1144 Safe Crossing, Mile End Scene, 8x10, egg tempera

Okay, I confess, I painted a similar scene a couple of years ago in oils. It was a really sweet painting too and now lives in France with a lovely kindergarten teacher. (Sigh)

I decided to revisit this scene using egg tempera because I really enjoy the process and the results are worth the effort. The painting has an enamel like finish, silky smooth and the colours have amazing depth.

1143 Heading Home, McGill Ghetto Scene, 8x10 Egg tempera

I love how this painting turned out. I always loved that red house. And the young family trudging through the snow is typical on a nice winter day.
I also love using egg tempera. I almost can't stop painting. I turned in at 4am last night.  I love the control I have over the paint. Especially with small details. Egg tempera dried almost instantly.
This painting actually started this past summer when I had Windsor Plywood cut a few sheets of baltic birch into 8x10s.  Then I spent a month sanding, sealing, gessoeing, and scraping.  I just totally love those panels. Smooth as silk and sooo inviting. Really worth the effort.
I haven't sealed or varnished this work yet. I'm not sure if I will seal it with shellac and then varnish. Or if I'll do olifa....varnished with linseed oil medium.  Or if I'll just burnish the surface to a slight sheen.  

1142 McGill University Front Gates, 8x10, egg tempera


Here's a grey winter scene. The touches of red and a pinch of viridian and yellow were necessary to guide the eye around the painting. Actually the paint has a lot of depth with many glazes. This brings back memories for me. 

1141 Le Plateau Mont Royal, 8x10, oil on board

This in one of my favourite views.  So charming.

I did this painting in oil on baltic birch 1/8th inch plywood. (Sealed and gessoed by me this summer on my back lawn under the supervision of Teena my tabby.) In case you're curious, here's the palette I used for this painting: Raw sienna, burnt sienna, raw umber, naples yellow, indian yellow, ultramarine, cerulean blue, cadmium red light, cadmium yellow light, pthalo green, flake white, and mars black.
For such an earthy grey painting it sure took a lot of colours. Most of the non earthtone colours were for the really saturated accents like the school signs (Pthalo green and cad yellow).  Okay I used black. (I'm allowed to because it's my painting and I hate rules).  Most of the "blacks" are done with a mixture of ultramarine blue and raw umber....but I couldn't resist getting the mars black out for the final touches...mostly defining some of the foreground shapes. I chose mars black over other blacks such as ivory because mars black drys faster. Same reason I chose lead white over titanium.

1139 Av Du Musee, 8x10, egg tempera

This was done in egg tempera. I love this medium for it's archival stability, quick drying and easy corrections.  The paint also handles beautifully....doesn't tend to run into the colour beside it and has an initial gesso like surface. The colours dry much lighter than they go on and dry very matte, but they become brilliant and saturated with a coat of shellac.

1137 Montreal Street Scene, St-Denis, Egg Tempera, 8x10, on board

I did this one with egg tempera. I really enjoyed trying out this medium. I love the hard smooth glossy surface of the Shellac sealer.  It took about a week to complete.

1134 Rue de Bullion, 8x10, oil on board

I love de bullion. Especially this intersection in winter. Those earth tones (burnt sienna, yellow ochre, green earth, raw sienna) against that purple gray with a splash of manganese and permanent green. And that sweet naples yellow kitty in the window.  So cozy.

1132 St-Catherine, 8x10, oil on board

I really like the way this one turned out. I usually photograph it in the back yard but today I didn't want to disturb our guest:

1128 Montreal Scene, Outremont, 8x10, oil on board

I really enjoyed painting this. I used a few different techniques and I love the surface quality of the finished painting.

1127 The Admirer, Still Life with Figurines, 8x10 oil on board

 I am trying out a new technique. It's based on the Flemish technique. First you do an underpainting in monotone and then you glaze over top.  I really enjoyed doing the underpainting. I found it very relaxing. But so far I'm not pleased with the glazing. Too many streaks. I suspect that it's because I only did one layer of glazing.  If I do many layers of very thin glazes I bet there won't be any streaks.  Consider this a work in progress.
By the way. What should I title this painting? I called it the Admirer because little bird seems to adore the lady. But I'm open to ideas for other titles.

1117 Gaspe Scene, Men at the Boat, 8x10, oil on board

Sold-Nova Scotia
I started this years ago and finally took it out today and worked on it again. It's a scene from Gaspe around Perce or New Carlisle. 

1116 Peonies in a Jewel Jar, 8x10, oil on board

These lovely peonies have been in this jar for a week! I started this painting last Sunday and finished it today. I felt like giving up every time I looked at them but felt guilty. They seemed like they wouldn't give up so how could I?
 Well it's a sweet painting. Even if I say so myself.

1115 Wild Roses, 8x10, oil on board

sold-Westmount, QC

Here's my painting beside my setup. I painted it yesterday when the petals were still on. I love the wall paper behind the roses but I felt it would get too busy. 

1105 Irises in a Mason Jar, 8x10 oil on board

I picked up these lovely flags from Safeway the other day. They didn't keep long even in the fridge. I had to work fast. I painted the flowers first and ended up painting the jar after the flowers were done...sigh. I'm getting a little bored with the wall paper. I will look around the house for some props. 

1101 Daffodils in a Jar, 8x10, oil on board

I love daffodils. The first flower of spring that appears at the markets. The flower that represents Hope.

1100 Montreal Winter Scene, 8x10, oil on board

I painted this on a canvas board and didn't notice it had a slight dent straight down the middle. So this is one that won't go for sale.