We often hike in this area, it’s just a few minutes drive from home, on the edge of the escarpment with many hiking and biking trails. It’s still a working mill, and they often offer demonstrations of how the mill worked back in the mid 1800’s.
Both Larry and I are fascinated with the the area, the waterfall, the rocks and the architecture so I guess it’s only natural that I wanted to paint it . Conicidentally, this is the last painting I did in oil. I’m not saying last oil painting ever, but I did want to try my hand at painting acrylic.
Last winter Larry and I often went to St Catharine’s Jaycee pool to get a little exercise and change things up from our many hikes. In this building there is a long South facing row of windows on a hallway to reach the pool and in this area a number of employees have taken to tending to beautiful flowering plants. It is there that we discovered this beautiful flower.
This was my first attempt at painting with acrylic paints instead of my old favorite oil. I have to admit it was a bit of a struggle, the paints just didn’t flow like the oils did. In my more recent works I’ve used nothing but acrylic paints and I think I’m getting in to the medium. I especially like the ease of clean up using only water, compared to the stinky varsol I used before.
Chances are there will be another oil in my future but I’m starting to see the advantages of acrylic.
This one was a tough one. It’s 40×30″ acrylic with loads of detail. We were camping one night at the Golden Hills State Park in New York state on Lake Ontario with a perfect view of it our windshield. I … Continue reading →
12 X 16 Oil on canvas paper
This picture was taken by our daughter Pamela Armitage near Sauble Beach, Ontario and posted on Instagram. As soon as I saw the picture I just knew it was going to be a painting.
Two 4 x 4″ canvas wrapped over 2″ deep frames. Oil on canvas painted on the face and all sides.
I was taken by the Treasure coast area of Florida, especially the area around Jupiter Beach. I’ve been in to painting lighthouses a bit lately, but was disappointed that this light house is built out of red brick with no contrasting colors. It is all just red brick!
Then I saw it at sunset!
16 x 20 Oil on Canvas “Veils of moss draped the trees. Under the veil of descending darkness the thieves began their operation”
We were enjoying a leisurely, lazy boat ride down a canal in central Florida when this picture jumped out at me. I convinced our host we needed to go back and capture the moment. I’ve spent many hours creating this canvas and I still don’t know what secrets are hidden in there could be.
16×20 Oil on canvas
We were staying at Sebastion Beach, Massachusets when I heard that the USA’s most painted building, this fisherman’s shack at Rockport, Mass was less than an hour away. We just had to go have a look. I immediatley understood why it had earned that honor. Here’s my take on this shack on Bradley’s wharf.
I must be fascinated by lighthouses. We have pictures of so many from both the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, even a couple from the Great Lakes. However this is the first one I have ever needed to paint. I think it was the sky that first caught my interest and that red roof certainly sealed the deal.
We spent a few stressful days parked on the coast near Boston while hurricane Sandy came up and around us. I’m not sure if that’s why I needed to paint this picture but I do know that when I saw the photo that inspired this work I needed to paint it and paint it soon.
Isn’t the internet wonderful? Even though I’m in southern Ontario and Anna and her garden live across the country in Langley BC I am able to enjoy the amazing colors she has created in her gardens around her home. I was especially taken with this lily.