I have been playing with my acrylic paints and doing a bit of experimentation with intuitive abstract painting. Although it was a a lot of fun to do it was harder than I thought it was going to be. I have always been very tight in my renderings of a still life and even a landscape, so actually painting without a plan or knowing where it was going was an eye opener for me. It is very hard to let go of all the habits (good and bad) that I have gathered during the years I have been painting so this little exercise was a good start in my loosening up and just enjoying the process of putting paint on canvas. Also working large is always very liberating! You will be seeing a lot more of these types of abstracts from me in the future for sure
Sunday, December 28, 2014
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Monday, November 24, 2014
Friday, November 21, 2014
These two paintings are the result of my experimentation with color. I tend to stick with the "real" local color in most of my paintings but I thought I would just use colors that I love and the combinations kinda worked! These two were from some photos I had taken while kayaking this summer and although the area was very beautiful all I saw in the photos was green. I took a chance and made these two a fall landscape and I am pleased with the results. These are for sale for $100 each on Dailypaintworks.com.
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
I really like the color combination in this one and have plans to do a larger studio piece in the future. I love using these 8 x 10 inch panels for studies because they are a manageable size for finishing in one sitting yet they can also stand alone as a piece of art in a nice frame or part of a grouping of similar sizes.
Sunday, November 2, 2014
Sunday, October 26, 2014
|Available for Sale $630 on Dailypaintworks.com|
Saturday, October 25, 2014
I worked on these two paintings today with the first color layer. At this point the paint is being thinned with liquin and paint thinner and should be fairly dry tomorrow so that I can go back in with another layer of color. I am trying to keep my brush strokes loose and painterly which is quite a struggle for me as I really want to go in with details already (this is a throwback to when I painted still life realistically). I think if I keep it loose it will make for a more interesting painting. Here's hoping!
Thursday, October 23, 2014
I started these two paintings today with a thin wash of burnt umber. I basically just painted the paint onto the canvas and then wiped off where I wanted my lights to go. It is a very simple way to start laying in your values and should make the painting progress easier as I get into the color layers. These two are a continuation of the series of paintings that I am doing on the Cowichan River Estuary.
Saturday, October 18, 2014
I just finished up this painting which is another in my Cowichan Estuary Series. Even though the reference was taken during the day, I thought i would change it up a bit and make it an evening scene. I enjoyed using the different greens, blues and oranges in this piece.
Sunday, October 12, 2014
I finished this painting today and I am happy with the results. As I said in previous posts I love this color mixture and i think keeping the color palette simple resulted in a nice piece. The size is a little larger than I have been doing lately, and I think I may go even larger in the near future. It really makes a statement on the wall when the painting is large and colorful and also the texture can be seen more clearly. This piece was done entirely with a selection of different size palette knives. Nothing beats a palette knife for keeping the painting fresh and painterly. It is very hard to get finicky details with a knife so it works well when you don't want too much realism in your work.
|24 x 36 inch oil|
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
I am making a little more progress on this today. I color blocked in the shadows on the snow and the snow itself. I also added a bit more modelling on the birches trying to give a bit more texture. I love the color palette for this one. I made the soft mauve color by mixing part white, burnt sienna and dioxapine purple. The color is more on the warm side due to the burnt sienna and i am liking it a lot. I think I will let this dry a bit before working some more on the snow and shadows. I also painted the sides of the canvas with the left-over paint mixture I had on my palette. This is a good way to use up the paint if you like to clean your palette after every session. I always start with a clean palette but I do have a plastic tupperware container with dividers in it that i keep my colors laid out in. I put this into a small fridge I keep in my studio so that the paint stays fairly fresh until the next time I use it.
Sunday, October 5, 2014
Today I picked my color palette and got started on the upper half of the painting. I am happy with the muted lavenders and for a punch of color I had to add some orange. The trees are blocked in and will need a lot of work to make the texture of the birch work. I will probably get started on the shadows tomorrow. Overall I am happy with the progress of this one. This is done entirely with the palette knife and fingers - no brushes!
Saturday, October 4, 2014
I started this painting today and thought I would show my progress as I go along. I usually start this type of painting by drawing directly on my canvas where I want my elements to go but this time I started right in with thinned down raw umber. I kind of rubbed in the paint where I thought I would like my trees to be and then I rubbed out the actual trees with a brush dipped in paint thinner. This scene will be a winter scene and I may stay with monotone colors as I like the look of this. This of course may change tomorrow when I get back at it.
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Arbutus trees are very familiar here on Vancouver Island. They seem to like to grow near the ocean for some reason, although you may find them just about anywhere on the Island. The bark is very unusual as it sheds and peels every year and the bark is a very pretty orange in color. The tree keeps its leaves throughout the year but they turn brown and dead looking through the winter. I love painting these trees mainly because of the uniquie color and texture of the bark. I found this stand on Newcastle Island while on a hiking trip and just had to paint them!
Friday, September 26, 2014
After going through all the photos I have taken this summer I realize that I have a lot from the Cowichan Estuary. I love the diversity of the area and the changes that take place through the seasons and with the daily tide changes. A lot of the photos were taken while kayaking in the area and while hiking the many trails. I have decided to start a new series using these photos as a jump start. This is my newest one, 8 x 10 inch in oil.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
I have been getting back into the grove of painting after taking some time off during our fantastic summer months. What a glorious summer! These paintings are from some photos that I took while visiting some of our local sites, the Cowichan Estuary and the Damali Lavender farm here in Cobble Hill. The estuary always draws me in because of the ever changing landscape and I love to visit it during different times of the year. The lavender farm is just a couple of miles from my home but this is the first year that I went to the lavender festival that they have every year. It is a beautiful place to visit when the lavender is in full bloom and the smell is marvelous!
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Sunday, July 20, 2014
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Sunday, May 18, 2014
Sunday, April 27, 2014
Sunday, March 9, 2014
Saturday, February 15, 2014
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Monday, January 27, 2014
This is one of two paintings (Iwill post the other when finished) that I did from some photos I took of arbutus trees in Mill Bay, B.C. I love the thick, peeling, orange bark and how their limbs curve in every direction. This painting is 24 x 12 inches and it is done in oil.
Sunday, January 19, 2014
Tuesday, January 14, 2014