Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Back to Amherst Island... Again !

South Shore In Autumn    11" x 14"    o/p

Today, Artist Bruce Sherman and I headed out to Amherst Island. The day started out with overcast skies, and a misty fog in the air.
It was not the ideal or most inviting kind of day for plein air painting, but it did allow us to explore the south shore of the island. (Lake Ontario touches the south shore of Amherst Island)
We found a number of good painting locations with fall colours and finally settled on a site on the main road facing west. As we set up our easels and readied ourselves to paint, the fog lifted and the sun came out behind us.
It turned out to be a beautiful day.  A day of friendly 'banter', friendship  and painting.
...Autumn  at its' best !

Here is a photo of our "painting spot". You can see how I edited the scene as I painted.

'til next.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Remembering The Beach..

 A Summer Memory     11" x 14"    o/p

Now  that autumn is here, it seems so long ago that the family spent a mid week afternoon at a nearby beach. This particular painting is a stylized piece from reference sketches  and a photo. 
The palette is a split palette of reds, blues and yellows. The support for this painting is a gessoed Masonite panel. 
Strange, now that autumn is here and the leaves are/have turned to colour, that painting the "much hated, no choice", summer greens are not all that bad, for a change after all. 

..'til next..

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

In the Thousand Islands...

The Dock Builders... 9" x 12"    O/P

The reference for this painting was gathered at the same time as the previous painting,"Blue Quill".
The palette for this painting is as follows,.. ultramarine blue, cerulean blue, cad red med.,alizarin (trans red oxide) cad yellow med., lemon yellow and titanium white.
I find that I am using trans red oxide these days for laying in the composition or removing colour as I proceed sketching the main objects of interest. I apply the next layers of colour over this still wet composition. I work all over the panel as apposed to painting up one area at a time until the painting is finished.
This may be a busy looking painting, but at the same time it was a fun painting to play on.

'til next..

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A tug on the St Lawrence River...

The Tug, Blue Quill    8" x 10"    O/P

This past weekend , as you know , was the weekend of the Plein Air Painters International paint out.
My friend and painter, Bruce Sherman and I decided to paint at a spot previously scouted. We set up our equipment and began the usual banter and painting under the semi protection of the van's back door. It was a cloudy, rain threatening day!
The scene that we intended to paint was the tug boat, that you see above. About ten minutes into the painting, down came the rain. Thoughts of "packing it in " soon followed !

By the time I had finished taking down the French easel, only the outline of the painting was visible on my canvas as the rain washed the rest away.

Today, I finished the painting of the tug boat !

'til next...

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Revisiting The Island...

An Amherst Island Barn    10" x 12"    O/C

This piece was painted using a reference photo that I had taken on our last painting trip to the island a few weeks ago.
The colours used were, cadmium blue, ultramarine blue , cadmium red, alizarin, lemon yellow, cadmium yellow med., yellow ocher, cadmium green and titanium white.
My medium was odourless mineral spirits (used sparingly).

This is a photo of the original subject from which the painting was executed.

'til next...

Monday, August 25, 2014

...More Seagulls !

Resting Gulls    16" x 20"    O/C

Now that I see it on my monitor, I am thinking there are a few adjustments to be made. ..Feels familiar !

This is the "second" stage of the painting, meaning that I remembered to take a picture of the painting as it was progressing .
Most of the canvas is covered now and this stage becomes the 'fun part' of the painting process,  in my humble opinion. I am now heading for the finish of the final painting.

This photo represents the 'first stage ' (yes, I remembered to use my camera) start of the painting. In this beginning, I used a brush to lay in the bigger shapes (with 'loose/runny' paint and medium) of the composition, all the while adjusting  the shapes and throwing in some colour here and there to help with the visual parts of the big areas. Quite messy looking, but the ideas are there to be seen and adjusted by me.
Still adjusting, but adding more coloured darks in the appropriate areas as the painting continues. Once these darks have been established, one may proceed with the laying in of the lighter colours, or their values, as in "The second stage".

'til next...

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Resting Gull..

Seagull On Rock    16" x 20"    O/C

This painting is the result of spending time on the south shore of Amherst Island with my camera during a paint out session last week. The original scene was just far enough away that I did not notice
the Gull perched on the rock until I examined the result of the shot. My intention was to just get a good picture of the rock in the water. Well, surprise surprise !  The resting Gull made the picture.
I immediately thought to myself that this shot would make a good painting.

This is the original photo from where I took the shot..

 Below is the blowup and crop of the photo I used as the basis for the finished painting.


'til next..