Saturday, July 30, 2011

Art Camping VI

Today was the last day of pure plein air for the week. The TRIBE (frequenters of The Brush With The Highlands) came in on Thursday and the event started on Friday. Tomorrow is the juried show and 40 of us are painting a mammoth plein air all together.
Tonight is camp fire night with singing and celebrating going on to the wee hours of the morning. It is ouir way of celebrating the summer event and spending time with palette friends.
I am ready to go home. I ended up with about 10 show-able pieces and the same number of duds :). That is actually a very good average. Although most artists won't tell you, we don't bat much better than the average baseball player.
I made a lot of new friends and spent some quality time with my camping cat Mina. We will both be happy to be in our comfy bed tomorrow though.
Doing around 20 paintings in a week has been exhausting but the growth has been tremendous! I will clean up the works in the next couple of weeks and have a cyber-show for you all to enjoy with me.
Thanks you for following my adventure with Mina. I hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!
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Friday, July 29, 2011

Art Camping V

I headed out at dawn to glamour lake today there was a heavy fog over the lake and then the rain came. After a few days of green it was such a joy to get moody and airy atmosphere.

I set up right on the lake and got to work like a mad-man. I was painting three at the same time. Even Mina got into the act. She stood on one of them and edited it nicely for me! When I finished fixing it, it was even better than before. I guess that one must be noted as a joint effort!

The rain stopped around mid-day and the day turnerd beautiful. I did one more of the lake, then I jumped in for a swim.

I came back to camp for a small rest then I headed out for a hike and painted another one from a bridge near by.

5 in all today! That is my record.

Enjoy your art
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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Art Camping IV

Today I didn't have the chance to paint because I was giving a workshop to a few wonderful girls about the age of my daughters. I miss them a lot. I missed them especially today as I was working with the girls on painting a near by lake.

I ended up being out bargained by one of the girls. I gave her my demo painting and had to pay her $5.00 for her's!! But I think it was an outing they will not soon forget.

I love teaching kids. There is something about the way they see that is magical and we sadly loose that as we grow older.

Off to Glamor lake tomorrow for a full day of painting. I hope to have something to show for it. Stay tuned and...

Enjoy your art!

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Art Camping III

Last night I was invited by paint at Glen and Debbie Sheeney's property. Glen offered to take me to the top of the ridge on his estate and promised a great view.

So this morning I drove the short distance to their property and took my minimal gear for the trek. It was well worth it. The view was out of this world. The lake below and the hills beyond formed a magnificent view. Later Glen took me on a tour and we walked through thick woods until we got to an enormous white pine that towered over the fields.

Mina - my camping cat- was content to spend the time in the car enjoying the gentle breeze from the screened windows.

Only one painting today but it was a great experience. Tomorrow I am giving a plein air workshop to a few young ones so that should be fun as well!

Enjoy your art!
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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Art Camping II

Both Mina (my cat) and I are still adjusting to camping. It all went well most of the night.
This morning we headed out to Loon Lake. I painted the lake on my way home last year in pouring rain. Today the sky was threatening but we managed to do this one before the rain came.
In the afternoon I went to Barns farm and did a sacrificial one. It will go in the camp fire this weekend.
When I got back I decided to move my camping site and get closer to Daryl and Tracey's house. Reason? The outhouse is closer and its an open but shady spot so the mosquitoes will be less than they were in the wooded spot I was in before.
More tomorrow.
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Monday, July 25, 2011

Art Camping

Day 1:

It finally rained today and the heat wave has broken. Just in time for the camping trip to begin.

I arrived in Wilberforce around noon with my cat Mina - my companion on the trip this summer. I pitched the tent and took her on a walk around our spot. She ate some grass and then had some food and water. I took a nap after the long drive and woke up to write this post.

I am not sure if I will paint today, but the week is just starting. A bear was spotted recently on the property so while the tent is up, sleeping will be in the hatch of the suv. The pads and sleeping bag fit nicely and Mina likes it better anyway.

More tomorrow!

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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Private Island Plein Air

Yesterday a member of OPAS invited us to paint on her private island in the Muskokas. Rose Island is a lot-sized rock on Kahshe Lake just north of Orillia, ON.  The views from the Island were just magnificent. You can make a painting from almost every angle along the shore.

While I missed the morning light because of the late arrival to the lake, and also the evening light because I didn’t want to over stay my welcome, I managed these two paintings with what ever light I was given.

The first one was towards mid-day and the light was flat, but I was able to give a feel for the distance I think. The area is known for its crop of rocky islands and evergreen pines. The smell of pines on the island was so beautiful. It reminded me of my childhood days in the mountains of Lebanon.

Small Island on Khashe Lake 500
Small Island, Kahshe Lake, oil on panel, 8”x10”

The second was towards the mid-late afternoon and I decided to zero in on a corner of the scene and accentuate the light. Notwithstanding the buzz of the annoying sea-doos, the lake was so peaceful. A real spiritual experience with loons calling in the background just for good measure.

Kahshe Lake, Towards Oak Road 500
Towards The Mainland, Kahshe Lake, , oil on panel, 8”x10”

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Farm Road Down

Trees have a lot of character! You know how you sometimes look at dogs and can picture a human face to their look? Trees are like that, but they assume a whole body look. So when I look at trees sometimes they either make me happy or they make me sombre. This one was definitely on the happy side. Stuck at the tight edge of the road it had the feel of someone who is avoiding being splashed by the mud on the driveway!

This is the second painting I did at Scotsdale Farm last weekend.

Farm Road Down, oil on panel, 8”x10” Plein air.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Up The Hill–plein air painting at Scotsdale Farm

Summer is finally here. The tentative spring yellow-greens have turned darker and richer and the fields have moved to the yellows and reds around the farms and hills. It is glorious and hot and muggy and oh so sweet. I love it!

This is the season for all day painting. Out in the fields or better yet closer to running water where you can dip in to wash away the heat and refresh your soul.

I was out all day last Saturday at Scotsdale Farm, one of my all time favourite sites to paint. It is a heritage site that has been left to go back to nature and the themes here are endless. I did three paintings that I hope to share with you in time. Here is the first one that I did in the morning.


Up The Hill, Oil on Primed Panel, 8”x10” $300

I am really happy with the abstraction in this one. The economy of brush strokes and the dancing shapes really bring out the feelings and spirit of the day.

Monday, July 04, 2011

Catching up! A couple of paintings

I have been busy between work on the one hand and taking advantage of the reasonable weather we are having lately to paint. I went to centre Island two weekends ago and did an 8x10 plein air of the lagoon dock there. Then last weekend I went to Paris Ontario for to capture some of the feel for this nice small town, but alas the artwork was a dud… it happens!

So instead I will share an 8x10 oil pastel that I did at home!

Here are the two works!

Lagoon Dock Centre Island Toronto

Lagoon Dock Centre Island Toronto, Plein air Oil on Panel 8”x10”


Meadows, Oil pastel on panel, 8”x10”

I hope you are enjoying your summer!

Friday, July 01, 2011

Art Newsletter–Art Winner for June!

As promised, I am giving away an artwork every month to subscribers to my Art Newsletter. June’s winner is: Cheryl Dodds Keegan!! Congratulations Cheryl! Give me a call and we will arrange delivery of the below painting.

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