I just finished touching up my latest painting. It’s a big one at 28 x 36 inches. When working on a painting this big it is easy to get caught up in the details. When I thought I completed the painting a few days back I put it up on the wall and left it there for a while. As I repeatedly looked at it over the next day I was able to see things that I never noticed when I was less than one meter away from it. So today the painting came off the wall and I touched up all the little things that were bugging me.
The location of this painting is special to my wife and I as it is the spot where I proposed to her back in 2008. I told my girlfriend I was going to take a photo of us at the top of the hill. I set up the tripod hit the timer and then got down on one knee and popped the question. When I opened up the ring box the ring somehow popped out and nearly tumbled down the large hill. I quickly snatched it up, and put it back in the box and held it out just as the camera took the photo. Just for the record, she said yes.
Here I am at Art Round the Pond in Wellesley, Ontario. It was my first time displaying in an art show. It was lots of fun and I got to meet lots of wonderful people. http://www.artroundthepond.ca/
While I was there, I decided to start another painting. It was a good way to pass the time and by the end of the day I had almost finished. The result is this painting of the moon rising.
This weekend I am heading down to Point Pelee to do some birding and hopefully will get some good reference photos for future paintings. Last year when I visited Pelee, I found that I had a hard time identifying the many different warblers I saw there. This year I am coming prepared. I created flash cards with all the possible warblers I might see.
I started painting this picture soon after a trip out west but never felt great about it. It hung on my wall for years while I stared at it and pondered how to make it better, how to make it look right. Finally, I got fed up and reworked all the things that were bugging me about it. I have now finished this painting – it only took me 2 years.
I just completed this painting of the Lehan family cottage laneway. I was inspired by a Robert Bateman painting called Cottage Lane – Red Fox. His painting shows a red fox crossing the laneway near the sign pointing to the Bateman cottage. In my painting I chose to include my dog Darwin in place of the red fox. I also included the blue ball that Darwin is obsessed with chasing for hours on end.