Thursday, 29 January 2015

Wednesday, 28 January 2015


More artful play and watercolour experimentation.
11" x 8.5"  - watercolour, gouache, pencil crayon on paper - $25

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Night Fall

8" x 6.5" - watercolour on paper - $25

Another of the abstract experimental landscapes I painted last weekend.  I began each painting with almost no idea of what exactly I wanted to paint beyond using lots of colour and allowing them to mingle on the paper. Once the first few colours were laid down then landscape ideas suggested themselves and I went from there. Here I painted broad bands of blue and then yellow which became sky. Once it was dry I then loaded my brush with lots of juicy wet paint to form the tree tops and then used the end of the brush to drag some of the paint down to form the trunks (I did go back in later when the canopy was dry and add some gouache). I really like how the trees are backlit and how the 'light' seems to shine through foreground hills. All quite serendipitous, but seems to work.

Monday, 26 January 2015

Watercolour Artful Play and Experimentation

In the Shade
8.5 x 7.5 - watercolour on paper - $25
Sometimes life gets in the way of painting.....but the week ahead looks clear and I hope to get back to work and finish a couple of paintings that are still needing resolution. I felt that I needed a bit of kickstart into serious painting (said with tongue firmly in cheek) so decided to experiment (artful play) with my watercolour paints and other media. Because I had to wait for layers to dry, I had to keep starting new paintings, and after a wonderful day I had a stack of small watercolour landscape paintings - which I will post throughout the week. And...if you are looking for a creative exercise I suggest you play!

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Post Modern Apps II

Post Modern Apps II
24" x 18"  acrylic on canvas
This is for sale - contact me for price if interested.
This is the second of at least three paintings featuring over-sized apples rendered in a high key palette. I love painting with these light, bright colours! It makes me think of spring flowers, and new green leaves on trees.

Saturday, 10 January 2015

Post-Modern Apps I

Post-Modern Apps I
24" x 30" acrylic on canvas    SOLD

Last week I was missing my big apple painting (below) which I sold to a good friend last year  - so I decided to paint another one. Different apples, different composition, not quite as large, and very different palette. Many of my paintings lately have started out in a high key colour palette, but as they evolved became quite a bit darker. I worked hard at not letting this happen here. And I also quite happily ignored the real apple colours for ones that I liked more. While in the middle of this one I started a second......and have plans for a third one also. 

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Trees at Les Bassacs

Trees at Les Bassac 
8" x 10" - watercolour on arches paper
More watercolour experimentation, painting wet into wet, and then adding some marks with watercolour pencils.