Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Gallery Announcement

"A Trickle of Spring", oil on linen, 14x18
I am happy to announce that my work is now represented by the highly respected
Mountain Galleries at the Fairmont, located in Banff | Jasper | Whistler.
It affords me the opportunity of being exposed to many more collectors and international visitors.
 To see my Workshop/Class/Demo Schedule for 2014, please see the previous post.
I would like to wish everyone a Very Happy and Blessed Christmas
... and May All Your Wishes Come True in 2014!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

2014 Demos, Classes and Workshops

"Crabapples", oil on panel, 6x6 inches
Atlantis Fine Framing Studio:  New!
4515 Manhatten Road S.E.
Calgary, AB
Oil Painting Demonstration: I will be doing an oil painting demonstration at Atlantis Fine Framing Studio - January, 2014 (exact date TBA soon). Come out for an art filled Friday evening, enjoy a glass of wine and be inspired!
Weekly Class:  I will also be teaching an "Open Studio" weekly oil painting class at Atlantis Fine Framing Studio, beginning mid-January, 2014. Small class size so register soon! All levels welcome.
Workshops: Stay tuned for Weekend Workshop Dates
To register, please contact Atlantis Fine Framing Studio at 403-258-0075 or email me at bobbi@bobbidunlop.com

Monday, November 18, 2013

"The Greeting"

"The Greeting" 7.75 x 18 inches, oil on panel
My Dad had such a connection with animals, in his quiet way,  that we would call him the "Horse Whisperer".  It would be a rare sight to see him walking across the barn yard without a dog or two trailing behind, while his horses beckoned to him, hoping to perform a trick for him. 
One lovely afternoon, on a meandering buggy ride with his buddy, Francis, we came across these beauties in a neighbouring pasture.  Of course they had a greeting for Dad.  That's just how it was. 

Monday, November 11, 2013


W. E.G. (Edward) Dunlop, RCAF WWII
So grateful to the brave men and women who served this wonderful country. So proud of my Dad and missing him ... W.E.G. Dunlop, RCAF, WWII

Thursday, September 26, 2013

A few of my favourite things ....

I've been having fun posting photos on Instagram.  This was posted recently, taken in my studio. The painting is, "Trio", oil on linen/panel, 5x8 inches.

You can also follow me on my new page, Bobbi Dunlop Fine Art, on Face Book.  Here you'll find some postings of paintings in progress which you wouldn't find on my website.

I hope you'll join me!

Follow me on Face Book / Instagram / Twitter

Friday, August 9, 2013

What's new ...

"Vestal Moment", has been selected FAV15% (jury's favourite 15% overall) in the Boldbrush Painting Competition for June 2013 and July 2013.  Two "tickle-me" moments!

"Vestal Moment", oil on linen, 20x16

It was really fun imagining Rembrandt as a western hero, and mine, too, sitting on this horse while I was painting it.

"Mystical Might", oil on panel, 24x30

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

"Dawn of Tang"

"Dawn of Tang", oil on panel, 24x24
I'm really enjoying my body of work on horses.  This painting is one of the most recent, titled "Dawn of Tang".  Unlike most of my larger works, it's painted on a panel which I prepared with several coats of acrylic gesso. 
Painting on on a hard surface such as this, rather than the oil primed stretched linen that I normally use, is a very different experience. The main difference is that stretched linen has a lovely spring to it which is felt in your brush as you make brushstrokes.  In addition, the irregular weave of the linen is something that I truly savor.  Conversely, I find the hard surface of the board/panel can be smoother and without the tooth of the linen weave, I often find it more difficult to get the paint on the surface.
When I gesso a panel, I like to use a bristle brush and apply the coat of gesso first in one direction and then after allowing it to dry, applying it in the opposing direction.  I do this several times and find it actually does simulate the weave of the canvas to some extent. 
A variety of prepared panels with linen or primers are readily available in art supply stores, but I so enjoy the preparation of both the linen and the panels that I paint on. 
For me, it's all part of the process and there is nothing quite like painting on a surface where every mark is my own.


