On a windy day
Showing in the window of Frame by Design, 116 Brock Street, Whitby, Ontario
Happy to welcome aboard the www.robertmcaffee.com ship: Frame by Design, 116 Brock Street in Whitby. Currently carrying "On a windy day", 36"x48" oil on canvas. Teresa offers full framing services for this or any painting.
A Beautiful Afternoon
8"x 8" oil on wood
How pleased I am to see the many bids now received for "A Beautiful Afternoon"! It's a very charming painting to me, I mean, I get a lot of pleasure from the colours and the airiness of the whole composition. I did this on purpose. I have done a number of dark themed paintings of late and make no mistake, I do enjoy that expression very much, thank you. There are so many colour layers buried in the light definitions of night, I greatly enjoy creating such layers and deep area's to explore. The time was right for some lighter and less intense compositions. Hence the lighter series of which "A beautiful afternoon" was the first.
There are others and they can all be found on the forest and trees page, but "A beautiful afternoon" was unique and full of it's own warmth and comfort. Like standing amidst the tree's as the afternoon breeze blows gently through, rustling up the leaves and swaying the grass. This painting was meant as nothing other than to take you and me out from the night and into the light.
Funny thing now is that I am working on a large 30"x30" oil on canvas that returns to the dark theme. One significant difference this time through though is I want there to be more vivid colours in the night areas. You'll see that, I hope, and share my indulgence in the wonderful colours we are all surrounded by every day in different ways.
Bidding goes till Friday June 22nd, plenty of time to get your high bid in. Can't wait to see who will be the winner of this first robertmcaffee.com auction. I have a feeling it may not be the last. Maybe something bigger next time around?
I'd like to extend this exciting opportunity to the public in general to participate in this silent auction of this charming piece called "A Beautiful afternoon". Who knows where the price will end up but YOU could be the new owner of it if your bid is the winner. I am excited and looking forward to seeing who will be the recipient of this prize.
Click on the image, it will take you to the bid page. Starting Monday morning, June 18 you can place your bids.
All the best!
Rosalind R. Reid
Canadian artist, multiple mediums, former high fashion model, Mother of two and my aunt and friend.
The moment I set out to write a short blog about my wonderful Aunt Rosalind and her art i immediately became overwhelmed. How do you sum up or down a life so detailed and full of drama, art and enthusiasm? The short answer is that you cannot. So I will not even try. I will, however, speak to one aspect of her life that has always and continues to be outstanding and impacting on my own life. Her art.
It was a family Thanksgiving dinner held most years at my Mothers home where I found myself sitting with my aunt Rosalind. We always end up sitting together, why not, we are birds of a feather you know. Artists cut from the same cloth. You see, in my aunts family there were many artists. Painters of pictures, painters of letters, and painters with photographic equipment. Each being as creative as the others. Some more successful than the others at sharing their craft with the world but all certainly as skilled and blessed.
My aunt Roz, as we call her, is nothing less than charming and the most cheerful encourager that any artists could ever want to know. Every time we have ever met and sat down to talk her attention was always on what I was doing and painting and so on. "Have you been painting Robbie?" she would say. Then selfishly i would allow the conversation to wander off into the bog of my own career in art and all my own adventures. Forgetting the deep and long artistry of the woman sitting beside me.
On this day, Thanksgiving 2010 she sat there chatting as we did so many times. At the same time she was working a vibrantly coloured portrait of one of my nieces. When complete she lifted it up and presented it too my niece with sparkling eyes and that signature smile she is so loved for. The picture, portrait, melted the hearts of each of us who saw it. None so much as mine. It was humbling as well. While I went on aimlessly about my own life, there she sat doodling up this most charming pastel sketch of the young girl.
I have attached to this blog a sample of a recent series of paintings Roz did in preparation for her display to be shown at the RoncyRocks http://roncyrocks.com/ art and music festival on Roncesvalles Ave in Toronto, June 16th, 2012. The neighborhood known as Roncy is one of Toronto's most diverse and exciting mix of restaurants, grocers, barbershops, flower shops, art galleries and music spots, and they are doing it up big for the annual community party. It is also the part of Toronto where my aunt Roz grew up and became the wonderful personality that she is today.
There could not be a more fitting location for the showing of Rosalind's work. I encourage everyone to take the time to visit her booth and say hello. More than anything I encourage everyone to absorb her paintings. Know that nothing is done by chance and that every stroke is where she intended it to go and coloured the way she wanted it to be. You will be dazzled and amazed.
I always am.
So like she always said to me: "Keep painting!" Keep painting Roz, keep painting. May the world discover you and your wonderfully inspired talent.
Deep in the Woods
40"x 40" oil on canvas
If you have ever been there you know what it feels like. If you have shoved a canoe off from the shore, walked into the woods, been alone with the trees, the water, the breeze...you know what it is like. If you only drive along hwy 60 and picnic along the road in Algonquin Park you only partially know how it feels. If you have stayed close to the visitor centers or parked your car at one of the access points and got our just to snap a few shots then you also only partially understand the feeling.
It's when you go in further. Deeper. Spend more time. Stop to listen a while. Ahhh, now you are beginning to get it. It has to absorb you. It needs time to envelope you. You need time to forget all that you left behind, to erase the stress and hardship that this world dishes out to you on a daily basis.
Here is where you remember, realize what is really important. What matters most. Here,
Deep in the Woods.
Still reflecting on my week on and around Canoe Lake, summer of 2011.
Colours of Evening
40"x40" oil on canvas
I am happy to announce the release and showing of
Colours of Evening
at Kat's Gallery in Jacksons Point, HWY 48 at Lake Simcoe. A beautiful spot to both enjoy the lake and take in my newest oil painting. The town of Jacksons Point also offers many great places to dine. Go for the afternoon, or evening, see the paintings and have a great time!
Please spread the word, if you will, thank you!
The Artists Journey
This is my blog page and it is where I get to be the opinionated man that I really am. The views are my own.
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.