Friday, April 27, 2012


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.)

Friday, April 13, 2012

Canada Goose

I am trying to simplify here, minimal detail. This is a small painting, and I am  looking for some images that might work in a much larger size.

6x8" Oil on Raymar cotton panel


Monday, April 9, 2012

Gulls on Ice

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.


Thursday, April 5, 2012

Red Light

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.

5x7" Oil on gessoboard
$85 plus shipping