Thursday, July 28, 2011

Getting Paintings Photographed

My friend Stuart McCall ( came by to photograph some of my new paintings the other day.  Here he is, colour correcting on his laptop:

Stuart is a wonderful photographer and is working on several museum shows right now.  I hope he will always have time to help me with getting good images of my canvases, however.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

An Early Dock Painting

Back in the summer of 2009 when I was at the Emma Lake professional artists' workshop I spent a lot of time down at the beach looking at the lake.  I had simplified the imagery of the lake down to the bare bones in order to concentrate on colour in my paintings; but now I was challenged by the dock and the rowboats that sat there.  This was one of my first attempts to see if I could make that work for me.  

"Dock 2" 34x44" 2009

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Does this help to explain?

According to the recent Knowledge Network programme guide, Emily Carr had this to say about her paintings:

"What do I want to express?  The subject means little.  The arrangement, the design, colour, shape, depth, light, space, mood, movement, balance, not one or all of these fills the bill.  There is something additional, a breath that draws your breath into its breathing, a heartbeat that pounds on yours, a recognition of the oneness of all things."

I feel that some people looking at my paintings will wonder what they are all about.  I find it hard to explain;  do Emily's words help?