Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Concession 4, Orono

Carol Berry, Concession 4, Orono. Oil, 11 x 14 inches. ©2009.

Here are two paintings I did in the studio of a scene I love. Something so simple as grass, grown and cut, all orderly and so satisfying. I see the influence of my formalist art school years, many years ago - simplifying the elements and enjoying the lines of the new green grass, alternating with the lines of the cut hay. The strong compositional elements of the hay fields are an awesome display of mankind's mark on this earth.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

My Friend, Petro Dhimitri

Carol Berry, My Friend, Petro Dhimitri. Oil, 24 x 18 inches. ©2010.

I painted this a few weeks ago at the Don Valley Art Club. This particular Tuesday night the model did not arrive, and Petro Dhimitri, a fellow club member, volunteered to sit for the whole three hours. Petro is one of the many talented artists who belong to the DVAC, we are both regular Tuesday Night life painters. I might be the only one who sees his sense of humour in this pose, but Petro has a great sense of humour and is a lot of fun to be around. He has a blog and I suggest you check it out.   

I'm still learning how to work the WN Artisan water soluble oils. I have not used my traditional oils for 9 months, and really love the easy clean-up of the Artisan paints. Here I only used Burnt Sienna on the bare gessoed canvas, but will post some limited palette life paintings soon. My painting life is becoming more predictable, Tuesday night life painting and plein air one day a weekend starting next week. I am also in the process of planning a larger landscape to be done in the studio with traditional oils and liquin, I'll be posting the stages as it progresses.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Study, Cherry Beach en Plein Air

Carol Berry, Study, Cherry Beach en Plein Air. Oil, 6 x 8 inches. ©2010.

My eldest and I set-up our easels right by the lake on Easter weekend. The sun was warm but the water had a cold breeze coming off it. It was a very hazy morning and my painting looks quite muted but at the time it was a good match. I want to paint faster, the painting doesn't feel finished yet we were there for over an hour. Gotta get outside and paint more often, am going painting next weekend in Newcastle.