Monday, December 31, 2012

Tommy's Hill, December 30

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...a cold, crisp day, now with good snow coverage. Looking north, the sky still has bits of blue, but already, near 4:00 pm, the southern and eastern sky has dramatic yellow and rose. Someone has a smokey bonfire going by the little red shed.  Acrylic and pencil on unprimed archival paper, 6.75 x 8.25 inches.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Snow Day, December 29

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....December 29...a light but steady snow fell all day. I had only about 10 seconds to try and diagram the motif before my ballpoint either froze or quit working on paper made wet by the snow.

This is a collage painting....large glued shapes from acrylic painted papers in the first stages, with acrylic in-painting and some pencil work overtop. The mood established seems pretty close to what the day felt like.

Friday, December 28, 2012

8:10 a.m., December 28

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There are few things more hopeful than the warm light of morning...it makes all things seem possible. Acrylic and pencil on unprimed Whatman archival paper, 7 x 10 inches.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Low Side, December 26

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Unless the snow is overly deep, it's better to walk off the roadside. Within the fields the views open up. Over the next hill you can see for miles....the low side of the field here, next to the hedgerow. Acrylic and pencil on archival unprimed Whatman paper, 10 x 7 inches.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Christmas Day, Southwest Sky 3:00 p.m.

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...My Christmas day painting. I walked later in the day....towards 3:00 p.m. the southwest sky already shows the intense yellow green signifying the early stages of sunset. 10 x 7 inches, acrylic and pencil on unprimed archival Whatman etching paper.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Monday, December 24, 2012

Near Wendy's Hill, December 23

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...a favourite painting spot for a variety of reasons. It's close to home and I like the hills and odd lay of the land. Acrylic on Whatman etching paper, 13.75 x 10 inches.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Coyote Hill, First Snow

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....It was a grey day with light snow falling....from a high vantage point overlooking county road 10 and Coyote Hill. 9.75 x 11 inches, acrylic on archival paper.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Stolen Hour, Near Port Hope

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Acrylic and pencil on archival paper, 11 x 15 inches. A lovely, calm early December afternoon. I'm not sure what makes for a motif that impresses me, but I've painted this gentle hill a bit north of Port Hope several times.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Pictures Away


Thank you to Matt Hyatt for sending me a very thoughtful note and this photo of my painting on his kitchen wall. It gives me great pleasure to see where my paintings end up. He looks great there, and very much at home!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

December Sky, West Line

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...an early December afternoon...it was a mercurial day ranging from full cloud coverage to very blue sky. Little bits of our new forest are seen at the very bottom. Drought has taken some trees but most will survive. 11 x 15 inches, acrylic and pencil on archival paper.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Friday, December 14, 2012

December Green

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I stopped on a drive home in late afternoon.....the green looked so vivid in the December grey. Acrylic on archival paper, 11 x 15 inches.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Sunday Rain

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....last Sunday....the winter wheat was still quite bright...despite the greyness from gentle, steady rain. Acrylic and pencil on archival paper, 11 x 14 inches.

Friday, December 7, 2012

October Big Sky

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...the gentle turning of seasons......big sky in October.....past the time when autumn colour is brilliant. 11 x 15, acrylic and pencil on archival paper.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Sunday, December 2, 2012

November Sky, Jane's Little Forest

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...walking the property on a November afternoon..... a dramatic sky just past a new forest planting seen at very bottom. Acrylic and pencil on archival paper, 11 x 15 inches.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

November 29, 3:00 p.m.

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....still many responsibilities left in the day....I stole a few moments to leave town limits and look north, homeward. Acrylic and pencil on archival paper, 11 x 15 inches.
 

Sunday, November 25, 2012

November 24, 3:00 p.m., Lost Dog Hill

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 ......deep into November, it turns very cold, but here the blue sky over Lost Dog Hill promised a day full of hope. This is a collage painting. Though I make fewer of them than paintings, I always look forward to these sessions. They take a bit longer, and there are often strange little side avenues....the suprises are essential....I end up doing things I might not anticipate.
 

Saturday, November 24, 2012

November Orchard

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11 x 15 inches, acrylic and pencil on archival paper. A hilltop apple orchard, midday, late November.....muted purple in the sun. The older apple orchards seem to be disappearing, replaced by a smaller type of tree.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

November 15, 1:00 p.m.

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One of the moments that seemingly go unnoticed...like any moment of the day. A brilliant afternoon......a jettrail moving behind the cloud. Acrylic and pencil on archival paper, 11 x 15 inches.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Home Grove


 
A portion of my home road as I walk back each day...a wonderful canopied lane, especially appealing in last light of evening, when the bats fly through.  That picture still to paint...this one is from middle afternoon.
 
 
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Saturday, November 10, 2012

November Light

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November can sometimes seem forbidding, but when I get out and walk in it...get warmed up and comfortable outside, it has its merits. Acrylic on unprimed archival paper, 6.5 x 8.25 inches.
 
Originating from Saskatchewan...the coming of winter used to terrify me. One of my early memories is waiting for the schoolbus in the morning, in 30 below temperatures. But I've made friends with winter here,....I sit in the snow under trees in my arctic parka, I park on deserted country roads and drink a cup of coffee with the windows open while I make a diagram.