Carly Gordon Portfolio

Incredible Cloud Collection

Incredible Cloud Collection


Floating Memories

(Quebec Barn)

Oil on canvas

9” x 12”

2019


I took this photo through the windshield of my Grand Am while driving to the east coast with Steve in 2015. I’ve painted the photo once before, but this time was different because I’m not with Steve and I’m learning how to hold on to the positive memories.

Going to the east coast was a fantastic trip. For a long time I worried that it would be ruined for me because I would just associate it with someone I’m no longer with. But now I think that isn’t bad. I went on a fun adventure with my best friend. That is how it should be remembered. Road trips are one of my favourite ways to learn and grow, I’m glad I have this one. 


Floods of Peace

(Quill Lake, SK Flooding)

Oil on canvas

9” x 12”

2019


Painted from a photo I took on a country drive with my mom.

We were in Saskatchewan for a wedding, when we visited my uncle Glenn in Wynyard. I got to take my mom for a country drive which is one of my favourite things to do - scouting paintings really. I was surprised by how much she remembered of the area where she grew up, pointing out where friends had lived and sharing other memories. Now that I live out west, I really cherish any time I have with my mom, even slow country drives.



Stop to Catch the Sunset

(Spring Bay, ON)

Oil on canvas

9” x 12”

2019


I took the photo I painted this from in August 2015. I was on my way home to my parent’s house from working at Perivale Gallery. I was no doubt feeling inspired, and likely on my way to my own studio to paint. I know I took this photo because of the single prominent floating cloud. But it is not a photo I would normally choose to paint because it isn’t very dramatic. 

I chose it for it’s softness. The photo was a quiet moment of capture, this painting is a peaceful expression of the quiet moments I feel now. I can still relate to that evening inspiration, and observing the simple, subtle moments in life. 


Sunset in Mom’s Backyard

(Manitoulin Island)

Oil on canvas

9” x 12”

2019


Painted from a photo I took in my parent’s backyard in Mindemoya, ON.

Spectacular “typical” Manitoulin Island sunset.

If you know, you know. And if you don’t, it’s worth the visit!


Hopeful Drifting

(Alberta Canola)

Oil on canvas

9” x 12”

2019


I snapped this photo from the truck window driving back up to Fort Mac from Saskatchewan. At the time I felt optimistic about heading “home”. Whenever I see beautiful cloud structures and rolling hills and fields I am calm. I know I took this photo because up north there are no fields, just tress, and I wanted to remember the happiness and hopefulness I felt in this place.

I’m happy to reflect now on that optimism, and see how it carried me through to where I am today.


Mom’s Roots

(Wynyard, SK Canola)

Oil on canvas

11” x 14”

2019


Painted from a photo I took with my mom, July 2017.

I chose to paint this photo for the endless yellow field and the big fluffy clouds - plain and simple, that is my “primary” landscape. It is what I grew up with, it is what my mom grew up with, it is what her parents grew up with.

The visual concept of “land far as the eye can see” and “big skies” is one that unites anyone who has grown up on the prairies. You get it.

Then you move to a place that has thousands of trees and you feel suffocated. For me, fast forward from 2011-2017 and I felt like I could finally breathe again.


The Party’s Over

(Sunset at Pepper Point, Manitoulin)

Oil on canvas

16” x 20”

2019


This photo was taken September 2016. Steve had been working out west since April and this was the second time he’d been home. Pepper Point is where his summer trailer is located, and was a place we made a makeshift home (makeshift as in it was a trailer and we stayed there lots but not forever). This time was really stormy for me, I struggled to find myself and took a lot of crap. Amidst that, I had this beautiful sunset. I always see beautiful clouds and lighting as a gift from God and this was definitely that.

This painting is an exploration of hope. It forced my to unpack the beautiful things I was holding on to and let them go too. When you lose a partner, you lose both the bad and the good. Truly you just make room for more things to come. 

I listened to “When the Party’s Over” by Billie Eilish while painting this. 


Sunset in Mom’s Backyard II

(Manitoulin Island)

Oil on canvas

24” x 36”

2019



DIY Paint Night

I was set to host a Paint Night on Manitoulin Island in August, however plans fell through and the event was cancelled. For weeks and weeks I was circling around ideas of how I could make it up to those people who had signed up, how I could provide a cool freebie thing for my supporters on my email list, and how I could educate without having a class.

BAM. FREE. AT-HOME. PAINT. NIGHT. GUIDE. 

I created a short, 14 page guide for you to have a fun night in, sip on your fave bevvie, and paint in your sweat pants (aka every friday night for me). 

Here’s a peak at the finished painting…


To grab your copy of the guide, hit that contact button in the top menu ^ 

OR

email me at cgordonart@gmail.com directly to receive your free copy!

xo

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