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Two of my favorite things to do are create art and be in the great outdoors. In the summertime, I try to combine these by painting outside, known as “painting en plein air”.
Every summer in August, there is a plein air painting festival in the Haliburton Highlands, a district in the Canadian Shield about a three hour drive north-east of Toronto, where I live.
This year, my husband and I rented cottages in a couple of locations for two weeks before this event and I painted outside almost every day, which was really joyous and relaxing. You can’t really think about anything else while you are painting, so it takes you completely out of your head.
For the actual festival, which happens over three days, farmers and landowners in the rural area let artists come onto their private land to paint. Meeting the other artists is usually interesting too, although I freely confess that we are a unique segment of society for the most part! Case in point — I bumped into a painting friend in the grocery store, and we stood in front of the cheese counter discussing composition principles for half an hour.
The images in the gallery called “Come into the Forest” are all plein air paintings. Most would have been painted over 3 – 4 hours, with occasional stops for coffee, sunscreen or bug spray! Some take a bit longer. This year was very dry, so I didn’t have to cope with any sudden rain storms.
The changes in light and shadow over a few hours are one of the challenges of outdoor painting, to say nothing of the overwhelming complexity of the view. You have to take away everything that is not necessary until you are left with a story that makes sense.
The painting shown here – The Old Maple – was painted on the last day of the festival in the afternoon, on a property called Brigadoon.
The work on this site is for sale, except in a few instances. The price is noted in the caption information seen below the full size image.
These are all original works, with the texture and spirit of an original. When people see them on your wall, they will know that you did not buy a reproduction because the texture of the paint is very visible. It’s one of a kind, yours to enjoy and pass on to your children or grandchildren, to be enjoyed for many years to come. You’ll also have the satisfaction of owning a work as original as you are.
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Will the painting look like the picture on my screen?
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Canvas or panels?
Whether you buy a panel or a canvas, it will be shipped to you ready to hang on the wall. Wood panels and canvas are both prepared using archival methods, which means the painting should last for many decades without any problems, provided it is treated well in your home.
Some of the work is framed, in simple oak or poplar frames that I build myself.
Some of the work is framed in a simple black floater frame that I have purchased from a framer. These show the work off nicely.
Larger works are painted on canvas that is “gallery-wrapped,” which means that there are no staples visible on the edge of the canvas. The canvas stretchers are 1.5″ deep, and painted a mid-tone flat grey. These canvases do not require frames to look nice on your wall. (You can certainly have them framed if that is your preference.)
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While rooted in a specific place, my work is increasingly about the shapes, the colors, the rhythm — the language of painting and the way the paint tells its own story. I am seeking to capture the landscape in fresh ways by focusing on the forms and the rhythms I see. The joy of color is everywhere.
I am inspired by the great modern and contemporary landscape artists – the Group of Seven, of course, but also Emily Carr, David Milne, Takao Tanabe, Patterson Ewen and Wolf Kahn.
I often work in a square format, which forces an fresh approach, and because I love the purity of the shape. I often work on wood panels, and may incorporate the grain into the composition. I’m trying to capture my own vision, not the view of a camera, and so take liberties with perspective and horizon lines.