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Vanessa Ali

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Acrylic

Acrylics are fun to work with and their versatility allows for them to be used on a variety of surfaces: canvas, paper, wood and clayboard to name a few.

Acrylics can be laid on thick like oil paints or thinned out and built up in glazes like watercolours - or a combination of both in the same painting. The fact that they are permanent and therefore cannot be reactivated with water after drying makes them an excellent candidate as the foundation for mixed-medium pieces.

 
 
  • UnderbrushSingsWithLight
    "The Underbrush Sings with Light", 20" X 16", on canvas
  • CoyKoi
    "Coy Koi", 15" X 30", on canvas
  • BosqueTrail
    "Bosque Trail", 24" X 18", on canvas
  • JazzOrbit
    "Jazz Orbit", 16" X 12", on canvas
  • Nevermore
    "Nevermore", 12" X 12", on canvas (Sold)
  • TopKnotsOnParade
    "Top Knots on Parade", 20" X 16", on canvas (Collection of the artist)
  • Lina
    "Lina: Little Palm Tree", 12" X 16", on canvas (Sold)
  • LightVersusGravity_fs
    "Light Versus Gravity", 24" X 12", on canvas
  • SillyScilla
    "Silly Scilla", 24" X 18", on canvas
  • Thicket2
    "Parsing the Thicket II", 20" X 16", on canvas
  • Thicket
    "Parsing the Thicket I", 12" X 12", on canvas
  • RedAparition
    "Red apparition", 12" X 12", on canvas (Donated to fundraiser)
  • Sanctuary
    "Sanctuary", 10" X 8", on paper (Collection of the artist)
  • Nested
    "Nested", 20" X 16", on canvas (Sold)
  • ForestFloorHighway
    "The Forest Floor is a Highway", 20" X 16", on canvas
  • FormationofDepth
    "Formation of Depth", 12" X 12", on canvas (Sold)
  • BorealAfternoon
    "Boreal Afternoon", 12' X 18", on paper (Collection of the artist)
  • ForestFugue
    "Forest Fugue", 20" X 16", on canvas
  • FrostWarning
    "Frost Warning", 12" X 12", on clayboard
  • ForestWaits
    "The Forest Waits", 12" X 12", on canvas
  • valley
    "Summer Landscape", 16" X 12", on canvas
  • ImpressionDeeperApproach
    "Impression of Deeper Approach", 12" X 12", on canvas
  • YesILikePink
    "Yes, I Like Pink", 24" X 18", on canvas (SOLD)
  • LuminousProjection
    "Luminous Projection", 20" X 16", on canvas (Private collections)
  • AutumnApproachestheForest
    "Autumn Approaches the Forest", 24" X 12", on canvas
  • TotheOceanfromthePines
    "To the Ocean from the Pines", 16" X 20", on canvas
  • DoPinesBow
    "Do Pines Bow?", 16" X 12", on canvas
  • EchofPetals
    "Echo of Petals", 24" X 12", on canvas

 

Coloured Pencil

I am so excited to explore this medium and all of the painterly possibilities for creating archival works of art.

Johnny Jump-Ups

From blending with mineral spirits on watercolour paper to using special blending mediums on sanded paper, it is now possible to create beautiful unique works of art with tremendous colour saturation and feeling of depth with coloured pencils that anyone would be proud to hang on a wall. Colouring between the lines in an adult colouring book this is NOT!

 
 
  • HelloBud
    "Hello, Bud!", 14" X 11", on 140lb watercolour paper
  • Apparition
    "Apparition", 24" X 12", on 140lb watercolour paper
  • Defiance
    "Defiance", 18" X 12", on 140lb watercolour paper
  • PeekAMeToo
    "Peek-a...Me Too!", 8" X 10", on 140lb watercolour paper
  • LaserFocus
    "Laser Focus", 20" X 16", on 140lb watercolour paper
  • RedHoodie
    "Red Hoodie", 10" X 8", on 140lb watercolour paper
  • JohnnyJumpUp
    "Johnny Jump-Ups", 10" X 8", on 98lb Canson Mi Tientes paper
  • RestingForNow
    "Resting...For Now", 20" X 16", on 140lb watercolour paper (SOLD)
  • UnderwaterFlight
    "Underwater Flight", 10" X 8", on sanded paper (SOLD)

 

Oil

I avoided painting with oils in my home studio for so long because of the mess, toxic solvents, fumes, flammable rags, etc.

