Saturday, 25 February 2017

It Feels Good

I am not doing my best work but it feels so good to be able to make some time to paint again.

This first painting is an 11" X 14" oil and was done on a return trip to the Rail Trail in Ancaster.  It was a dismal grey sort of day where nothing much was inspiring until I saw the light reflecting on the very wet and muddy path.  I decided, given the dreariness, that I would try a Paynes Grey underpainting without wiping the lights off.  Never again.   It was however good for the soul to be out painting again and I am happy with much of this.

This second painting is a watercolour done in the sketch group at the AGB. It isn't perfectly drawn but it was a blast to do and I am for the most part very happy with it.  It was Dave's first time as a model and we will definitely have him back.  I am discovering how much I  have forgotten about watercolour portraits but it is so much fun to be doing them again.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Meet Bluesy Wayne

Today started off well.  Our sketch group model was a Burlington blues guitarist named Wayne.  He sat and played absolutely perfect blues while we sketched him.  It was difficult tapping my foot, dancing and painting at the same time but he really was amazing and a pleasure to paint.  I couldn't strive for a perfect likeness because of all the movement but it was a fantastic morning all the same.

And then tonight I heard that Stuart McLean died.  Debbie and I have been listening to his stories for years and have seen him live a few times.  Rest in Peace Stuart.  We will miss you.

Monday, 13 February 2017

How Long Has It Been?

Wow!  It has been almost four months since I have posted.  Between renovations and selling our house it has been a very busy four months.  I was determined to get out today and I am glad that I did.  It wasn't a fantastic day as far as painting goes but it felt really good to be outside with a brush in my hand again.

There was lots of wonderful snow on the ground however it was a very dull grey day so there was no colour anywhere.  I was looking around for something exciting in all the greyness without much luck but I looked up just as the clouds thinned just enough to warm the sky behind some trees.  I made it even warmer and fiddled a bit too much with this but I am happy with it.

Overworked or not it felt great to be out there.