The VALENTINE Painting Project

“CUPID” oil painting on canvas. 24″ x 30″

Exploration Canvas for a Painting…

The images below are a conceptual exploration and canvas of the elements for the oil painting titled “CUPID”.

I’m beginning this new year with an amusing topic.  Below are the images, ideas, from where the painting “CUPID” has evolved.  I’m exploring light, reflection, line, volume, movement, colour and sound.  While the immediate relationship of each image to the painting might not be evident, the play of ideas helped answer subtle questions as I approached the artwork.  Links to videos were created inside a few of the canvas images so you could see how I explored (played with) ideas.  Lots of fun, a great place to let the mind wander…and perfect environment to nourish budding ideas.

The final painting is a composite of several images.  Without access to “real” cherubs or cute babies sitting on clouds with access to a bow & arrow (for the sole purpose of bonding humans together), I appropriated various gorgeous stock images to create the magic…. a beautiful toddler, romanticized archery supplies, & wings….many many many images of wings.  What a challenge they were be to paint!  It’s was the lighting, making up the lighting that was greatest claim on my efforts.  Of course “CUPID” is a valentine; abandoning myself to that idea rather than getting, well, bent out of shape while asking, “… what the heck I was thinking…” was a very good recourse.  This was a lot of work.  Confession: I relaxed into my tasks and enjoyed every perplexing moment.

I hope you enjoy my conceptual exploration and canvas of the elements for “CUPID”.  If you did, I’d love to know what you thought of the VALENTINE Project… leave a comment below.

This post is a work in progress & continues until February 14th, 2018.  The oil painting “CUPID” was presented on February, 8th.



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Capturing light to render it’s effects is one reason Roxanne loves to create art. Preferred subjects for her oil paintings are the human form, florals in their environment, still life including teacups and satin bows, skyscapes and hot air balloons. Her current focus is the figure in portrait painted with a view to expressing emotion by capturing light and rendering it’s effects. With a painting career spanning 20 years, Roxanne completed her Fine Arts degree at Concordia University in 1998.  An exhibitor in numerous group and solo exhibitions, Roxanne’s original artwork has won several awards, hangs in collections internationally and has been published in Magazine. A finalists in the 2008 fine art competition Roxanne’s painting L’Habilleuse was featured in the November 2009 issue of The Artist’s Magazine’s Competition Spotlight. Roxanne is currently developing a body of work for exhibition in 2019. Spring 2018 she attended an art workshop given by David A. Leffel, Sherrie McGraw and Jacqueline Kaman of The Artists Guild in Santa Fe. Roxanne traveled to Italy in 2013 to attend artist David Jon Kassan’s workshop at the JSS in Civita Castellana.


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