Sunday, 4 September 2016

On the Road day 4

Whoops at the last minute I noticed I forgot to paint the tires.  The car looked pretty funny floating in the air.  
I love when the sun pokes through buildings.
In the light find the Road 

And if you feel that you can't go on. And your will's sinkin' low
Just believe and you can't go wrong.
In the light you will find the road. you will find the road

Saturday, 3 September 2016

On the Road - Day 3

Missed Day 2 oh well.  At one point of my life if I missed a day in a sequence I would have just said well I screwed up might as well forget it.  I realize that in this 30 in 30 it is very likely that I won't even do half because we may go on vacation, the kids are in,   etc. in other words a lot is going on. I am going to do just what I can, enjoy the process and just chill.  Can I be maturing? It is about time.
Road less traveled

If you trust your rebel heart, ride it into battle
Don't be afraid, take the road less traveled
Wear out your boots and kick up the gravel
Don't be afraid, take the road less traveled

Thursday, 1 September 2016

On the Road - Day one

If you are an anglophone (English speaking person) in Montreal, the odds are pretty good your kids will move to Toronto.  If your kids move to Toronto the odds are, you will be spending a lot of time driving  the 401.  If there is a more boring way to spend six hours I don't know about it.

We were on the 401 and it was moving which is a miracle and my mind was drifting trying to come up with a topic for the 30 in 30.  I thought I spend so much time on this boring highway I should just paint it. Then I said to myself in caps "I SHOULD JUST PAINT IT".

On the Road Again
Cue the music

on the road again
Just can't wait to get on the road again
The life I love is makin' music with my friends
And I can't wait to get on the road again

30 Roads in 30 days.  And not all of the them will be the 401

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Adam and Eve Revisited

A long time ago I belonged to a co-op gallery.  Every once in awhile we would have a show with a theme.  This one was Adam and Eve.  I really was proud of my work which is to have Eve give Adam a modern apple.  Let's be honest I thought I was brilliant.

Adam and Eve Revisited

The two paintings hung in our bedroom  for ever and you know if something is there a long time, you stop looking at it.  Well we got a new comforter and all of sudden my bedroom looked different and the paintings looked really  dull.  So I fixed them. 



Adam and Eve Revisited
Now they can go up on the wall again until I redecorate again.



Thursday, 4 August 2016

Don`t Give Up on Me

I was in my class with Evil Teacher Suzy.  The painting I was working on needed tweaking.  She started yelling at me not to touch it while telling another student to go for it.  HUH? Why should I stop painting and why should the other student  continue. This needed an explanation and it had better be good.  It was good.  Suzy elaborated that the other student let's call her X - Madame X - would continue until she was satisfied and I would continue until I was unsatisfied and paint over it.
She is right.  I do that.  I did bring a painting to cover with gesso and paint over but when I brought it home I though I will show that evil teacher Suzy, this painting can't be fixed.

I really hate it when evil Teacher Suzy is right.  I worked on it and for not very long and I started to like it.  I think it needs a little more work but not much.  I love the effect of the sun and the shadows on the building.  What do you think?

Early Morning

I am really pleased. I feel I captured the effect of the light  peeking through the buildings.

Don't tell Evil Teacher Suzy that she is right - I am afraid of what else she might make me do.

Sunday, 3 July 2016

This is a Preparatory Sketch

This is a Preparatory  Sketch.  If it had been a real painting, I would frame and hang it but it is just a sketch.  I think I am brilliant. Stay with me.  I first painted this from a picture and was really pleased. I thought the rocks looked like rocks and when you first start a new subject that is exciting.

I even asked the critic, "does it look like rocks, does it looks like rocks, does it look like rocks?  If I repeat it enough times he will look and answer me. "YES IT LOOKS LIKE ROCKS" he replied.  He didn't scream but he gave me the look which means I will agree to everything - can I go now?

At first I really liked it and then I took a photograph and started seeing all the things I want to change.  Now here comes the brilliant part - just call it a preparatory sketch and move on.  Join the ranks of all the famous painters who did bad first paintings and called it a preparatory sketch.  I am just so smart.

Preparatory rocks

It does look like rocks.
Does it?

Friday, 1 July 2016

More lessons from Plein Air

There are some people who say no to everything and of course there are those who say yes to everything.  I lean to the former or do I mean latter whatever the first one.  I am fighting it.  I wanted to paint outside today, but I have limited time.  I am so proud of myself - I said to myself I can do this.I grabbed my supply bag that was ready from yesterday's class, my water jar, my easel and the first blank canvas I could find and just went in my backyard. The dog came by herself.
Scenes from the back yard July 1/2016



Here's what I learnt today:
  1. Painting the worst painting outside is better than laundry
  2. Go out earlier.  It was 26 celsius which is 80 fahrenheit.  It always sounds hotter in fahrenheit. The heat didn't really bother me as the problem with the acrylics.  My acrylics were in the sun and the paint was drying faster than I could squeeze.  Not an excuse to not paint (double negative warning) but I need a solution.
  3. If you have a canvas with a hole, throw it out.  Don't leave it near the door because you might grab it when you are rushing to your backyard. The really dark spot is a hole. I know I can fix it but I don't want to. 
  4. The most important lesson, any place can be a joy to paint.   I would love to live by the ocean or a canyon but I live in the suburbs and even my ugly backyard  can seem beautiful. I did leave out the composting bin there is a limit.
  5. Fill up the pool for the dog.  My dog has her own swimming pool, doesn't everybody's?