Tuesday, May 25, 2010
I had the distinct pleasure of witnessing an amazing performance by what I believe to be terns over the waters of Manitou Lake. A group of them were flying in formation and they appeared to be a mass of white flecks. When they turned and abruptly changed direction they literally disappeared from sight as there black markings blended into the landscape behind them. What a beautiful and memorable sight! I submit this pastel in honor of the event. It seems like a simple thing to comment on but it really was an awe inspiring spectacle.
Friday, May 21, 2010
Who out there doesn't love to take a walk after a warm spring rain? The smell of the budding poplar buds and choke cherries, the fragrant earth, the bird song and the wind in the trees. Everything has been given a new lease on life and exuberance is in the air. This little watercolour is a testament to my feelings on just such a day.
Saturday, May 15, 2010
I was banging around the studio this afternoon looking for a canvas to paint on and I came across a panel that was previously painted on. After some consideration I decided that it had the makings of a water type painting with lilies. There is a particular type of water lily that grows in Percy Lake, where my good friend and artist Jan Layh has a summer cottage and I have wanted to paint them for some time. With that in mind I went to work on the piece and very shortly I had what I was looking for. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
Monday, May 10, 2010
This is a painting that I have done for a client from
Flin Flon, Mb. It portrays a wonderful lake in East Central Saskatchewan called Amisk Lake, or Beaver Lake as some of the locals prefer. I had great fun painting it and believe that it captures the essence of the place. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
Thursday, May 6, 2010
I am getting over the inclement weather, after all for the artist it provides yet another perspective on the world we live in. I'm looking forward to the weekend when I can spend some real time in my studio on a larger piece I have been thinking about. This piece I am posting is a view of the land south of the "Bog", off of # 10 highway in northern Manitoba. The place suffered a devastating forest fire a number of years ago, resulting in the blackened trees set against the hills and sky. It is quite beautiful in the spring when the underbrush starts greening up, a real contrast. Just goes to show you how good can come from bad. I chose to portray it in late fall as I liked the blues and greys.
at May 06, 2010
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
I couldn't help posting this pastel I did awhile back because it really reminds me of the kind of weather we are having right now. We kind of had a taste of spring with rather nice temperatures and lots of sun and then the snow came again. It won't last of course but it is rather depressing.
at May 04, 2010