Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Rocks as Inspiration

Balancing Act
acrylic on canvas - 36" x 24"
This is for sale - contact me for price if interested.
I love rocky shore lines and have taken many photos of such over the years, thinking that they might be good subjects to paint - but how? Using my mac, I recently began to select details from the larger photos, cropping out about 90% of the original photo and found that I had some really interesting little abstract compositions of shapes, forms, and lines - and so have begun to paint them.

This is the first of these rock-inspired abstract paintings. I am quite pleased with how it turned out, and particularly like the combination of 3 dimensional forms and flat 2 dimensional shapes. I have another one on the easel.....so stay tuned.

Sunday, 21 July 2013

Georgian Bay Rocky Shore

Georgian Bay Rocky Shore
acrylic on canvas - 36" x 24"  SOLD

I took a break from painting, in the latter part of June – and that extended into July as I settled into cottage life in Haliburton.  Looking for subject matter and surrounded by lake, sky and pine forest, I thought (as I do every summer) that I would just paint what was in front of me. Or at least nearby.

This painting is actually based on some photos I took while visiting friends John and Lynn at their cottage on Georgian Bay, last summer. The rocky shoreline is typical of the landscape there and became the subject in this work. The actual veins of colour visible in the granite inspired the exaggerated patterning and I love how they work well with the strong diagonal of the shoreline and overall perspective. I hope that you are enjoying summer somewhere!