Monday, February 28, 2022



Heavy snow has fallen in the reserve and turned each bush into a snow sculpture. I love times like this when I can explore the landscape - everything seems fresh and new. Size of this study is 7 x 5 inches, oil on canvas.

Thursday, February 24, 2022



The third in the window series and the one that I spent to most time on. I moved in a little closer for this painting choosing an upper-story window in direct sunlight which allowed me to see a little of the interior. The bricks are a little darker than in the Library Window painting that I did earlier and using the same technique, I loosely indicated the brickwork then began working on the interior. Most of what I could see indicated that this was a storeroom of sorts as there was quite a bit of piled up stuff inside. The half-opened blind took longer than expected (actually the whole painting did) but eventually after many washes of color building up the tones and textures over the whole work, the painting was finished. Size is 15 x 11 inches, acrylic on Strathmore paper.

Sunday, February 20, 2022



This painted brick building stood out from all the rest having been done in a light green paint that had become textured and faded over the years. There was also a lot of cracked and peeling paint on the ornate cornice as well so once again I picked up my acrylics and after a detailed drawing, set to work! I had a lot of fun with this one trying to capture the overall feel of the place without adding too many details. As in the first of this window series, I tried giving an impression of all the brickwork without painting each one, then adding some texture here and there until I was happy with the result. Size is 15 x 11 inches, acrylic on Strathmore paper.

Tuesday, February 15, 2022



This old library window is one of three facing a street we often walk along. The morning sun created interesting areas of light and shadow, and this was the initial attraction for me so I began thinking about trying to capture the scene in paint. My quick on-site drawing seemed to work so when I got back home, I pulled out an old sheet of watercolor paper and after a quick basic drawing, just slapped on the paint trying to create an impression of brickwork without painting every single brick. The window I took a little more time on, building up washes of color and tones until I was happy with the results. I'll probably continue with this idea and do a series of paintings of windows and doors as I often walk the backstreets looking for images such as this - I have quite a few more ideas. Size of this one is 15 x 11 inches, acrylic on Strathmore paper.

Tuesday, February 8, 2022



Another study of mountains seen during our Alaska trip. I'm still exploring the theme and have a few more that I would like to do. Other than finishing this painting, I have been mostly working on commissions so not much chance to do any more personal work. I have almost finished the last one though so will be back to my usual schedule soon. This painting is an oil on canvas. Size - 8 x 10 inches.