We have just finished five full days of life drawing. It was intense and thoroughly satisfying to spend time together with other artists in pursuit of a decent drawing and more importantly – skill. Here are a few examples of my work. These range from two to five minute sketches (the first three) to thirty to forty five minute studies (the rest).
In preparation for this series I read a report on the Cowichan Bay Pacific oysters published by Dr. Goetz Schuerholz. Dr. Schuerholz’ paper elucidated the importance of these creatures as a keystone species: they provide habitat for other organisms, sequester carbon, purify and filter water, absorb bio-toxins. Any of these elements would make worthy subject matter for paintings. However, of the many aspects of these creatures and habitat I have chosen three elements on which to focus for this series of paintings; 1) the layering of silt and gravel to create the habitat, 2) the flow of tides and of the fresh waters into the bay, and 3) the shapes of the oysters and their accretion in beds.
Rather than render the appearance of beds I have chosen to interpret these phenomena more abstractly – 1) by applying multiple layers of semi transparent paint over marks and other colours, 2) by using wandering line and shapes suggesting movement to evoke a sense of flow, and 3) by using a theme of ovoid shapes suggesting the oysters.
Acrylic 12 x 12
oil 7 x 7
Acrylic 16 x 20
These are small (8×8 inches) acrylic on raised panels. They lend themselves to being arrayed in grids.
Off Wilmot Road, Oil
Mill Bay Rocks, Oil
Mt Tzouhalem, Oil
This evening was the opening of my solo show at Shibui Gallery in Maple Bay. I’m posting images of paintings here. They are mostly in oil with a few acrylic and cold wax. Also included in the show were the works in the posts ‘Estuary’ and ‘More Estuary’.
Acrylic 8 x 12
Acrylic 24 x 24
I have been working on a series based on one of my favorite places in the valley, the Cowichan Valley Estuary. For decades it has been the site of industry resulting in damage to the delicate ecosystem. Last week I attended a fund raising event to support projects aimed at it’s recovery – part of which was an art show. These are a few pieces from the show.
This week we started our fourth annual week of drawing the figure. I’ll be posting at least one drawing from each day. These graphite drawings were done on Thursday and Friday.
I still do representational work.Oil on panel 24″ x 48″
This is new work using oil paint with cold wax as the carrying medium. Neither of these pieces are particularly original nor finished but provide me with the opportunity to learn how to use the medium.
I’m looking for a less literal way to deal with the landscape in which I live. So much to learn!
Oil and cold wax on panel 24″ x 24′
Oil and cold wax on panel 34″ x 48′
I have always wanted to do purely abstract art but have found it to be much more difficult than it looks. Lately I have made another attempt. Here are a few examples – which may or may not be finished. I have used acrylic because it lends itself to doing thin layers of glazes and it dries quickly so I can easily do as was done in these and paint over it. Each of these has several paintings underneath.
Some time ago my sister and I were in Ireland. These are a few paintings from that trip.
This is painting of a steep path to the beach on De Courcy Island.
Oil, 24″ x 36″
Yesterday was the last of five days of drawing with good friends and fine artists. We worked hard, had fun together and fully enjoyed the coffee breaks. Every year I prime myself for the breakthrough that will bring about a masterpiece and yet again that experience has eluded me. In making art the flashes of genius and inspiration are rare to nonexistant and the putting of one foot in front of the other to reach the objective is the norm. Here are a few pieces from the last few days.
Conte – 30 minutes Tafi, our new model
I suggest that you have a look at Anne’s art blog .
She has some really good drawings from the same session.
The group of us which meets regularly for life drawing organized a retreat for intensive focus on our work. Yesterday was the final of five days and here are a few samples of my work from that time. To see the work of someone else have a look at Anne Jarvis Art blog (in links).
This was done using a 24 inch stick with the end sharpened and dipped in India ink. To draw the stick was held at arm’s length in an attempt to avoid ‘preciousness’. The colour is chalk pastel added after – though I think the work could be stronger without the colour.
Hand study in coloured pencil
Charcoal 30 minutes
Charcoal 45 minutes
Charcoal on brown craft paper 25 minutes
Oil 16 x 20