28 September 2011

25 September 2011


Did another one today. Results: meh. Water looked great before I "improved" it. Blame it on the couple who parked nearby and proceeded to have a loud and profanity-laced argument, they threw off my concentration! An interesting and unforseen aspect of plein air in the city, ha.

24 September 2011

plein air II

The gear - milk crate with paints, brushes, mediums & rags; canvas carrier box; easel - all bungee-corded onto a dolly.

The set-up - canvas carrier box becomes seat, milk crate becomes table, easel holds canvas - in the shade of a convenient tree.

The result - a 10x10" landscape in oils - what fun!

21 September 2011


Sky Light
mixed media on canvas
45w x 51h

Keeping it minimal was difficult with this one, mainly because of that black arial shape stitched almost in the centre - visually heavy, it needed to be balanced. I wound up painting more areas than I had intended, but I think it has worked out ok in the end.

progression of Sky Light

mixed media on canvas
35w x 32h

14 September 2011

how time flies

How Time Flies
charcoal on stitched canvas

sky light

45w x 51h
... not sure whether this one's finished to my liking, going to leave it for awhile & come back to it later.

10 September 2011

the human element

These are the people that live in the city:

Unmaking The Pattern
pencil and acrylic on paper
12w x 22h approx.

A few before & after pics. Unfortunately as the camera battery dies the photographs go more yellow - please try to imagine the natural canvas colour unchanged from "before" to "after"!



acrylic and mixed media on canvas
62w x 25h



acrylic and mixed media on canvas
25w x 31h

03 September 2011

and again

I went to Vancouver a few days ago and took this photo while walking over the Burrard Bridge.

Since returning to Calgary I've been happily working away in the studio.

The following images show a series of little paintings which has been gradually developing over the last few months. Whenever I use oils (not often these days) and have leftover paint, I work on them. They are all 12x12" on wood panel, and all have various textured materials collaged onto the panel. Some are finished, some not.

These are the brushes I used last time I worked on those 12x12 panels:

I do love taking photos of my brushes, they are my friends!

Some more new pieces underway:

45w x 51h

62w x 25h

23w x 31h

And a few photos of things I see almost every day:

the building across the street from the studio, with evening light effects

cycling along the river path on my way home, this is towards home

and this is looking back towards downtown

a little painting that hangs on the wall in the computer room, shining in the sun