I've had many brushes in my hand over the past few weeks... and my head was buzzing with "to do lists" that awakened me at odd early morning hours, but the large commission is complete and my clients are coming to the Gallery today for the unveiling. So most of the pressure has subsided and I can now look forward to the fall plein air painting season.... sans other commitments.
I am hoping that the Short Strokes addition to my blog and our web site will offer people who might wish to own a smaller "piece of Bruce", an inexpensive but miniature version of my style and commitment to quality art. I hope that my mentioning that I don't choose to join daily groups or take on marathon projects insinuated that I thought negatively of these ventures. To the contrary, I laud the efforts of all artists who share my passion and enthusiasm for making art... no matter the differences in which we each choose to work. I have always been a "loner" really in my thinking... and in my development as an artist. I work best alone... even though I relish those opportunities to work with fellow artists that I meet along the way.
I will continue to post these smaller plein air pieces as they are made for your enjoyment and they will be offered here in the Gallery in the Short Strokes Gallery on line at http://www.thepaintboxgallery.ca/ . Hopefully, they will continue to "fly out the door as they have here at the Gallery. They area part of my daily painting process when I am working in the field.
I usually either begin... or finish up the day (after painting a larger piece) by throwing up these smaller panel formats on the easel and doing a flash dance to capture the arrival or failing effects of light. Sometimes I win... other times the clock does! I laughingly refer to these pieces as "my run-for-the-sun" quick draws!
Early on Monday, Deb and I will head north to Algonquin Park together for a three day painting adventure... based either at Whitney at the East Gate entrance, or at Dwight where we enter at the West Gate.... depending on where we find the best colour. The colour has risen to almost fifty percent... my favourite time because the colour when it reaches its peak is too intoxicating...too raw... "too cadmium" if you know what I mean. I much prefer the softer, ambiant fall colours which occur earlier on... or just before the leaves fall. I will post photos and painting images when we get back for your enjoyment.
Deb is, in her own right a fine painter, in addition to her many other talents and interests. On occasion, she loves an opportunity to get "out there" (in good weather) with "Me". I really enjoy her company... and sharing the time together. Fingers crossed... for "good weather! HAHA!! Stay tuned!
Until then...Good Fall Painting to everyone... no matter where you might be painting!
PS Today's Short Stroke addition is "Basking In the Sun" oil on panel 8 x 10 inches $100 CAN+ shipping... it was the study for an earlier commission "Canadian Gothic" oil on canvas 36 x 48 inches.