Recently, I was so happy to discover water-mixable oils. Water mixable oils are real oil paints that are water mixable, not water-based. They were developed to be used with water in the place of turpentine, mineral spirits or other solvents. Like traditional oils, water soluble oils must dry through oxidation – absorbing oxygen through the air. Like traditional oils, water soluble oil paintings cannot be reactivated with water when dry. Once dry, they are just like any other oil painting and should be treated as such.

(Source: Fine Art Tips)
 
 
  • OutcropSunrise
    "Outcrop Sunrise", 20" X 16", on canvas
  • IfYouGoOutInTheWoodsToday
    "If You Go Out in the Woods Today..." 18" X 24", on canvas
  • Lewis
    "Lewis (2006-2019)" 18" X 24", on canvas (Private collection)
  • LowHangingFruit
    "Low Hanging Fruit", 24" X 24", on canvas
  • CatchAWaveInYEG
    "Catch a Wave in YEG" , 16" X 12", on canvas
    (Photo source: Subrata Patra)
  • Abriq
    "Abriq" (Lebanese water jug), 24" X 24", on canvas
  • BetulaBallet
    "Betula Ballet", 24" X 48", on canvas (SOLD)
  • WaitingforJazz
    "Waiting for Jazz", 20" X 20", on canvas
  • NoOverThere
    "No! Over There!", 20" X 16", on canvas (SOLD)
  • MonetonMyMind
    "Monet on My Mind", 24" X 18", on canvas (SOLD)
  • LostInBeirut
    "Lost in Beirut", 48" X 24", on canvas (Collection of the artist)
  • SunriseSymphony
    "Sunrise Symphony", 40" X 30", on canvas
  • ReflectionInSapphire
    "Reflection in Sapphire", 24" X 24", on canvas
  • "Expression of Rhythm", 24" X 12", on canvas (SOLD)
  • SunriseReleasesSpirit
    "Sunrise Releases the Spirit", 20 X 20", on canvas; Photo: Emil Pakarklis (SOLD)
  • 1977Resting
    "Resting", 4" X 6", on wood panel (Collection of the artist)
  • ArabicCoffeeAndOranges
    "Arabic Coffee & Oranges", 12" X 12", on canvas (SOLD)
  • HeyTheresAWholeWorldBeyondOurGardenFence
    "Hey, There's a Whole WORLD Beyond Our Fence!", 20" X 16", on canvas (SOLD)
  • MyHomeMyHeaven
    "My Home, My Heaven", 16" X 20", on canvas
  • NightTaxi
    "Night Taxi", 18" X 24", on canvas
  • ReflectedBeauty
    "Reflected Beauty", 18" X 24", on canvas
  • "Freedom", 12" X 16", on canvas (Private collection)
  • "Frosted Fortress", 12" X 12", on canvas (SOLD)
  • "Ivy Tangle", 16" X 12", on canvas
  • "Insight in Spirit", 12" X 16", on canvas (SOLD)
  • "Sentinels", 20" X 16", on canvas

Watercolour & Gouache

I never tire of working in this medium and every painting brings a new discovery of how the pigments and water flow and work together. It's like magic!

This is one of the mediums in which I love to explore negative space in the painting. Briefly, negative space is the space between objects or parts of an object, or around the object.

Whether painting wet-on-dry, wet-in wet, dropping colour in or lifting colour out, watercolours are so versatile that I never run out of ways to experiment and be surprised by what's left behind once the pigments have all mingled and dried. Additionally, the transparency of many pigments allows the inherent brightness of the white paper to glow through, even after many layers of glazes have been applied.

I also employ the use of gouache, at times to provide some opaque final touch-ups to a watercolour work, or to paint entire pieces.

(Check out Tang Yau Hoong's website The Art of Negative Space for amazing examples of the use of negative space in art.)
 
