Brooke O'Connell

Bermuda Paintings

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Hi, I finally managed to scan all my watercolours from my trip.  Here they are:

This is a view of Warwick Beach, where the sand is pink from all the coral.  Large dark coloured rocks line the beach making it very dramatic.  It is a beautiful place.  I found the waves to be quite large and the undertow very strong.

This one is of John Smith's Bay, one of my favorite spots.  The water was beautiful and the waves weren't too strong.  I really liked this spot because you could see parrot fish swimming around.

Here's a painting of my bike!  The beach is St-Catherines, just outside of the Town of St-George.  It was a lovely spot.

This one was painted from a place called Turtle Bay.  It's a view of the houses and the lighthouse across the way.  I loved all the pastels and white roofs.

This view is of the cliffs along the South Shore by Spittal Pond.  As I painted, it got really stormy and I had to take shelter from thunder and lightning.  I sat on a stump under some trees for about an hour waiting for it to blow over.  Although it's clearly not good to be under trees during a lightning storm...i figured it was better than being exposed on steep cliffs.  : )

Shelley Bay is a great little beach with very calm waters - perfect for floating on your back.  The weather was beautiful and the clouds were amazing.

This is a view of Flatt's Village.  Lots of pastel coloured houses, boats, and people fishing off the docks.  I visited a wonderful aquarium there, where i was enthralled with a baby octopus and the young sea turtles.

That's all folks, hope you like my paintings.  B

Back from Bermuda

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Hi there, just back from an amazing adventure in Bermuda.  This was solo expedition #2 and I had a great time!  Arrived on a beautiful Wednesday morning, came off the plane onto the tarmac (love that!), and was hit by the humidity. Oh the humidity!!

Flowers, palm trees, and butterflies everywhere.  Chickens and roosters running around all over the place.  It was great!

Buses went on strike just after i had bought a bus pass and had gone to the beach.  I found myself stranded at a bus stop after spending a few hours swimming.  Luckily, a nice woman who had come to tell people waiting at the bus stop that the buses had gone on strike, offered to give me a ride back to my B&B.

The next day i was off to rent a moped.  Wasn't sure I'd survive the week driving on the wrong side of the road- but somehow I did.

The water was amazing and i swam a few times daily.  Checked out a number of beaches all over the island and most of them were virtually empty!  It was paradise.

The people were warm and friendly, and i fell in love with all the brightly painted buildings.

I visited the Botanical Gardens, which were amazing.  Some of the trees and flowers blew me away.

I made friends with a local and had dinner with him a couple times.  Notice the tongue....it's so hot and humid in Bermuda even the cats pant.

I ate some great food, managed to read 2 books, painted, meditated, and swam.  This was my view most days:

It was heaven.

One day I got caught in a downpour and was completely soaked.  Having nothing to loose i decided to go swimming in the rain.

After swimming for about an hour, i got out of the water and put on my wet clothes.  I headed to a little restaurant that was perched on a hill across the way.  I ordered a cup of coffee and tried to dry off.  The view was great so i pulled out my paints and got to work.  Here's the painting:

The sun did eventually come out.  Below was my view which includes my bike.

I painted 7 or 8 paintings in total.  I will post them asap.  If you are thinking of going to Bermuda...go!!  It's heaven on earth.

Hope you liked the pics.  Cheers, B

New work on Etsy

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Summer has been great so far and i've been putting lots of time in painting and updating my Etsy shop.

I have recently added some new paintings as well as prints.  If you haven't taken a look in a while please do.  The prints range from 25-35$ and are high quality reproductions of my watercolour paintings.

www.brookeoconnell.etsy.com

Today my mission is to paint walls -ugh.  Not my favorite, although i have a few set lists ligned up.  Think i'll start with a litte Led Zeppelin, some Jason Collett, a little Tribe Called Quest.....hopefully i'll get through.  Did i mention i hate painting walls??  Happy summer! Cheers, Brooke

Angel prints at Circle of Light

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Hi, great news... my angel prints are now available at Circle of Light Wellness Center in Waterdown, Ontario.  If you've never visited Circle of Light, I highly recommend that you do.  The owner and staff are amazing and their whole focus is on wellbeing.  They offer a variety of treatments like Reiki and massage, and they also have a great little shop area that has books, cards, jewelery, and now my angel prints! www.circleoflightwellness.com

The Angel prints are reproductions of a painting i did a few years ago while in France.  The angels are drawn from some of the sculptures inside the Sacred Heart Basilica in Paris.  The prints are created using museum quality paper and ink.

New post/ New paintings

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Hi!  It's November already (which is crazy) and winter is around the corner.  I haven't posted in a while.... I have been wrapped up with school - but am super excited about the artwork my students are creating! I have to thank one of my students for inspiring me to get back to my blog and creating this update.  She has started her own blog where she plans to include some of her writing and artwork.  Here is her blog: http://yasminehayek.wordpress.com/

Pretty awesome!

Anyways,  I spent the majority of August painting like a madwoman and feeling my school schedule fast approaching.  You may have seen some of my previous posts with paintings from my road trip to Quebec.  Over the summer I managed to continue on with this series -bringing me to 17 or 18 paintings in total.  I am hoping to have an art show soon and am currently looking for a good location.

Here are some of them.  They are smaller in size -measuring 8"x 6" (which is quite small for me), but i really like them because they remind me of postcards.  The first 5 paintings are from Ile D'Orleans, a lovely little rural island just outside of Quebec.  The light was amazing and the colours were great.  Hope you like them.

This was a great little windmill we saw that was nestled into the countryside.

The painting below is a street scene from Quebec city.  It's not quite done...