Monday, June 3, 2013


Molly, relaxing in the studio.
Like many of you, I'm familiar with the term "Spontaneous Combustion".  Recently, the meaning took on a life of its own when my cat, Molly, spilled a container of linseed oil in my studio and we came perilously close to what could have been a serious fire.
It's my practice to use walnut or linseed oil to clean my brushes while I'm painting, rather than using mineral spirits.  I keep a copper canister containing the oil on my easel tray, where I have easy access to it while I’m working.
My intention was to work only for a few hours one morning recently. I’m so grateful that I had reason to go into my studio at all that day.  It was Sunday and I needed to do some preliminary work for the week to come.  When I entered my studio that morning, I immediately sensed that something was amiss. Then I saw the copper canister lying on the floor beneath my easel. 
It became abundantly clear that in true Siamese form, my sweet kitty Molly had paid my studio a visit.  She finds my still-life stand an irresistible spot for the occasional snooze and my easel provides the perfect perch to launch her hefty self to her desired destination.
 The linseed oil from the canister had spilled onto the Oriental carpet which covers carpet and underlay in my studio.  The area was soaked. My husband and I needed to do something about the spill as I wanted to work for a few hours. Since the spot was directly beneath my easel in the area I usually stand, we put a folded bath towel over the grease spot and I went to work.
After a few hours, I left the studio and continued on with my day.  It was several hours later that my husband happened to walk past my studio and noticed a sharp, acrid smell emanating from it.  He immediately checked the oil spill area. As he pulled up the towel covering the oil spill he was instantly assaulted with hot fumes and such extreme heat that he couldn't touch the towel or the carpet. We both looked in horror at the towel and the Oriental carpet, where large brown burned circles marked both from the intense heat. The fumes were suffocating. 
Quickly propping the Oriental carpet on a cinder block large enough to allow the carpet to cool, my husband began to cut away the second carpet and underlay beneath it, fearing that flames were very near.  He needed a safety mask because the fumes were so toxic.
The instant my husband alerted me to the danger, the words 'spontaneous combustion' came to my mind.  Afterward, when we were certain that we were no longer in danger of burning our home down and the studio windows were opened wide to air out the horrible fumes, I researched the term.
What I learned was frightening.  Walnut and linseed oil are among the most common causes of fire from spontaneous combustion due to their quick drying properties.  Coincidentally, it is the very reason that artists use them in their studios every day.
While investigating a few forums I learned that gases are produced as these oils dry.  When the gases are trapped, as they were between the carpets and towel over the spill in my studio, or when wet oily rags are left in a pile, they combust without warning.
 I learned that craftspeople such as woodworkers, who work with oils like linseed, are familiar with the dangers of trapped gases.  Since they like to save and reuse their oily rags, they will ensure to dry them separately. They hang them somewhere safely or lay them on the floor (away from any heat source), outside or in their workshops to dissipate  the volatile gases.
This is one of those take-your-breath-away experiences that will always stay with me.  Considering myself to have healthy studio habits, I find it startling, in a sense, that I wasn’t more informed about the dangers of a product that I have used for years and considered so benign. I feel so grateful that this story turned out the way it did and I want to share it for the well-being of all my artist friends - or anyone who needs to dispose of oily rags.
 As for Miss Molly … well, she didn't concern herself too much with all the commotion. What's important to her is she's still welcome in my studio, at her pleasure, and is wonderful company.  I now take a few extra precautions which allow me to enjoy those comforting purr-ing sounds coming from the cozy red chair close by.
"Spontaneous Combustion"
Hot, burned carpet caused by linseed oil spill in my studio.


Sunday, April 21, 2013

2013 OPA Salon Show

"Natasha", oil on linen, 16x12
I'm delighted to announce that my painting, "Natasha", has been juried into the
Oil Painters of America 2013 Salon Show, June 21st-August 31st, at Crooked Tree Art Center, Petoskey, MI.

