Monday, September 2, 2013

Fishing Simplicity

Simplicity is very complex.

 Editing and refining I work at it.

 Some people make it look easy like Ken Auster and Colley Whisson.

 I am starting the 30 in 30 challenge to do so many, the only way is to simplify, simplify.

Do I know You from Ken Auster on Vimeo.

A wonderful way of working

Saturday, August 31, 2013


The statue is of Cunard it is out side the new market in Halifax. I was inspired by the pleine air painting of Collin.

Wonderful Painter

Sunday, August 18, 2013

A wonderful Youtude video of plein air painters in New York city.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Go Sleepy

This is the finished painting of Luke and Marnie 'Go Sleepy'

Focusing 'Go Sleepy'

More detail added of hair, pattern,background water, and folds. Faces are getting focused.

Blocking 'Go Sleepy'

Blocking out the colours on the figures. Putting in the local colour. At this point it is kept pretty flat. It reminds me of seeing something at a distance or have it unfocused as it progresses it get clearer and more focused.

Background 'Go Sleepy'

  1. Starting with the background establishing the tone and value. Using the clouds to get a dream like quality. When working from the imagination and not life I wanted to start with the large non specific areas to see where I was at and where I wanted to go. Just areas of colour for now.

Line of' Go Sleepy'

  1. Leroy wanted to surprise his wife, Marnie, on her birthday with a painting of her and her nephew, Luke. Leroy wanted it to be of Marnie singing Luke to sleep while she was carrying him. Luke was a large 4 year old and Marnie a small woman. This was something she did many times when they babysat him and Leroy loved seeing them.This was what was described to me that Leroy wanted painted. The reference that I got was not of this position of course, it had to be worked out and composed from a number of pictures. The trick was to make it look natural and have weight. It was started with a thumbnail then a few roughes for position and then a clean line with likenesses of the 2 of them. Once Leroy and myself felt I got it I enlarged to twice it's size and traced it onto my watercolour paper. Real to start painting.