Tuesday, May 24, 2011


D'Avidar, 24" x 60", oil/panel, (click to enlarge)

I buy Baltic Birch panels for my painting surfaces.  They come in sheets 60 x 60 inches.  When I cut them to size, I'm often left with long horizontal pieces.  These shapes just beg for wide landscape "panoramas". This painting is an example of how I like to treat the subject.  Living in Oro Township I often ride my bike along the east west road to Orillia.  The land is slightly rolling with a broad horizon and distant hills.  I like the way the trees and "shrubage" dot the fields in continuously varying patterns.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Cootes Bay

Coote's Bay Morning, 16" x 20", oil/panel (click to enlarge)

In these two paintings I was interested in the composition.  I like the way Morandi was able to take a small selection of bottles and containers and rearrange them repeatedly as his subject matter...without ever boring us.  I can see doing the same with simple landscape motifs - a tree, water, horizon, sky.  The critical thing  is to get every element just right in terms of proportion, contrast, positioning and colour.

Copeland, 16" x 28", oil/panel