This is a commissioned painting that I did from an old photo. It is of my client's grandsons looking out their window onto Dublin Bay. I really prefer working from my own photos, I have more control, but sometimes it is not possible. This is a Christmas gift, and I am so pleased that my client really loved it!
It is said that there are no more beautiful sunsets than those at Georgian Bay, which is part of Lake Huron. It is very popular cottage country. I visited a friend's cottage this fall, and it was fabulous. The weather changed from moment to moment.
It has been a very long while since I posted to my blog, and I have missed it! Over the summer I bought a house, and as you can imagine it has been an extremely busy time. The house has required some work, not the fun decorating kind, but the basic necessary kind, like upgrading the electrical ( damn those insurance rules!). Just figuring out where stuff should go is a major thing. My next project is having my art space painted, so that I can get back to painting in earnest. I have a few commissions I am working on, and lots of ideas about what to paint. My most current painting is this:
"One For You and Two for Me"
This is a woman after my own heart! I think she made some healthy choices though! Looks like salady things on her plates. I would have added an eclair I think! Oil on gesso board 6x6" SOLD
I am pleased with this painting because I didn't use my usual grid to paint it, and trusted my eyes to get the proportions right, something I have been trying to achieve for a while. Drawing is so important when laying down a painting, and all the things that advanced artists tell you to do are true! Stand back from the painting, go away and come back to it with "new eyes" and squint. Now I feel a little braver, and I will trust my eyes more!
8x8" Oil on Raymar cotton panel (I love these things - they have the nice resistance of canvas, and because they are mounted on a solid panel they don't have the annoying bounciness of stretched canvas.) SOLD
On several occasions this past winter (or what passed for a winter) when there was a thin layer of ice on a protected cove on Lake Ontario, I saw gulls standing on the ice. Sometimes, when it was sunny, there would be hundreds of them basking, preening, and hanging out together.
This is the main drag of the Junction neighbourhood in Toronto where I live. At the twilight time of day just after the sun dips below the horizon, there is a wonderful light show combining the sky, streetlights and traffic lights. I am always struck by it, and is never exactly the same from day to day.
This is a study for a larger painting. I zipped through it fairly quickly (I love that), but then I decided that it needed a few more brush strokes. Big mistake. I ended up doing the sky over again! When will I learn to leave things alone!
I am happy with it now, but it was pretty good before I decided to "fix" it.
Driving through rural Ohio last fall in the early morning, I passed a quite a few barns that have me rubbernecking, and doing a few screeching to stops and backing up so I can photograph them. I do pay attention to the traffic, but there wasn't much, thank goodness. Looking at them makes me feel peaceful and still.
Canada Geese used to fly south in the winter, but since we didn't have one this year here in Toronto, the livin' was easy for these guys and gals. Even though they are more and more are considered pests, (no natural predators, lots of nesting places and food sources, and breed like crazy), I think they are gorgeous. I never get tired of looking at them, so naturally I wanted to paint them. I plan to do more.
Early morning is my favorite time of day. It holds such wonderful potential.
This rural painting is from a photo that I took while driving through Ohio last fall. I live in a large city, so I love to drink in the countryside when I can.
I saw Tia at the park the other day, and her winter coat is much darker that her summer coat as seen in this painting. Here she is swimming joyfully in Lake Ontario. She is a sweet dog who loves to dip her head into the water, and like most labs, is sure you have a treat for her.
This little gull was basking in the sun in the Atlantic ocean about a year ago of Hilton Head, S.C. Birds are so appealing, and all the colours of nature are so harmonious. I guess that is why artists have been attracted to it since they depicted animals and their relationship to nature on cave walls millennia ago. I'm no exception.
I love the reflections in the water. I struggled with it for quite a while before I got was I was after.