Friday, October 17, 2008

The last plein air of the season??

"Back Road", plein air oil painting, 8 x 8"
I know I haven't posted in a while, but I have been very busy. First there was the Foothills Orchid Show that I was in charge of and then I had to frame a ton of paintings (over 30 framed and matted pieces) for the big show I am in on Saturday. (In case you live in Calgary, please come by to the Calyx Distinctive Arts Show at the Crescent Heights Community Hall from 10 to 4pm on Saturday.)
This will perhaps be the last plein air painting of the season (heavy sigh). It has been a terrific 4 1/2 months, and I have done so many paintings, and have learnt so much. Nature and experience are great teachers. If I do get a chance to go out again, I will definitely post the results. Otherwise I need to force myself to spend some quality time in my new studio. Who knows where that will lead??

Friday, October 10, 2008

The Good, The Bad and the Ugly -Facelift!

"Spring -Moose Mountain Road", plein air oil painting, 12 x 9"
Remember June 6th's entry, the first plein air oil of the season, and how I hated it? Well, after a season of painting, I knew what to do with it. So here it is finished! That is one nice thing about oils, it is infinitely fixable.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Now for something completely different....

"Returning Home", mixed media painting, 12 x 12"
This is the demonstration painting that I did for my "Paint Creatively with Mixed Media" workshop that I did for Leading Edge Art Workshops the weekend before this one. It's title derives from the fact that it seems like forever since I have done any studio work in abstraction, and it felt really good to return to it after plein air painting exclusively for the last 4 months.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

The end of the trip!

" Sargents' Point -Lake O'Hara:, oil painting, 10 x 8"
This painting was begun in the pouring rain, but I couldn't finish it because it was just too darn cold. I went into my photos that I took while there and changed the lighting (ie: added some!). This is part of the view that was made famous by John Singer Sargent ('Hara.htm), so I just had to give it a go.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

"Lake McArthur" -plein air oil painting

"Lake McArthur" -plein air oil painting, 10 x 8"
This is the first painting of day 5. We woke up to fresh snow high in the mountains and significant cloud cover. Half way through this painting I was huddled under my umbrella in a downpour. I stayed and finished it -I can attest that oil and water don't mix, which is a good thing on days like this...