If you are in the neighbourhood, come see my piece “Spring among the birches” and a lot of beautiful art from the Arteast members, on display Sep 15-Oct 18.
Better still, join us at the vernissage on Tuesday, October 18, 6-8 pm.
Memories of they way things might have been in the days before TV, internet and video games. Long summer days when child’s play depended on imagination, when time was marked by meal times and the sun and when days stretched out for endless play. I imagine this little guy waiting for the neighbour’s son to come over to play, to haul stuff in his cart or to race out back down to the creek.
Please have a look at this latest piece on the Featured Pieces page.
#summer #latesummer #heritage #farmhouse #summerholiday #trees #lane #acrylicpainting #painting #ottawaart #ottawaartists #613art
Promenade Arteast’s Member’s Exhibit
(Ground floor, opposite the Trinity Gallery)
August 10 thru October 18
Foyer Gallery Exhibit
August 10 thru September 14
Arteast Mosaic 2022 Exhibit
September 14 thru October 18
The luminous canopy of this lane in late summer is particularly beautiful and the cool, quiet has a spiritual quality. It’s a bittersweet time of year with summer on the ebb, like the last drop of wine in the glass, you have to savour before it is gone.
See my rendition on the Featured Pieces page.
#summer #latesummer #fall #trees #lane #acrylicpainting #painting #ottawaart #ottawaartists #613art
Beautiful young maple in a sunny spot, sheltered by other trees. I love everything about landscapes, sometimes the vistas and, as in this case, the details. Have to stop and stare and appreciate.
It’s dangerous living near humans. It’s unlikely these young stems will ever reach their full potential in a hundred years. Am sure there will be many reasons these will fall prey to clearing, pruning or felling.
For a better look, check out the Featured Pieces page..
#summer #rockliffpark #maple #trees #acrylicpainting #florals #painting #ottawaart #ottawaartists #613art
Looking forward to showing my piece, “Larnod”, as part of this exhibit with the Foyer Gallery.
Come see all the work on offer and meet the artists at the
Reception: Friday, August 19, 6-8pm
The GIVEAWAY of the paintings based on your summer photos, including my “Sangria“, will take place at the reception.
A beautiful walk of a summer’s afternoon on Petrie Island. Can never get over the beauty of these striking day Lillies. Just pure joy. A reminder to live in the present. They only last a day.
Inspired a play with the colour complements: orange and blue, and red and green. A riot of colour. Fun!
Check it out on the Featured Pieces page.
#summer, #petrie, #petrieisland, #lagoon, #daylillies, #daylily, #acrylicpainting, #florals, #painting, #ottawaart, #ottawaartists, #613art
Acrylic, 30×40 on gallery wrap canvas
Another beautiful day in June, down by the river. Lots of windfalls about. New homes, shade and shelter for the river population. Decomposing starts. Not in a hurry, the fallen trees will return to the soil in about a hundred years but will be a source of food energy for a lot of wildlife along the way.
There were lots of Canada geese and mallard ducks about. Signs warning people not to feed but the birds don’t know that. Best image was a mother duck shepherding a couple of ducklings to join the crowd of moochers. Just had to be wary of the heavyweights in the crowd, the geese.
(If you were expecting to see some of the water foul, they are camera shy and a little downstream to the left, LOL)
For a better look, check out my Featured Pieces page
#spring, #river, #Rideau, #acrylicpainting, #landscapepainting, #painting, #ottawaart, #Ottawaartists, #613art
Warm in the sun, not quite the hot of summer but still nicer to be under the shade of the now mostly leafed trees.
I heard her before I saw her, a beautiful pileated woodpecker. A flash of red among the young green ground cover. A surprise on the ground like that. I stood a while watching as she bobbed her head up and down.
I have to remind myself to enjoy the moment instead of trying to catch that perfect shot. Patience is still something I have to work on. Predictably as I tried to switch to a telephoto lens, she flew off and called out with a mocking cry somewhere up in the trees, out of sight.
It only seemed fit, I paint her into the picture. It is her wood more than mine.
PS. I really can’t tell the difference whether it was a male or female, but I liked to think it was a female foraging for ants, beetle larvae and termites for her young.
For a better look, check out my Featured Pieces page.
#spring, #woods, #pileatedwoodpecker, #acrylicpainting, #landscapepainting, ottawaart, #ottawaartists, #613art
From as early as the fourteenth century BCE, purple was only for the rich and powerful. (Read all about it and more in “The World According to Color” by Dr. James Fox – excellent book! Recommend it.)
