Sunday, August 29, 2010


A view of a clearing from the highest place in the area. I was very happy to retrieve 3 small paintings from a now defunct bed and breakfast in the area. I'd forgotten all about of the reasons I don't like consigning things to galleries. Keeping track of consignment lists is just plain annoying. I tended not to do it, so I've lost many paintings this way over the years. Anyway, it was very nice to retrieve those 3. The colour system and paint application method of those earlier works influenced this piece which I did yesterday.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

County Road North older image, from years ago now, closer to the start of this whole series. There were many done in this small format. I recall the exact size was taken directly from some plein air sketches by James McNeill Whistler.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Cottage Light

Memories from ages ago....walking towards a cottage in pitch-dark....the way light penetrates a bit, making everything safe, pleasantly mysterious, and warm in the coolness of summer nights.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Lake Swimmer

Another little collage completed yesterday afternoon.....a swimmer....memory of a time at a northern lake.

I'd like to thank JORDAN DELOACH for doing a very nice feature about me on her design blog THE WEEKEND DESIGN....An exploration of design and the world of curiosities.

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Friday, August 6, 2010

Madge Lake Blue

Following on the heels of the other 2 abstractions. Distant summer memories served as the source.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

August Haze

...very hot days at the start of August. The colours melt together in these conditions. I tried to do a bit of that here even though some contrast of light and dark was kept to keep excitement. It's always interesting to see how these effects can be pushed...perhaps the thing to do would have been to make another one right after, where dark/light contrast was much less.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

August 3

Underlying all my representational work is an impulse to also not be entirely bound by what is seen. The historical roots go back to Matisse and there is also an influence from Abstract Expressionism and related work. Visual reality is very important, but there is also a subjective world, an undercurrent of moods, feelings, chatter... that is always buzzing in the background while the senses deal with anything in the world. I make various things that allow for more of a focus on the subjective and it always seems to be firmly anchored in strong design elements as well.

...made from my ever increasing collection of painted papers covered with my leftover paints. For every little landscape painting I make, perhaps four 8.5 x 11 sheets are covered with colour....

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Last Sky July

The motif of this last sky of July was noticed last night but painted today....just now. I was painting skies last summer around this time too. These sky paintings from this summer seem to be mostly memory work....the diagram for this has 2 or 3 lines in it....a super brief little thing.

Night Maple

A row of 3 Maples along the driveway, lit by the house lights.