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Posts from the ‘The Process’ Category

Red-winged Blackbird

Red-winged Blackbird  8″ x 8″

I did something different with the background here. I’m not sure if I like it, or if it looks like some crazy 70’s wallpaper.

Northern Flicker

Northern Flicker 8″ x 8″                                                  Available on Etsy.

When I look at the paintings I’ve completed over the past year or so, I notice a trend. I seem to be going back to the subject matter that I loved throughout my childhood and teens. Horses, pets, birds and wildlife. It hasn’t been intentional. They are fun, and one leads to the next until I have a series of animals.

It’s fun to compare the new to the old. This is a sketch from many years ago.

 

Rusty

Rusty 14" x 11"

Rusty 14″ x 11″

I don’t seem to have a solid direction with my painting right now, so here is another horse. When I don’t know what I want to do next, it is important that I keep something on the easel. Sitting around waiting for inspiration to strike rarely works. It doesn’t really matter what I’m painting, I just have to keep at it and hopefully some ideas will emerge. Painting a bit of this and a bit of that is my plan for now.

Summerland Vineyard

Summerland Vineyard  18" x 24"

Summerland Vineyard 18″ x 24″

The less I paint, the less I want to paint.  The more I paint, the more I want to paint.

Thankfully, the second phrase describes my current condition.

Painting space

 

The West Pond   24"x18"

The West Pond 24″x18″

Once again, I’m painting Jericho Park. I never get tired of it.

I have moved recently and will soon have a dedicated painting space. I hesitate to say studio, because it might be more of a nook or corner. For now I am painting in the kitchen, but I can’t complain because this is my view:

Panorama-sm

Autumn Gold

Autumn Gold  18"x24"

Autumn Gold 18″x24″

Here’s yet another picture of autumn in the park. I can never seem to capture the varieties of colour – endless shades of orange, fading to yellow, changing to green with a bunch of pink and red thrown into the shady areas. Rather than trying to do it all, I find it’s best to pick a direction and go with it. I decided to let the gold and yellow dominate in this one.

Highbury Street

Highbury Street  24"x18"

Highbury Street 24″x18″

Autumn is my favourite painting season. My attempts at capturing the golden light, long shadows and intense colours are not always successful, but I have a lot of fun trying.

The season always feels too short for me to take it all in and explore as much as I’d like. For me, the magic of painting is that it allows me to fully immerse myself in a place, to explore the colours, textures and mood for as long as I want. Hopefully, in the end, I have a piece of art that captures the character of that place or moment. (Sometimes it actually works).

 

Somewhere in Alberta

Somewhere in Alberta  18" x 24"

Somewhere in Alberta
18″ x 24″

I am not brave enough to post my work in progress. If the final painting is not a success, I like to have the option of forgetting it ever existed. Now that the painting is finished, I feel okay sharing some of my steps.

Somewhere-in-Alberta---Animation-1

 

Before and After

Intersection 8"x8"

Intersection 8″ x 8″

 

Intersection 8" x 8" Adjusted

Intersection 8″ x 8″

Can you spot the difference between these 2 paintings? Sometimes I think I’m finished, but after looking at the painting for a few days I see things that must be fixed. The lowest sign on the post HAD to be removed. Now if only I could figure out how to fix the grass…

 

Same painting, different size.

North Poles 18"x24"

North Poles 18″x24″

I decided to use my tiny painting as a study for this larger version. I’m happy to be  finding some painting time after a busy December and January.