Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Amid The Chaos

acrylic 36 x 24
I reworked yet another older painting...this one has at least two other paintings underneath it. This made for  some incredible textures so I tried for a more abstracted technique. You really must full view to see the textures more clearly...but it's even better in person.

Friday, November 18, 2011

River Ice

acrylic small 10 x10
I really had a hard time trying to get the colors right in the looks much better in real life. It's off to Banff along with 11 other paintings tomorrow. Yeah, road trip...too bad the weather wasn't nicer.

Red And Gold

acrylic 12 x 12
I think I've about exhausted my red tree series. I do like the splash of red, although we live in an area that is predominately yellow in the fall...we do have a splattering of red bushes here and there. This one came off my palette knife rather quickly.

Thursday, November 17, 2011


acrylic  small 9 x 12 inches
Funny how a couple of years make.( I didn't realize just how much I have learned!) I dug an old painting out and thought I'd revamp it. What a huge difference...I even changed the slant of the slope! I pushed back the mountains, gave a lead in through the trees, added a little fog for atmosphere, got rid of the sharp geometric angles, made a clearer focal area and generally softened the look....much better!
Below is another reworked painting.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

ode to O'Toole

acrylic 12 x 12 inches
I'm a huge fan of Michael O'Toole's and of all the paintings I've done with the red foliage, I think this one is most like his. ( Certainly not in the same ball park!). People also say some of my work reflects that of Robert Glenn or the Group Of Seven...I take that as a huge compliment. Tons of Canadian art is influenced by the Group Of Seven including Robert Glenn. I don't try to copy anyones style but one can't  help but be influenced by the artists you admire. My studio is surrounded by photos of art I inspires and motivates me.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011


Acrylic 12 x 24
I love this time of year when you have fresh snow slightly melted to reveal the colors of autumn. Makes for interesting patterns as well... I notice I tend to do this in a lot of my paintings. I'm liking the contrast in this one.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Peeking Through

acrylic 15 x 30 inches
This my larger version of 'Peeking Through'. I find with a lot of my larger canvases in which I've done a study, that they just don't seem to have the same freshness or spontaneity of the smaller ones. Maybe because the larger ones seem to have more detail and therefore are a little 'tighter'.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Quiet Reflection

Acrylic 24 inches x 24 inches.

A good place for a little quiet reflection ...less we forget.I will be forever grateful, thank-you.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Minniwanka Trail

acrylic 20 x 24 inches

This is a trail along Lake Minniwanka in Banff Alberta. I  exaggerated the warm colors and really wanted to capture the light. This was done almost completely with a palette knife...I did a lot of scraping and pulling. I like the feel of this one, and it turned out almost exactly as I envisioned it.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Vermillion Trail

acrylic 12 x24inches,
 I love walking the Vermillion Trail ( Banff) and taking photos. Every time you go it's a different experience.From the Lakes,most people will photograph and paint Mt Rundle  but I decided to be a little different..Mt Rundle will be way to my right. The photo is a little dull...there really was a lot more color going on.