Thursday, April 26, 2007

"Killarney Kolours"

This was completed from a quick sketch and mental notes done during the fall of 2006 in Killarney. The sketch was done just after finishing #0849 "La Cloche". I was tired and could not complete another painting. I like this painitng very much. It has the feel of the special place that Killarney is! The paint just flowed. And yes, the misspelling of "Colours" was intentional just to be consistent with "Killarney".
Oils on red acrylic foundation on commercial canvas - 11 X 14 (inches) Started Sunay April 22, 2007

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

"Sunrise Stratocumulus"

The temperature was minus 2 Celsius at 7:30 am and I was out standing on the back hill again. Even stratocumulus is exciting with the morning light. There was a light northwesterly wind but even it was enough to make me feel really cold. My bare hands can't take the cold any more and the light breeze made it pretty brutal. I can take the cold but I can't take the cold and the wind. I froze my hands while painting "Wild Life" in 2003 and they haven't been the same since. The ice had reformed on the pond overnight and it was thick enough to support the Canada geese that continued to stake out there territory on it.
Note that with the northwesterly winds, there were some streets of dary grey, old stratocumulus aligned with the wind while waves of stratocumulus perpendicular to the wind direction can be found at the top of the planetary boundary layer. The weather is always interesting!
By the time I was finished, the stratocumulus had turned into cumulus.
11 X 14 (inches) Started Tuesday, April 10th, 2007.

"Easter Flurries"

It was 4:30 pm and all of my chores were done. Cold northerly winds continued to direct flurries across the Oak Ridges Moraine. The air mass was unstable and the towering cumulus were occasionally dropping snow pellets (Type B) so hard that the visibility was dropped to less than a mile. It was cold and blustery but I felt compelled to paint.
11 X 14 (inches) Started Monday April 9th, 2007

Monday, April 9, 2007

#0879 "The Copse"

Welcome to the Blog of "Phil the Forecaster". This is the first entry but it won't be the last. I want to start off with my latest Plein Air piece. It was a warm day... much warmer than now. I do hope that you enjoy it!

"The Copse"
It was warm at 18 Celsius and I had to paint in the shade. The blue bird sky was absolutely clear. I can’t take the sun anymore so I set up in the shade. I almost never paint looking into the sun but I placed a large tree between the sun and I so it still worked.
This is one of my favourite places to paint. The copse of trees, shadows and fallen fence line create lines that I enjoy. The copse was composed of basswood and maple trees all intertwined on the slope of the hill. Jazzmin loved this place as well. I spoke to her when I finished painting – it was a simple, spontaneous reflex. The title for this painting is in her honour.
The weather turned dramatically as I finished stroking. A cold north wind blew in with overcast skies. I finished just in time!
Oils on yellow Ochre acrylic foundation on commercial canvas - 11 x 14 (inches) Started around 5 pm on Tuesday March 27, 2007

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