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Soft, Blended Brush Marks: Art by Bonnie Laird

A painting of bright red roses on a dark backgroundCopper Glow, oil on wood panel

Bonnie Laird is a painter based in Victoria, British Columbia. The artist creates works of portraiture, landscape painting, and still-life using soft, blended brush marks with a subdued color palette – particularly in her human figures.

An oil painting of a man at workPortrait of a Worker, oil on board


Speaking to Bonnie’s subdued color choices, many of the artist’s portraits are almost sepia-toned, giving the viewer the impression of looking at an old photograph. Her Workers series, which we explored in our previous feature of Bonnie’s hazy figurative paintings, have a particularly antique sort of aesthetic to them, both in the painting style, and in the clothing of the figures.

A screen capture of Bonnie Laird's art


I’m really interested in Bonnie’s Bloom series, and Cloud/Ocean/Sky series – each selection of paintings seems pleasantly adherent to a very cohesive color scheme – in Bloom, tints and shades of red form luscious, painterly bouquets of roses and other florals. In combination with dark backgrounds, these saturated colors add an air of intrigue and mystery. In Cloud/Ocean/Sky, the artist renders forms in a wonderfully delicate manner, with only the barest contrast between foreground and background.

A painting of a cloud against blue skyUntitled, oil on panel

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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