Its been awhile since I last posted, no real good excuse. The shadows are getting longer, a sure sign that the days are getting longer and spring is approaching. I encounter this scene regularly on my walks in the countryside around my home and was quite taken with what I saw here the other day and was inspired to paint it. Hope you enjoy it!
An Oil painting of a place dear to my heart. I have driven past this location for as long as I can remember since I was a child and I have also trekked here at different times of the year. It is precambrian shield country between The Pas and Flin Flon Mb. Lots of cool lakes with rock outcroppings in the most unlikely places, a real gem.
Here's an en plein air piece from about a month ago when the weather was unseasonably warm. There is a small pond that I call Wellington Pond that is a favourite spot of mine to hang out at, lots of interesting things going on there if one spends the time to look and listen.
I was digging around in my box of small paintings this afternoon and came across this en plein air piece I did last summer. The funny thing is that another painter painted the same painting, she must have been sitting in the exact same place I was. Good eye. I just finished this and it started to rain. Love how they bring back memories.
I've done three studies for a large format painting I'm currently working on, 48 x 60 in, this oil, a pastel and a small pencil sketch. I don't usually go to this extent but it has been helpful, although I am now deviating a bit from the original idea. Its good to have something to go back to, the original idea and inspiration.
Its been awhile since I've posted on this site. I have been painting but have been neglecting to update my blog site. Winter has been a mixed bag in these parts. Today it quite cold, very windy with speeds clocking in around 70 km/hr with snow mixed in. Three days ago when I painted this panel it was 14 above Celcius and sunny! I enjoyed sitting down at the creek painting and listening to the water gurgle and the birds sing. Very pleasant and a portent of nice weather to come I hope.
Its been awhile since I've posted on the site so I have an addition to share. I call this piece Legend of Kate Rice. Its speaks of a famous woman prospector who lived near my hometown of The Pas Manitoba in the early 1900's. She was responsible for discovering many valuable mines in the north. Kate Rice largely lived on her own in the forest and apparently thrived on the experiences all year long. I don't think it is something many people could do these days. She trapped and fished, wrote and drew. They say she was quite a beauty but she chased off all advances by men, sometimes with an axe! She died alone in a care home in Minnedosa, Mb.
I recently came across a quote from Mary Oliver who is my all time favorite poet. It goes, "I did not think of language as the means to self description. I thought of it as the door - a thousand opening doors -! past myself. I thought of it as the means to notice, to contemplate, to praise, and, thus, to come to power." It occurred to me that I could easily substitute the phrase "I did not think of language for "I did not think of painting" and the paragraph would easily apply to my life as an artist who paints with oil rather than words. Mary Oliver, whom I usually read every morning before I do anything else, is a gift to a world badly in need of healing. I am grateful for her existence and her compassion for the natural world and urge you to read her work, it really is so wonderful.
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