Cindy Revell

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So far Cindy Revell has created 18 blog entries.

Portrait of a Rooster

By |May 24th, 2013|Uncategorized|

Morning Call20x16 Oil/CanvasSoldMorning Call was loosely inspired by my lovely bantam rooster Vincent who, in real life, has an interesting shock of orange feathers on either side of his comb reminiscent of the pageboy type hairstyle worn by a young Vi...

Portrait of Pete

By |May 20th, 2013|Uncategorized|

Pete at the Crowsnest5x7 Oil/CanvasThis is our dog Pete, a handsome fellow with huge ears which were laid slightly back in the wind making them look rather average in this depiction. At only knee height Pete is short but his enthusiasm and love are tal...

Back and Forth Between Still Life and Whimsicals

By |July 27th, 2012|Uncategorized|

Peony on a July Afternoon 6x8 Oil/Canvas/PanelPeonies, such seemingly fragile blossoms yet in spite of wind, hail and pounding rain they've hung in there long enough to be painted.I'm once again exploring still life after a couple of years of working ...

Symbolism in Art

By |May 24th, 2012|Uncategorized|

 Journey On18x18 SoldRecently I had a conversation with some friends about how paintings are interpreted. How much of the understanding of a work of art is based on the various elements the artists use to get across their concept and how much of t...

Barn Cat – Early Oil Painting

By |April 16th, 2010|Uncategorized|


Barn Cat, 9 x 12, Oil on Canvas
© 2004 Cindy Revell

This year has been one of much introspection with regards to my art and the hows and whys of life in general. Yesterday I was thinking of serendipity and how the smallest of events can have a huge impact on your life. In 1989 I took a job as a graphic designer/illustrator and stuck around for about 8 years after which I freelanced as an illustrator. Gina, the woman who hired me back then, and I become friends and kept in touch. One day she told me about her oil painting classes and I shared my own first less that stellar attempt at oils which were done to invigorate my illustration by trying a new medium. Gina suggested I try her oil painting class. I did so in May 2002 but I was very busy and stressed with the demands of illustration and a husband with cancer and didn't love the classes right away. They were simply a way for me to learn what was then a rather vexatious medium. I hung in and a year later I was completely hooked and knew that something very special had taken over my life.

So how does the Barn Cat fit in with all of this? When I was working as a designer/illustrator I was sent out on a field trip with some kids to take some pictures for an annual report. I spied this lovely Buddha like cat who was serenely lording it over the chicken coop, I snapped his picture thinking that I'd do a watercolor of him sometime. The photo hung in my office for years and I took it with me when I left, Gina loved that picture. As I was learning the oils it struck me that the time had come to finally paint that cat. At the time it was all I could do to manipulate the paint and the composition suffered from a too literal reliance on the photo. I changed a few things but missed a few critical ones which as an illustrator I should have spotted right off the bat. In spite of it's imperfections Gina fell in love with the painting and became one of my first collectors.

Art had always been a fairly major force in my life and while illustration is still a big part of my days my obsession with oil painting fills nearly every other available moment. How I oil paint has changed hugely but looking back I'm amazed at how it all started.

All because someone needed a graphic designer way back in 1989.

Barn Cat – Early Oil Painting

By |April 16th, 2010|Uncategorized|

Barn Cat, 9 x 12, Oil on Canvas© 2004 Cindy RevellThis year has been one of much introspection with regards to my art and the hows and whys of life in general. Yesterday I was thinking of serendipity and how the smallest of events can have a huge impa...

Finding The Colour of Light in a Still Life

By |February 4th, 2010|Uncategorized|

Plum in Mexican Bowl5 x 7 Oil on PanelsoldThis little Mexican bowl with it's thin strip of intense blue is such a beautiful little thing. It sits on a table right beside my easel holding holding pebbles. In this little painting I was trying to do two ...

Finding The Colour of Light in a Still Life

By |February 4th, 2010|Uncategorized|

Plum in Mexican Bowl5 x 7 Oil on PanelsoldThis little Mexican bowl with it's thin strip of intense blue is such a beautiful little thing. It sits on a table right beside my easel holding holding pebbles. In this little painting I was trying to do two ...

Dandelion – Still Life

By |September 12th, 2009|Uncategorized|

Dens Leonis8 x 10, Oil on PanelSoldThe dandelion, one of the first blooms of spring, an early edible green, a child's favorite bouquet for Mom's, and reviled weed. The name dandelion comes from the french dente de lion, a translation of the medieval la...

Dandelion – Still Life

By |September 12th, 2009|Uncategorized|

Dens Leonis8 x 10, Oil on PanelSoldThe dandelion, one of the first blooms of spring, an early edible green, a child's favorite bouquet for Mom's, and reviled weed. The name dandelion comes from the french dente de lion, a translation of the medieval la...