Nowadays we take it for granted, as we often do for many other colours. Like many painters, its easy to invest in the local art supplies store and buy a tube of the stuff or its component colours and then of course struggle to make it seem as brilliant and alluring as Mother Nature’s display.
Tried to do it justice on these gorgeous irises in our back garden.
For a look at how I did, please go to the Featured Pieces page.
#spring, #floral, #iris, #purple, #acrylicpainting, #painting, #ottawaart, #ottawaartists, #613art
A long awaited harbinger of spring, the cherry blossoms finally bloom in late May. We are lucky to have a tree in our backyard. It has gone through some rough times but is still hanging on and again put out a magnificent display this year. An unexpected hot spell forced the buds open almost all at once and then heavy rains about a week later brought the curtain down too soon on the wonderful show. The burst of colour and the sweet smell brought in a few bees, a welcome site.
Check out the close-up view in Featured Pieces.
#blossoms, #cherry, #spring, #acrylicpainting, #florals, #painting, #ottawa, #ottawaartists, #613art
Check out my latest spring offering on the Featured Pieces page. Memory of a gorgeous walk in the woods at Mer Bleue.
Passion in life is often driven by contrast. A beautiful spring day versus the cold just days before is glorious because of the contrast. Add more days like this and it is soon taken for granted again. Birches are outstanding and beautiful in much the same way. Striking white lines against the darker backdrop of the wood, intrigue the eye. In turn they will blend in more as the new reds turns into the greens of summer.
#merbleue, #spring, #birches, #landscapepainting, #acrylicpainting, #painting, #ottawaart, #ottawaartists, #613art
Looking forward to showing my Piece “Lac Mulhivill” from Gatineau Park at the upcoming Arteast Exhibition. There will be a Vernissage on June 7, 6-8pm, so if you are in the area, please drop in and have a look at all the beautiful pieces from the group.
#landscape, #landscapepainting, #gatineupark, #acrylicpainting
Fresh off the easel and drying, another from my Gatineau Park fall series.
Memories of October in Gatineau Park. Winter can be beautiful, but its nice to dream inside in the warm. Can still smell nature’s composting the leaves of summer.
See it on Featured Pieces
Latest in Featured Pieces… another from Gatineau Park
Based on a reference taken in October, a gorgeous fall day in Gatineau Park. The quiet and calm of this spot was captivating. Near a trail, it nevertheless felt untouched by people. In fact, probably few would have paused … these woods remind me of Robert Frosts’ famous poem. The snow not yet arrived here but soon it would and would be quieter still.
Based on a couple of photos in Gatineau Park, near Lac Carman this October, this is a study in colours (warm vs cool, complementaries, and values).
The inspiration is Tom Thomson’s sketch on panel: “Red Leaves” (1914) and his painting: “The Pool” (1915-16). Both are part of the National Gallery’s collection and are worth a close up look. Get really close to see the complexity of the images, Tom’s extrordinary skill, strength and mastering in capturing the feel of the Canadian bush. The commercial images on calendars, postcards and mugs just don’t do justice to his work.
… I didn’t come remotely close of course but it was fun and sobering. I’ll definitely go back again to look some more and maybe a little more will sink in.
This piece has found a new home. If you would like a look, please check it out on the Private Collections page.
I invite you to have a look at my latest in Featured Pieces. I admit, I have a thing for tress and this one was special. I visited and photographed this tree in the fall with the plan to paint it. It was fun to paint and kept thinking how in our busy lives (yes even retired people have busy lives), we mindlessly skip by things we should take more note of. Our beautiful and increasingly scare long lived trees and what they do for us is one that particularly affects me.
This beautiful Bebb’s Oak is about 120 years young. In our great great grandparents time it was transplanted to become part of the Dominion Arboretum which was established in 1898. This rare natural hybrid of white and bur oak is a member of a family of ancient trees. In 2017 a violent storm downed two of its large branches and tore away a third of its trunk. Despite this, it is a survivor and expected to recover and continue growing. Unless we destroy it willfully or thru neglect, it could live for another 1000 years into the early 2300’s.
Both for its impressive physical proportions and the timescale of its life, it commands our awe and respect and for its contribution to the air we breath, our gratitude.
There was a light dusting of snow overnight. The sun was beautiful and the air-conditioning excellent. Great morning for an amble with camera in hand.
And then into the wild wood.
Was a chill afternoon on Petrie Island. The lagoon has a thin coating of ice. It is the season of shapes and light, but not as much colour. November has the freshest breath, not to cold and still with the fall scents. Sunset comes early now.
Season of Burnt Sienna, Ochre, Greys and Browns. Fall is going, going and soon gone. The tamarack and heathers and other bog plants like an old painting of the masters, are still beautiful.
