Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Rock and Hillock

Rock and Hillock
Hanging out in the graveyard on a warm October day.....scraped ground....early stages of a new housing development. Acrylic on thin gessoed masonite panel 8 x 8 inches.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Some October Paintings on Location....


These 5 works were done on consecutive days, one per day, at a neighbour's beautiful property. The temperatures will get colder now, but there should still be time for some outdoor painting. (the bottom piece, with the white cliffs from a distance, is sold)

Friday, October 7, 2016

5 Plein Air One Day

This was the first of 5 pieces done within a 24 hour period, on October 1st. It felt good to get the first one done....a beautiful, calm, very grey morning that gradually brightened by the time I finished this. 

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Plein Air....5th in One Day...

This was the 5th and last piece produced on location in 24 hours. It was early morning and the sky changed quickly. There was fog when I started, and a fair bit of clearing by the time I had finished. The mixing table is near my car, which helps hide me, which I like, and it also keeps the wind off the paint, which prevents very quick drying. I keep a spray bottle on hand to prevent premature drying, but it really helps to be out of the wind. (sold, and going to Australia)

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Plein Air....Little Stand

It drizzled for most of the day....the umbrella worked for the first bit, but then the wind picked up, so I had to take it down...luckily the rain stopped by then. I always look for a bit of shelter when I set up...and I don't like a 100 eyes on me while I'm making these. Any distractions at all can wreck the process....decisions must go quickly from one to the other....even a 10 second delay can hurt the flow. 5 on-site paintings were made in 24 hours. This is the 2nd last...on gessoed, cradled birch panel.


Thursday, September 29, 2016

On Location....September 29

On Location....September 29 was spitting rain this morning, so it was either set up the umbrella over the rig, or paint in the car. It worked out ok....intermittent wipers on every so often, duct tape the painting to support board, duct tape the support board to the steering wheel, water cup in the cup holder....tarpaulin on the seat. I set up the paint from the back hatchback, and only brought the essentials up front.....that really limited the mess. Next time I'll put a garbage bag over the gear shift, so I don't slop paint water as I dip my brush at the cupholder.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

September Pasture

(Sold)......Using the collage also helps me deal with the initial impact of the scene (the reason why I chose it). It forces simplification and concentration on the essentials. Without the collage, there is a tendency to complicate.....the eye sees many things and wants to record 'as is'...but the mind is more selective and leaves a lot of things if you say 'this is the thing that affected me...this is the more important part!"