Tuesday, January 28, 2014

WIP + a handy tip

So this is a detail from a new painting I have started (the abstract from Sunday's post was on the sideline today). I was unsure where to go with the colour behind the branches. So out came my trusty acetate. I learned this tip from fellow artist Laurie Wonfor Nolan. When you are faced with indecision tape a piece of clear acetate or mylar on your painting and paint away. Stand back and check it out. Remove the acetate and wash it off for the next time. Up top you can see me lifting the corner of the film. Below are a couple other colours I tried.
Presto. I made my decision and have started working into the background of the painting below.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

On the easel now

What I'm working on now. Need to think about where to take this one...
Hope you're all having a good day wherever this finds you. Peace : )

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Gelato - SOLD

My latest painting fresh off the easel: Gelato. Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas.
Feeling happy.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014


So now it's complete! Memories of fall, windy days and glorious colour.
24"x30" / acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas / $750

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Stage 2: work in progress

The next stage. I took this at night, under bad lighting with a flash, so the colour is a little off. Funny thing is, I like it better than what it really looks like. I may need to make some adjustments! : )

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Work in progress

Work in progress. This is the beginning of the third landscape painting for the March show. Feeling loose and free!

Sunday, January 12, 2014


Done! This piece has been painted for a show called On the Rock - Merging Art and Ecology taking place in March at the Carnegie Gallery in Dundas, Ontario.
It is 24"x36" on gallery wrapped canvas and is acrylic.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Work in progress

At the outset you may not see a lot of changes from the last post but I've added a bunch of background branches and twigs as well as a bunch of texture on the forest floor. Next steps: refining tree trunks (value/colour/texture), defining branches on the ground and then working with the sky. I'm pretty happy with the way it's coming together!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

The next step...

Here's the progress shot on the painting I posted last Thursday. Getting there. Much to do on the forest floor.
Gosh, it's been cold today. School buses were cancelled on account of severe cold weather. Brr. Hope wherever this finds you you're somewhere comfortable : )

Thursday, January 2, 2014

New work, a new year!

After yesterday's lengthy post I will keep this short and sweet. Here's what's on my easel now: the very early beginnings of a painting of the woods.