. We are surrounded by majestic mountains, ancient old growth forests, and abundant wildlife, yet, being coastal in a coastal fjord, it is very rare to spot a moose. They prefer the plains and swamps and the wide open spaces of the Chilcotin Plateau. But then, there’s Cowboy, lovingly named by our local photographer, Michael Wigle, to whom I can thank for this reference photo. Cowboy seems to think that he is a cow. He was first seen grazing placidly with a herd this summer, head and shoulders, (and antlers) above the rest of his “mates”…They treated him as one of them, and he lived with them long into the fall, only leaving when it became clear that they weren’t interested in his (Hmmhmm) amorous advances. He could be seen on a daily basis, the lone set of antlers not helping him blend in at all,  only making him a target for daily traffic stops and photo ops of curious observers. This painting is up for bid at DailyPaintworks…you can bid here.cowboy with the cows.jpg14753360_10157498954110123_2285587877601626775_o.jpg

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Tahitian Dancer

Tahitian Dancer — 12 x 16 oil on canvas covered panel $600.00

I finally painted something in Maui that I’m happy with! Yay! I’ve been painting plenty, but nothing good enough to share until yesterday…I was going to show you an in progress progression, and managed to remember to photograph the first step, but I guess I got so excited about the painting going so well, that I forgot to take any more pictures!
Anyways, we saw a Hula show last week, where they do a lot of traditional Polynesian dances. I managed to take quite a few good shots for reference. This girl was dressed in a Tahitian costume, which was very unique. I loved how her dark hair contrasted with the light background, and the strong light on her face made for a dramatic portrait. I tried to work loose and keep it fresh…I’m pretty happy with it.
The photograph of the painting is a bit contrasty, but it’s pretty faithful to the colors.
Thanks for stopping by!

Bubble Time

Bubble Time 6″ x 6″ oil on canvas panel $150
Copyright 2011 Tahirih Goffic

Here’s the painting I promised you yesterday:) I got a bit busy…I’m still finding it hard to adjust to going “to work” every day, and still having time to do all the other stuff, like cook and clean, post to my blog…
But it will come. I’m slowly learning how to be organized! It’s not a normal state of being for me, to have to make lists, plan my day in advance, or be on any kind of schedule…but it’s starting to come together. And I’m painting a lot! I haven’t been posting very much, because a lot of my projects this summer have been private commissions, but that’s okay, too. I might just have to rename my blog, “My Almost Monthly Painting Blog”! I do paint every day, honest! Except for the weekends, which I now dedicated to the kidlets and my exceptionally patient husband. 
Well, I do have a few more finished pieces to show you over the next few days, so stay posted!
In other news, I had my first meal at the “new” Eagle Lodge last night. It was exceptional!! My mouth is still watering, thinking about the Maple Glazed Steak with carmelized onions, and fresh blueberry pavlova…yum yum yum! If you are in the Bella Coola area, you absolutely MUST try their food…and if you need a place to stay, their rooms are beautiful, too. On Friday nights, they also have live music by local musicans, and Caley Watts enchanted us all with her angelic voice, and clever songwriting…she’s gorgeous, inside and out, so look her up, she’s on iTunes and CDbaby.

The Interruption

The Interruption  16″ x 20″ oil on panel
Well, I’ve finally posted something! It’s been a really long time, and I’ve missed you:)  I am now volunteering five days a week, to keep our local gallery open. I use it for my studio, and I run a little cafe, so if you’re in the area, please stop by for an organic, free trade, delicious espresso drink and biscotti.  Needless to say, I’m pretty busy.  I have been painting up a storm, but my time has been filled with commissions and failures.  Yup, there are definitely a few I’m too embarrassed to show you.  It seems like whenever I finish a really good one, it takes me a while to get my legs back under me so to speak. I guess I’m trying to live up to it, and the pressure is too great, so I screw up. Or something like that…anyways…I’m okay with this one, sort of.   I’m not sure if I like it, but I’ve learned that I have to let go, and let people decide for themselves before I use it for a frisbee.  
I did something this time that I hardly ever do, and totally messed with the lighting. I originally took the reference photo for this painting in the bright sunlight, it was filtering through the trees from the left, but I really wanted it to tell a story, so I changed the scene to night, and added the campfire.
Well, I hope to be back and posting more often now that my commissions are finished. Hopefully I work through this “sucky period”…The next one is coming along just smashingly, so cross your fingers for me that I don’t screw it up!
I also want to give a great big huge thank you to Kirsty over at KirstyGirl for featuring my blog on her blog. She is a wonderfully energetic and creative blogger, with a heart of gold, and I enjoy each and every one of her posts, along with her gorgeous photographs, so go check her out.

Cheers!

Another Magnolia

My Magnolia 6″ x 6″ oil on canvas panel
I know…another magnolia, but my tree is blooming, and I’m completely enamoured with it it right now. I love magnolia trees. I’m baffled by the huge blossoms, like some tropical flower. Their smell, so much like the sweetest tulips, and how the petals litter the ground like fragrant snow. I remember clearly the first time I saw one…I was probably already 12 or so, and had never seen anything like it. I don’t think they grow in Quesnel.  I was in Kelowna, walking down my grandpa’s street, and the neighbour had one that was blooming. I remember standing and staring…the neighbour probably thought I was off my rocker. 🙂
This one will be going on ebay Sunday, May 22, at around 6.
Bye for now.

Queen Kitty

2.5″ x 3.5″ oil on canvas paper
This is just one of the many, many aceo’s I painted from last week. I paint about two a day to sell on ebay, and I do fairly well. The problem is that it takes so much time away from the art that I want to paint.
How does one reconcile the need to paint what one is passionate about, and the need to make a living? Anyone have any suggestions?
 I don’t want to go back to being a restauranteur, I don’t want a receptionist job…I want to paint…but right now, these cards are my only income, and I certainly don’t want to spend the rest of my life painting pint size kitties and horses. Grrrr!!!

Ole`! Flamenco Dancer

Ole!!  6″ x 6″ oil on canvas panel
For sale on ebay starting Sunday, 6 pm PST
The fourth in the Flamenco dancer series. I had fun with this one, especially on the hands…I’m proud of them! lol!
Ole!! 6 x 6 oil on canvas panel (New photo!:))

Again, the quality of the photo really doesn’t do justice to the original at all. There’s glare on it that I couldn’t get rid of in photoshop, and the background is lacking the richness in color that’s really there. You’ll just have to take my word for it! I can’t wait to get my frames for these. I found a great company in Kelowna that makes beautiful plein air frames that will fit these perfect. www.classicgalleryframing.com. Their prices are reasonable, and they ship to my teeny tiny nowhere town.

Flamenco dancer

“Bonita” 6 x 6 oil on canvas (New photo)

This has been a fun little series for me. It’s neat to explore a set color scheme and subject matter, and see how many ways you can find to fill it. I have to thank Aline Salazar on Flickr for her wonderful reference photos. I have changed it to suit my own tastes, but I got the idea from her.
This photo is horrible, unfortunately. I can’t seem to photograph anything with dark backgrounds successfully, and the contrast is a bit off. It hasn’t picked up the richness of the colors of her flesh, either, but oh well. I’ve tried to tweak it in photoshop, to no avail. We do what we can with what we have! At least the expressiveness is there. This will be up for sale on ebay on Sunday night, 6 pm PST.