Lions Gate Bridge, Vancouver, BC.

Lions Gate Bridge, Vancouver, BC.

Lions Gate Bridge, Vancouver, BC

Lions Gate Bridge, Vancouver, BC

Lions Gate Bridge

Lions Gate Bridge

Lions Gate Bridge, Vancouver, BC. opened in 1938. It is officially known as the First Narrows Bridge,[1] and is a suspension bridge that crosses the first narrows of Burrard Inlet and connects the City of Vancouver, British Columbia, to the North Shore municipalities of the District of North Vancouver, the City of North Vancouver, and West Vancouver. The term “Lions Gate” refers to The Lions, a pair of mountain peaks north of Vancouver. Northbound traffic on the bridge heads in their general direction. A pair of cast concrete lions were placed on either side of the south approach to the bridge in January, 1939.[2] From Wikipedia

I originally wanted to make this the bridge the bridge that went across the whole upper side of this painting but it was just too tall and the details got lost as a result. I did however find the lines that I was looking for in the shapes of the lions. This lion will be black and white for the most part. The only part of the painting that won’t be dominated by color but rather by shades of grey.

If you want to cut down on your travel time, you may want to check out the Lions Gate Bridge Traffic Cam in Vancouver. Or if you would like a little Hollywood then checkout this video of the Lions Gate Bridge, Vancouver, BC. collapsing in the movie “Final Destination 5”. They really know how to tap into our fears.

Gate keepers, no... Instagram, yes!

Gate keepers, no… Instagram, yes!

Gate keepers, no… Instagram, yes! Gone are the days of having to seek the permission of any curator or art director to exhibit your work. Been there, done that. Gone are the days of knocking on doors or making phones calls if you don’t want to. Never has there ever been a better time for the introverted artist to pave their own way. Every social media platform is tailored to certain demographics. Instagram is quickly moving up on my favorite’s list. to follow my work, you can read here or on Instagram at instagram.com/artbybollwitt
INSTAGRAMPAGE

DOTS make the ART.

DOTS make the ART and bigger dots make bigger art. Another well known spot in Vancouver is located on the North end of Stanley Park. She’s called “Girl in a Wetsuit.”   This is a bronze sculpture byElk Imredy. I blew this image up by about 200 percent to show the dots more clearly. I do this in several images for all the obvious reasons. Some areas have more layers than others. The size of the dots vary as well. I have found myself using much smaller dots now. Early on I wasn’t able to grasp a lot of detail because of the size of the dots. Most recently with this painting, the detail is more than I have ever attempted with any other project. I had so much content that the dots have gotten as small I want to go before loosing the dot look. To help offset this challenge I went to a larger canvas.  I’m excited to getting this part done so that I can move on.

Girl in Wet Suit

The Glacier Effect

The glacier effect, what day is it?

The glacier effect is what I call moving super slow. It’s about the slowest thing that I can think of. Think about being in line at Disney with your kids on a Saturday in July. Now think slower. Again, slower. I don’t mind but I do like to keep mentioning it. I don’t know what phase of this Vancouver, BC painting is anymore. I lost count after three. There is so much activity going on here that I have to re-train my brain to slow it’s roll. Focus focus focus on one little area at a time. I will however bounce around each day. My approach with most works and this one in particular is to do what seems possible then move on to another spot. By the time I get back to wherever I was, a little more in that area seems a little more doable.  DOTS make the ART. Hi Ho, Hi Ho it’s off to work I go. All this said and I gotta tell ya that doing this feels awesome.
The Glacier Effect

Gastown Steam Clock, Vancouver, BC

Gastown Steam Clock BLOG

Gastown Steam Clock. Vancouver’s history centers in Gastown. Her borders were Water Street, Columbia Street, Hastings Street, and Cambie Street. Dating back to 1886, the locals called Jack Deighton, Gassy Jack because he loved to talk. He was a Yorkshire seaman, a steamboat captain and a barkeeper. He rolled into town with a little cash and some whiskey. In exchange for booze he got the needed labor to build the Globe Saloon. The saloon did well in thanks to the Cariboo Gold Rush. Deighton left town on business and entrusted the saloon to a friend. Upon Deighton’s return he found his business ruined.