 
  • AsAlyAsA
    "As Sly As a...", 8" X 10", watercolour on paper (SOLD)
  • Beautiful
    "Beautiful", 5" X 5", Mixed water media on paper
  • Love
    "Love", 5" X 5", Mixed water media on paper
  • Life
    "Lfee", 5" X 5", Mixed water media on paper
  • EyeSeeYou
    "Eye See You", 8" X 8", Mixed water media on paper
  • LifeIsASong
    "Life is a Song", 5" X 5", Inktense on paper
  • TowardsInfinity
    "Towards Infinity", 10" X 8", Inktense on paper
  • EveryGoodGrizz EatsHisGreens
    "Every Good Grizz Eats His Greens", 5" X 7", gouache on paper (Collection of the artist)
  • Glance
    "The Glance", 8" X 10", watercolour on paper
  • QuixoticallyCoiffed
    "Quixotically Coiffed", 5" X 7", gouache on paper (Collection of the artist)
  • "104th Avenue Stroll", 12" X 16", watercolour on paper (Private collection)
  • VioletShadows
    "Violet Shadows", 12" X 16", watercolour on paper
  • Setter
    "Setter", 8" X 10", watercolour on paper
  • GreenChair
    "The Green Chair", 10" X 8", watercolour on paper
  • As Frost Touches the Leaves - 2014
    "As Frost Touches the Leaves", 10" X 10", watercolour on paper (Private collection)
  • MomentaryContemplation
    "Momentary Contemplation", 10" X 8", watercolour on paper
  • "Burlesque", 18" X 12", watercolour on paper (SOLD)
  • Lookout
    "The Lookout", 9" X 10", watercolour on paper
  • "Busy",12" X 12" watercolour on paper (SOLD)
  • "Campanula at the Heart", 16" X 12", watercolour on paper (SOLD)
  • "Cliffside", 14" X 20", watercolour on paper (SOLD)
  • "Curiosity", 14" X 20", watercolour on paper (Private collection)
  • "Mountain Ash in Fall", watercolour on paper (Private collection)
  • "Dusty Miller Dream", 11" X 11", watercolour on paper (SOLD)
  • "Electric Stroll", 12" X 16", watercolour on paper (SOLD)
  • "The Forest Dreams of Owls", watercolour on paper (Private collection)
  • "From the Pines", 14" X 11", watercolour on paper (SOLD)
  • "The Forest is Layers of Lace and Light", 20" X 14", watercolour on paper (SOLD)
  • "Gladiola", 12" X 18", watercolour on paper
  • "Hills and Dales", 18" X 12",watercolour on paper (SOLD)
  • "I'm, Coming, Mama!", 11" X 14", watercolour on paper (SOLD)
  • "Joy Among the Brambles", 12" X 16", watercolour on paper
  • "Mountain Landscape", 18" X 12", watercolour on paper
  • "Barn Swallow Fortress", 16" X 12", watercolour on paper (Sold)
  • "Parsing the Thicket III", 20" X 16", watercolour on paper
  • "Red Shoes", 8" X 8", watercolour on paper (Private collection)
  • "Stonecrop Dance", 18" X 12", watercolour on paper
  • "Twisted", 14" X 20", watercolour on paper (Donated to fundraiser)

Contact Info

I live, love and create in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. If you would like to contact me, here are some options:

Studio: 780.481.4887

Plein Air: 780.940.6284

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Artist's Statement

The primary forces in my work are colour and light. Whether creating a traditional landscape, exploring and capturing the negative spaces in a thicket of undergrowth or a forest of trees, studying the play of light and reflection on inanimate objects, colour and light make me swoon and yearn to portray their power and beauty. I use oil and acrylic on canvas; watercolour, gouache and coloured pencil on watercolour paper in my endeavour to capture movement, depth, life and light.

About the Artist

Vanessa AliVanessa Ali is a full-time artist, dividing her time between creating original paintings and working as a graphic and web site designer.

From a very early age, Vanessa displayed a love of design and creativity, from drawing and painting and a flair for understanding the impact and influence on us of the spaces where we live and work. Classes in art and design and drafting were always a part of her elective courses throughout her early school years and at high school.

At the University of Alberta, Vanessa took studio art classes in the department of Fine Arts that included live figure drawing, sculpture and painting. She graduated with a BA in Art History. Right after, she obtained a diploma in Architectural Technology from NAIT and worked for 10 years in a variety of architectural firms producing the plans and specifications for major projects, working in traditional hand-drafting methods and by using Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD).

After starting a family, Vanessa became a self-employed graphic designer and expanded into web site design, hosting and management, all under the umbrella of Ali Cat Graphics. Over the past few years, Vanessa has found the time to get back to her original passion of free-hand sketching and painting and she now splits her time equally between graphic/web design and creating the original works displayed on this website.

In addition to dabbling in visual arts, Vanessa loves to perform as a singer with her jazz ensemble JoySpring, to knit, crochet, make jewellery, play guitar and piano, garden and read great books. She lives with her husband, son and daughter who all patiently share space with all Vanessa's projects that continuously spread throughout the house and garden.

  • Member of the Society of Western Canadian Artists (SWCA) - Exhibiting Level status
  • Member of the St. Albert Painter's Guild (SAPG)