This week found "Me" a little at loose ends... between projects, but steeped in some commitments that kept me away from what I had hoped would be a productive week. Life has a way at times with getting in the way of serious thoughts and creativity.
The weather didn't cooperate much either. Cold is one thing... but high, gusty winds that continually come from every direction and driving snow are quite another. Those conditions simply discourage and punish... so I spent Tuesday afternoon at the easel... "plunking away" at a smallish 11x14 canvas. I really don't find these smaller canvases much fun because the format tends to make me tighten up and they always come across as controlled and too..."quiet".
Perhaps those qualities were okay for this subject however... since the barn complex no longer exists. It was simply bull dozed and burned unceremoniously... after over a hundred years of use and service. Progress... "They" call it!
The Second piece came out of an on location painting foray on Wednesday. It was a perfect day to be "out there"! Sun... no wind... great shadows and light everywhere one looked. I only required 10 minutes to find this site very close to home... one that had not caught my eye even after dozens of trips down Ingram Road. In the deep background... one can see the ski slopes of Horseshoe Valley Ski Resort.
I simply couldn't resist the woodland tangle and play of light and shadow in the foreground. Luckily... I decided to spend the first hour simply establishing the patterns of light and shadow in the foreground.Good thinking... because this area would change over and over again during my two hour stay at the site.
The background remained constantly lit during the entire two hour session. Good decision! Because I had laid in white very thickly at the beginning... I found it necessary to adjust some of the vertical twigs and some clumps of snow later that evening in the studio... but just a few changes. I think that it faithfully records "the moment"... which was my sole objective!
Two paintings...one inside... one outside. Which is yer cup o' tea?
I have my favourite!!! HAHA!!
Good Painting! Spring's a' comin'....get "out there"!