Friday, 23 August 2013

Gerloch Gardens Plein Air.

The Mobile Studio

1) Scuba diver's equipment bag, shade buddy, chair, backpack for water.
2) Tinted panels.
3) Pouch for brushes and pouch for bug spray, tape, etc..
4) Soltek and lunch bags for liquid paint.
5) Birch panel.
6) Brush and primary colours in apron for easy access.
7) Gray palette helps control the values.
8) Subject.
9) Block in the big shapes using larger brushes.
10) Give it a shot. A certain amount of cursing and muttering is to be expected.

I tuned up Wednesday's plein air in the studio last night. Sometimes it's better to leave them alone and maintain their rough freshness, but occasionally a bit of tweaking is in order.

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Dick Marvin and I spent the morning painting this magnificent stone farmhouse on the 17th line north of Moffat. Dick said it was built in the 1840's. We were looking into the sun, so the subject provided us with a myriad of challenges, as well as some hungry deer flies. (4 photos)

Friday, 16 August 2013

Another great day painting au plein air.  I was in the hills north of Rockwood with my chum, Dick Marvin.  Perfect weather and light.

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

I spent the day painting the beautiful Uxbridge farm house of my good friend, Shelly Burke. Lots of companions, including the lively little students in her art camp, tiny poodle Dolly, and plein air master, John Stuart Pryce. I wish I could bottle this kind of day.

Monday, 12 August 2013


Ken Thompson's gift to the Art Gallery of Ontario. Rubens' "The Massacre of the Innocents." He paid 77 million smackers.
Neilson Park Creative Centre Members' Show, 2013.