I am excited about my newfound ability to drive distances. It has been a wonderful boost to my art. The only problem is that I can’t seem to stay out of the Jeep and off the backroads! The original impetus was seeking real estate, but it seems this process has taken on a life of its own.
After a long winter of dark skies and deep snow, the exhilaration of warm air and easy mobility is incredibly attractive – almost life affirming. There is less time for philosophy and more time for life. A long illness can really teach an appreciation for small things. If one is lucky enough not to worry about the fundamentals (food, water, shelter), happiness can be found in the smell of pine resin in the warm sun and freshly sown green fields….
I was wandering yet again on Tuesday and I took some photographs in the Windermere area of Muskoka. The peacefulness of the weather and the place were overshadowed by my excitement at rediscovering places I have not seen in years. What’s more is seeing them with new eyes. The bugs prevented me from investigating some really outstanding sites – sites probably best left until the end of the summer or early autumn when I am less likely to be a walking buffet for blackflies and other biting insects. So those paintings will have to wait…
One image (above) that I took some trouble to acquire, when enlarged in Photoshop, I discovered that there were three power lines running straight through the sky. The image was too beautiful for me to toss, so I spent quite a while taking the lines out!
I love to paint these dramatic skies, but they are some of the hardest things to paint well besides the human form itself. You have probably already gathered that skies are my favourite challenge. Below is a little sketch experimenting with colour and cloud forms. I have another much more subdued painting from Algonquin park in the works. I will hopefully finish that one today. There are several new paintings on the way… Only a little over 9 weeks until my show opens!