Friday, September 25, 2015

Bend in the River

8 x 10 inches - oil on linen board - You have to keep moving forward to find out what is around the corner.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Beach in Autumn

8 x 8 inches - oil on linen board - Not many go to the beach after summer is over but this is often the most beautiful time of year.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

On the Balcony at Sunset

8 x 8 inches - oil on linen board - I thought that this scene with the sunset coming around the side of the building and lighting up the trees was interesting.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

The Teacher

10 x 8 inches - oil on linen board - Lately, I have been slowing down and taking more time on a few paintings. I did not do them alla prima as I normally do and have changed materials a little.  I am using oil paints with walnut oil and using walnut oil as medium. I also invested in linen boards to try them out.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Marsh Trail

8 x 10 inches - oil on gessoboard - Here is a trail going by the bay so that you can see the marsh.  Unfortunately there are large areas taken over by invasive plants. It just goes to show you that even if you try to preserve or restore the environment, nature always, always changes into something new.

Thursday, September 10, 2015


6 x 8 inches - oil on gessoboard - Rondeau Park has many of these trees. They are actually Eastern Cottonwood trees and they make a gentle rattling sound in the wind. It gives the area its characteristic sound.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Road Through The Woods

7 x 5 inches - oil on gessoboard - Rondeau Park has a scenic road through the woods. In the fall the colours are spectacular.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Swamp Rose

5 x 7 inches - oil on gessoboard - The swamp rose is one of the least known hibiscus plants. It hides at the edges of wetlands for someone with a boat to discover.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Beach View

5 x 7 inches - oil on gessoboard - The beach seems to go on as far as you can see. One of the best times is in the relative calm after a storm

Friday, September 4, 2015

Beach at the End of the Day

6 x 8 inches - oil on gessoboard - I like the long shadows at the end of the day. You sometimes have the beach to yourself after most people have gone home.

Cottage on the Bay

6 x 8 inches - oil on gessoboard - I like the way the sunset reflected off this cottage.

Sail Board

6 x 6 inches - oil on gessoboard - Rondeau Bay is shallow and sheltered from Lake Erie waves but it is open enough so that it can have a stiff breeze with only a light chop on the water. This is perfect for sailing and some days the board sailors show up in numbers and literally fly through the air. I am not sure why it doesn't just rip their arms off.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Getting Ready for the Race

6 x 8 inches - oil on gessoboard - It takes a while to get the sails set and everything in place for the race. Don't forget your life jacket.

Wall Easel Revised

Here are the more recent modifications to my wall easel along with the small board support that I now use.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Wall Easel

I had trouble choosing an easel and finally ended up making a wall easel because of the studio  real estate taken up by any easel I could find. It turned out to be fairly simple made from two short 2x4s bolted horizontally onto the wall at the top and bottom; 4 hardwood 1x2s; and 4 blocks held in place with bolts. So far it has worked for me both for large work and small boards by adding a board holder.

Old Sailboat

7 x 5 inches - oil on gessoboard - Many years ago the preferred sailing craft on the shallow Rondeau Bay off Lake Erie was a handbuilt scow with a centre board. This is one of the few of them that survive.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Rounding the Mark

6 x 8  inches - oil on gessoboard -  In a stiff wind, these little boats flip over spilling the young sailors into the bay. They just stand on the keel and get back into the race, hoping that others have the same misfortune.  It appears to be lots of fun.