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Cherry blossom time

6"X8" oil on board

Here is another one I painted a couple of years ago and never posted.
So many of these Niagara orchards have been ripped out and replaced with vines, they may have to rename Blossom Sunday.

Vines Contre Jour

6"X8" Oil on board
A couple of years ago the Niagara Artists’ Centre annual fundraiser Small Feats experimented with offering smaller, 6”X8”, paintings as well as the usual square foot works. As I was swamped with work at the time I decided to go with this size. None of mine sold and I guess it wasn’t generally very successful because they didn’t repeat this size the following year.
At the time I forgot (or didn’t have time) to scan and post them and I just remembered them now that another of my favourite local arts organizations is looking for donations.
This one will be available at the Carousel Caravan silent auction. It is valued at $100 but starting bid will probably be around $10, so you may be able to pick up a bargain.

Peaches 2019

5"X7" Oil on board
Almost every year I torture myself by attempting to capture a realistic likeness of our delicious, fresh Niagara peaches. Here is this year's effort and below are some of my previous attempts.


Harlesden Garden

In London, I spent my first day decompressing and sketching in the garden.

Window Sketches

I am a big fan and follower of the urban sketchers group, but I am too much of a wuss to spend much time at it myself through the Ontario winter. I have to make do with these views through my windows.


Interiors

When it is too cold to paint outside we have to make do with what we have.


Still Life

Artist Steven Reddy is a member of the Urban Sketchers group and also teaches a couple of online courses through Bluprint (aka Craftsy).
I find his technique interesting but have never had the courage to adopt his quirky, almost cartoonish style. However, I do find that there is something liberating about using these direct pen contour lines, with little or no preliminary drawing. Perspective isn't always accurate and shapes are sometimes a bit skewed, but the finished result makes for a strong, illustrative drawing.