Friday, September 24, 2010

Concession Road 4, Late Afternoon

Carol Berry, Concession Road 4, Late Afternoon. Oil, 8 x 10 inches. ©2010.

I painted this right at the entrance to our campground. I had motivation problems that Saturday and only finally started painting in the late afternoon. The downside was that the sun changed a lot more than I was used to, but the greater upside was that I spoke to lots of nice folk, which was ok since I was still having trouble focusing! I met and had a really lovely chat with a neighbour who walked over to see what I was doing on her land. I later spoke with an outgoing family with two teens who stopped their car and all piled out to see what I was doing because their son really enjoyed art and was considering it as a career. 

Friday, September 17, 2010

View from Newcastle Harbour

Carol Berry, View from Newcastle Harbour. Oil, 8 x 10 inches. ©2010.

I loved painting this on location. I set up my gear on the breakwater near the lighthouse at the mouth of the Newcastle harbour. Besides the curious seagulls, a steady parade of large sailing cruisers motored past me while I painted which was exciting for me, a sailor, and of course the boat crews were happy to see an artist depicting a view that they loved so they all said hi to me.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Concession Road 4, Orono

Carol Berry, Concession Road 4, Orono. Oil, 8 x 10 inches. ©2010.

It has been a fantastic summer, highlights include my new iPad and the dry, very warm weather we had in Ontario this summer! I'm very glad that I got out sailing in my little Mirror Dinghy at least a dozen times.

The biggest thing that happened this summer is that I put into practice a completely new painting mindset, one that took a year to wrap my head around, plan and put into effect. All my painting tools and methods are new compared to a couple of years ago. Previously I painted on medium sized stretched canvases setup on a French easel, using regular oil paints and solvents, following photo references and carefully made linears. I would only set out the paints colours I needed for specific parts of the painting. This summer everything changed! I now paint on small canvas panels setup on my fantastic new homemade prochade box using Windsor Newton Artisan water-soluable oils. I squeeze out all the colours of my limited palette into my prochade box before I set out to paint en plein air. I paint directly from my subject, both landscapes and still lifes. I now see firsthand that photo references handicapped me by limiting my understanding of a scene. I can honestly say that from hard work comes growth.