Monday, October 31, 2016

Halloween Field

Halloween Field (Sold) rained on and off......I seem to really enjoy rainy and very grey days. As the weather gets colder I'll continue with this method of working in the front seat. I make a lot of these pieces on location, but overall, there are more that get made in studio.

There is something very pleasing about the feeling that you're not really in control. It's a mad rush when I'm out there....more so than when I'm in the studio, even though it's always my practice to avoid stopping to deliberate. This is even more pronounced when I'm out on location. I like that sense of reacting...and not really knowing what you're going to get....  

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Painting on Location....October 24

Secret Field, October 24 (Sold)
painted in the car because it was so windy and cold...
On location,  I set up the paints at the back, and bring them to the front, so that movement up front is very minimal. It's getting quite comfortable doing it this way.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Rock and Hillock

Rock and Hillock
Hanging out in the graveyard on a warm October day.....scraped ground....early stages of a new housing development. Acrylic on thin gessoed masonite panel 8 x 8 inches.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Some October Paintings on Location....


These 5 works were done on consecutive days, one per day, at a neighbour's beautiful property. The temperatures will get colder now, but there should still be time for some outdoor painting. (the bottom piece, with the white cliffs from a distance, is sold)

Friday, October 7, 2016

5 Plein Air One Day

This was the first of 5 pieces done within a 24 hour period, on October 1st. It felt good to get the first one done....a beautiful, calm, very grey morning that gradually brightened by the time I finished this. 

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Plein Air....5th in One Day...

This was the 5th and last piece produced on location in 24 hours. It was early morning and the sky changed quickly. There was fog when I started, and a fair bit of clearing by the time I had finished. The mixing table is near my car, which helps hide me, which I like, and it also keeps the wind off the paint, which prevents very quick drying. I keep a spray bottle on hand to prevent premature drying, but it really helps to be out of the wind. (sold, and going to Australia)

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Plein Air....Little Stand

It drizzled for most of the day....the umbrella worked for the first bit, but then the wind picked up, so I had to take it down...luckily the rain stopped by then. I always look for a bit of shelter when I set up...and I don't like a 100 eyes on me while I'm making these. Any distractions at all can wreck the process....decisions must go quickly from one to the other....even a 10 second delay can hurt the flow. 5 on-site paintings were made in 24 hours. This is the 2nd last...on gessoed, cradled birch panel.