Thursday, January 31, 2008
I painted this last year, and I wanted to put it up as a comparison to what I have been doing lately. Even though I have only been blogging and painting a few paintings a week for a short time, I think it has already had an affect on my work. If you look at other artists who blog daily, and look at their work from previous months or years, I'm sure you will see a difference.
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Saturday, January 12, 2008
This is a painting that I did at a workshop held by the American Academy of Equine Art (AAEA). It took place in horse country, Lexington, Kentucky at the Kentucky Horse Park in September '07 and was taught by arguably the best living equine painter, Valerie Hinz.
Attending this course really changed how I paint. It taught me alot about observing my subject, using a limited palette and mixing it and about persistence and experimentation.
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
This is a bit of a departure for me. These are maple leaves in the fall. I did it from a photo that I took years ago with a soft focus filter, and I loved the way the colours all melted together. Actually it was a bit tricky to paint, because the photo is a slide and I don't have a projector, so I had to keep holding it up to the light and every once in a while I used a magnifying glass, because I really couldn't see what I was doing.
I walk dogs in High Park and I am always noticing the light effects on the trees and other aspects of the park. It's hard to get too focused on anything other than my dogs, so I have to go there without them and really have a good look around. I did that in the fall, and took some photos that I am using for reference in a series of small paintings.
There is a spot in the park where the light filters through the trees and it is quite spectacular in the fall and winter. There are often people walking their dogs in the area, and I think it would make a nice little painting. I want to set up my easle in the park at this spot.