Saturday, 14 November 2015

Well-Used Books Christmas Sale December 4,5 and 6th

I will be one of the artists in this Event!  I am preparing right now.... lots of little paintings and Art Cards. The Well-Used Book Store is in Whitehorse on Fourth Avenue just north of Main St.  Friday December 4th from 7 to 9pm.  Saturday and Sunday during the day.  I hope to see you there. We will have cider and little appetizers and cookies too!

Here are a few of the pieces I have been working on daily:

 Winter Evening, Klondike Cabin
8x10, Acrylic on Canvas

 5x7 inches, Acrylic on Canvas
Winter Cabin with Northern Lights

 Aurora Borealis Reflections, Kluane
5x7 Inches, Acrylic on Canvas

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Northern Lights 2015

I decided to do some small studies of Northern Lights in watercolour, gauche, ink, soft pastel - a mixed media.  I saw the Aurora Borealis in the night sky for the first time this fall outside my cabin for quite a few nights in a row.  I always welcome back the night skies of stars and northern lights after a long summer of midnight sun, this is a land of extremes at times, but there is so much beauty in each season. 

 5x7 on Arches 140 lb Cold Press
Watercolour, Ink, and Soft Pastel

5x7 on Arches 140 lb Cold Press
Watercolour, Ink, and Soft Pastel

 4x6 on Arches 140 lb Cold Press
Watercolour, Ink, and Soft Pastel

4x6 on Arches 140 lb Cold Press
Watercolour, Ink, and Soft Pastel

6x8 on Arches 140 lb Cold Press
Watercolour, Ink, and Soft Pastel

Saturday, 17 October 2015

Watercolours of Autumn

 Original Watercolour
5x7 Inches
The Magundy in Autumn 2015

Original Watercolour with Ink
5x7 Inches
Rose Hips Autumn 2015
I spent some time last week painting small images of Autumn from around my place.  The leaves are pretty much gone but the rosehips were a brilliant red with the pond behind them. I could not resist painting them.  Both paintings are 5x7 matted and framed in an 8x10 frame.  

I have not worked with watercolour for some time.  It does take practice to get back into the technique.  I have a small series of Northern Lights as well that I completed that will be in another post. 

Thursday, 6 August 2015

Impasto Painting with Acrylic - New Works and News

On July 15 and 16th I attended the UPFRONT Festival in Whitehorse on the Wharf on the banks of the Yukon River.  Arts Underground sponsored this wonderful event and for 2 days I was one of their demonstrating artists.   I decided on Impasto painting for the demos as I find this to be a very spontaneous way of painting and I do not look at any reference material when I do it. There is a lot of interaction with the public when I am painting so this works well for me.

There is some preparation the day before. The canvas is gessoed with some colour and shapes drawn in with paynes grey. Then I use impasto gel to build up the texture before I start the main body of work.  The gel needs 24 hours to dry and is placed in the areas where I want extra texture ( like in the leaves and trunks of the aspens/birches and the petals of the fireweed. ) I had so much fun during the 2 days that I decided to do a little more impasto work in the next few weeks!

  Yukon Birch
Impasto Acrylic on Canvas
24x18 inches

Yukon Fireweed
Impasto Acrylic on  Birch Panel
11x14 inches

Impasto Yukon Autumn Aspens
Impasto Acrylic on  Canvas
36x12 inches

Fireweed- Little Salmon Lake
Impasto Acrylic on Canvas
6x6 inches

 Yukon Fireweed Sunset
Impasto Acrylic on Canvas
6x6 inches

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Yukon Sunsets

 Little Salmon Lake
 Acrylic on Canvas

Dragon Lake, the North Canol
Acrylic on Canvas

Thursday, 30 April 2015

Crane and Sheep Viewing Festival - May 1 to 3rd, 2015, Faro Yukon

Original Watercolour 11x14 on Arches Paper
Sandhill Crane in Flight
Once again, I will be participating in the Crane and Sheep Viewing Festival held annually in the Town of Faro, Yukon this weekend.  People come from all over the Yukon to witness the migration of the Sandhill Cranes and many of the other migrating birds.   The Town's Staff work very hard to make this event happen. The festival signals the opening of the Interpretive Centre and RV Park as well.  Faro has a population of about 400 people and the community helps out in many ways to make the event happen.
For example there is a wild game bbq where town folks donate all the meat (caribou, moose, sheep) to feed up to 300 people at times.
For three days there are continuous events,  tours of the sheep viewing sites, intrepretive talks and hikes, bird watching,  a community BBQ And of course Art Demos and Displays.

Some of my Work which will be at the Festival

Original Acrylic 20x20
Spring at Blind Creek, Mount Mye Sheep Viewing Centre

Original Acrylic 24x36
Cranes over the Pelly River Near Faro