It’s Time to Paint!

I’m taking another art class at the Guelph School of Art – Open Studio with Jessica Masters – and it’s fantastic. Jessica and I have been talking a lot about colour. All facets of the topic:

  • Using temperature to play with depth
  • Colour mixing basics (I need this!)
  • Ways to bring a painting past the 95% mark: using unifying colours, punching up  contrast, and using warm and cool colours to enhance adjacent colours

Here is an in-process shot of what I’ve been working on:

Robins painting in process
Robins (2015), acrylic on canvas, 14 x 11″


Owl in Black Ink

Last night I did some exploratory drawings of a barred owl, using pencil and black ink applied by brush.

At first glance, the shape of the owl is very simple. So simple, that it’s a bit of a challenge to get it down.

When I look at the details, there is so much complexity in the feathers and the branches and leaves behind the bird. That part was really fun: choosing and playing with the black marks that slowly begin to give the drawing it’s character.

Here are my first couple charcoal sketches (photos were taken today in the sun – clearly!):




Some quick searching ink drawings:





In one of my last drawings of the evening I did a pencil sketch under the ink to block in the shapes and composition.