Sunday, 19 June 2011

Late Afternoon at the Grand River

Another trip to the Grand River with my camera and several less than impressive photo’s later and I managed to get something I could crop into submission to create a somewhat decent reference photo. 

The original picture:

Grand River

The cropped version:

Grand River, Cropped

And my final pastel painting. I changed the basic shapes of the shrubs to make them more abstract and simplified the trees so it was a little less busy. I also moved the shore line to make the line more interesting and musical.  Once happy with the layout, I sketched the landscape in with hard pastels/pencils then blocked in the basic masses, followed by the more time consuming details.  My materials included Faber-Castell Pastel Pencils, Nu-Pastels (hard), Unison and Terry Ludwig Soft Pastels on Wallis paper which has become my favorite pastel surface. 

Late Afternoon at the Grand River 12x18" Pastel on Sanded Paper

Thursday, 9 June 2011

Grand River Gallery

I wanted to share my latest bit of news, I have been accepted into my first gallery since picking up the art again. The Grand River Gallery is located in Caledonia, Southern Ontario, Canada, and is a lovely place to enjoy viewing beautiful work by several talented local artists. The owner, Rene Ariens accepted my pastel Woodland Path and my orchid portrait Lady Rothschild as part of his collection for the next few months. Be sure to drop by the gallery if you're in the area.

The website: Grand River Gallery

Woodland Path, 2011
Paphiopedilum Lady Rothschild, 2010

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Springtime Along the Grand

One of those ideal spring days arrived and I had the opportunity to take several photographs of the Grand River here in Southern Ontario. After sorting through my less than wonderful assortment of pictures I decided to settle on one in particular showing the bridge and a few buildings along the opposite shore.  I played around with the composition and finally decided that I didn’t want any man-made structures involved so this doesn’t act as a correct interpretation of the local, but I prefer my work to have little or no presence of human habitation.  However, mostly I just liked the simplified version, the bridge and buildings just made things too busy. 

The original image: 

Grand River, Dunnville,ON
 My Interpretation:

Springtime Along the Grand, Pastel on Wallis, 12x18"
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