Thursday, December 30, 2010

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Winter Tree, acrylic on canvas, 8x10

I was experimenting with the optical mixing of colors in the foreground and  the "vibration" effect of the color n the sky.
It was so cold this morning that my paint froze on my palette.
Tomorrow I'll bring my oils...I don't think they'll freeze.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Ogden Point Sky, oil on canvas,8x10

I was inspired by the sky this morning. It was rather cold and not many people were out walking till the painting was almost done.
I have mixed feelings about oil. I like that the color remains the same wet or dry. But I find the texture inconsistent. Some buttery some gooey some too stiff to work without medium. Plus the drying time is so inconsistent. And when the painting is finally dry it could go chalky in some parts and glossy in others....a problem remedied by varnishing....but the painting will likely be sold by the time it's ready for a coat of varnish.

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Sunday, December 26, 2010

Rising Tide, Holland Point Boxing Day, oil on panel 6x6in

Brr, it was cold down by the water this morning. As I was painting a passerby warned me that I was becoming trapped by the tide. No real danger....just wet feet and muddiness. Gotta respect nature. Was the tide that brought in those tree roots in the painting.

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Saturday, December 25, 2010

Holland Point, Christmas Day, oil on cradled panel, 6x6

Merry Christmas!
What a glorious day we had. The sky was amazing. The sea was green. Everyone was out enjoying the spring like day. People were friendlier than usual and many people came over to see what I was painting. This little painting didn't really come together till the very end. The first few people asked if they could look and then either smiled sympathetically and said nice. Or someone even said hmmm and walked off. But in the last few minutes when it came together in a few bold strokes the onlookers made sounds of approval.
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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Olympics, oil on panel, 6x6in

The sky was dynamic this morning and I had to paint fast to capture it. That's the Olympic mountain range across the water.

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Woman in a Teal Dress, oil on panel, 6x6in

I did this little figure study today at Goward house. I premixed the flesh tones ahead of time. I found this worked well as I wanted to finish the painting in one sitting. I used a limited pallet to do my mixtures and brought along a few extra colors such as magenta just in case. I think there is pretty good color harmony. And I like the overall composition. Though her proportions could be adjusted.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Esquimalt Lagoon, acrylic on canvas, 8x10

This is today's attempt done on the grounds of the Coast Collective on Esquimalt Lagoon.
I think I captured the feel of December in Victoria. A nice sketch to use as a reference for a larger painting.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Winter Morning, Victoria Scene, acrylic on , 8x10

I did it! I broke up the horizontal line running through the foreground. I also kicked up the value contrasts and warmed up the white reflections on the water. I really like silhouette and back lighting.

Dalia's, acrylic 16x20

This is a studio work in progress. So far I like the depth.

Winter Morning, acrylic 8x10

The morning sky was dynamic and full of contrasts. The horizontal line cutting through the bottom 1/4 of the painting? Hmmn, I might try to change this if  my paint is still wet in my pallet. I'll see.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Winter Sky, oil on canvas, 8x8

I finished this little painting just as the sun set and walked home in the dark.

I dropped the painting while I was walking up the stairs of my apartment building and got paint on the carpet. I did my best to clean it off but maybe I will switch back to acrylics for pleinair.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Rainy Night at James Bay Cafe 8x6 acrylic

Pardon the glare.

It's raining cats n' dogs. I did this tonight from inside the James Bay Cafe.
It's supposed to rain all week.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Holland Point Night Scene, 8x10 acrylic

This was fun to paint. I set out late and the sun was setting and the sky was dark with clouds. But I loved the oranges. Then it started spitting rain and no umbrella or light. I liked the result in spite of the raindrops on the paint. The foreground not so good.

I purchased a battery operated headlight!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Holland Point December, oil on panel, 6x6

Here's a little oil with my water soluble oils. I used only water to thin the paint. I was using Artisan brand and I'm now trying Lukas Berlin brand and I really like the latter. They are buttery like quality traditional oils. The Artisan tend to be too pasty and not buttery.
As far as the painting goes....I'm still learning.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Beacon Hill Park Bridge, 8x10, acrylic on canvas

This is another Beacon Hill Park Scene from last week. I painted on a black ground for a dramatic effect. I like the high contrast but some of the brush strokes could be improved.

Beacon Hill Park, 8x10 oil on canvas

This is this morning's effort at Beacon Hill Park. It is the scene across the pond from where I was. Brr a cold morning.

1540 Wild Roses

Inspired by the pink bandana.