Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Randwood

12"x12" oil on canvas

Built in the mid 19th century by the Dickson family, it was purchased in 1873 by Henry Livingstone Lansing, a Buffalo banker, for the princely sum of $18,000. The Lansing family made extensive changes and additions to the original building which at that time was known as Woodlawn.
George Rand bought the house, with the 50 acre estate, in 1909 and the house was owned by the Rand family for most of the 20th century.
The future of the building is currently being debated. It looks as if it will be turned into an inn and conference centre. It seems a shame but as the estate still comprises 14 acres and several buildings, it is hardly surprising that it no one wants to take it on as a single family home!

$300 - Please contact me for more information.

Saturday, 26 May 2012

Another Common Tree

12"X12" Oil on canvas

Here is another tree, actually it is three trees growing together. I sketched it once before, from a slightly different angle, last Fall.

$300 - Currently available at TAG Art Gallery in St. Catharines

Friday, 25 May 2012

Common Tree

12"X12" Oil on canvas


I have been working on a couple more images from my morning walk last week. I painted them together but will post the other one tomorrow. As usual, I find it hard to know when to stop.

Niagara-on-the-Lake Common is mostly meadow but there are a few lone sentinels like this dotted about.

$300 - Currently available at TAG Art Gallery in St. Catharines

Sunday, 20 May 2012

May Common

16"X20" Oil on canvas

Anyone who has spent any time in Niagara-on-the-Lake would probably recognize this as one of the military trails that cuts across the Common. Butler's Barracks is behind me and I am walking towards the river, so I am heading due east.

It is around 10 in the morning, so the sun is ahead of me and not yet at the zenith. The shadows are deep and slanting slightly towards me. I have posted WIP here and here

When I am working from a photograph, I am always most comfortable when not too much time has passed since the taking of it. I am not sure that my visual memory is as good as some and I like to be able to "feel" the location still as I paint. Sometimes, like right now, I am lucky in that the weather has remained pretty stable for the past few days, so I can just glance outside the window to recapture the colours and the play of light.

The excellent Karin Jurick started a social art project a couple of years ago called "Different Strokes", whereby she would post a picture every week and invite other painters to give their versions of it. She would then post the resulting works on her blog. I thought that this was an excellent idea, and in fact many others have copied it since. However, after trying for a few weeks to participate, I discovered that I wasn't actually very good at it and nor did I find it very satisfying. I have never been much good at working from other people's photographs. Apart from the fact that it is a practice rather looked down upon by "serious" artists, I find that I have no connection with a subject that I haven't registered personally and so I am unable to do anything much with it.

$700 - Currently available at TAG Art Gallery in St. Catharines

Friday, 18 May 2012

NOTL Customs house

7"X5" Acrylic on board

I had to go into Niagara-on-the-Lake yesterday for an early appointment. It was a perfect May day so I took some photos with my iPod. I find that this is the ideal tool for taking reference pictures. It is small and portable so that I can have it with me at all times. The quality of the images isn't very good, but in some ways that is better than a really good photo. All I need is an aide-memoire.

I have featured this building before so you can go here to read more about it.

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Port Dalhousie Lighthouse

16"X20" Oil on canvas

This might be finished. I am trying to decide whether to add a seagull but I think that might be a bit too twee. Besides, it might just muck it up completely.

This lighthouse was built in 1879 and is located at the end of the marina pier. Along with the inner lighthouse, which was deactivated in 1988, it was built to aid the navigation of ships into the Welland canal. The light was automated in 1968. 

The first three Welland canals came out here at Port Dalhousie. The current, fourth canal is now located a few miles to the east and enters Lake Ontario at Port Weller.

$700 Please contact me for more information.

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Houses across the street

6"X9" Watercolour on paper

The weather is about as close to perfect as you can get right now. I did some painting this morning, on a larger piece (WIP here), but this afternoon I just wanted to sit on my porch, so I did a little "urban sketch" of the houses across the street.

Saturday, 12 May 2012

Apples in the Window

2.5"x3.5" Acrylic on paper ACEO

I meant to get started on a new piece today but the weather was too perfect. I worked in the garden instead. I painted this little quickie while I was cooking dinner.

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Radio Cafe

iPod sketch in Brushes

I recently added the Brushes app to my iPod. I hadn't played with it until today finding the screen size pretty challenging. However, I found myself with some downtime this morning, waiting for an appointment at the lovely MacLaren Art Centre in Barrie, so I attempted this tiny sketch.
It was actually easier than I expected and certainly a good way of sketching unobtrusively. Nobody takes any notice of someone using a small electronic device these days. They just assume that you are playing "Angry Birds" or something.