Monday, August 29, 2011


I am happy to be hosting the challenge of the week on the Daily Paintworks site. When Carol accepted the Rectangle Challenge I realized I would have to write some instructions. My writing skills are limited and as Carol soon found out my computer skills are equally dismal. I asked my friend Marina to help me and she suggested we repeat the exercise and then write the instructions based on our experiences. This painting of her gladiolus flowers is the painting that I produced the day we repeated the exercise. I really want to thank Carol, David, Marina and Lauren for helping me with this project and also all the artists who accept the challenge.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Falls at Fort Coulonge

This tonal study was done from a photo that I took on a recent day trip to Quebec. It was quickly executed using Cadmium Orange, Ultramarine Blue and White. I love that palatte.

Thursday, August 11, 2011


This neat composition is from Carol Marine from her Daily Paintworks Challenge site. She presented the photograph upside-down and the challenge was to paint the entire painting upside-down with out referring to the usual orientation. Great Fun, thanks Carol.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Orange Day Lilies

My goal in this painting was to paint simple shapes describing the objects they represented, using complimentary colours.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Near The Opeongo

On our way to Meaford, Marina and I stopped to photograph this incredibly beautiful spot along highway 58. The day was hot and and humid, the air hung heavy and still, and there was such a stillness and sense of being or of life vibrating just under the surface of all that we could see and feel. Being there at that moment was so powerful and life affirming. I wish I had the ability to translate some of that feeling into paint so that I could share some of that experience.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011


Another toned painting of some flowers. This one was really fun to do.

Monday, August 1, 2011


These lovely large dasies are in full bloom now. I used a limited palette consisting of Titainium White, Ivory Black, and Yellow Ochre to do a tonal study. This palatte was one that we used on Ian Robert's workshop in early July for an exercise at Meaford harbour.