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Highbury Street  24"x18"

Highbury Street 24″x18″

Autumn is my favourite painting season. My attempts at capturing the golden light, long shadows and intense colours are not always successful, but I have a lot of fun trying.

The season always feels too short for me to take it all in and explore as much as I’d like. For me, the magic of painting is that it allows me to fully immerse myself in a place, to explore the colours, textures and mood for as long as I want. Hopefully, in the end, I have a piece of art that captures the character of that place or moment. (Sometimes it actually works).

 

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Crowd at the Beach  12" x 16"

Crowd at the Beach
12″ x 16″

One evening we found these guys on our favourite beach. It didn’t take long before they lost patience with me and my camera and walked away in a huff. Their attitude was quite different when we saw them in the park a week later. We had some food and suddenly they became a little TOO friendly.

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Somewhere in Alberta  18" x 24"

Somewhere in Alberta
18″ x 24″

I am not brave enough to post my work in progress. If the final painting is not a success, I like to have the option of forgetting it ever existed. Now that the painting is finished, I feel okay sharing some of my steps.

Somewhere-in-Alberta---Animation-1

 

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Intersection 8"x8"

Intersection 8″ x 8″

 

Intersection 8" x 8" Adjusted

Intersection 8″ x 8″

Can you spot the difference between these 2 paintings? Sometimes I think I’m finished, but after looking at the painting for a few days I see things that must be fixed. The lowest sign on the post HAD to be removed. Now if only I could figure out how to fix the grass…

 

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Boardwalk, Granville Island  18" x 24"

Boardwalk, Granville Island 18″ x 24″

Drawing things in perspective is not one of my strengths. Half way through this painting, I realized that I had it very wrong. I made some corrections (not easy when the painting is too far along), but I’m still not sure I’ve got it right.

This path runs around Granville Island, on the North side of False Creek. A beautiful walk when it’s sunny.

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North Poles  3" x 3"

North Poles 3″ x 3″

I don’t usually name these small paintings, but it’s 8 days until Christmas and I couldn’t resist.

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3" x 3" paintings

3″ x 3″ paintings

Once again I am working on these little 3 inch paintings, perfect for gift giving. I really enjoy them because they are quick and give me a break from my larger “serious” paintings. They remind me that painting should be fun. They also work as little studies for large paintings later on. I’ll be focusing on these until Christmas.

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