Saturday, 25 July 2015

Maddie



7"X5" Acrylic on board



Maddie doesn't like having her photograph taken. She doesn't even like it when I take out my sketchbook. I have many pictures of the back of her head and her retreating bum.
This is the first time I have ever tried to paint her, she looks a little worried.

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Willowbank, Spring

2.5"X3.5" Gauche on paper.

I haven't been painting for the past few months, so I decided to start small, very small. This is Willowbank, School of Restoration Arts and National Historic Site. I have been working here since November.

Saturday, 4 October 2014

NOTL Apothecary

5"X7" Acrylic on board.

Another fine old building in Niagara-on-the-Lake.  

The Niagara Apothecary operates as a museum and is open to the public during the summer months.

Thursday, 2 October 2014

The Sign of the Pineapple

7"X5"Acrylic on board

I took a bunch of reference photos in Niagara-on-the-Lake a couple of years ago, with the intention of putting together a panorama of Queen Street. It never happened so I thought I might as well use some of them for studies at least.

For as long as I can remember this store has been called "The Owl and the Pussycat", but I have it on good authority that it used to be "The Sign of the Pineapple", for fairly obvious reasons. I am not sure what is the origin of the pineapple, but it is a lovely old building dating from the early 19th century.


Saturday, 27 September 2014

St. Cyril and St. Methodius


8"X5" pen and ink and water soluble pencil on paper. 

Went urban sketching today with two new acquaintances, Janice and Janet. It was a perfect day and this was really quite a good location. We were able to sit in the shade in an empty parking lot.

If anyone local (Niagara) would like to join us on future dates, let me know and I will keep you updated. I actually tried to organize a Niagara Urban Sketchers group a couple of years ago but dropped the ball. Well done Janice for making this happen.



Saturday, 6 September 2014

Peach, Plate and Gargoyle

8"X10" Oil on canvas.

My muse has eluded me recently. I have lots of excuses for not painting but none of them really stand up to scrutiny.

I made a new shadow box today, so I will see if I can use it for some still lifes and try to get my painting muscles back into shape.

Of course more than half the battle is just choosing something to paint. I just grabbed the first three things that came to hand. A little odd, and fairly challenging. Peaches are one of the hardest fruits to paint, in my opinion, but so delicious.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Maddie

 6"X8" Charcoal & chalk on grey paper

Not only does Maddie hate being photographed, she doesn't even like to be sketched and will usually hide if she sees me with a pencil in my hand.
Needless to say, the only pictures I have managed to make of her have been while she was asleep. Even these had to be pretty quick as I think that she can smell my focused attention and will usually wake up, give me an accusing look and slink off.