Sunday, October 31, 2010
Today was largely spent in my studio as Crystal was off to Saskatoon to visit Angie. Angie had a bad day today, damn Cancer trying to get the better of her. Tried to contact Andrew Lloyd Webber to see if he would be interested in Angies latest production "Awakening" but he is all booked for the next three years and is not accepting unsolicited work. To bad for him. Anyways here is my Halloween picture, an abstract view I came across down in Utah. A watercolour with an attitude.
Friday, October 29, 2010
I've been working on this pastel off and on for a few days now. The idea was to use short dash strokes to portray the landscape, stay lyrical and faithful to the ambiance of the place. I am somewhat happy with the result but plan on re-visiting the idea with another painting. The scene is called the "Bridge", the sandstone is carved into a natural arch that overlooks an amphitheater type basin which further looks out over a valley. A wonderful place down in southern Utah on the way to Bryce Canyon.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
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Took the day off of work today, we had a heck of a winter storm and that was a good excuse for me to work in my studio. I am quite fired up about Utah, there are many paintings I would like to do. I think I am going to work the theme to death and see where it takes me. I did this pastel today of a wonderous place in Arches National Park, sun was just going down and it lit up the tops of the sandstone edifices quite nicely.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Somewhere between Arches National Park and Bryce Canyon we came across a really cool place to hike for a few hours. We started off by checking out some ancient Indian markings on massive sandstone forms, it was humbling. We watered up and started off on a long climb to an amazing natural bridge carved out of sandstone. My watercolour doesn't really do justice to the scale of the place, maybe I should add some humans in it? There was a wonderful silence there, a good place to meditate on the wonderous creation we all live in.
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Arches National Park, in south eastern Utah, is the first place Crystal, Michael and I camped after a long drive from Everett, WA. We were all enthralled with the geography and were anxious to start hiking the area. There are many great walks to go on there, one of our favorites was a place called the "Devils Playground", which is where this watercolour was painted. We spent almost two days there and then moved on to Bryce Canyon.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
I'm back from my trip to Utah with Crystal and Michael. We had a fantastic time spent hiking and camping in some amazing places. I took hundreds of photos and managed to do a few sketches, but I plan on doing some studio work based on what I saw and felt down there. More of that to come. This is a quick watercolour I did at Bryce Canyon, where we stayed for two days. There are fairytale like rock formations and trees growing in the most impossible places, a very special place to say the least.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
After much trials and help from my brother Richard my website is up and running again. I had to find a new host for the site as the previous company mysteriously folded up shop and disappeared! I plan on doing some major updating of the site as I haven't done that for some time and I have alot of new works that I would like to showcase. Thanks for everyones patience. This oil painting is my response to a plant I discovered in the back alley and my studies of the Austrian painter Egon Schiele. I am currently giving it a rest before I decide whether to work further on it. When I came across it I was struck by its beauty, even though it was practically dead. There was something regal about it and this is what I am struggling to convey.
Monday, October 4, 2010
I am happy to say that in a few days we are off on a short vacation to Utah, where we will be back packing in Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon. My son Michael has already been there and judging by his photographs we are in for a real treat. I am struggling right now trying to pack my art gear in such a manner that I don't need a pack mule to carry it! Seriously though, I will take my watercolours and casien paints along with some pens and pencils and hope to make good use of them. I post this watercolour because it has an autumn feel about it, even though I painted it this summer in Eastend. Enjoy.