Thursday, November 7, 2013

In Memory

In Memory, 60x72, oil

Working on a new piece in memory of an old painting teacher of mine from Montreal, John Fox.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

TIAF 2013

Bolla, 2013, oil/panel, 60" x 50", click to enlarge

The Toronto International Art Fair opens next week and I will be showing this painting at the Bau-Xi Galleries booth.  It's a large painting (for me) using summer colours.  The formal composition is arranged to allow the interplay of light, form and textures.

I will also be showing recent paintings at the Gallerie de Bellefeuille booth.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Mastamasti

Mastamasti, oil/panel, 60" x 28" (click to enlarge)

A request from my gallery in Santa Fe (Hunter Kirkland Contemporary) for some vertical paintings has prompted me to do a series of them.  I find the strong vertical format a challenge that lends itself to these gnarly kinds of trees.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Approaching Storm

Approaching Storm, 30" x 38", oil/canvas (click to enlarge)
A hot and humid summer here in southern Ontario produces thunder storms, especially in the region from Windsor to London. The flat farm lands are swept with these dramatic "boomers" from April to October.  In a departure from my recent trees, I have gone more atmospheric with this medium sized painting.  It had a lot of revisions and took 3 months to complete.  I'd guess there is at least 10 layers of paint on the canvas.  I finally got the feeling I wanted with the last glazes.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Nasrid

The Nasrid Gardens: Alhambra, 2013, oil/panel, 40x40" (click to enlarge)
Moving forward I have taken the cascading branch of a flowering tree and enlarged the idea to 40" x 40". The painting was done in two main stages.  Initially the shapes and lines were executed very fast using large brushes and rags.  I allowed that monchromatic stage to dry before mapping in the blues and finally treated the flowers with a small brush.

The title is based on my travels last year to Spain.  I visited the Alhambra in Grenada along with several other amazing gardens in Sevilla's Real Alcazar and elsewhere.  Hopefully, there will be a series of these paintings in the next 6 months.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Nippa

Nippa, 2013, oil/panel, 20" x 20"

Summer is here!  The trees are bursting and so is the energy of all living things.  I'm working on a series that tries to express this using the blossoms all over so many trees in my region.  Right now the apples, and flowering crabs are wowing me.  Last week it was the magnolias.  I love oriental brush paintings, particularly the zen schools.  I'm trying to pull off that spontaneous and effortless touch using oils.  This is a sketch.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

No Place for Snow

No Place for Snow, 20" x 16", oil/panel, click to enlarge
It's been a slow spring here in Ontario.  It's cold and all the plants are hesitating to come out of hibernation.  This little flowering tree is my way to encourage the weather to change over to warmth.  It's supposed to get up into the 20 Celsius range on the weekend with sun.  So maybe my magic is working!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Water

Islands in the Narrows, 30"x60", oil/panel, click to enlarge

More experimentation with the idea of water and islands. As I continue to explore the subject both technically and metaphorically, it seems that there is more to be discovered.

Sitting in front of the painting in the studio for long periods allows me the time to see what "comes up".

I also continue to refine the painting methods for creating a sense of water.

This painting will be shipped to Hunter Kirkland Contemporary in Santa Fe later this month for their summer exhibit.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Wind Willow

Wind Willow, oil/panel, 24" x 16" (click to enlarge)

I am doing a series of smaller vertical format pieces.  This is the first.  The others are in progress and will be posted as I complete them.  These paintings will be presented at my Montreal show on June 29th at Gallerie de Bellefeuille.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Apache

Apache, oil/panel, 24x48 inches, (click to enlarge)
The winter is dragging on here in Ontario.  I'm think about places that are warm and inspiring to me.  This painting is a reminiscence of the dry dusty hot lands of southern New Mexico.  Sometimes the pinon pines were beaten up by the harsh winds and droughts. This is one of them.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Snow and Palm

Bau-Xi Window, February 2013

Ocean Palms Triptych - Bau-Xi Show 2013
The weather gods dumped a huge snowfall on Toronto the day before my Opening on Feb. 9, 2013. So the contrast I imagined back in Ocotber came to be -  Palms in the snow! (see my post from then at  http://robert-marchessault.blogspot.ca/2012/10/palms.html ).

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Emerood

Emerood, 2013, oil/panel, 40"x30", (click to enlarge)
This painting represents the final piece for my upcoming Feb 9th show at Bau-Xi Galleries in Toronto.  I am trying out new colour possibilities through contrasting the violets in the sky with the emerald greens in the tree.  I've even framed the work with a red toned frame to enhance the colour experience.

The painting below, "Tenque" is a variation on "Emerood" and was painted around the same time.  I often find that I like to take a composition and tweak it.  In some cases this leads to a series.  Other times, the idea will show up repeatedly over the course of several years as I return to it with new discoveries learned in the course of my work.

Tenque, oil/panel, 24" x 16"