About Me

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Quispamsis, NB, Canada
As long as I can remember I have been drawing and painting. Although my subject matter may have changed with time, what has not changed it my attraction to nature. Being drawn in by sunlight, shadows textures and details all with rich colors. I know I am best challenged when the work has a high element of complexity. I spend much time and effort exploring my subjects - striving to gather as much information as possible before I begin working. My first love is working with water mediums - from watercolors, through acrylics and most recently water soluble oils. Often I may explore the same or similar subject in different mediums.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Nelly or Nellie Mosher Clematis Completed

Nellie Mosher - Nelly Mosher

The real satisfaction is in the finishing touches.  The stage of the painting where it is super close to being completed – just requires the last details.  In this case the centers of the blossoms.  I painstakingly painted around these skinny little stamems and as pretty much the last step I got to paint them in. 

Then the scrutinizing begins – I look at the painting more holistically now.  Are the colors true to life?  Are the shadows painted with enough contrast? Are the lights and darks balanced to a believable state?  Are the tones balanced appropriately over the whole piece for the lighting of the day?

The images that I worked from were captured on a hazy day so the shadows are not particularly defined.  So no high key contrast here.

So happily - on to the next work!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Still a work in progress....slow progress

Tedious tedium
tweedle tweedle dumb....

When I get to this stage in a painting - I often wonder "what am I thinking?".  Seems like I have been working on this piece forever.  Don't get me wrong.. I love the complexity and all the detail.  It is just at this point I am getting excited for the next painting - without any shade of pink.  Have I mentioned that each petal takes at least an hour to complete?

This painting will require at least three more sessions to complete.   My favourite stage is when I look at the work and start to balance the colours - a little bit more colour here - and little more darks in there. This really makes the painting pop.

I have my next painting sketched out - actually I have three more sketched out - two more watercolors and one in oil. May have something to do with my anxiousness to complete this.