Friday, July 31, 2015

July End.....

Acrylic collage paintings on single ply archival matte, 7.75 x 9.75 inches, signed lightly in pencil....the hot, final days of July, clouds flying by and coming together in all kinds of formations....
The paintings are often a combination of what is known/sensed/understood...and what is seen. While I love a lot of plein air painting, and I do make work based directly on observation....for me it is seldom a problem of simply recording what is seen. I know that if the work is more of an inevitablity than a surprise, I am less likely to make things....therefore the problem is always how to find surprise.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Moon at Dusk, July 27

 I set out a little later than usual because it was so hot all day....a calm, beautiful evening....the moon hanging in the south sky.....acrylic and pencil on single ply archival matte 7.75 x 10 inches.
Although these pictures look very representational, even realistic, on any given day this could have turned out to be something relatively abstract, or fully abstract....just as easily. The only thing that does stay consistent is the idea that something in the world is being thought about as the work is being made......

Monday, July 27, 2015

Forest Sky

Yesterday and the forest with a fast moving sky above. Acrylic and pencil on single ply archival matte board 8 x 10 inches, signed lightly in pencil.  

Saturday, July 25, 2015

High July, Garden HIll

High July, Garden Hill.
...a varied day, rain in the morning....sunshine in the afternoon, thunder storms in late afternoon....evening still to be decided. I love this patch of green as I enter into the valley of Garden Hill. Acrylic collage painting on single ply archival matte 7.75 x 9 inches. There are only 3 pieces of collage on this to start (that fill the whole page)...the rest is acrylic on top....but the collage is key.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Look South

 ...acrylic and pencil on single ply archival matte board, 7.75 x 9.75 inches. The evening sounds that filter in are pleasing....the sound of a distant motor fading in and out of range.....the constant sound of birds, different in each location.....
....having a good roll in the gravel....Sam always helps with the photos when I take them at the pond. It's his favourite place in the property.....the place where he found refuge when he decided he'd like to live here....

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Peak July

...acrylic and pencil on single ply archival matte board 7.75 x 9.75 inches. Sunny, glorious days of late July....I often walk to a little area shaded by aspen saplings, and look toward home line. It was still early in the afternoon....breezy, but very hot, so the shade was very welcome. Aspen leaves make a steady, gentle sound in the wind....always pleasant to be in their company.

Aspens are considered as scrub trees by many...they grow easily and quickly, soft wood that cannot be burned as fuel, quick to break and die, but they provide cover for more hardy trees. I've loved aspens since I was 7 years old. I would climb them and listen to the aspen in the wind talks to you....

Monday, July 20, 2015

Clearing, Dusk (SOLD)

 July 19.........a violent thunder storm came in early evening, following by quick and dramatic clearing...the sky was very lively as dark approached. Acrylic and pencil on single ply unprimed matte board 7.75 x 9.75 inches. ...there are lots of elevations here...I can go to high ground or low ground within 15 minutes.......great place for sky watching!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Rain on Lost Dog Hill's beautiful after the rain....and it's alright getting caught in it as well. Acrylic collage painting on single ply unprimed archival matte board 7.75 x 9.75 inches.   

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Saturday Morning Path

Acrylic collage painting on single ply archival matte board 7.75 x 9.75 inches......sometimes it's as if certain trees want their portrait painted.

I remember looking at a Cezanne painting in the Art Gallery of Ontario...not necessarily the strongest Cezanne...but there was one long stroke in there made with a skinny brush.....a tree branch that angled up and to the left...such a wonderful stroke...

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

I have a new Web site   

Now all my work can be viewed and purchased from this site as well!

I continue to stick to my quota of one painting per day. This one is from yesterday evening. I often walk to this bush.....from here I can see the horses and sheep in the next field.....