Wednesday, March 31, 2010

White Barn at Windermere

5x7 Oil on Canvas
I love this barn, I'm drawn to it every time I drive by.
And when I'm painting it, it makes me think about one
of my favorite painters. Her name is Laura Daniel and
she teaches at the museum in Austin Texas.

Friday, March 26, 2010

The Bend at Windermere

8x 8 Oil on Gallery Canvas in Floater Frame
I love how the N. Saskatchewan makes lazy turns along
the way. This is from a photo I took just south of the
Windermere Golf Course on a beautiful late afternoon
last summer. The sky and water were just shimmering.

Monday, March 22, 2010

5 Sheds near Okotoks

Oil on 24x24 Gallery Canvas

I came across these sheds as I was coming back from a workshop at the Leighton Centre last year. It seems to be a common thing to have 5 red sheds and I love the feeling these simple farm buildings evoke in me. My grandfather homesteaded in Saskatchewan and I've heard so many stories about the challenges of building a life from bare land.
Linny D. Vine found she had the same feeling about grain elevators and from her west coast studio she paints the most wonderful serendipitous elevators interspersed with the coast scenes you would expect.
This painting is now available as it will now be painted in a large horizontal format for the collector. If you have any interest, please drop me a line.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Prairie Lakeland

A friend asked me to explore painting a prairie lake scene with canola fields in a diptych format on 24x24 canvases in floater frames. I liked the idea so I did these two 8x8 studies to play with it, having never painted a diptych. Two issues that showed up pretty quickly are palette control and keeping the horizontals lined up. When I'm working on the larger ones my plan is to put my two easels side by side and paint them simultaneously. I'll also premix large puddles so that I can paint both without remixing.