“There is no learning without having to pose a question. And a question requires doubt.” – Richard Feynman

November 1, 2016

Reclaimed Lemons, Oct 29, 2016, Oil and Acrylic on Canvas, 14" X 14"

Reclaimed Lemons, Oct 29, 2016, Oil and Acrylic on Canvas, 14″ X 14″

 

Circle Composition Four WIP, Oct 29, 2016, Oil on Canvas, 6" X 6"

Circle Composition Four WIP, Oct 29, 2016, Oil on Canvas, 6″ X 6″

 

Circle Composition Seven WIP, Oct 29, 2016, Oil on Canvas, 6" X 6"

Circle Composition Seven WIP, Oct 29, 2016, Oil on Canvas, 6″ X 6″

Another reclaimed canvas – this time with lemons. Again, not that pleased, but it is what it is. I played a bit more with my 6″ X 6″ canvases too. And I think those went a little better…

“The life so short, the craft so long to learn.” – Geoffrey Chaucer

September 12, 2016

I’ve added another layer to each of these pieces – all being a mix of Paynes Grey and cold wax medium. And these really are about layers. This is all about playing with the cold wax medium and transparency and I am trying not to get attached to anything along the way. The trick is going to be deciding when to stop.

When I looked at this one again, it seemed to have lost a lot of it’s brightness and I found it quite dull – so I decided to add a lighter colour and pull out the grid pattern a little more with a bit of Naples Yellow mixed with cold wax medium. And I dulled down a few areas with Paynes Grey mixed with cold wax medium. Looking at it beside last week’s version I’m not sure it’s an improvement. Too late now though. And I still don’t know which way is up (with the painting that is). I think today’s orientation emphasizes the cross that is emerging a little too much. I will try something else with it next week and see what happens.

 

“No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.” – Oscar Wilde

September 6, 2016

Abstract oil painting

Circle Composition Five WIP, Sep 4, 2016, Oil on Canvas, 6″ X 6″

Abstract oil painting

Circle Composition Five WIP, Sep 4, 2016, Oil on Canvas, 6″ X 6″

Abstract oil painting

Circle Composition Five WIP, Sep 4, 2016, Oil on Canvas, 6″ X 6″

Abstract oil painting

Untitled WIP, Sep 4, 2016, Oil on Canvas, 6″ X 6″

This week I decided to play some more with cold wax medium and created a first layer on two 6″ canvases, and added a layer to another two 6″ canvases to repurpose them in a new direction. I don’t think any of these are finished though.

“To me, beauty appears when one feels deeply, and art is a by-product of an act of total attention.” – Dorothea Lange

Oil painting in progress of a two lemons in a vase

Two Lemons WIP, Aug 21, 2016, Oil on Canvas, 30″ X 40″

 

Oil painting in progress of abstracted books lying open

Open Books WIP, Aug 21, 2016, Oil & Wax on Birch Panel, 12″ X 16″

 

August 19

August 19

Three images this week. The glass of my lemon vase slowly develops, open books gain some definition and I manage one of my three drawings for the week. And ‘manage’ is a term I use loosely… It’s been an odd week though – hopefully this one is better.

“Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.” ― Cesar A. Cruz

August 8, 2016

Oil painting in progress of two lemons in a glass vase

Two Lemons WIP, Aug 7, 2016, Oil on Canvas, 30″ X 40″

 

 

I managed to work on a few things this week – as well as three drawings.

Oil painting in progress of abstracted books open

Open Books WIP, Aug 7, 2016, Oil and Wax on Birch Panel, 12″ X 16″

 

Oil painting of a circular geometric composition

Circle Composition Three, Aug 7, 2016, Oil on Canvas, 6″ X 6″

 

“Art is the demonstration that the ordinary is extraordinary.” – Amédée Ozenfant

May 30, 2016

In 2013 I attended Series Summer Art School at Red Deer College and worked under the instruction of Jen Mallinson for a week playing with her plaster technique that combined acrylic paint, plaster and an assortment of other materials to create unique backgrounds. In Jen’s work, she would often complete her pieces with beautiful charcoal figure drawings. I left the week long workshop with a number of panels ready to go. This weekend I finished one of those panels. The results are below.

Series WIP, Aug 1, 2013, Mixed Media on Panel, 20" X 20"

Series WIP, Aug 1, 2013, Mixed Media on Panel, 20″ X 20″

 

Cowering Cups, May 28, 2016, Mixed Media on Panel, 20" X 20"

Cowering Cups, May 28, 2016, Mixed Media on Panel, 20″ X 20″