The last two paintings are from scenes on the Saguenay River.  My friend and I took a 3 hour tour through the Saguenay Fjord.  It was beautiful.  I was shocked/amazed when our tour guide told us there are sharks in the water.  Hmmm....didn't think of that when we were kayaking with the whales on the St-Lawrence.  I did look into it once we got home and it turns out he wasn't lying.  There are sharks in the St-Lawrence.  Something to think about.  Cheers

A few more sketches

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Here are some quick drawings I did of my students. They were hard at work on large scale drawings, and while they focused I stole a couple minutes to do a couple of my own.   I was totally inspired by how they maneuvered their bodies to work on the large paper.  Some students decided to work on the floor and the positions they chose to work in were truly incredible.  Unfortunately my scanner picked up some marks drawn on the other side of these drawings, so I apologize if you can see them.

Hope you like them!

Yay June!!

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Hi there!  Summer is finally here and the warm weather is great!  Been loving the patios and enjoying my newly planted garden.  Yay!  In an effort to push my self artistically, I have taken on the challenge of doing a sketch a day.  Inspired by the many "painting a day" and "sketch a day" blogs, I have gone out and bought myself a small sketchbook.  I am hoping to keep up the "sketch a day" momentum...but it is a commitment!  It is going well so far.....  here are a couple of my first drawings.  I plan on using pen and ink in this new little book, but also hope the paper is of good enough quality so that I can use watercolours too.

Here is a quick sketch of my garden.

This one is just a quick ink sketch.

Moose

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Here's a moose I painted around December.  It may look familiar as I posted a watercolour of it a few months back.

Here they are side by side.  I often paint in watercolour first, and then work in oil.  This works great when I am traveling because I can paint/draw something I see quickly, and work on a larger scale and with oils later.

Please excuse the glare...when I get a chance to take a better picture of the oil painting I will.

March Break

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Hi, just back from an amazing trip to South Carolina.  Got a chance to visit Charleston, hang out on beautiful beaches, and eat lots of seafood.  The weather was awesome, got to visit with my folks, and even had my own private dolphin shows.  Yay! So happy to have some time to paint!  I've been painting the walls in my house and it's been very time consuming.  As a result my own painting has been put on hold.  Here are  a couple watercolours I painted while sitting on the beach.

Orchid

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Had a chance to also do a little watercolour painting this weekend.  This orchid was done for a friend.  I have been painting with oils a lot lately and it feels great to work with ink and  watercolours.  They are fast and easy, and allow me to loosen up.  Hope you like it!

 

More landscapes!

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Hello, here are a couple i have been working on.  Looking forward to having an art show so that these can be seen as a series.  I will keep you posted with the details as i finalize them.  I am thinking of January or February.

This painting is similar to one of my other field scenes from this trip.  They were located very close to each other and although they are similar, the colours have subtle coulour differences.  There is something amazing about browns and blues together.  I find  that i often catch myself in awe of this particular colour combination when i am driving and see landscapes of this colour.  This area located on the St-Lawrence sees all kinds of weather and i was amazed by the variety of cloud formations.  If only i had paid attention in grade 7 science class when we were studying them!

This spot was in Les Bergeronnes, past Tadoussac.  My friend Nicole and i camped right here and this was one of our views.  Memories of waking up to fresh misty and salty air, wild flowers, and singing birds fill my head when i think of this wonderful place.  This was definitely one of those places that makes you think -life is good - as you look around and take it all in!

Rural scenes

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Hi, here are a couple paintings i finished over the past week.  They're part of the Quebec series i have been working on.  The paintings in this series all measure           6" x 8".   The first is a barn we drove by on our way to Baie St-Paul - I loved the colours.  The second is a cute white house on Ile d'Orleans.  Hope you like them. Also, please keep checking out my new on-line store.  I have posted more work that is available.  Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or are interested in a work that is not listed in the store.  Cheers, B

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More from Quebec

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Here are some of the paintings I have been working on.   Despite trying to wrap up my Ireland series, I have been busy working on these little paintings from my trip to Quebec.  This first one is from a look out where we stopped on Ile d'Orleans.  We climbed up a big wood tower to see this amazing view.  The sun was shining through the clouds behind us and lit up the fields.  It was beautiful.

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This painting is from a picture I took while driving alongside the St-Lawrence River towards Baie St-Paul.  The light seemed to make the wheat fields glow.

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This painting is inspired by a lovely spot where I spent some time doing watercolours.  We had noticed the path by our campsite and decided to check it out before leaving the area to head back home.  After hiking a couple kilometers we found a clearing that took us down to the water.  The beach was beautiful and desolate.  Nicole went off to find a spot to read, and I sat and painted.  The fog rolled in and out, at times making it impossible to see 15 feet in front of me.   The air was salty and fresh, and the sun warmed my back as I painted.  The only sounds came from the birds and the waves crashing on the rocks.  It was an amazing experience.

These paintings all measure 6" x 8"

Cheers, B

Quebec Road Trip

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Hello hello, got to work last night and painted this little country scene.  After visiting Quebec city this summer, we continued on our journey and checked out Ile d'Orleans, which is a beautiful little rural island just outside of the city.  It takes about an hour to drive around the island, and  it 's full of artist studios and vegetable stands.  The views are spectacular and are peppered with charming French Canadian houses and farms.  Here is my first oil painting from the trip.  Hope you like it.

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Spain!!

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Got back to some oil painting this afternoon which was great.  I have been doing lots of little watercolour paintings lately, and so i was happy to get back into the oils.  This new one is of a picture I took while riding the train from Madrid to Barcelona.  The countryside was beautiful and full of colour.  One of my favorite things in Spain was the light.  It reminded me of the warm light I first experienced while traveling in Arizona.  This is my second attempt at using black as the base colour.  I am really liking using this method -as  it seems to make the colours stand out.  

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