Recent Landscapes

Posted: July 4th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Alla-Prima Painting, Landscape Painting, Plein-air Landscape | No Comments »

Here are some of the plein-air paintings that I have completed in the past year (a few were reworked in the studio). My camera and photographing set up are primitive and I’m having difficulty capturing dark areas without glare, so I can’t post all that I’ve done. You can see this problem in the trees of Along the Deer Trail and the vines in Back Alley Walk for example. I’m working to solve the problem and hope to add a few more works in the days to come.

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Along the Deer Trail
9×12
oil on board
Lemoine Point Conservation Area, Kingston

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Into the Woods
9×12
oil on board
Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area, Kingston

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Back Alley Walk
9×12
oil on board
Alley behind Sydenham Street United Church, Kingston

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The Old Tree
8×10
oil on board
Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area, Kingston

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Apple Blossoms
8×10
oil on board
A tree in my yard

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Hazy Spring Day
8×10
oil on board
Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area, Kingston

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At the Trail Junction
6×8
oil on paper
Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area, Kingston

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Rocky Shore
8×10
oil on board
Frontenac Provincial Park, Ontario

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Windy Day on the Lake
8×10
oil on board
Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area, Kingston

 

Scottsdale Farm

Posted: January 8th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Alla-Prima Painting, Landscape Painting, Plein-air Landscape | No Comments »

I attended my first outing with the Ontario Plein Air Society on January 2nd. We went to the Scottsdale Farm on a VERY cold day. I had so many layers on, I looked like a snowman myself. I never thought anyone could paint on a day like that but surprised myself by completing this small study. I had started another larger painting, but the lighting conditions changed drastically, from bright and sunny to cloudy and I had to put it aside.

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A Light Snow Cover
oil on canvas
6×8


Orillia

Posted: November 10th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Alla-Prima Painting, Plein-air Landscape | No Comments »

Don, Steve and I went to paint in Orillia on Sunday. The country landscape out there is just beautiful and we had ideal weather.

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Abandoned Farmhouse
Orillia, Ontario
oil on board
9×12


Another painting from Martintown

Posted: November 4th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Alla-Prima Painting, Landscape Painting, Plein-air Landscape | No Comments »

This is the first sketch I had painted on my excursion to Martintown in August. I finally took the time to adjust a few things, mostly lengthening the barn. That might seem like an odd thing to adjust, but the barn had this feeling of being really short, or sunken into the ground. I originally painted it as it was but realized afterward that due to the lack of scale in my painting, the barn didn’t look right. I had to adjust its height to get the right feel for it. Does it now work? I’m not sure!

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Overgrown Barn
Martintown, Ontario
oil on canvas
8×10


Mount Pleasant Cemetary

Posted: August 6th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Alla-Prima Painting, Landscape Painting, Plein-air Landscape | No Comments »

Here is a little tree study (8×6) I completed in Mount Pleasant Cemetery yesterday. This cemetery doubles as an arboretum and has beautifully landscaped grounds. It’s a great place to practice painting trees! This one is some kind of nut tree, but without a label I can’t identify it. I’ll keep my eyes open next time I’m walking there to see if I can find a labeled one.

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A Brush with the Highlands

Posted: August 4th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Alla-Prima Painting, Landscape Painting, Plein-air Landscape | No Comments »

This weekend, I attended the plein-air painting festival held in the Haliburton Highlands. In spite of stormy weather predictions, we had beautiful sun and no rain interrupted my painting.

First, I want to talk about my new Alla Prima pochade box, The Bitterroot Lite, built and designed by Ben Haggett (http://www.allaprimapochade.com). I’m in love with it! It’s very portable and with a good tripod, can be set up anywhere. Here I am on two different rocks along rapids — where I could never have set up my old clunky heavy metal easel.

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Being so close to Algonquin Park, I decided I would paint along the High Falls trail in the southern section of the park.

I tackled rapidly moving water which I thought would give me a good challenge. Did it ever! The first painting was started on Saturday where I focused on the rocks and the gesture and flow of the water. I ran out of time and completed this one in the studio using a photo.

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On the High Falls Trail
Algonquin Park
oil on board
12×9

I completed this one on Sunday:

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Rapids at High Falls
Algonquin Park
oil on board
8×10

On Monday which was the final day of the festival, I was awarded the third prize for my painting Dark Fall Day, one of my first plein-air paintings completed two years ago!

I had a wonderful time. Rob came with me and became a turtle for the weekend, lying on sunny rocks and swimming in the rapids. It wasn’t all play for him though, he did work on the orchestration of his thesis symphony which is due in September.

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Rob, helping me find the best view of the rapids


Painting at the Brickworks

Posted: June 23rd, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Alla-Prima Painting, Landscape Painting, Plein-air Landscape | No Comments »

I went landscape painting at the Don Valley Brickworks today. It was a beautiful and surprisingly quiet day. I saw a heron, an eagle, a snapping turtle and many small birds and insects.

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The Old Brickworks
oil on board
8×10


Painting week at OCAD

Posted: June 14th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Alla-Prima Painting, Life Painting | No Comments »

OCAD hosted its annual Painting Week last week. I was very excited to have the opportunity to paint the figure on a daily basis even if only for a week — I never get to paint the figure with my Humber teaching schedule. If I could afford it and if I had the time, I would only paint figures — it truly is my passion.

I forced myself not to paint a portrait. I usually spend too much time on the head and then miss out on painting the body. Nonetheless, I could not let it go and did work out her big proportions and got a ghostly likeness there. I also tried to resist fussing with the paint. Another painting done this week lost its freshness as I tried to polish and smooth out all the paint brush strokes. I need to learn to just let it be!

Here is one of the paintings I did last week. It’s a 6h painting of Kit.

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