Friday, March 21, 2014

Plein air sketch for today


 Many of the painters that I am drawn to advise that nature should be your teacher in observations of light ,colour and design not to mention it is a pleasure to paint outside after this long winter and hear the Tundra swans overhead as they arrive. This is a quick sketch of the patterns of the receding snow around one of the trees in my yard today.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Three stages of a charcoal drawing



    I thought it might be of interest to show these stages of my drawing of these sheep. From here it may be developed into an oil painting as well. Doing a drawing like this is ,for me,observing ,drawing and as you go adjusting and correcting as all of the elements relate to one another and the whole. Sometimes I like the constructive part of the process that is seen in the first two pictures even better than the finished drawing because of the thrill of trying to understand the subject as a dimensional object in space with it's perspective and volume expressed only in line. If I can get this looking right the finished sheep with all of it's wool should look right.
    If you are interested in having a go at this and would like to take some classes with me in my studio please contact me anytime.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

New Painting"Work Horses" 18x24 inches Original oil




 I love this country road just outside of Aylmer and I often stop and visit with these calm and curious guys. I also love the wildness of the roadside here where it is allowed to blossom into this rich and diverse life including the inspiring purple aster and goldenrod . This painting is about colour.
Contact me if you are interested in this painting.