Painting finish, Oxygen for the Soul Project, Holmberg House, Abbotsford, BC

January 19, 2016

A while ago I saw a call for entries for artists to create a piece for a new adult residential hospice in Abbotsford. I knew I had to apply, and lucky me, I got selected to create a piece that will hang there permanently!

I had a photo in mind that I wanted to work from, this one, that I took a few years ago at Heritage Park in Mission.


That’s my Norm and Starry, walking through the pretty autumn leaves.

I started with the underdrawing in black acrylic.


Then I topcoated the entire canvas with Napithol Crimson, a lovely bright, cool red, and started adding colour.



The piece was hard to capture in the changing light in my art room, depending on what time it was during the day- note to self: need better, more stable light in there.

Autumn Colours

And here is the finished piece! The finished size is 24″ x 30″, so it’s a good size. I had so much fun working on it, and I learned a lot in the process as always. I think I learn a few new things on each piece I do.

I’m super happy with how it turned out! I delivered it for framing yesterday, then it goes off to a local gallery for an exhibit, sometime next month. After that it goes to the hospice where it will be hung with several other artists works for the residents to enjoy. I’m really grateful for the opportunity and thrilled to have been selected to create such a special piece.

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  • Holly Johnson

    Congratulations…your painting is beautiful!

    January 19, 2016 at 7:48 am Reply
  • Tracy scott

    Loved your process – finished result evokes many feelings.

    January 19, 2016 at 9:13 am Reply
  • Marilyn

    Amazing, Cynthia! So well done! Thank you for showing us the process!

    January 19, 2016 at 4:44 pm Reply
  • Rosabelle Birch

    What a lovely, lovely piece. Vibrant, yet comforting and peaceful.

    January 19, 2016 at 8:32 pm Reply
  • Sue

    Love the process. Absolutely love the results. Makes me want to get out my acrylic paint!
    Thanks for sharing and helping us enjoy, and helping us learn.

    February 18, 2016 at 10:02 am Reply
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