|Grazers 8x8 oil|
August 26, 2014
August 19, 2014
|Urban Quagmire 30x30 oil|
The show is called 'Ordinary Beauty'. A three person show in the beautiful gallery at the Dundas Museum, (that's Dundas, Ontario). We decided to have the reception on September 18, since a lot of people are away in August, including one of the artists in the show, but you can visit the gallery any time from today until October 18.
August 12, 2014
|The Sentry, 10x8 oil|
This majestic row of trees was painted on July 7, at Courtcliffe Park in Hamilton, Ontario. I know ... over a month ago ... just a little behind with my postings. The funny thing about painting 'en plein air' is that I remember everything about the time I spend on every painting. I remember why I chose a certain view, as opposed to one in a different location and what the particular circumstances were while I was painting, as well as the decisions that I made during the painting. It's almost as if time stands still, all that matters at that moment is the painting. Sometimes it can take 3 to 4 hours to complete, but feels like only an hour had passed, while other times it may only take an hour and I can't believe it's completed because it felt like 10 minutes. Either way, I'm always surprised when I look at a clock afterwards.
When I painted 'The Sentry' it was a warm day with a bit of a breeze. The trees looked so impressive with the sun behind them, creating a strong silhouette. I chose to stand under the shade of a large tree in the open part of the park. I wanted to be away from the forest where the stream runs through because the mosquitos were particularly bad that day, (I forgot to pack sunscreen and bug spray).