Monday, March 18, 2013


"Dynasty Icon", oil on linen, 26x22
As I've mentioned in previous posts, I've been working on a body of work for the past year, surrounding horses.  My latest,  titled, "Dynasty Icon",  is not real, as you can see, but an icon from the "Tang Dynasty" (China, 618 - 907). 
If you've been following my work you'll know that I have come full-circle, returning to a familiar subject which enables me to explore paint while painting something that I love.
Happily, my studio has come alive with the stable of canvases lining the room in their various stages of completion.  My little piece of heaven.
Thanks for following!   

Thursday, March 14, 2013


Saturday, April 6, 2013 10-4pm
Sunday, April 7, 2013 11-4pm
*Beginners &Acrylic Painters welcome
"Crabapples", oil on panel, 6x6 inches

"Windmill Blue", oil on panel, 6x8 inches
There are still spots left in my upcoming"Painting the Still-Life, from Life" weekend workshop at Swinton's Art Supply & Instruction, April 6 & 7th, 2013.  See their website for details here.
In this challenging and fun workshop we'll explore designing and painting the still-life.
You'll paint a low-key still-life on the first day and on the second, a high-key still life, while exploring different palette possibilities and the fundamentals of painting.
While the painting demonstrations and instruction will be done in oil, acrylic painters are welcome.  Beginners (some experience) also welcome!
Come out and join me!  Please email me with any questions, I'd love to hear from you  ... bobbi@bobbidunlop.com

Friday, January 11, 2013

"Fleeting Gallop"

"Fleeting Gallop", oil on linen, 24x28 

As part of my new equine series, I have been exploring the abstract concepts of painting, while remaining sensitive to the majestic qualities of this magnificent animal.

The Horse is the perfect sentient creature on which to lavish painterly attention while exploring many of the God-created things on this earth that I love.  It's a tribute to my horseman father and a rekindling of a childhood affinity.

When I sculpt this great and beautiful animal in paint, my paintbrush captures only one expression of its myriad of attitudes.

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Good news for all of you who are taking on new challenges this year!  The great people at Swinton's tell me that there are still spots open in my weekend oil painting workshop,  "Painting the Portrait, from Life and from a Photo".

Feb. 2 & 3, 2013, Swinton's Art Supply & Instruction - to register

Hope you'll join me for this fun-filled (ok, and challenging)  workshop! Beginners (with a little experience) are welcome, too!

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Fermenting the New You!

(Probiotic) Lacto-Fermented Veggies

My family and friends know that I am passionate about  good health through healthy eating.  I'd like to share with you one of the best ideas I've come across -  Lacto-Fermented Veggies - which has now become an important part of my family's everyday diet.

If you're bent on restoring or improving your health in 2013, (well, who isn't), you'll find these fermented veggies an inexpensive and healthy addition to boost your nutrition and immune system.. And they're delicious, too.  I'm hooked.

I came across this idea of fermented vegetables, the ancient way of preserving vegetables for the winter,  several months ago and did a little research into the benefits for the purposes of adding a probiotic to my diet.  Many of you are already familiar with probiotics - the essential element to a healthy 'gut' and to our overall health. 

I've provided a link to a wonderful website that I discovered which has a short video on 'how-to' make the Lacto-Fermented Veggies (without whey) and also outlines the multiple benefits to your health that comes in eating them. (see link below)

My own list of health improvements, in a few short months,  include a renewal in energy, I awaken feeling refreshed, a clear head, my skin ailments have disappeared or are disappearing.  Sometimes symptoms are improving that are not even on the radar.  Such as a friend who is preparing and eating the veggies in particular for a skin ailment and found that her hair loss had diminished. I realized mine had, too! People report improvements in food cravings, headaches, and other more serious symptoms which are considered to stem from an unhealthy gut.
 My husband and I spent yesterday morning preparing this beautiful bounty of vegetables, including sauerkraut, which will be ready for us to eat in a week.  It is a wonderful feeling to see these beautiful jars lined up on my counter!  It is so easy!  And, so delicious.

Here is the link to The Whole Life Nutrition Kitchen where you'll find a very cool video by a very smart guy  on 'How To Make Lacto Fermented Vegetables without Whey (Plus Video).  

From my kitchen ... to yours :)   Now, back to the studio ....