I thought I might start this “blog” with a little bit about what I do, and perhaps why I do it, and the process I use. I am technically a self-taught painter, who emulates a traditional “British” approach to the watercolour medium that involves a little more control of the paint by using less water. Small areas of thin transparent washes are applied, and depth of colour and shadow are built up by layering subsequent transparent washes to a desired intensity and detail.
My inspiration? Old Ontario. I have always been “drawn” to architecture and structure in the landscape. I find myself, wherever I am, seeking out those traces and remnants that tell a tale of what came before, and what still endures despite the way the landscape or cityscape around us constantly changes. A bit of a “romantic” notion, to be sure.
Because I am searching for a landscape setting that marks the passage of time and our presence in it, I eliminate the human element so the structural subject infers a narrative. That said, there is something about a figure in or near a window whose presence is contained and excluded from this landscape that I find very appealing.
The piece “Fading Light” is a good example of my process.
1- This is a small preliminary sketch in india ink…establishing a figure emerging from shadow:
2- I use 140 lb watercolour paper, I don’t wet and stretch before hand, I sketch directly onto the paper using a very hard pencil that incises edges of form. I want the entire painting to have that “fading light” atmosphere, to have a “cool” feel throughout, and yet have an exterior light source, so I have started with layers of just ultramarine blue across the surface that will dictate tone and value of the succeeding transparent layers:
3- Introducing warm layers with burnt sienna to the exterior elements, and reflected touches to the interior:
4 – Getting dark – using just burnt sienna and ultramarine I continue to define and isolate light and dark and define form:5- I use an overlay of detail introducing more colours on top of the established warm and cool areas:
I think You are amazing
I contacted you two years ago about a
Slate piece you had displayed downtown on a Saturday night
But it was sold before I got to it on the following Monday. It was to be a graduation gift To my daughter.
I Totally admire the architectual detail and the sensuality from the warmth and depth of perception you capture in your
I am a musician, a Pieces and artsy
Some what or use to be . . . 🙂
Hopefully in the near future I can view more of your work and capture a piece or two
Happy New Tear to you and best wishes in your future endeavors
Thanks Chris, Happy New Year!
Thank you Debra for sharing you skills with us at the Barrie Art Club. Such a wonderful fun day. Love the simple palate of colours and the layering technique.
I am motivated to continue with my own watercolours again. Hope to see you in the near future at one of your shows.
It was wonderful to catch up with you at Gallery House tonight!❤️
I just discovered your work today, and am very impressed with your skill and theme. You have captured the charm of the Old style brick beautiful architecture and feel of Toronto, which I fell in love with in my youth visiting my cousins downtown Toronto. I w oilfield love to see your originals one day.