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Monday Night Art Class: No Improvement.

December 9, 2014

Here are two versions of the same painting.

I did this first one back in 2001. I overdid the foreground…it was getting too dark and the watercolors were on the verge of becoming mud. I wasn’t happy with it and one day I figured I’d do it again.

Yukon Cabin 2001

Fast forward 13 years. I finished the painting below this week. And once again, I overdid the foreground, and the watercolors were on the verge of becoming mud. .

Yukon Cabin

It’s okay…adequate.

But I don’t feel the love.    Over a decade of painting later, I’m still not not happy with it.

But this time I’m not doing it again.

I”m DONE with this one.

Some paintings are just…meh…..not meant to be. .

Two different pens. One combined doodle.

March 6, 2014

2014-03-05 Doodle

Can you find (?) :

A Beatnik Bandit (google it) .   A shitting unicorn.   A squid.    A femur.   A bearded clam.   A brick.     A brick shithouse.   DNA.   A mug of crud.  A dancing pickle.  A type-T thermocouple.  A nuke.    Many stars.    A tennis ball.   A dumbass retriever-dawg.   “e” twice.   And also pi.     A speckled trout.  A Big Mac.  The letter F.   And U.   And C.   And K.  Grapefruit.   A saguaro cactus.  A curious dog.  A donut with icing. Another (non bearded) clam.   Nil.    A log.  Bacon (of course).  An annoyed rattlesnake.   A dangerous horse.   Saturn.    A Swagelok male connector. Pacman and one ghost.  An atom.  A conical section.  A tesseract.   A rude monkey.  Planck’s Constant.  Bananas.  A wise owl.  A snarky Etch-a-Sketch.    A Mercury-Redstone Rocket.  A coat hanger.  Dairy Queen.     A small sword to stab with.   Pyramid Power.   A barrel of monkeys, sans monkeys.   A grumpy Viking.   The Grapes of Wrath.  And a blender.

Monday Night Art Class: A Miserable Day

November 21, 2013

This was Lake Ontario last month, near Sandbanks.


It was a really miserable day.   There were 5-6 foot waves crashing on shore.   I can only imagine what it must have been like out in the middle of the lake.

Thought I’d paint this and use depressing dark colors to capture the mood.

But I just couldn’t bring myself to do it.    The more I tried to mix dark grey,   the more I wanted color.  So I deliberately added some warm yellows to back-light the sky.

October Storm Lake Ontario


Artistic license, I guess.

It’s a different painting from the photo.     Not necessarily better or worse.

But just different.

Monday Night Art Class: Something’s Fishy

January 21, 2013

I love to paint landscapes, but every now and then I get bored and need to do something different.

So today I did something I never did before:  I painted a fish.

This was a 27 inch pike I caught last summer.


I could have painted the entire fish, but I chose to focus on  just on the head, because that’s the most interesting part.

I love pike.   They’re awesome.

They look like gators.   They have razor sharp teeth.  And they don’t give a rats’ ass…they’re not afraid to attack anything.

They put up a great fight when you hook them, and they’re quite tasty (despite what the walleye snobs might tell you).

They’re also beautiful fish and fun subjects to paint.

I was surprised at the pallete I used to capture this image:   red, purple, yellow ochre, sap green, greys, browns, and yellows.

Northern Predator

It turned out okay.   I’m not displeased.

I think I’ll do more fish.

Next time, it will be speckled trout.




A Productive Day

November 6, 2012

More scribbling.

I know it’s a good one when I cover the entire page.


Things my Brain Felt Like Drawing Today

August 16, 2012

A water tap.   A duck   Saguaro cactii.   Saturn.   An ice cream cone.   Stars.   Tau.   A gear.   A heart.  A potted lily.

A hockey skate.   A resting dog.    Clouds.   A light bulb.   A bell.  DNA.   A donut.   A foot.   A pipe wrench.

A mitochondria.   A pine tree.  A bone.  Jupiter.  A tetrahedral model of the methane molecule.   A frowny face.

The sun and it’s corona.    A greek column.  The letter F.   A snail.    A toilet.  Building blocks.   The sun partially obscured by clouds.

An “up” arrow.    A curved arrow.  A right arrow.  A left arrow.  A ladder.  A bush with flowers.   The letter Q.  A tennis ball.

And a whole bunch of random shapes that make no sense to me whatsoever

Monday’s Art Class: Attridge Tracks

February 27, 2012

Today, I painted another winter scene from Silverstar Ski Resort.

Normally I’m not so repetitive, and after a few “safe” easy paintings, I’ll usually pick something difficult to challenge myself.

But life’s been difficult enough lately.  I don’t need any more challenges.   Instead, I just want to paint what I’m passionate about, and right now, that happens to be skiing in British Columbia.

So bear with me while I post another ski painting.

Here’s the scene I picked.  It’s from the part of the ski hill known as Attridge.

I choose this scene because I like the blue and white contrast, and the horizon tilting towards the middle.  The ski tracks are off-center and seem to go right into the painting, giving a sense of depth.  The trees are scraggly and irregular and also off-center.   Overall I found the composition of this photo pleasing.

And here’s the actual painting:

The color palette was almost the same as last weeks’.   Mostly cerulean blue for the sky and the snow shadows.  The trees were Van Dyke brown, mixed with sap green, cobalt blue and Paynes grey.

I deliberately didn’t paint all the trees in the middle, because it would have looked like mud.

I also left out ski tracks on the bottom, because I wanted to emphasize the ski tracks going into the painting, and not the “busy” foreground.

To break up the dark green true hues, I followed my art teachers’ advice, and added a touch of alizarin crimson to the mix, to give a hint of reddish-brown.

One thing about painting snow, is to not be afraid to mix in a few colors.   Here, you can see I added violet to the blue, as well as cadmium yellow to warm things up.

Another hint, to make things really jump out of the painting, is to make sharp edges on abrupt color changes.

For example, with the snow clumps:

As well as the edge of the tree-line:

Just when I thought I was finished, my teacher noticed the ski tracks stood out too much.  They were overpowering the whole painting.

Soften one of the edges, he suggested.

So I used a wet brush to blur out the right-hand side, so that the blue and white were more blended together.  I left the left hand side of each ski track as it was, with a sharp contrast between the blue and white.

The whole thing took me about 60 seconds to do, and it made all the difference in the world.

It’s amazing what these small changes can do.

And that’s one more trick I’ll be remembering for next time.