"Long Morning Shadows!'-oil on panel 8x10 inches
I simply can't believe the good painting fortune that I've enjoyed! The weather... and the colour continue to provide me with unbridled enthusiasm and subject matter to be painted!
The remaining foliage here is so soft and muted in most places... like the woodwind section of the orchestra... and then ... here and there yet... the rich brass of remaining maple oranges, softwood golds and raucous oak russets sound a distinct trumpet fanfare - splash of "colour surprise that begs the inclusion of a dash of raw pigment... almost directly from the tube!
The two jpegs that I've posted today are examples of what can be done to make contemporary/ modern homes more appealing as painting subjects. I tried to surround these otherwise rather "ordinary" (from a painter's selective eye) subjects... with a "supporting cast" of interesting visual elements... which do exist... but are "amplified" for artistic punch to create more visually appealing images. I also have used a much sharper and steeper than usual three quarter perspective to elevate the subject... giving it prominence... and a greater sense of... dare I say... majesty????
Regardless of what viewers... or even owners will think... I very much enjoyed painting these two... and feel a great sense of achievement from my own belief that they really don't stand out as being different from... or inferior in artistic merit to the "heritage" homes... which obviously are my usual subject matter! I hope that you enjoy these first two examples. I hope to do a couple more and then finish with a couple of my usual fare.
I will be absent for the next three days however. Tomorrow.. I will be painting in the quaint rural village of Kettleby south of Hillsdale near Aurora with my youngest son Bryn, aged 15 years. It is "Going to Work With Dad Day" at his high school... and he elected to join me at my ..."Work"! Kettleby is a picturesque throwback to rural Ontario town life at the turn of the twentieth century. It provides a host of interesting subjects, many of which I have painted before... and is the perfect quiet place to spend a day painting ... en plein air... with a Soul Mate... and "He" most certainly is that!
On Thursday and Friday we will head down to our home town...Brockville, on the St Lawrence River to visit our dentist Peter Culp. Pete and I go back a long way. He was a student in my grade seven and eight classrooms in the late 70's... and we have remained "joined at the hip"as long time friends ever since.
We will do an overnight visit with my eldest child Lisa at her lovely home on Kerry Point Road... five doors down from the site of my family's cottage on Narrow's Lane Road. Next day we will head two miles westward to Rockport to conduct some "business". More on that...at a later date!
We then head up the highway about 45 minutes to Kingston to "do lunch" with my daughter Allison... to celebrate her birthday and to presenther with her La Salute painting.Later in the afternoon... we will point the van cross-country towards Hillsdale... weaselin' our way through the back roads taking in the beauty of the Canadian Shield along Highway 7. Though the journey is a good 4 hours in duration... the scenery never fails to give us pleasure... and less trafcfic for sure than the other major 4oo level semi-infested speedway alternatives
A whirlwind couple of days of travel... but that's what painting does for "You"... keeps the grey matter energized... and the arthritis at bay and the soul joyous... and thankful!
Talk to you soon! Stay tuned... for our combined results arising from our Kettleby Kaper! I'll most likely post again towards the weekend. Until then...
Good Painting ...to All!!