120 years young this beautiful Bebb’s oak, which is a natural hybrid of white oak and bur oak, will have many more centuries despite suffering significant damage in a violent storm in 2017. Over 5 feet across at it’s base with a span of nearly 19 feet, it is majestic. It is a member of a family of ancient trees that if left alone can live up into the multiples of 300 years.
In a society immersed in the “now” rushing headlong into the “next”, it takes effort to grasp the historical timescale of the life of a tree like this.
I hope it is cared for, preserved and appreciated for generations to come.
I’ve been really remiss in not posting. It has been a hectic time. Here’s a few pics of the fall colours, some of which will make it into upcoming paintings. Hope you were able to get out and enjoy the last of the warm weather.
Afternoon walk on Petrie Island. Felt like fall, hot in the sun, cool in the shade and with the wind. Crickets chirping. The light is more angular now.
End of July and we are on the down side of summer. Monarchs are busy fueling up for the coming long flight. Sunflowers are in brilliant bloom. Crops are well along and first (?) hay already rolled.
Minutes from home, out in the fields. The greens dominate, but there’s lots of other colour if you looks close.
Weather was very changeable this afternoon, dark and threatening, then light rain and then hot sun.
A little chilly as the clouds blew in but didn’t mar the gems on show.
Spring runoff is over. The park has the mid-summer look already. Another thing we missed because of the lock down.
While it’s not official on the calendar, nature is on her own clock. Hot afternoon, but great to get out again finally.
Gorgeous colour. The Irises won’t last long.
English weather today. Rain was welcome today ( … not enough for the farmers unfortunately). Refreshing.
(Picture news: 36×24 piece in the works, called Trillium Woods, featuring these beautiful flowers in a woodland setting. References taken off the bike path near Greens Creek.)
Stay at home order lifted finally. After the dry month we’ve had, the water is low. Wonder what the area looked like before Colonel By had the lock station built.
Have been remiss posting pics, mainly due to the stay at home order. Got a few of the sour cherry blooming in the back yard. Waited in anticipation and soon after begun, it was over. All the more beautiful as it is brief. Ventured as far as the bike path near Green’s creek and was happy to get a picture of the trillium and fed quite a few mosquitoes in the process. …ahhh the joys of spring.
Brilliant day again. Chill wind kept the flowers moving but couldn’t help feeling warm and spring optimistic. The trillium haven’t come out yet, but probably next in line.
(iPhone 11pro, Affinity Photo for post processing
Spring is slowly breaking thru last year’s leaves. With the blanket of snow gone, things are drying out quickly and looks more like fall. Looking forward to things greening up.
Beautiful afternoon in Larose Forest. The ground is drying with only patches of ice and water. No flowers or bugs yet.
Another walk in the neighbourhood. Temperature was 15C. Great! Lots of people about getting out on Easter Sunday. Perhaps one positive in the otherwise tragic COVID pandemic, is that the lockdowns have got people out in the fresh air and perhaps appreciating the beauty in their own neighbourhood. Warm spring day, but looks more like last fall. The green will come. Hoping not to miss it at its freshest.
Winter’s grip behind us, looking more like spring everyday. Waves of warm temperatures. Sap is rising. Time for that sweet gold.
Enjoying the warm. Tomorrow rain, followed by snow and lower temps. Have to appreciate the warm waves as they come.
Taken with iPhone 11pro. Post processing done with Affinity Photo.
Brilliant spring day today. The run off is in full strength. Everything is waking up. Glimpsed a mink crossing the road. Wish I was fast enough to capture a pic. Was completely unexpected. Nice surprise.
So many sights, hard to drink it all in.
Made a quick trip to Larose Forest this afternoon. Never been there before. Will go again when the spring flowers arrive. Another glorious day ….21C!! Snow’s almost gone.
A beautiful couple of hours at Petrie this morning. The air was pure spring, refreshing but warm. The sun was brilliant and spring was definitely in the air. The soundscape was just the gentle rustling of the ice moving downstream as it touched the edge of the still frozen bits along the shore.
And then there was the honking of the Canada geese returning from their trip down south. Can’t help feeling glad when I hear that. I know we don’t get along very well as the summer goes on. I am still sad when they leave in the fall and still in awe of them and the other migrants that travel huge distances for their winter survival.
Just to see them all arrive and honking, seems like they are delighted to arrive, glad the trip is over again and excited… all V-discipline evaporated, especially among what I assume the juvenile delinquents.
January 2nd of a new year. Beautiful sun, not too cold. Fresh snow fall made everything magical like this fallen tree on the shore. Natures’ sculpture.
