Started this one last week. Oil on Panel. 18x24 from reference photos taken last summer in Jasper National Park.
This is a Plein Air sketch from November 24. View from Government House Victoria, BC. Looking towards Washington state.
All ready to start on another painting. The reference photo was taken this past summer while painting in and around Jasper with my wife. 18 x 24 oil. The middle photo is the view from our studio. I feel very fortunate to have this space to create in. Excited.
Island View Beach Park - 111717 - Out with the Al Frescoes. 8x10, 2.5 hrs. Beautiful morning. Fall colours: some bright and vivid and some dead or muted. Good practice.
Another fun Study. I kept the right side lighter - experimenting with the value range really. I sit looking at it now I see things I'd like to change. I have a very critical eye which has the potential for me to pick apart my work until I get sick of it. So, I have given up on perfection (at last), I stop and I move on. 8x10.
Fun study from a photo I took awhile ago. I like the shadows cast by the trees. 9 hours to complete. This feels more like a rendering than a painting. Interesting without any painterly umph.
Something new on the board. 10x20. Canvas, which isn't my preferred substrate, but, I told my self I had to use the supplies that were in my studio before I buy more. I am intrigued by trees, forests and the light in and around them. I'm focusing on the composition which is defined by the trees and their shadows. I'll post when I'm done. The goal is this week. I don't prime the canvas with a colour anymore. I saw it being done so I primed a few canvas's. I now used clear gesso on wood panel. The colour of the wood is a warm base on which build. I took the picture at a golf course by my house this past summer. I take my own reference photos now, I used to paint from the web but I find it cramps the creativity using someone else's vision.
Graphite on Mylar - Love this combination. The Mylar takes the graphite well with the ability to erase. The lines stay true. I can create great variance of tone. All of which I haven't come to with paper or board - yet. 8.5x11. I scanned this image which has added to the detail. I lose that when taking a photo of my work.
Finished the Plein Air painting I started earlier in the day at home in the studio. I have to learn how to take better photos. The images don't have the same qualities as the original. Happy with this two hour sketch. See previous post.
I went out today for about an hour to paint but the rain was relentless.I don't mind a bit of bother, however, when I'm battling the elements more than painting, it's just not fun. I took some reference photos and got a fair start; enough to bring home to work in the studio.
Faye and I were successful getting into the Sydney Art Show this year AND we both sold pieces! Sorry to see this painting go though. We both had three pieces accepted and as of this morning I have had one sell. The Trudeau piece I didn't/don't expect to sell; I included it to promote my portraiture - I am hopeful to get some commissions. Deborah Tilby"s work was/is the bar as far as I'm concerned. Over all a very inspiring show. Sydney Art Show.
This one came together well. It is Mylar over paper. I work on the paper initially them switch to the Mylar for the final third of the drawing. Although it may not come across here I think the process adds depth to the drawing. Good practice.
Working on a portrait. Almost done. Will post when I'm finished. I'm thinking of adding gold foil to the cap.
Out with the Al Frescoes this morning - painting at Swan Lake Victoria. Struggled to find a spot or subject rather. I liked the contrast of the dark in the foreground with the sky light sneaking through and reflecting from lake. At one point I nearly gave up as it was not looking like much. There is a lot of information in that spot. I focused on the trees and the foreground, then the sky and sides. I'm not that happy with it - what I do like is that it captures the random barrage of twisting shapes and light. Today I added Venetian red and Naples yellow to my palette. The red and ultramarine blue with white made for a wonderful mauve. It doesn't come across in the image, but I used it in the sky and the trees. I look forward to the Friday outings.
2 hour, 10x5(ish) oil sketch done today at St. Stephens Church north of Victoria. I was out with the Al Frescoes Plein Air group. It all felt good today. I can't find a suitable paint mixture for the straw grass colour. It starts to look too milky and un-natural when I add white for highlights. Something else to figure out.
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