Sunday, August 29, 2010


This is one of my favourite motifs. Unfortunately I can't do it from further back, because the willow that once held Patrick's tree fort fell over, and has sprouted a whole new crop of shoots, which blocks the way. I'll see how far I get on this tomorrow afternoon.

Update -2010/09/06 - alas this one will never be finished. I got distracted by the hot weather and warm ocean water, followed by Hurricane Earl which took out some of the trees on the right. Though I do have enough photos & drawings to work this sketch up as an oil this winter

Birch Cove (continued 2)

The picture has been touched up a bit more, sprayed with workable fixative. Interesting the effect of different lighting for the shoot. The lst is too red, and this is too blue (the lst was shot inside, this outside in the shade...). Anyway, from here it will probably be put aside until winter.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Birch Cove (continued)

The next stage is to use a workable fixative, which will darken it significantly, and then redraw....

(PS, thanks to Larry Seilerover at Wet Canvas plein air forum for some helpful criticism. Not that he would necessarily agree with what I'm doing to this :) )

Something old....

Circa 1968....

Birch Cove

From the other side of lake banook. I am going to proceed to do this one in complete this the next chance I get, but thought I would keep a record of the original....

Thursday, August 26, 2010

And a little something else

These new neighbors showed up in a rosebush next door. It's late in the year, I hope they make it!

And a little more plein air

This one is about 24"x36", pastel on Kraft paper. It's Japanese Knotweed, and other stuff....

A little plein air

It's been raining today, so for the first time in a few weeks I get to organize my photos & pictures & start uploading them....None of these are finished in any sense; ideally with the line drawings (more to come) they'll be the basis for work to keep me busy this winter.

From the back corner of the garden, towards B&B's shed. Pastel (Sennelier, Rembrandt, Conte, on Kraft paper)