My painting workspace can at times be quite become quite cluttered, with paints, brushes, sample pieces, sketches and books competing for the best locations. One of the books most frequently open for study and inspiration is a big hard cover book about the Group of Seven painters, which includes Tom Thomson. Within that treasure of wonderous beauty are a number of paintings that feature a stark young red maple sapling against a northern backdrop. While working away at this painting, I studied those works intensely and decided that this piece was to be 'my red maple painting', hence the name.
Complimentary colours are lend a striking vibrancy to any work and they play a significant role in causing the work to 'pop'.
Framed painting is available for purchase at the Kilby Gallery in Clarksburg Ontario.
It is not unusual for me to take a painting so far, then put it aside for an undetermined period of time. This pause may be caused by a concern for the direction a piece is moving in, or not moving in, or perhaps something new(er) has pushed its way to the main stage of my focus, or many other reasons and excuses really.
With this work, which was started but not completed almost a year ago, I was caught between 2 different styles of finish and attention to detail and decided it best to leave it alone for a time. Jump forward to this winter, and there was this half finished painting that still held lots of promise in my eyes, but needed to be brought to some form of completion. And here it is.
An early snow while the fall colours are still strong in the woods, on a bright sunny day, is a rare and miraculous visual treat as seen here, lots of different colours from the palette played a role. Painting is 60' x 30' and is currently available for purchase at the Kilby Gallery. For further details contact the Kilby Gallery at 519 372 7971 or email@example.com
After a commission is finished and framed and the client is happy, the painting leaves the gallery for its' new home. Its always great to see how and where they end up, hopefully in a place that will allow easy viewing and really set off the room, as it appears with the above painting. The work, which was a suprise Christmas gift, is 62" x 28" and seems to fit in the room quite nicely!
At the top of my painter heros list would have to be Andrew Weyth, the late great 'rural realist' painter whos' riveting images struck a powerful chord with so many. Besides his haunting and unconventionally beautiful images, I am also influenced in were he sourced his subject matter. Everything he painted seemingly could be found within a walking distant from his two homes. The variety and depth he was able to mine from this limited world is truly amazing, and inspirational.
Just behind my home winds a little creek that twists and turns impossibly as it passes through our farm. Every bend affords a new painting possibility, this one is viewed from a little foot bridge and is usually accompanied by the sound of the water running over the rocks under the bridge.
The frame was chosen to highlight the bit of colour found in the painting and is constructed from reclaimed lumber, measuring 51" by 33". This new work is currently available for purchase at The Kilby Gallery .
Around here people wait anxiously for the cold and snow to come but during the time before its arrival there is a period of transition, marked by grey skies, rainy days and conditions that send most indoors in search of heat and comfort. For me, that time also has become an exciting period to paint. The sombre limited colour palette puts the focus on composition with the monochromatic quality lending a sense of what makes black and white images so intriguing. Good rubber boots, warm toques, gloves and windproof jackets are all it takes to make venturing out during this time of transition in relative comfort, something myself and Brownie do every day, looking for the next striking image to appear.
This new piece was commissioned as a Christmas Gift from a husband to his wife who grew up in nearby Meaford and remembers that time very fondly. Viewed from the nearby Niagara Escarpment, Meaford lies mostly hidden in a continuous forest of trees up to the winding shore of Georgian Bay. It was decided that the painting would show the town in the height of falls brilliant and varied colour palette. The unusual weather patterns that unfolded this year resulted in a spotty fall for colours but artists equipped with the power of the brush can help out where needed.
A large painting, 62"x28", there was lots to see and include and I spent a lot of time studying some of the masterpieces found in my trusty Group of Seven art book, to see how the colours of fall can be portrayed.
There is little to compare with the unabashed beauty of a fall sunset when Mother Nature turns up the brilliance dial! I'll admit its a bit overwhelming to a painter who typically paints with a restrained colour pallete, but I am always drawn to a challenge and here is what came out.
The fall always goes by too quickly for me and the few leaves still clinging on suggests that the Autumn days are numbered for this year.
With handmade frame this painting measures 21"x27" and is currently available for purchase, online or at the Kilby Gallery in Clarksburg Ont.
Very happy to post up this recently completed painting commissioned by friends Gord and AnneMarie. This project began with a visit to the home, not far from here. Immediately I was struck by the charm and beauty of the place and the challenge of coming up with the best view to depict the farm and its surrounding landscape. Heightening this task was a large knoll, or hill situated almost directly in front of the place. In the end we decided to incorporate this feature prominently in the painting, which allowed a great view back into the rolling fields located at the rear of the property. The lovely restored farmhouse and barn are part of the scene but became a piece of the scene rather than the primary focus of it. Numerous visits to the place allowed me to witness it in the glow of late day sun, which is how it is shown in the painting.
The final size of the piece is 32" x 62", which includes the frame, made from local reclaimed timber.
Something on the smaller side for me, as of late, but still fun and packing plenty of presence! A 'water scene' for sure, although regardless of home many paintings I tackle with water as a major element, each presents its own unique challenges! As per usual with me, the basic composition or arrangement of shapes and colours with in the format or edges of the painting is the first priority, and I am quite pleased with how this one comes off. The water dominates and is framed along the top with just enough info to give it a feeling of a particular place. Choosing names is always a fun distraction while executing a painting, and for this piece which I think epitomizes many folks ideal of a memorable 'Saturday', that is what I went with. The handmade frame seems to work very well with the painting, judging by the many favourable reviews it is receiving here in the gallery!
Wasn't it Enzo Ferrari himself that proclaimed the E type Jaguar to be the most beautiful car design ever?
This stunning blood red Jag was sitting across the street from my gallery one day and I managed to get a few pics of it before it drove off. A car as eye catching as this is always going to draw attention. I strategized a way of simplifying the background to mainly black and white shapes, allowing the long slender bright red shape of the Jag to really dominate the composition.
With the successful completion of this piece, it is now time to start looking around to see what may become the next piece of automotive art I choose to paint!