Sunday, December 18, 2011

peace on earth

Here is my season's greetings to you and yours! Copyright Carol Berry, 2011.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Laneway at Cedar Valley Resort

Carol Berry, Laneway at Cedar Valley Resort. oil, 8 x 10 inches. ©2011.

I felt a bit silly and public when I ended up painting a scene right across the lane way from our own trailer at Cedar Valley Resort. I had lots of visitors who passed me on the way to and from the swimming pond. Everyone's comments were supportive and I soon relaxed and finished this up in a couple of hours. 

My goal this summer is to learn how to be decisive with my brushstrokes, meaning I have to get the colour right before I paint it. In my mind I liken this approach to my old marker rendering days.  

This spring I googled pochade box and the first entry was a local Kijiji ad for a EasyL Lite pochade kit for a hundred bucks. I was lucky enough to buy it and I love this new set up, can't say enough about how well this box is constructed and its accessories planned. Special features that I like is that the painting panel is high, allowing the palette to be low and my shoulder to be kept in a relaxed natural position. I also like how the tripod (which came with the kit) has a wider setting for its legs making the whole kit more stable. 

Monday, July 18, 2011

Swimming Pond at Cedar Valley Resort

Carol Berry, Swimming Pond at Cedar Valley Resort. oil, 8 x 10 inches. ©2011.

This is my first plein air landscape painting of the summer, done in a couple of hours, a month ago at our trailer park. Cedar Valley Resort is much more like an Ontario Provincial Park and is the opposite of average trailer parks, I love that each lot is quite private, surrounded by trees and tall cedar hedges. 

Last summer I painted my landscapes in the hot sun on the side of lonely country roads and I got a few nasty sunburns. I have decided to park my plein air setup in the shade this summer and so far I am loving it! No sunburn and no need to attach my easel umbrella, vastly simplifying setup and reducing the risk of having the wind topple everything over. This was my first test with my new EasyL Lite pochade box, it passed with flying colours - it is a very well made and thought-out kit.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Perrier Water

Carol Berry, Perrier Water. oil, 8 x 10 inches. ©2011.

After a whole year of planning and making a homemade pochade box, I finally used the kit and immediately found a critical flaw, I was tensing my shoulder because the palette was too high and close to the painting. I paid a severe price the whole following week with an immobile and painful shoulder. 

Did this indoors at our trailer on a rainy Sunday, grabbed what ever was around, the goal was to get painting!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Time keeps marching on

Carol Berry, Computer Virus. Digital, ©2000.

It was never my plan to take a break from posting to this blog, but it seems that is what I did after all. Besides relaxing and spending lots of nice time with my family, since Christmas I have been busy selecting, buying and setting up my new Mac computer. 

I've had Macs since 1992, in fact my graphic design career was shaped by the computer skills I learned on Macs. I have owned and worked on the PC, but I have always earned the majority of my income on the Mac. When my current computer was just over 2 years old, I started planning to buy my next one.

This March I moved into my new Mac Pro 6-Core tower, with its two awesome 2TB hard drives and its 12GBs of RAM. Since January I have been living in geek heaven, deciding on which new model to buy and which peripherals would need upgrading. I have to boast about the specs of the new computer, cause I am a real geek but in reality this thing is so much faster than my 2.5 year old Mac tower, it is a real speed demon.

Here is more geek speak, skip ahead if you don't have any interest! I also ended up buying an extra 2TB internal hard drive for my TimeMachine backups as well as a matched pair of LaCie 2TB external hard drives for my SuperDuper! backups (I swop them every week, moving one offsite). I even had to buy a more powerful UPS (battery backup) because my current one is five years old and isn't strong enough to run the new computer. 

For the best possible solution for my computer needs, I chose to install the new tower from scratch, forgoing Apple's easy Migration Assistant. It has been a lot of fun, although time consuming installing softwares and transferring data. The extra care paid off, the final move was seamless.  

I did the illustration above a long while ago. I scanned my pencil linear and painted the colour in Photoshop. It was great to be paid while doing it, as the piece was for self promotion piece for my employer at that time, not my current one. Lots of fun and I was happy how it turned out.

And now it is almost summer, I want to get outside painting again, it is time for a different kind of fun!