January Thaw

When I saw the mist rising on the Habitant River this morning I got my gear together and headed outside. 

I wanted to catch the atmospheric effect but I also wanted to practice some atmospheric perspective.  

But, the January thaw (+9) also brought rain. So, I quickly laid down some wet-in-wet without even touching my water supply (you can see the raindrops on my easel). 

Then, I retreated back inside for a through-the-window finale. Gouache was used for the foreground snow. I’m not sure I met my goal but I think I got the mist right… and it felt good to get out… so yay!

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Hauling Traps

  “Hauling Traps” is a contemporary take on an old tradition. It’s an 8.5″x14″ watercolour of hauling lobster pots. I painted it from a reference photo (with permission). The photo was taken on a family member’s lobster boat in Neil’s Harbour.

In other parts of the province, lobster season starts on the last Monday in November and runs until the end of May. That means a lot of hours spent on the icy cold Atlantic waters in the dark in all kinds of weather. As much as I love lobster I couldn’t do the work these men and women do – much respect!

Something Whimsical 

 It’s been a busy season of plein air and studio work.

The final show and sale for the Evangeline Artists is coming up this weekend. I felt I should offer something with a winter theme.

These three little 5×7 chickadee artist paintings were just about me having a bit of fun being whimsical.

All are watercolour and gouache on 100% cotton Fabriano 140 lb hot press, mounted on cradleboard. When completed they will be protected with a wax and acrylic resin finish. 

Urban sketch Fence challenge

View of Cape Blomidon through the fence at Railtown in Wolfville, NS. This week’s urban sketch challenge was a fence. I went minimalist. Two posts and some cable makes a fence in my books.

A few quick notes on colours were made to later throw in some washes. It will be a good exercise to redo this on some watercolour paper.

It was great to get out after last night’s windy, wet weather even though I drew from inside the car. And, I just noticed I’ve left out one of the support cables. Oh well, it’s an easy fix. As they say…back to the drawing board.

Urban sketch vehicle challenge

I don’t do a lot of pencil sketches these days. It’s good practice and fun so hopefully one sketch a week will be manageable. I joined an urban sketch group for my home town on FB about a month ago. This week’s challenge was vehicles. The weather outside was blizzardly so I sat inside and sketched through the window. Without correction, this is my first post to the group.