Saturday, October 18, 2014

Painting In The Rain..

A Boat House In Autumn    8" x 10"    o/p

How many times while painting in the rain has one just about had enough of the rain and said to one self, "What am I doing out here ?" 
It is about now that the sun comes out , right ? Well, isn't that par for the course ?

So, now the plein air artist asks himself/herself, "What now... Do I chase the sun hitting the fall leaves or do I attempt to paint the beautiful autumn cast shadows ? 

One dabbles a spot of colour here and there while waiting for answers. ..."Guess what ?"

It is raining again !    

Questions answered, problem solved...

'til next...

Thursday, October 16, 2014

A Rainy Day Painting..

Cold Creek Falls    11" x 14"    O/P

This painting is a "Rainy Day Painting" that was painted in the studio using photo reference.

For this particular painting , I changed the rules a bit when it came to using the photo reference. Once I had the composition established on my panel using an edited version of the reference, I laid the photo face down and and promised myself that I would paint as long as I could without it. 
Basically, it was a "memory work piece".
I did have to revert to the photo a few times near the finish. Some of the details were missing that I felt would help the painting if I included them. 

I think that it was a helpful exercise and it certainly did put a rainy day to good use..

'til next.. 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A Drizzly Rain Makes For Darker Values..

Autumn Woodland    11" x 14"    o/p

Painted during and after a "drizzly rain".

My palette for this particular painting was,ultramarine blue, cerulean blue, alizarin, cad red, lemon yellow, Indian yellow and titanium white. Other colours on my palette (mainly for convenience) were cad. green, trans red oxide, yellow green, and orange.

'til next..

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Beyond Fixer upper !

No Trespassing..!    9" x 12"    O/C

After hearing two loud gunshots, four people and a dog in a Jeep came out from behind the building and headed toward me, while I was standing on the edge of the road.
The front seat passenger got out of the Jeep and came toward me, at the same time, saying that the property behind the house was private and was used for hunting.
 I was advised to stay out  !
After some small talk, He revealed to me that this piece of property was the only access to his hunting ground and that he had attempted to purchase it.
The owner was asking Fifty Thousand $ for it! ...
My first thought was and it stumbled out automatically, " Is that with or without the house ? "
After an awkward pause in the conversation, I realized my attempt at light humour kind of wobbled over his head.
Being the gentleman I now realize he was, he ignored my attempt at light humour and bid me, "Good Day".

I stand embarrassed !

'til next..

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Autumn Painting..

Making Ready For Winter    9" x 12"    O/P  

This seems like an appropriate title for this particular painting. It certainly does remind me of how life gets in the way of some nice plein air painting weather.
Mow the lawn for the last time before the snow flies, drain and roll up the garden hose, put the barbecue away, prep the snow blower,...does the list of "autumn things to do" ever seem to end when your minds eye is fixed to a canvas else were ?

I used my regular limited split palette for this painting.  I added cadmium orange to my palette list because it is somewhat of a time saver this time of the year.
Odourless mineral spirits was my only medium.

'til next...

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Back to Amherst Island... Again !

South Shore In Autumn    11" x 14"    o/p

Today, Artist Bruce Sherman and I headed out to Amherst Island. The day started out with overcast skies, and a misty fog in the air.
It was not the ideal or most inviting kind of day for plein air painting, but it did allow us to explore the south shore of the island. (Lake Ontario touches the south shore of Amherst Island)
We found a number of good painting locations with fall colours and finally settled on a site on the main road facing west. As we set up our easels and readied ourselves to paint, the fog lifted and the sun came out behind us.
It turned out to be a beautiful day.  A day of friendly 'banter', friendship  and painting.
...Autumn  at its' best !

Here is a photo of our "painting spot". You can see how I edited the scene as I painted.

'til next.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Remembering The Beach..

 A Summer Memory     11" x 14"    o/p

Now  that autumn is here, it seems so long ago that the family spent a mid week afternoon at a nearby beach. This particular painting is a stylized piece from reference sketches  and a photo. 
The palette is a split palette of reds, blues and yellows. The support for this painting is a gessoed Masonite panel. 
Strange, now that autumn is here and the leaves are/have turned to colour, that painting the "much hated, no choice", summer greens are not all that bad, for a change after all. 

..'til next..