Thursday, September 29, 2016

On Location....September 29

On Location....September 29 was spitting rain this morning, so it was either set up the umbrella over the rig, or paint in the car. It worked out ok....intermittent wipers on every so often, duct tape the painting to support board, duct tape the support board to the steering wheel, water cup in the cup holder....tarpaulin on the seat. I set up the paint from the back hatchback, and only brought the essentials up front.....that really limited the mess. Next time I'll put a garbage bag over the gear shift, so I don't slop paint water as I dip my brush at the cupholder.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

September Pasture

(Sold)......Using the collage also helps me deal with the initial impact of the scene (the reason why I chose it). It forces simplification and concentration on the essentials. Without the collage, there is a tendency to complicate.....the eye sees many things and wants to record 'as is'...but the mind is more selective and leaves a lot of things if you say 'this is the thing that affected me...this is the more important part!"    

Monday, September 26, 2016

8 Inches Square

This is about all I know....
Never mind the style, everything you've learned, the degree of finish.....the world around you is moving and alive......the picture will reference the world but it has to be kept to that general statement, not more specific than that......and the picture has to have a pulse, give the illusion of being alive as well......just that.....let the picture have a pulse.

..on 8 inch gessoed thin Masonite panels, some done right on location, some in studio with collage in the first stage...


Thursday, September 22, 2016

Recent Drawings

(bottom drawing is sold)

I used to make these sitting in the front seat of my car, and will likely resume that again when the weather gets colder. In the summer, I'll often take my little portable chair and do these right on location. 2b, 4b, 7b pencils are used...a razor is kept for sharpening, and a white eraser is used less for removal and more as a technique. Each drawing usually takes about an hour of continual work...the pencil is always moving....   

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Curve Lake First Nation Powwow

Yesterday we attended the Curve Lake First Nation powwow. Although it rained for most of the day, it was gentle, warm rain, and really quite pleasant. Although I imagine as the day wore on, it must have been a challenge for the powwow dancers. I really enjoyed this! Wonderful drumming and singing, great dancing, exciting regalia, and a lot of fun. We hope to attend next year again and take in more of the exhibition dancers. Also got turned on to some exciting new first nation fusion music.....A Tribe Called Red, who I think took part in some of the drumming.

I planned to do some plein air painting later in the afternoon, but since it was still steadily raining, I worked from memory....  

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Today's Plein Air Piece....Squirrel Creek

Squirrel Creek
...a beautiful riverside place. There was nobody here when I came, but some fishermen arrived, a few people launched their jetskis, and a couple unloaded their boat from a trailer, and launched it. I love working in the shade.

I like that I got the highlight on the bridge buttresses and gravel of the shore. It was part of the reason why I chose this spot, but the light moves very quickly....and I noticed that by the time I finished the piece...those highlights were gone in the scene.....

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Monday, September 12, 2016

Forest Road, Plein Air

I am enjoying these plein air sessions...they continue alongside in-studio work. On the very edge of a Ganaraska Forest entrance here.....   

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Stylistic Range....

(top image, sold) I seem to have 3 types of pictures that I alternate between. One type is a straight observational record, with plenty of abstraction and design underlying the construction....but it attends to a strong desire to set down what presents itself to the eye (this type is not shown in these slides, but you see examples in the post previous). The second still follows observation but also asks for more 'bending' (emotion and interpretation also informs everything seen)....and the last type is based on memory of location but does not necessarily conform to the experienced visual layout. I need all these 3 types to account for my experience of this wonderful place I'm living in.....   

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Plein Air on Location

A few more shots of recent plein air sessions. Today I used the more portable aluminum easel. It was a cool, beautiful morning for the first day of September! (painting in bottom image sold)