Thursday, 31 January 2008

Doorway 1

5"X7" Graphitint on paper

I feel a series of doorways coming on. I have always enjoyed windows and doors. This one is on King Street (St. Catharines).

Wednesday, 30 January 2008

A Century of Turtle Doves

5"X7" Graphitint on paper

And now for something completely different.
I was feeling lazy this evening and wanted something quick and easy. I found this image I took in Arizona last summer, four turtle doves in a century plant against a sky heavy with rain.
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Tuesday, 29 January 2008

Back Windows 1

5"X7" Graphitint on paper

I called this Back Windows 1 because there is an ocean of material on this theme and I expect I will do a lot more. I have already done a few larger paintings of this area. The raceway for the 2nd Welland Canal used to run behind St. Paul Street and it has left some fascinating and very eccentric architectural curiosities.

Monday, 28 January 2008

Hibiscus

5"X7" Oil on panel


I actually started this one on the weekend. I forgot to take a photograph so I had to finish it from memory. One day, and they are gone.
I have another hibiscus flowering today, a rather blousey, double salmon pink one. I also have two orchids about to pop, so that should give me plenty of scope for the days ahead.



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Sunday, 27 January 2008

Bend in the Road


5"X7" Oil on panel


Still on the theme of the black winter skies. I am finding the effect of these a bit cheesey. Ah well, onwards and upwards I guess. This blog is about experiments as much as anything, sometimes they will work and sometimes not.

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Saturday, 26 January 2008

January Sky


5"X7" Oil on board


I am not a big fan of winter and cold weather but the skies are great. Late afternoon, right outside my house, looking West (needless to say).

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Friday, 25 January 2008

Fruit Trees under Snow

5"X7" Oil on board

Another one inspired by yesterday morning's drive. The skies at this time of year are wonderful. This is looking North towards Lake Ontario.

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Thursday, 24 January 2008

January Morning



5"X7" Graphitint on paper



As I was driving into work this morning the sun was shining but the sky over the lake was almost black. By the time I got to Virgil it was snowing hard.

Wednesday, 23 January 2008

Crack


5"X7" Graphitint on paper

A deep cleft in the rock, somewhere about halfway up the escarpment. Early Spring.

Tuesday, 22 January 2008

Red-Wing Blackbird

4"X4" Watercolour on Paper

I really am going to have to try to start these earlier. This little guy was such a beauty, I will have to try again to do him justice.

Monday, 21 January 2008

Pointsettias

5"X5" Aquarelle pencil on paper

Another sketchbook study today. I am particularly proud of this poinsettia because it is actually from the Christmas before last. It sat outside all Summer until frost and then I put it in a north facing window in the basement. Just before Christmas I noticed that although it was looking pretty ratty and had lost a lot of leaves, the new ones coming in were red.

Sunday, 20 January 2008

Blue and White Jug


5"X7" Oil on Panel



This lovely jug was a present from my father-in-law. It was made by a Quebec potter of Japanese descent.



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Saturday, 19 January 2008

Shell


5"X7" Oil n board


I didn't realize how hellishly difficult this one would be. The perspective changes every time I tilt my head.

Friday, 18 January 2008

Pepper

4"X6" Oil on canvas board



I am not sure how long I can keep this up. Finding the inspiration for a subject every day is almost as challenging as actually doing the painting. I wasn't able to take the whole day off today, just the afternoon, and that passed without my even starting to paint. So I ended up painting by artificial light as usual. Oh well, here is another, a rosie red pepper.


Thursday, 17 January 2008

Leaves

3.9"X3.9" Watercolour on paper

These little pads of Hahnemuhle paper were given away with Artisits &Illustrators Magazine. The leaves were lying on a wooden bridge in Algonquin last Fall.

Wednesday, 16 January 2008

Little House Big Trees


6.5"X9.5" Graphitint on paper.

Another local farmhouse. There are many such around here, very modest little houses dwarfed by overhanging trees.

Tuesday, 15 January 2008

Canada Geese

6.5"X9.5" Graphitint on paper

More birds. Another sketchbook study. This photo was taken a couple of years ago at about this time of year, maybe a little later. There isn't that much ice yet this year. They are standing right by the (Welland) canal close to Lock 1.

Monday, 14 January 2008

Cottontail

4"X6" watercolour and watercolour pencil on paper

This bunny was sitting by the track last summer when I was waiting for my boys to finish running.

Sunday, 13 January 2008

Royal Gala

4"X6" Oil on board


Another postcard sized oil. One of my favourite apples, especially at this time of year.



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Saturday, 12 January 2008

Cherry Trees under the Escarpment

4"X6" Oil on board

As it is the weekend, I thought I would try another oil. This one from a photo taken last Spring, really tiny this time. Truly postcard size.



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Friday, 11 January 2008

Pigment


5"X7" Oil on board


Today I have tried an oil for the first time. Much more of a challenge, I must say. Apart from anything else, I had to photograph it, because of course I couldn't put a wet oil on the scanner. Also, I am used to doing oils over several days. However, here it is, one of the jewel-like bottles of pigment, this one cadmium red.

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Thursday, 10 January 2008

Gull on Ice

6.5"X9.5" Graphitint on paper

A bit of a cheat tonight. I spent so much time reorganizing my blog that I am too tired to paint very much. I seem to be doing a series on birds, I will have to see what I can come up with tomorrow.

Catchup

Well, as I already started this on another blog, and now want to move it all onto here. I am going to start by importing posts for the last six days. I am going to put them into reverse order so that they fit in better with the rest.



Heron on Grand Lake






Painted & posted January 9th 2008



4"X6" Watercolour on paper



Grand Lake is at Achray, in the North West corner of Algonquin. This was October.












Men on a Laker





Painted & posted January 8th 2008



6.5"X9.5" Graphitint on paper



One of many I plan to do of the boats and the people who work on them.















Berries





Painted & posted January 7th 2008


6.5"X9.5" Graphitint on paper


Some berries on a bush in Algonquin. I don’t know what kind of bush, I should find out.





Geneva & Church


Painted & posted January 6th 2008


6.5"X9.5" Graphitint on paper


Today’s contribution comes from a photo I took a couple of years ago. This is one of many rather seedy buildings in downtown St. Catharines which seems to have had a slightly more exalted past. Like the previous two entries, this was done with Derwent Graphitint.





Farmhouse & Barn


Painted & posted January 5th 2008


6.5"X9.5" Graphitint on paper


Today’s offering is from some pictures I took this Spring. There are many more waiting to be worked into paintings. Maybe this is the only way they will get there. It gives me a chance to see what will work anyway.





Goose Island


Painted & posted January 4th 2008


6.5"X9.5" Graphitint on paper


Well here I go. I have decided that, when all else fails I will just draw directly from my hundreds of reference photos on the computer. Drawing from the screen is quite good actually and a lot more like drawing from life than drawing from a paper image. Something to do with the back lighting I think.

This house on Ball Avenue is just one of several ruins that we nearly bought because of the idyllic setting. This photo is about four years old and was taken in about June, I think. Ball Avenue is one of those forgotten segments of the city, surrounded by urban sprawl but protected by parkland and old canals and obscure escarpment easements.