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..

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Rockport Village on the St. Lawrence..

"Prohibition Days"    16" x 20"    O/C

Three days of fun  with a 'Prohibition Days' theme. Costumes, music, dancing, food and antique cars were the order of the day. It was a mix of Thousand Islands tourists, locals and other St. Lawrence River folk milling about, celebrating great summer time fun.

'til next... 

                           Life Passes..

                            ..With sorrow, I mention the passing of my Mother at 1:00 am this morning,  Aug 19 / '14

       Rest In Peace, Maw !                       

Friday, August 15, 2014

Paddling For Cover ...

 The Red Canoe   8" x 10"    O/C   From Photo Reference..

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

..Back to Amherst Island...

A 'Stella' Home..    11" x 14"    O/C

The prospect of painting in the village of Stella on Amherst Island did not look promising yesterday.
It rained all day yesterday and the outlook for today was more of the same !
But, today started with sunshine and it held on and off for the rest of the painting day.
...What luck !

The photo on the left shows the main subject of the painting.
I have included this photo for those who may be interested in viewing the original subject and comparing it to the same subject in my final painting.                                        

The photo on the right is a  "blow up" of the small barn at the end of the driveway and gives a better view of the details that I saw compared to how I handled them in the final painting.

You may disagree with me, but I feel overall, that the final painting feels more 'relaxed' than the original view and that the painting emits a certain 'character' .

'til next...