So Gastown is old but the Steam Clock isn’t. It was built by Raymond Saunders in 1977 and is now owned by the City of Vancouver. The time is displayed on all four sides of the clock and whistle chimes every quarter hour and plays the Westminster Quarters. A steam clock is a clock which is fully or partially powered by a steam engine. Only a few functioning steam clocks exist. The iconic steam clock located in Gastown is not actually powdered by steam but rather by weights and a hidden powered motor.

Gastown is some of Vancouver’s oldest history and this clock is her icon. The victorian style of this clock lends itself to the kind of detail that I can capture with my pointillistic style. It isn’t seen yet but the image to the left will be water which will bleed into the clock. Water erodes all and time tells all.

Time task, Vancouver, BC.

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The “time task” as I will call it is a major focus when painting. Moments and hours and keeping the pace. I will discuss each of my choosen subject matters as I paint. The painting needs to get a little further along before explanations will make much sense. Dedicating my words in the same way that I dedicate my time.

There is a lot of prep work. This will be a 2-3 month project. In order to figure my projected date of completion, I take the square inches and divide it by the time spent per square inches. It is usually accurate.  A 24″ x 48″ painting is 1152 square inches. In order to get it done in 3 months I need to cover 12-13 square inches a day. In the spirit of accuracy, the first month lays the ground work for everything else. I will loose a lot of effort if I don’t get this step right. I have small points of reference and everything is directed off of those points. From a business perspective, you do have to validate everything especially time. After all of the pre-busy work, I can finally start the journey. Hope you will join me.

 

Vancouver, BC. Newest Project.

In the works for Vancouver, BC. It’s 24″ x 48″, so the progress will seem slow, very slow. Believe me when I say slow. I will be posting as it progresses. What do you think?” I asked. Daughter, “But you’ve been working on it a long time”. I think she just felt bad for me.

I’ve started a new painting inspired by sister-in-law’s love for her hometown of Vancouver, BC. You can see her blog at miss604.com which is dedicated to Vancouver. She gave me some ideas and then I went from there. This is a rather large canvas for my style but had to be done in order to get it all in.

Across the top is the Burrard Bridge. An Art Deco styled five lane steel truss bridge built in the early 30’s in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The Burrard Bridge was proclaimed, “A Symphony of Steel and Concrete,” by one newspaper’s headline when it was opened in 1932. Of all the bridges in Vancouver, I choose the Burrard for it’s grand presents and detail. It has a castle/moat feel to it.  I was looking for a subject that would separate the untouched sky and mountains from the action of the city in this painting. I ruled out the Lions Gate, the Alex Fraiser and the Port Mann Bridges. They all are are elegant in presence but the detail could not be obtained with my pointillistic technique. The limits were set by the their high suspension style. I did consider the Pattullo Bridge but all the work of trying to make different bridges worked all went to the waste side when I say the Burrard.

I will be detailing the other structures and images as I go like the Gastown Steam Clock, the Yale Hotel, and the Science World.

Why do Women like Wine?

Napa Valley, a big-hearted reputation in a small territory. Close to half of Napa county’s visitors come from within the state of California. Over 800 wine brands produced by over 400 wineries. Most of the wineries are family owned operations. The top three inspired reasons that people visit Napa are for the wines, food and shopping, including art.

Above is the art print called “PROST”. A German word for cheers! High end reproductions on canvas can be viewed at V. Sattui Winery in St. Helena, California( Napa Valley). Elizabeth’s style is known as pointillism. You will find different definitions or techniques but the original creator was George Seurat. Elizabeth uses layered primary colored dots. Completely DOTS.

An awesome review from 1 Wine Dude. One of the top 10 wine blogs in the US.

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