Friday, October 31, 2008

Our patio and our backyard

There is always a sense of warm coziness conjured up by the warm sunlight pouring down into our patio lighting up part of the wall and the red carpet.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Across the street

I am always intrigued by the pattern of the long casting shadows of the trees across the street in the late afternoon sunlight. Sketched this view in oil before supper was ready.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

In the warm sunlight

Warm and sunny afternoon towards the end of October has its special mood with a sense of anticipation for a change of season. Did this oil sketch when our neighbor was working in her front yard picking up the fallen leaves.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

A quiet street

Warm and sunny in the late afternoon when the trees were casting their long shadows across the street on Balmoral Bay. Really enjoy the last few warm days of the fall.

Monday, October 27, 2008

A glimpse out of a classroom window

I spend every morning during the weekday working as an educational assistant in a high school helping students with math, and every now and then I will look out of the window and get a glimpse of an apartment blog seeing the warm sunlight pouring onto its wall wishing I could be outside painting. This is an oil sketch based on my memory of what I see in the morning out of that window.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Pavilion at Assiniboine Park

Finally I was able to come to Winnipeg to paint my ever first plein air painting. The experience was really a thrill to me. I thought people would quite used to the sight of a lone painter painting on location in a big city like Winnipeg but apparently not quite so. Painting on site still arouses the curiosity of passers-by. Pavilion, a charming blend of Bavarian and Tudor style architecture is quite a landmark of the park.

A view on Assibinoine Park

Turning my easel around I tried to capture the view of the leafless elms trees against the late afternoon sunlight and dazzling glow of the open space in the park. I finished it in hurry to find my way to Woodlands Gallery located on Academy Road which is going to represent me!

Friday, October 24, 2008

A glimpse into a neighbourhood on Cornwallis Cresent

A quick oil sketch of a view on Cornwallise Cresent after supper when light was receding and fading away so fast that I could barely have enough time to finish.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

glow of late afternoon sunlight

I walk down this path on a daily basis on my way home from work. Today the hedge along the path has such a glow of red color in the sun that I came back with my easel and painted this view.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

A view of a back alley

Sunlight broke out of the clouds and a pool of water from the overnight rain reflected the color of the sky. Painted this view of a back alley on Cornwallis Crescent around 4 p.m.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

A glow of light

It was cold, windy and it was raining when I looked out of the window in the late afternoon.. The light from the window across the bay was warmly reflected onto our driveway wet with rain.

Monday, October 20, 2008

At the end of the day

Sunlight in the late afternoon had turned this grove of poplar into vibrant golden yellow in the neighborhood of Cornwallise C resent.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Autumnal glow

What always draws me to paint this view is the dazzling color of the birch and the poplar at this time of the year.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Sunny and warm

Walked a short distance away I painted this view of Maureen's house and mine framed by the crab apple tree and poplars.

On a beautiful autumnal morning

Woke up to a beautiful autumnal morning when I found my easel remained on the same spot I painted last night. I put on another canvas painted this view. What a beautiful morning when the trees were glowing in the morning sun.

On the full moon night

With a flash light strapped around my head, I painted this view of the moon peeping through the wood from my backyard around 10 on Friday night.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Hedges in receding sunlight

I could not resit the temptation to paint this view again standing against the north side wall of our house watching the sunsetting on the hedges.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

A silver maple tree

Passing this impressive silver maple tree almost everyday on my way to work. Today after work I came back with my easel and did this oil sketch when a lady with a knapsack passing by.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Looking over the hedge

Again I painted this view from our patio in the afternoon when the small aspen was glowing in the later afternoon sunlight.

Monday, October 13, 2008

A quiet spot

Painted this view in the drizzle of rain when I came back from a Thanksgiving Day gathering. It was so quiet that I could almost hear the silent falling of the leaves in the wood.

Last leaves on the tree

It was cold and rainy on Thanksgiving morning when I did this quick oil sketch in our backyard.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

A window view

It was raining heavily when I woke up on Sunday morning. I set up my easel in the living room and painted this view out of our living room window.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Balmoral Bay on a rainy and windy day

Painted this view of Bamoral Bay from this spot again. I really missed the two trees that used to stand on the side of the street with glowing red leaves at this time of the year.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Deep into the fall on Balmoral Bay

It was a bit cloudy when I started this oil sketch this afternoon. There is always a kind of somber beauty in the landscape of this time of the year.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Faded flower bed

Leaves are falling over our flowerbed when most of the plants and flowers are gone with the summer.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Almost winterlike sky

Did this quick oil sketch of the sky in our backyard before the sun light faded away into afternoon dusk.

Standing In the afternoon sunlight

The ash tree has shed all its leaves now. Yet the elm trees are still a blanket of light green. Sketched this view in oil in a hurry.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

In the wind and rain

What a difference a day can make! It was windy and rainy on Sunday making me feel winter was not far away. Did this quick oil sketch standing at the doorway.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

My wife's geranium

Far into the fall season, most of the flowers and plants are long past their prime blooming season already. However Ping's pot of geranium is still glowing with its dazzling red color on a corner of our patio. Sitting down in front of my easel I just can not resist the temptation to translate what I see in front of me onto a canvas. May the memory invoked by the light and color never fade! Cheer to myself on my 48th birthday upon stepping into the second half of my life's journey and may God grant me enough energy and passion to continue this visual dialogue between my mortal self and the eternal beauty unveiled in nature's perpetual magic.

Over a hedge

On my way to find another view to paint, I stopped at the path looking at the big willow tree drenched in sunlight on Balmoral Bay.

Upon opening the front door, I saw...

Today is my 48th birthday. Woke up to a beautiful autumn morning. Upon opening the front door I was struck by the brilliant morning sunlight pouring over the grove of trees in front of me. I set up my easel in a hurry before having breakfast in case the drama of the light would soon be over.

Friday, October 3, 2008

The poplar tree

The poplar tree behind our hedge was glowing in its brilliant color in our backyard in the afternoon when my wife came to attend her fading garden. Did this quick oil sketch before supper was ready.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Looking over the hedge

A quick oil sketch looking over the hedge from our patio. The tree in view had shed half of its leaves now and displayed its impressive glow in the late afternoon sunlight.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Decending darkness

Finished another oil sketch before darkness assumed full control.

The glow of the season

Sketched this view in oils again this afternoon when the warm sunlight lit up the groves of trees and brushes in our back alley in a dazzling display of color.