Monday, June 26, 2017

To Lake Ontario, On Location, June 25

To Lake Ontario

Painted from the front seat of may car.

 a very beautiful and gently unsettled started off almost perfectly clear, but within 20 minutes came a variety of quick showers. The sky was repainted right at the end. Acrylic, pencil, on thin gessoed panel 7.75 x 8 inches. I always like the idea that every single little touch is important...there is an energy to the quality of mark that often shouldn't be tampered with. I like that the lowest part of the grey cloud is the first big brushstroke that went in...and it wasn't touched afterward....

I like this day I walked right around the whole field. just north of Port Hope, Ontario...above the lake, the land is hilly and beautiful. Here, I'm about 2 minutes north of Garden Hill.

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

On Location, June 18

In Advance
Acrylic on gessoed, cradled birch panel 11 x 14 x 1 inches, wired at back and ready to hang. Painted on location from the front seat of my car.............afternoon, June 18, hot, humid, windy, the skies changing by the minute and the air feels unstable...something is coming......

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

On Location, June 14

Yesterday evening....I always enjoy seeing Rice Lake from a distance. Perfect quiet...only one car passed. The evening light was shining on the painting a bit too much, but the passenger seat visor helped. I intersperse this plein air method, with my other ways of making. I like to paint on location at least once a week.....the other days are devoted to studio work.

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

From the Woodlot

Recent collage paintings on 8 x 8 inch Masonite panel....exiting the woodlot after cutting down old blowdown for firewood.

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Black Cherry Firewood

Black Cherry Firewood
I was surprised that my little 14 inch battery pack chain saw was able to so easily handle the cutting of all this firewood (the biggest rounds are about 14 inches). In the process, I learned to effectively sharpen the chain, and do some fine tuning regarding saw maintenance. Splitting this black cherry wood with a splitting axe is surprisingly easy....nice clean splits. I wish I'd gotten to more of the blow-down in this mature woodlot in earlier years, but these battery pack chainsaws are relatively new, and it's not nearly as pleasant using a gas chain saw to do this work. I don't even attempt to do anything with the widow-makers that you can see here.....the black cherry that you see leaning is hung up on another tree, so it likely won't fall properly for a few years.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Spring Squares

These square paintings are on 7.5 x 7.5 archival paper....from the last few days. On the same surface and size, there is also a group of abstract collages that are happening.

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Five Nights in Maine

Some of my the movie "Five Nights in Maine". Written and directed by Maris Curran, starring David Oyelowo (Golden Globe Nominee), Dianne Wiest (Academy Award Winner) and Rosie Perez (Academy Award Nominee)
I think they used about 6-7 of my paintings...but I couldn't get clear views of the rest. Sorry for the horrible photos...I don't think you can really photograph a paused image...the screen flickers. This is an unbearably sad movie....
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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Timid Around Chain Saws??

......a bit timid around chainsaws???
I have 2 chainsaws...but this is by far my favourite. It's powered by a battery pack that fully charges in about 2 hours. With that charge you can make about 50 cuts...which is about all that pile of wood you see in one photo. The advantage of not using gas is...first....there is no pulling to start. It's push button start, and there is NO idle. You simply press the trigger when you want to make a cut, and the machine fully stops when you... release. No messy, noisy gas motor! This saw is wayyyyy can use it without ear protection, although I always use ear protection anyway. It is good for light to middle duty work. To fell a large tree you would still need a gas chainsaw, but with this you can chop up a some pretty reasonable sizes. I use a leather sling (the pink dealy) to walk the cut up sections to the forest path, where I will load then into my garden tractor cart.

This chain saw is much easier to use than a gas powered one...but all chain saws can be very dangerous. If you have never handled a  chain saw before, take a short course on saw safety from a selling center, or get pointers from an old hand. Learn the 'dos and don'ts' and stay safe!

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Saturday, April 1, 2017

Watershed Magazine, spring 2017

Watershed Magazine, spring 2017
Life in Northumberland, Prince Edward County, and Quinte

 ...a nice little writeup, with some visuals. Thank you for this, Denny Manchee!

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Monday, March 27, 2017

A Painting a Day

....from the last 3 days. The dark, broody one is done with no reference other than memory. All are on thin, gessoed panel, 8 x 8 inches.

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Abstract Collages

These abstract pieces are fewer in number than the landscape pieces, but they are important to do, primarily because they open up the process, and allow for a certain reinvention.
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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Spring Coming

From the last few days. Perhaps the last snow of the season has is definitely getting warmer now. Sometimes I don't get out for the daily hike until after dark.  Both are acrylic collage paintings on gessoed, thin Masonite panel 8 x 8 inches.
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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Sundown, March 7

Acrylic on gessoed, thin Masonite panel, 8 x 8 inches. As I keep doing these, one per day, the format becomes more and more important. The size and surface that I'll work on, becomes a key component of the work session. It's the critical thing, and the first thing, that starts the energy flowing.

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Snow Shadows, Easement Hill

Snow Shadows, Easement Hill
I walked deep into the forest and came to this hydro easement corridor, which one can follow for miles. It's interesting to walk these, because the elevations change quickly and dramatically, offering a variety of views. Acrylic on Canson painting paper 5.5 x 8 inches.

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Thursday, February 23, 2017


3 consecutive days.....these show the variety that is built into the process, both in terms of approach to the subject, and method. The sizes and surfaces also vary.

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