Monday, February 29, 2016

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Late February

'After the Ice Storm' and 'Blue Way', both on birch panel. The glitter stuck around for a few days after the ice storm, and it was nice to see it all in midday sunlight.   

Thursday, February 25, 2016

February Orchard

February Orchard
...I often make a point of stopping by this little hillside orchard. A snow and ice storm came the next day. Acrylic collage painting on birch panel 6 x 9.75 inches.

....these ice storms can be serious and frightening, but this one was ok.....not that much ice accumulation on the tree branches, so no broken limbs, and no power lost.   

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

February Thaw

February Thaw
...returning home at evening....a few warm days removed almost all of the snow. Acrylic collage painting on thin, gessoed birch panel, 7.5 x 12 inches.

This was from a few days snowed again this morning, and now it's freezing rain!  

Monday, February 22, 2016

Little Flight

Little Flight
...the world remakes its glory daily. Acrylic collage painting on thin gessoed birch panel 6 x 10 inches.   

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Dusk, Home Gate

Dusk, Home Gate (Sold)
....almost dark upon my return. Acrylic collage painting on thin gessoed birch panel 7.5 x 12 inches.

I have a strange relationship with the collage stage of these works. I like to work quickly, and yet the collage process is rather slow and methodical. It allows me to deliberate in a way that I don't find annoying. It is akin to laying bricks, or building something out of piece gets added to another and you can see tangible progress. And this stage also feels very different than the laying on of paint that comes afterward. It's an odd combination that mystifies me a bit......    

Thursday, February 18, 2016


Edge (Reserved)
........very high ground on the daily hike, I can look far down into a mature mixed forest. Acrylic collage painting on heavy archival paper 11 x 15 inches, image size 9 x 10 inches. 

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Birds in the Bush

Birds in the Bush was snowing and the juncos hid in the bush after getting their food from the feeder. Acrylic collage painting on heavy archival paper 11 x 15 inches, image size 9.75 x 10.25 inches. The procedure on this one was to simply look out the window, note key compositional, colour, and thematic data, and go right into the work without sketches. Every so often I would get up from my work area, and carefully look at the motif.

I am almost out of Yes paste, which is a big deal because it is without a doubt the best glue I've found for making collage work. It's strong, cleans up easily, goes a long way, is archival, and works great with the papers and panels I'm using. I can't buy any in art stores near me, and had to order it online the last time I purchased. I can't do that at the moment and have to wait for winter to finish because the glue might freeze in transit....the company won't ship until spring.  I'll do my best until then!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

A February Cold Spell.....

 Acrylic collage paintings on gessoed birch panel 7.5 x 12 inches. Into a very cold spell for a while, but it's getting a bit warmer now. On very severe winter days I go out for only about an hour.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Snowmobile Trail, February 11

Trail, February 11
Less snowfall than usual and lots of thaw means that snowmobile trail pass holders do not get much use from their machines this year. Acrylic collage painting on gessoed birch panel 7.5 x 12 inches.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Walk Out

Walk Out
..........a silent, unused, dead-end road on the edge of town.......well worth some exploration. Acrylic collage painting on gessoed birch panel 7.5 x 12 inches.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Evening Light

Evening Light
...emerging from the forest into open the sky opens up a bit. Acrylic collage painting on gessoed thin birch panel 7.5 x 12 inches

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Twilight Stand

Twilight Stand (Sold)
....the last sliver of light as I head home. Acrylic collage painting on gessoed, thin birch panel 7.5 x 12 inches.

One of the reasons I like doing the collages so much is I never know what I'm going to get. I painted this sheet that ended up being used for the sky...... and had it sitting on a pile of paints to dry. I'd look over at it every so often, admiring it, wondering what I could use it for. I always like it when I notice a sheet after I cover it with's a sign it will be used for something later. Mind you, there are 1000s of painted sheets that might never get used sitting in my piles.......   

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Last Light, February 2

Last Light, February 2 (Sold)
The sky was active and exciting as night fell yesterday. It was warm and there was even a 10 second shower at one point.........Acrylic collage painting on Stonehenge paper 9.5 x 12 inches, image size 8.75 x 10.5 inches.

It often surprises me how many changes in light and circumstance happen in the evening. It was super warm and foggy in one place. In 40 minutes we go from spectacular light effects to almost total darkness....

One of my favourite comments from my Facebook page, made about this piece. Thanks Michael C.    "Harry, I love your work. I see the world differently for a couple hours after I see one of your paintings. Then, ever so slowly, the visual clutter creeps back in."    

Wednesday, February 3, 2016


Winding my way home slowly, on the backroads. Acrylic collage painting on Stonehenge paper 9.5 x 11.5 inches, image size 8.75 x 10 inches.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Back Garden, January 31

Back Garden, January 31
...the starkness of winter is strangely soothing. Acrylic collage painting on heavy, archival paper 11 x 15 inches, image size 10 x 11.25 inches. One thing I learned early on, is that every mark you make should be as though it carries an electric charge. Elements may be sacrificed later in the work, but you never know which marks will be kept, so every touch has to be alive.