Chickadee

Chickadee, Acrylic on Masonite, 24 in x 24 in

I havent painted since art school, i just felt i couldn’t paint at all, i hated everything i did. During a bout of depression, i suddenly picked up a brush and just started painting freehand. I blocked in the bird, then added tones in raw umber, and just added layers. Everything is not perfect and i like that. I dont want realism, i want a looser style and movement.

It did help a bit with the depression, but it never goes away, just abates.

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Kit

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Kit, Soft Pastels on Canson Pastel Paper, 11x 17

This was meant to be a study in alla prima. I lay down the values first, getting darker and darker areas in. The slowly added large swipes of colour, and finally detail only on the focal points… the eyes and muzzle.

I love this style of painting and I have returned to pastels as I feel this is my most expressive mediam I can play with. I was limited in colours, as I only had the Pitt Pastel pencils with me, and no fixative for more layers which would have helped. I am camping in an RV in Muskoka and brought limited supplies. This was meant as a practice piece, hence the crappy paper.

Deer muscle group study

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Deer Muscle Group Study, Polychromos Coloured Pencil on Drafting Film

Just playing around with anatomy, i think it<s influenced by my years as a medic, i was always fascinated by the inner body and i got to assist in a few surgeries. I used only two colours for this drawing.

Copy of Durer Wing

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Copy of Durer Wing, polychromos coloured pencils on Canson drawing paper

this is our homework for this week, we could have chosen the Hare, but I wanted a challenge. Boy did I get it! He is really into way too much detail than me, so not an exact copy, but pretty close. I’m happy with it.

Realistic Apple

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Realistic Apple, acrylic on canvas paper 8×8

This is what you do in art school all the time ! Still art!

This is done with limited palette and acrylic polymer and lots and lots of layers. You work light to dark and the first 30 layers it looks like crap. But keep going and you eventually end up with an apple!

love the Rubine red

Pop Art

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Pop Art Pumpkin, acrylic on Canvas paper 8 x 8

i hated this project. I don’t like pop art and I can’t paint purple pumpkins.