Tuesday, December 30, 2008
It was cold but armed with winter clothing and mittens I managed to paint this 16"x20" piece outside in our backyard. Still it did not take long before my brushes got frozen and oil paint got stiff. Could not finish this in one session had to do it over three.
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Could not resist the temptation to go outside painting this morning. It was so cold with temperature plummeting to minus 31 degree when I started to paint this view on our doorway. Oil paint started to freeze just a few minutes into painting. I had to get back into the house to get some relief from the biting cold !
Friday, December 12, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
At Dinsdale Park in Brandon, I painted this view from my car. The river was frozen almost completely except where the dam was. The color of the inky water contrasted quite dramatically with the white snow. It was so quiet there at the moment.
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Sarah will be home for Christmas soon! Can not wait to see her again. Looking out of her winter around noon, I just found the view beautiful with the grove of juniper caught in the warm sunlight in front of the hedges , and with the snow starting to accumulate on the red carpet on our patio.
I would like to title my collection of winter paintings as Ode to the Season. There is something about the winter season that is both visually exciting and sublime. Each time I see the light and shadow of a winter day I can always feel a burst of joy surging through my heart like a current of electricity translating itself somehow into a sort of visual music full of energy and jubilation often found in Beethoven's symphony. Waking up this morning to be dazzled by the bright light outside I pulled up the bedroom window curtain to paint what I saw.
Friday, December 5, 2008
Finally it was not too cold for me to be able to stand outside to paint again. Nevertheless, it was still cold enough to get a frost bite on my fingers. Few minutes into painting this view my brushes started to get stiff and the surface of my painting board started to have a thin coat of ice on it. Still managed to finish this painting before my fingers and nails started to feel numb with cold.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Always intrigued by the effect of the light in late afternoon in winter when the house across the street is caught in the path of the receding sunlight. It is just a matter of few minutes before the sudden descend of the advancing shadow of the night. It was cold but sunny when I opened the door and did a quick oil sketch of this view after coming home from work.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Snow flakes were falling gently and silently from the sky blanketing everything in sight and smoothing out footprints and tire tracks on the street. The monotonous fall of the snow seems to have a hypnotizing effect on me whiling I am painting this view in the snow. A year is coming to an end again so fast, and before I know it this particular moment with its body of emotions will again become distant memory. Cherish and savor every moment of your life.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
It was sunny again in the afternoon and I went out with my easel again to try to get another painting done before the supper. A few steps away across the street and turning back to view our neighborhood I could not resist the view of grove of trees against the warm sunny sky.
Right next to the neighborhood of Cornwallis C resent is a group of houses and apartment buildings subsidized by government. I passed this neighborhood on a daily basis on my way to work. There is nothing really exceptionally beautiful about this area nevertheless the light and color often transfigure what seems to be a mundane view into something visually extraordinary. Half way through the painting the sun disappeared behind the clouds and it suddenly turned windy and cold.
Friday, November 21, 2008
Do not have to work this morning but got up early nevertheless to try to paint the moment when the sun was rising. It was 20 Celsius below zero when I painted this view on Balmoral Bay on our door step early this morning . It was too cold for me to paint very long and wrapped it up in 30 minutes.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Always tried to capture the moment when the last sunlight tinged every object and suddenly everything in sight was immersed in the last glow of sunset contrasting dramatically with the cool dark shadow of dusk. Is this the moment? Hope it is and hope I got it.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
I have been painting a stage backdrop for our high school annual production for the past few days which left me with even less time to paint out door. Tonight , The King and I will have its first show for the public and I wish it will be a great success!
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
Rushing back to the path between Cornwallis C resent and Balmoral Bay I sketched this view in a hurry before sunlight faded away completely from my sight. What interested me visually was the last spot of light caught on the fence of Mr. Gross's backyard. I wish I had more time.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Somehow, I tend to listen to more of Rachmaninoff and Chopin at this time of the year. Maybe somehow the mood of the season resonates more the sort of emotions which often find their expressions in the composers' music. The theme from the third movement of Rachmaninof's second Symphony just reverberated in me while I was painting today across the street in the afternoon on Balmoral Bay.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Snow melt away and a drizzle of rain came after a warm break in the weather. After coming back home from work, I painted this view of the wooded area next to our driveway on Balmoral Bay. It was dark and gloomy , foreboding a heavy snow fall over the night.