Evening Ride 18″ x 24″
This scene reminds me of another time on this path, when my daughter’s horse took off at a full gallop until they were out of sight. She managed to do a u-turn and brought him back, still going at full speed. As he turned a sharp corner, she decided it was a good time to let herself fall off, as he was heading for the street. Everything turned out fine – no major injuries and the silly horse got home safely.
Fall Shadows 8″ x 8″
Here is yet another tree from Jericho Park. I am so lucky to have this park practically in my backyard. You can see an amazing variety of wildlife on any given day. I have seen: ducks, geese, eagles, herons, bats, harbour seals, rabbits, squirrels, beavers, turtles, racoons, frogs, crabs, all kinds of birds and even a coyote once. Perhaps choosing a tree to paint is a little boring…
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).
Boardwalk, Granville Island 18″ x 24″
Drawing things in perspective is not one of my strengths. Half way through this painting, I realized that I had it very wrong. I made some corrections (not easy when the painting is too far along), but I’m still not sure I’ve got it right.
This path runs around Granville Island, on the North side of False Creek. A beautiful walk when it’s sunny.
Morning Shadows 24″ x 18″
This painting takes me back to a cool fall morning when my son and I went for an early walk. He was looking for snails and frogs, and I was looking for painting inspiration. I came home with lots of ideas and (thankfully) he left the wildlife in the park.
Winter Tracks 8″ x 10″
Recently, someone who has never seen my work asked me what style my paintings are. I should know how to answer that, but I was at a loss. I don’t know the answer. I know what I paint and why I paint it, but I don’t know what my style is called. It occurred to me that I should have a short prepared statement that I can rattle off when needed, so I am giving it some thought. These are the first words that come to mind: design, pattern, bold colour, light vs. shadow, simplified. I will keep thinking. Comments and suggestions are welcome.
When I work on tiny paintings, I often do 2 or 3 at the same time. I have found that there is a large time investment for one, but to do an additional one or two does not add that much time to the process. For instance, if 1 tiny painting takes 2 hours to complete, I can probably finish a set of 3 in 2.5 to 3 hours. Of course, each painting does not come out the same. They share the same general colours and composition, but I try not to be too picky about making all the details match. Each one is truly an original. Can you spot the differences?
Low Tide - two 3" x 3" acrylic paintings