The West Pond 24″x18″
Once again, I’m painting Jericho Park. I never get tired of it.
I have moved recently and will soon have a dedicated painting space. I hesitate to say studio, because it might be more of a nook or corner. For now I am painting in the kitchen, but I can’t complain because this is my view:
Autumn Gold 18″x24″
Here’s yet another picture of autumn in the park. I can never seem to capture the varieties of colour – endless shades of orange, fading to yellow, changing to green with a bunch of pink and red thrown into the shady areas. Rather than trying to do it all, I find it’s best to pick a direction and go with it. I decided to let the gold and yellow dominate in this one.
Highbury Street 24″x18″
Autumn is my favourite painting season. My attempts at capturing the golden light, long shadows and intense colours are not always successful, but I have a lot of fun trying.
The season always feels too short for me to take it all in and explore as much as I’d like. For me, the magic of painting is that it allows me to fully immerse myself in a place, to explore the colours, textures and mood for as long as I want. Hopefully, in the end, I have a piece of art that captures the character of that place or moment. (Sometimes it actually works).
Somewhere in Alberta
18″ x 24″
I am not brave enough to post my work in progress. If the final painting is not a success, I like to have the option of forgetting it ever existed. Now that the painting is finished, I feel okay sharing some of my steps.
Intersection 8″ x 8″
Intersection 8″ x 8″
Can you spot the difference between these 2 paintings? Sometimes I think I’m finished, but after looking at the painting for a few days I see things that must be fixed. The lowest sign on the post HAD to be removed. Now if only I could figure out how to fix the grass…
North Poles 18″x24″
I decided to use my tiny painting as a study for this larger version. I’m happy to be finding some painting time after a busy December and January.
2 Horses – study 11″x14″
I was hoping to come up with a catchier title for this painting, but as I worked on it, I had a few problems. I think it’s best to chalk it up to practice and name it accordingly.
Spring Bales 18″ x 24″
This painting helped me use up one of the tubes of yellow ochre that I have stockpiled. Sometimes when I’m at the art store, I have trouble remembering what colours I need. For some reason I always pick up a tube of yellow ochre. Even after this painting I still have two unopened tubes in my cupboard (but no burnt umber or sap green which I need most).
Morning Shadows 24″ x 18″
This painting takes me back to a cool fall morning when my son and I went for an early walk. He was looking for snails and frogs, and I was looking for painting inspiration. I came home with lots of ideas and (thankfully) he left the wildlife in the park.
Sky – Study 1 8″ x 10″
Last week a friend and I were chatting about the importance of experimenting with our art and technique. Of course it’s much easier to keep painting things that have worked in the past – which is what I tend do do. So I decided that maybe it was time to leave my comfort zone.
There are a lot of things I don’t know how to paint but I usually just dive in, with varying results. But I am intimidated by painting skies. I avoid them whenever possible. They make me freeze up and I don’t know how to do them. So this is the first of a couple of sky paintings. I hope I learn something.