Banff, above the Railway Station, and Alberta Rockies are two paintings that I did after a long stretch of paintings for a private show. I was focused on a certain feel for the show series and when I finished that series I had a strong desire to break completely free from that series and do something dramatically different. I looked through my photo files for something that would jolt me, grab me, make me have to paint it. There they were, as if waiting to pounce on me while I wondered by unaware of their presence...Those massive and majestic creatures towering over the lands around them. Glowing with light off their snow covered peaks. I fell in submission and did my solemn duty.
There they are now, for t you to enjoy. I particularly painted them dark so that your eye would have no where to go but to the peak. So that you the viewer will have no choice but to experience the power I felt from those wonderfully friendly giants.
Enjoy. Let me know your experience if you have a moment.
May 1, 2010 The day after I walked away from a 27 year corp world career and became a full time artist. "How does it feel?" someone asked me today. I thought I would feel really great, well, I do but the fact is that reality is hitting me. I no longer have a regular pay cheque to expect. It's all about the paintings now, and boy do I have to get to work.
In the past month I delivered 35 paintings to the 360 Restaurant in the CN Tower, painted three more for the Surroundings gallery in Oakville, Ontario and began working hard (in my spare time on a series of twenty paintings for an invitation only show in Toronto June 3. No sleeping in for this artist, no sirree buddy. On Monday morning I hit the ground running.
Meeting with CN Tower retail manager about poster and post card placement, Lunch with a patron in Oakville at 12:30, meet Surroundings Gallery staff and deliver three paintings for their May 28th show. Get back to Whitby in time for supper with my Wife and three children, then maybee take it easy for the evening.
Tuesday I have to spend the day painting. The whole day. I am planning to lay the foundation of 10 paintings this week and then ten next week. The spend time tweeking them all.
Yes, I do feel great now that I reflect on it. Hey, I get to paint for a living now! How cool is that????
The Artists Journey
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I invite your replies and comments, on my virtual welcome mat.
This sketch above became this finished painting below
The Pine Tree Painter.
How did I become known as the Pine Tree Painter? You could say I paint a lot of Pine Trees, that would be true. I paint a lot of other things too, but Pine Trees, Spruce Trees, Birch and others seem to be a continuous string in what i do. I just like the way they stand there like a custodian of the land. or a greeter to nature. So, I continue down the path with the Pine Tree Painter name on my head, It's ok.