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We are so fortunate to have the 400 acre Odell Park in Fredericton. I recently hiked through the park to Phyllis Creek and set up in the creek bed to paint the moss-covered rocks and the trickling water. As the painting moved along, the sun began to set, creating wonderful backlighting. It is generally a mistake to "chase the light" when painting en plein air but I couldn't resist the effect the light was creating on this woodland scene. This is "Evening on Phyllis Creek", oil on canvas on panel, 8" x 10".
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I am extremely proud and honoured to have been awarded Elected Membership status by the Society of Canadian Artists recently.
An announcement of my acceptance and ten (10) images of my work was presented during the annual SCA dinner at the Arts and Letters Club in Toronto on November 27, 2015.
Society of Canadian Artists...I Made It!
I am honoured to have been juried into this wonderful event once again. In the four years I have participated, I have made many friends and have grown to love Castine, Maine.
A reception will be held on July 20th with the plein air event running from July 21-23. Fabulous painters from the eastern US and Canada will be painting all around this beautiful coastal community. I find it so wonderful that the whole town gets behind this event and creates such an atmosphere and celebration of art. It's special!
Castine Plein Air Festival
I am proud to have recently had my painting, "The Landscape Painter" (oil, 12" x 12") juried into the Canadian Society of Artists' "Be Square" show. This event will take place Sept. 9 - Oct. 2 at the Leyton Gallery of Fine Art in St. John's Newfoundland. If you are able to, stop in for the official opening on Sept. 9 from 5:30-7:30.
I participated in the 2nd annual Paint the Past plein air festival at Kings Landing on Sept. 17 and 18. Although I didn't feel that I did my best work this time, I did manage one painting that I am very happy with. "Fall Harvest" is a view between rows of corn near the Lint House and almost across from the Blacksmith Shop. I loved the view but was somewhat intimidated by all the corn leaves flapping in the breeze. If they would only stay still!
As all plein air painters know, things can change before paintings are completed. I know enough to lock in my shadows, for example, because the sun will move significantly in an hour. This day began quite overcast which makes a nice, stable painting environment. After an hour and a half though, the sun came out and all of the major dark green corn leaves in my painting had become a bright transparent yellow and the yellow leaves became dark green. I should have guessed this...but I could not have guessed that halfway through this piece, two very nice costumed ladies would walk into my scene and harvest all of the pumpkins. "Fall Harvest" was suddenly the name for this painting!
I was walking in Wilmot Park one evening last year and the stark contrast in this scene caught my eye. This is a little 8" x 10" which I did in my studio but I set up as I would for an outdoor plein air painting and went about it just as I would outdoors. I'm happy with the result. "Bright Lights", oil on canvas on panel, 8" x 10".
Although I prefer to work from life, I sometimes use photographs as reference material. I painted "Rhododendrons" (11" x 14", oil on panel) in my studio from photos I took in Christchurch, New Zealand in 2011, several months after a 6.9 magnitude earthquake had destroyed much of the city. These beautiful blooms were in stark contrast with the devastation all around them.