Sunday, December 31, 2006

Memories of 2006 (Revue Theatre)

The year has come to a close and there are many memories connected with it. Time passes quickly and as we get older the perception is that time passes even faster than before. I am one of the lucky ones during this passage of time, being able to do the things I love and to be creative.

Here is a memory of a great old theatre in our neighborhood that sadly in this last year closed down. I painted this on the spot during the Roncesvalles street festival and this was my way of capturing memories of attending this place. Sometimes the end of one great thing is the beginning of another.
Perhaps in 2007 we will see some new hope for this piece of history.

Happy New Year to everyone in 2007.

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Fall colours

I know it's winter now... but here are a couple of fall memories. These are both from High Park just a few minutes walk from home.

The first one is 16 x 20 inches and the second one is 9 x 12 inches. Both oil on board they were painted on the spot.

Friday, December 22, 2006

The pond just 10 minutes from my house

Here is a painting of Grenadier Pond. The lily pads looked good enough to eat that day.

9 x 12 inches oil on board.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

A couple of people paintings..

When I can... I like to paint from life at a great art group here in Toronto. These paintings are small (9 x 12 inches) and
completed in about an hour and a half to two hours.

The reason you are seeing so much texture in this first one, is because I painted over
an old landscape painting that I didn't care for much.

Alla Prima.... pen and ink

Here's a pen and ink drawing of a banana tree I did sitting in my brother and law's garden in India (two weeks ago)

I started in the middle without any preliminary pencil drawing and just worked my way out. Silly really because drawing this way becomes an exercise in total concentration and there is a real danger of slipping up along the way.

I was lucky this time and everything ended up in the right proportion.

If you click on the image you will see the details.

It's been a while!!!

I haven't posted here in a while and my friend Stefan has been bugging me to post more images. I have painted and drawn a little but I admit things like putting a new roof on the house and setting up my art classes have taken precedent!

Anyhow here are a few things I've been up to ...