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Showing posts from January, 2010

Gruber/Maklar Duo

7"X5.5" Pencil in Moleskine

I haven't been painting much but I do still sketch pretty regularly. It isn't quite as easy to use the scanner with my present setup so I have been rather remiss about posting these drawings.

On Friday we hosted another remarkable guitar duo, from Bavaria this time. Chris Gruber and Peter Maklar are wonderful musicians and charming, funny and considerate guests, Their concert at St. Barnabas was one of my favourites so far, just beautiful music.

Dawn on the River

7"X5" Oil on board

I found myself at work very early a couple of times this week so I went for a walk.

Dawn looks a lot like dusk (except looking the other way of course) at this time of year. This spot is right at the junction of the Niagara River and Lake Ontario.

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Winter Sunset 2

7"X5" Oil on board

At last the days are getting a little longer. This is a sight that often greets me as I get out of work and start for home


3.5"X5.5" Pencil in moleskine

I mentioned that, when in Montreal, we stayed in a friends lovely house full of art. This is a bust of the owners son, now a grown man, when he was about 13 I think. I am ashamed to say that I can't even remember the name of the sculptor, but it made a nice quick study while I was waiting for my kids to get up and start the day.

January Window Plants

5"X7" Acrylic on board

I may have to stop calling myself a Daily Painter. The best I seem to manage at the moment is 1-3 a week.

Amarilii are always cheering at this time of year. I bought some primulas in the Market yesterday too, maybe I will paint them next week.

Winter Sunset

8"X6" Oil on board

I am not getting very good reproductions, one of the problems with using oil on these short winter days. I can't scan them and by the time I am ready to photograph them there is so little light the results aren't good. The days are starting to get a little longer but it is hard to tell. We have been getting some real Canadian winter weather, overcast and snowing all day with temperatures around -9C.

I go back to work tomorrow and am not looking forward to the drive, it is around 20 kilometres (12 miles) on rural roads, white knuckles all the way.

Midwinter River

8"X6" Oil on board

Looking northeast to the New York shore. The season is about right but I didn't take this reference shot this year. Right now we have a couple of inches of snow and the temperature is -11C (about 12F).

Montreal Interior

7"X5" Oil on board

I spent a few days in Montreal after Christmas, in a lovely house on the edge of Westmount. I always find it very inspiring because, as well as being very beautiful in its own right, with lots of wonderful light, it is also full of great 20th century Canadian art. This is a further experiment in my attempt to simplify my painting and develop value studies.