With the long anticipated arrival of Spring finally a realized, I am posting up a quartet of new seasonally explicit paintings. These pieces are all drawn from the local area, unfortunately, none are based on the glorious season we are in the midst of currently. Two are set in the fall, and the others are clearly winter. Consider them reminders of what is coming, or what was just past. Regardless, it is good to see them finished, add them here and get stuck into some new work.Autumns' Decent
This setting was located across from a farm elevator I was working at off and on for the last couple of years. With lots of time to study the scene, I always knew that this barn and its' picturesque surroundings would be the basis for a painting of mine, it was just a question of what time of year to show it in. My choice was early fall, when the leaves are just beginning to change, and even the air has a flavour of transition to it. With this painting, I wanted to highlight the contrast between the peaceful barn yard and the turbulent sky above.
Eramosa looking West
Across the road from my studio, runs the Eramosa River, splitting in two as it passes through the village. For most of the year, the dense folliage along its' banks obscures the view of its' winding path as it heads west. This piece was done on a smaller sized canvas and I was trying to channel a bit of 'Group of Seven' with the heavy application of paint I used.
At the Corner
For a number of days last fall, the sky became filled with the most dramatic, impressive cloud formations I had witnessed in quite a while. On time, when the sun was finishing with the day, I was walking with my dog just outside of the village, and became intrigued by how the sunset coloured the white clapboard house, situated just off the corner of the country road.
Back of the East Field
With a landscape painting, the light source is always the sun, except when it isn't! That 'other' source of light, the moon, can add a remarkable amount of illumination to an evening scene, especially when it is bouncing off a snow covered field. Under the cover of night also is the time much of the local wildlife ventures out onto the land. In this painting, I wanted to give the viewer a feeling of peering out onto the moonlit field from a place of concealment.