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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Personal Celebration

The Gallery Painting group is a club which I belong to and which celebrated its 60th Anniversary this year. Our celebrations included a show at the Arts Project and severall of the paintings from that show are currently at the Mayor's office and will later be exhibited at The London Arts Council.
I decided to mark the occasion of our 60th by keeping a dedicated sketchbook of this year's 60th anniversary paint out locations, my own personal celebration. I have completed the first three entries. To get a better look, you may wish to click on the photo to enlarge it.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Early Morning, Misssissagi River

This painting is of the same area as the previous one but with a different view as well as a different format. It will be in the Brush and Palette Club Show at St. Paul's Cathedral. The show runs from April 4th, 5 pm to
 9 pm, April 5th, 10 am to 9pm  and April 6th from 10 m to 7 pm.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Work In Progress: Early Morning On the Mississagi River

I have been in the studio for a couple of days working on this 24" x 30" painting. Some areas are still unfinished, such as the foreground and some areas of light, but I am happy with what I have done to this point, and the oil paint has to dry before I can paint any more. I have been working from a photo taken a few years ago on the way home from several days painting in the Sault St.Marie region. We stopped here to stretch our legs and admire the early morning views of the river. I have painted this scene in a miniature format in watercolour but thought it would be fun to work with again in a larger format and different medium.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

What Colour Is Yearning?

I was under the weather for a couple of days, which is never good, and it kept me out of the studio and from painting. However, it gave me the opportunity to watch a video for the second time. A friend had given it to me to watch and I enjoyed it even more the second time around. One of the things I liked about the video was the sound of loons on the lake. I always find this sound emotionally moving and the sound  seems to me to be filled with longing, with yearning. After my first viewing I began to wonder how you could portray this sound visually. The second viewing helped me to decide to use the extended branches of trees, which look to me as if they are reaching for something with longing. I got my sketchbook and pen, took them back to the couch and began. Once the trees were finished I added the rocks. The trilling characteristic of the loon's song repeats and ripples and the rocks seemed to do the same. Now I would like to paint this but I must make a decision....what colour is yearning?

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Oil Painting

I have been taking oil painting lessons for a few weeks now. This is my most successful effort to date. It was done from a reference photo taken near Sault St. Marie on my first visit to the area. I am enjoying working with oil, more so since my husband installed a ventilation fan in my studio! I am currently working on three more paintings and hope to have something to post soon.