June 19, 2014

A Quiet Day

A Quiet Day, 12x9 oil
Painting the boats in a marina can be like a lottery.   The constant fear that your subject matter will basically float away.  Strangely enough, on this amazingly beautiful day, all boats stayed put, at least the ones that I was painting.

I love being around water and boats, with the constant breeze and movement of the water.  It can be a bit mesmerizing at times.  I really had to pay attention while painting this...so much detail!  This was painted at the marina in Bronte on a beautiful June day, a couple of weeks ago.

June 17, 2014

Plein Air Painters at Large, Dundas Museum & Archives, June 19 - August 18, 2014

The Only Path, 12x9 oil
I'm very excited about this Thursday!  It's the opening of a group show, and I am proud to be part of it!  Most Monday afternoons, (weather permitting), a group of willing and able bodies head out to a predetermined destination, to search out inspiration and capture it on canvas, (or any other surface).  Although not everyone in the group has decided to enter this show, there will be a total of 14 artists.  I dropped off 4 paintings yesterday at the Dundas Museum and had a glimpse of some of the other works.  It's going to be a good show!  The opening reception is this Thursday evening, 5:30 - 8:30 pm.  There is also another show opening that day in another gallery at the same museum called Canadian Victorian Landscape Painters.  Come on out and join me and my artist friends for a glass of wine and enjoy the show(s).

                           

June 10, 2014

Yarning Too - Sold

Yarning Too, 12x12 oil

This painting was a commissioned piece.  I had painted a similarly themed painting a few years ago, but had sold it earlier this year.  The fun thing about painting something that was previously done is that I get to play with the idea all over again.

Yarning for Food, 12x12 oil

June 03, 2014

Daydreaming - Sold

Daydreaming, 12x9 oil
Yesterday afternoon I painted along Lake Ontario, in Bronte.  It was a hot muggy day, but surprisingly cool by the lake.  In fact, it was so cool I had to wear a jacket.

As the afternoon went on and I was finishing this painting, a couple sail boats appeared on the lake.  I've had only a few opportunities to go sailing on days like this.  Pure and simple joy!  The carefree feeling of letting all thoughts go, and just living in the moment.  Wouldn't it be nice if every moment was like that!  Sailing through life, sounds wonderful!

Hmmm, back to reality now.