Still hanging on to fall. This is another view of Lac Fortune in Gatineau. Tried for a late fall bronze look. Featured Pieces
Successive cold fronts, dustings of snow and bouts of freezing rain, it’s clear winter is here to stay for the next many months. Still a little in denial, it’s nice to look back at the fall days of quiet, temperate weather and beautiful colour. This one was on a walk along the escarpment, a moment to stand and stare. … hope you enjoy Featured Pieces
The cold days are more frequent than the warm now. But when the wind abates, there’s still warmth from the sun this early in the season. The snow will melt again before the holidays. Everything is quiet now.
Revisited a plein air spot for a couple of pics with the snow on the ground and completed this piece thinking of the fresh crisp air and the feel of the place. I like the spot and revisit it from time to time to see how it looks in the different light and conditions.
Between times, I like to go for a walk with camera or iPhone in hand to take reference photos for my paintings and but most often to see the extraordinary in the ordinary and the beauty in the mundane. Sometimes almost wabi sabi.
It was one of those beautiful, bittersweet days – sun, brilliant blue sky with cotton ball clouds scudding by. Warm when the sun was out but chilled when a cloud cast a shadow tracing over the landscape. It was a day to wake up and appreciate the brief remaining days before winter moves in. Nature put on its best show of gold, bronze and rust. Ref. Featured Pieces
I love the countryside around Cumberland, Ontario. This summer, I stopped on Willhaven Drive to take a few reference photos of these beautiful cows. Almost the entire herd, came over to the fence. These 2 girls were particularly delightful. Clearly besties they nudged close to each other. One is scratching an itch on the barbed wire, while the other is licking the angle iron fence post. These beauties belong to Braedale Holsteins and are possibly offspring of Breadale Goldwyn, a bull named top sire at the World Dairy Expo, 10 times.
Pedigree aside, these two were a joy to paint.
Not finished with summer yet, but this piece is the first of the fall season. Again a favourite from Gatineau Park.
The colours at this time of the year are awesome. Takes restraint not to over do it. Mybad. I like to paint pieces that will stand out even in lower light conditions.
Going to a new home, once dry.
Painting outside is one of the joys of summer. In the past, it was perhaps the only way to get the real feel of a scene. Other than that, the choice was to paint from memory and sketches. Nowadays, painting on location has morphed into plein air, which has come to mean painting small format pieces as works in themselves or to capture the colours and light to be used for larger in studio pieces.
Whatever the motivation, the challenges in doing work outside on site make it inhibiting for many. Equipment (weight and portability), access, weather, bugs and curious onlookers need consideration and trial and error to find out what works. Then there is the actual challenges of getting composition right, getting colours and values right, changing light conditions and the necessity for speed. Starting out, the results are underwhelming or outright failures. That said, what makes this a joy is the feeling of being immersed in the scene, all senses firing. The experience regardless of outcome is well worth the effort. In any case, you can always fix or repaint that great piece, back in studio.
My last effort, “Late Summer”, was such an experience. Sketched one morning using Procreate on an iPad, painted on another day and then finished off in the studio a few days later. The smell of the fields, the fresh air and even the couple of passersby that stopped to say hi, were all a pleasure.
A little summer inside, but they don’t last long. Really beautiful flowers, heavy with summer sun.
It has been a really hot July this year making plein air painting all the more challenging. Sunflowers have certainly epitomized the broiling summer. Nevertheless, getting out into the fields with bees and butterflies tending to the flowers was really fine. Carrying portable shade made the morning fun. Packed it in at lunch when the heat was reaching the peak and stomach singnalled it was time to go. Finished off the piece in the comforts of home.
It has been a scorcher July this year. This was a fun piece to do, plein air, under an umbrella under the crab apple tree. Amazing how much UV energy the tree absorbs. With that and the sum bock coating in the umbrella, it was quite bearable. An iced fruit pop didn’t hurt either. Have to enjoy the simple stuff in these difficult times. Hope you all stay safe.
Seems like it’s been a little slow in coming but its perhaps, maybe definitely here (no snow in the forecast for the coming week). Have to celebrate it! This was based on a photo from last May when we were allowed out. As it went on, the piece took over control and a stream happened and 2 young deer appeared.
A little belated, with apologies. I would like to recognize Greg Krycinski for his image that I used as reference for my interpretation. Thank You.
The man walking with his dog was my addition. Memories of walks with my dogs both passed on now.
Finally found time to organize my site. Always painting wins out to doing this kind of stuff, but eventually things were getting out of hand and I had to find the time to do some spring cleaning.
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