August 30, 2013

The End of the Road, 10x8 oil

The End of the Road, 10x8 oil
$150
Yesterday, late afternoon I went out to paint.  It's a wonderful time to be painting outside.  Everything becomes richer in colour as the sun gets lower in the sky.  This is a pretty spot to paint, at the end of Spring Garden Road by the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington, Ontario.  It's the home of all sorts of birds.  As I was painting, two blue herons landed on the path but quickly headed on, not even enough time to grab my camera unfortunately.  In the water to the left there was an assortment of waterfowl, ducks, geese and swans.  I did manage to get the seagull as it so kindly sat and posed for me. (Can you see it?)
I believe this is my last posting for August as I am gearing up for doing '30 Paintings in 30 Days' in September.  It's a wonderful challenge hosted by Leslie Saeta.  If you visit her blog you'll be able to see all the artists doing this challenge.  I'll be posting my paintings here as well as on her blog.

August 27, 2013

Walking Through a Forest, Ancaster 10x8 oil

Walking Through a Forest, Ancaster 10x8 oil
$150
Although this past Monday was stormy and rainy, the previous Monday was hot and sunny.  That's when I went out with a group of artist friends and started this painting.  I had a good amount done on location, but when the sun shifted there was a whole new look to what I was seeing.  I headed home to finish it.  When I go out to paint, my goal is to finish the painting on location, otherwise I almost feel like a kid with homework after school...bizarre!

August 22, 2013

Dancer's Feet, 8x8 oil SOLD

Dancer's Feet, 8x8 oil
$150
The agony of the feet!  Dancing certainly takes it's toll on the feet.  Probably the hardest working part of a dancer's body. 
Another foot painting to add to my collection.  This one will be added to the Footnotes Show on Spring Garden Rd in Burlington until September 18.

August 20, 2013

The Fountain, RBG, 8x10 oil

The Fountain, RBG, 8x10 oil
$150
I spent an afternoon painting at the Royal Botanical Gardens not too long ago.  It's great that there is so much choice of subject matter there, except that it took me forever to decide what to paint.  Painting a fountain was something new for me, so I decided to take the challenge...and I loved it.

August 16, 2013

Oakville Harbour, 10x8 oil SOLD

Oakville Harbour, 10x8 oil
Oakville Harbour Marina, on a beautiful August day.  This may look like a quiet summer day at the marina, but in reality there was a constant flow of boats moving in and out of the marina as I painted.  Most of this painting was done on location, but I did the final touches when I got home.  There is so much to paint at a marina that it's hard to decide what to choose.  I'll have to come back again for sure!

August 12, 2013

Hot Summer Day, Bronte Beach, 10x8 oil

Hot Summer Day, Bronte Beach, 10x8 oil
$150
It's days like this we dream about on those cold gray winter days.  I painted this about a week ago on location in Bronte.  It was such a beautiful day I actually painted two paintings in the same location, but facing the opposite direction.  Behind me is the Oakville Harbour Marina.  I'll post that one next time.

August 06, 2013

July Paintings 2013

Well we're now a week into the 8th month of the year.  Four months until Christmas?  Wow, I can't believe it!  I don't know if it's just the Canadian in me, but I'm already looking forward to the cooler autumn days, with pumpkins and scarecrows everywhere, and rolls of hay scattered on the farmer's fields.  Maybe it's because the sunflowers are in bloom and the tall stalks of corn remind me that there is only a month or so left of summer.  Hmmm, I better get out there and paint!

In September I'll be participating in the "Painting a Day Challenge", (like I did in January this year).  I've got to get prepared, maybe plan a weekly theme.  I'm not sure how I should approach it yet.  I found in January, each painting I did brought ideas for my next painting.  However I approach it, I definitely need to clean my studio and get organised before I start the challenge.