Group Exhibit in Toronto

Posted: February 9th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Art Show, Competition, Drawing, Landscape Drawing, News | No Comments »

I made it into the 18th Annual Juried Exhibition, DRAWING 2017 at the John B. Aird Gallery in Toronto. I have submitted a large landscape drawing this time, which is unusual for me. In fact, it’s my first major landscape drawing, and it’s a study for a painting.

After moving recently to a neighbourhood in Ottawa near a conservation area, I enjoyed observing the transformation of the landscape from Fall to Winter. What caught my eye, in particular, was a group of cattails so tall that they obstructed the view of the small lake behind them. In the Fall they danced freely in the wind. But in the Winter, blankets of heavy snow stilled their movement creating a wonderful quietude. It is this wintry suspended stillness that I have attempted to capture in this drawing by contrasting the angular stalks with the soft snow.

Cattails in Snow

Cattails in Snow
charcoal on paper
50 cm x 70 cm


Landscapes

Posted: February 9th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Flowers, Landscape Painting, Plein-air Landscape | No Comments »

Here are a few paintings that I had a hard time photographing without glare. Not perfect, but an improvement on previous attempts. That shimmering quality in the photo, particularly the two top ones? That’s just the light bouncing off the paint and varnish when I photograph them. They were all started in plein air.

Spring Flowers

Spring Flowers
8×10
oil on board
Kingston, Ontario


Fall Light

Fall Light
8×10
oil on board
Along the path near the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, Ottawa

Dandelions 2
8×10
oil on board
Lemoine Point Conservation Area, Kingston