Thursday, 27 January 2011

Introducing Charlene Brown


I started painting as a teenager, growing up in the Canadian Rockies, and those mountains are still my favourite place to paint. More recently– especially while we lived in Dubai and during the years since we retired – I’ve been very lucky in that I’ve had the chance to travel the world and paint in just about every country I’ve ever wanted to visit. I always try to paint some postcards on these trips, and complete larger paintings when I get home.  Some of these are on my website Paint Every Mountain and my blog 1150 Words

Occasionally, I take my grandchildren along on my painting adventures (one at a time – I’m not that adventurous!) but I'm really nowhere near as intrepid as I was hoping these pictures would have you believe. I think all the warnings being in English kind of gives that away. I wouldn’t dream, for example, of striding over anybody’s balustrade.

But I do love to walk or hike, if that’s what the terrain requires – every day, if possible.  And that’s a good thing, because I have found that, with just about any other repetitive exercise program I’ve tried, I’m always aware of exactly how many minutes I have to go before it’s over.

So it’s great that walking and painting or, more likely, sketching go together so perfectly. I’ve enjoyed participating in Sketchercise since its inception, and am really looking forward to our postcard project. I have no travel plans before July, so the first few postcards I send out will be painted right here in my very paintable home city of Victoria, on Vancouver Island.

12 comments:

Africantapestry and Myfrenchkitchen said...

I know your mountain sketches Charlene and love them for their clear and vibrant colours! We are always looking forward to your sketches when you come back from a trip!
Ronell

Desiree said...

Charlene, I am in awe of your work and all the places you have been able to travel. I look forward to seeing your postcards as they come in!

Cathy Gatland said...

Love your mountains and glaciers Charlene, it will be so great to have a little original!

Bridget Hunter said...

Its wonderful to be in touch with you and hope you'll send lots of mountain sketches.

Charlene Brown said...

Bridget, about the time you were writing this I was mailing your postcard... and it isn't a mountain!

vivien said...

you've been to some fascinating places - very different from mine so I'm really looking forward to this exchange :>)

Liz Steel said...

Charlene, your hiking is inspiring. I love the phrase Paint every mountain (brings a certain musical to mind!!!) Looking forward to my original from the Rockies!

Albrecht Rissler said...

I'm very exited about the idea that you in one of the coming months- more than 5000 miles from here - scetch a postcard for me! This is a great project!

Felicity said...

I wonder if we were living in Dubai at the same time, Charlene?! I wish I had been sketching when I was there. I'm looking forward to seeing what you will be painting!

Heidi said...

This is a great idea - I can't wait to see the postcards you paint! Do you plan on sending one a month, or more often than that?

Katherine Tyrrell said...

I'm amazed at how well travelled the group is!

Your sketches of mountains are so wonderful and refreshing - like a dose of mountain air.

Pat said...

Hi Charlene, great post. I am a fan of your crystal clear, stain glass, breath of fresh air paintings. Love that you are in the exchange.

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