Sunday, December 20, 2015

1194 Singleton Ice

This is visiting an old friend from 2012 when we used to have winter :>))
This is the view looking southerly across Jim Day Rapids. The ice was really solid and provided a level area to pace back and forth as I painted and picked my colours. The wind picked up and it got decidedly chilly. I had to retreat to the home to warm my hands. The paint also got rather pasty but that adds to the plein air effect. As always, I was interested in the shapes and colours of snow, ice and water - all H2O. I didn't want to get bogged down in busy details while still hoping to capture the essence of the scene. Ice makes a multitude of colours especially at the water's edge.

The patch of cirrostratus on the western horizon was a harbinger of the approaching winter storm. Snow and freezing rain would certainly force me to paint inside on Wednesday. (it did! The forecast from the sky verified.)

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Barriefield’s Bicentennial Book

Yes, Barriefield’s bicentennial book will be available before Christmas... just! The launch is happening on Wednesday 23 December 4-7 pm, at the Kingston Yacht Club. This is the first time that Barriefield's story has been gathered together into one volume. At 200 pages, and with 170 illustrations, it is a fascinating and beautiful book. I have a painting in this book but as am yet, unsure just where :>))

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

1559 Ice Ledge

Started 2:30 pm Monday April 6th, 2015.
I selected this scene to practice looking into the water at small angles of incidence. Refraction of light dominates when you are looking downward into the water at small angles of incidence. In this case you can clearly see to bottom. The colours change with depth though and this was the challenge. The position of the features also are distorted but in this case, that didn't really matter. No one is likely to complain or find any errors.

Monday, December 7, 2015

1691 Pensive Clouds

This Singleton skyscape was from early November. I used a lot of paint on the 8x10 canvas and it was fun!
The abnormally warm weather has continued until today and will last at least another week. The cold polar vortex is located more over James Bay for the time being. El Nino is making the news as well. It would appear that the climate, the weather we expect, is not what it used to be, whether we like it or not. I suspect many like this weather... I am headed out for a paddle...

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Update - The Parry Sound Group of Five Plein Air Painters

This is another in the series of paintings from the October outing with The Parry Sound Group of Five Plein Air Painters. The location of this scene is somewhere around N45.24324167 W80.15092778 according to the GPS on my camera. I tried to find the location of Spar C194 on some map but was unsuccessful. For me, this is classic Georgian Bay and Canadiana.
There is tyalk about making this an annual event. Wouldn't it be nice?! So far I probably have 25 paintings from this trip with another 10 or so waiting in the wings to take flight - so to speak.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Fine Art America Introduces Canadian Fulfillment for Framed Prints

Fine Art America Introduces Canadian Fulfillment for Framed Prints December 4th, 2015
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