(Home) – Studio Painting – 2nd Still-life Project – GULP! Limited Palette Angst! – First Steps…

Reminder: My palette is: Yellow, Yellow-Orange, Orange, Orange-Red, Red. That's it! None of my old tricks will work here... No white... No black! Yikes!!! To complicate things, the teacher very elegantly said that we will be learning about volume, shape, then all I heard was a buzzing form of AAAAAARRRRRRRGGGGG!!!! My head went into a … Continue reading (Home) – Studio Painting – 2nd Still-life Project – GULP! Limited Palette Angst! – First Steps…

(Home) – Studio Painting – 2nd Still Life Project – The Set-Up

This should be an interesting challenge... I'm just not sure I'm going to enjoy it... yet. The teacher called it Analogous Colour Palette. We need to pick a primary colour (Red, Yellow, or Blue) and with a total of five colours, pick connected colours on the colour wheel. I chose red as my primary colour... … Continue reading (Home) – Studio Painting – 2nd Still Life Project – The Set-Up

(Home) – Studio Painting – 1st Still Life Project – Good for now…

So, this is where I'm stopping on this one, pending the class critique (constructive feedback) this week. I may simply abandon it and move on to the next project... mainly because I am taking mental notes on the process and really dislike continuing past my gut instinct of end points. I'm not hearing a loud … Continue reading (Home) – Studio Painting – 1st Still Life Project – Good for now…

(Home) – Studio Painting – 1st Still Life Project – Comparing

Sorry for the odd shot. It just felt fun to take this perspective and give you only a taste of what the final piece looks like compared to the model. I added the highlighting with titanium white only... well, with some water to thin out the paint and make various layers of paint. Stay tuned … Continue reading (Home) – Studio Painting – 1st Still Life Project – Comparing

(Home)-Studio Painting – The 1st Still Life Project – Next Steps

I had some time today and dove into adding some shadows. As usual, I got a little ahead of myself and mixed some tones as well. I'm painting in a dark space with no direct light on my work, only on the objects I'm painting. The shadows are all over the room, blocking my point … Continue reading (Home)-Studio Painting – The 1st Still Life Project – Next Steps

What Really Matters – Simple Pleasures

I can't help but be filled with joy & gratitude that I see the beauty in the simplest of things. This is a gift I feel compelled to share. This dead milkweed was gently swaying in the morning breeze, the sun highlighting everything the artist in me loves: textures, tones, colours, and forms. I couldn't … Continue reading What Really Matters – Simple Pleasures

The End of the Mountain

Funny how perspective plays with what we are looking at. This is a small-ish rock that up close looked like a mountain range. It's images like this that make me realize that I need to boost up the resolution on my camera and maybe get a lens for macros. Some parts just get too pixelated … Continue reading The End of the Mountain

The Rabbit Looks Out

I wanted to see through this hollowed out log at the sun setting on the other side of it. I couldn't quite get my camera down and angled up, without being blinded by the glare of the sun. Finally, with my eyes full of sunspots, I chose to close my eyes and aim the camera … Continue reading The Rabbit Looks Out

Urban Summer Days

I took this one last Summer. Here in Montreal, we have loads of older buildings. many are hard to see from the street, as the owners have often resurfaced the street-fronts. However, find your way down alleyways, and into backlot parking spaces, and you'll find the abundance of Victorian architecture that shines around our fair … Continue reading Urban Summer Days

The Old & Forgotten Walls of Suburbia

In a small wooded area in the middle of our suburban neighbourhood, are the remnants of a farmer's wall. Bits of walls can be seen all over the older neighbourhoods, especially the ones that still have older homes. This old wooded area was a favourite hangout for us as teens in the 80's, back when … Continue reading The Old & Forgotten Walls of Suburbia