Saturday, April 25, 2009

On a warm spring morning

Another view over the hedge. I was struck by the clear blue sky and the shimmering warm color of the willow trees behind our shed. 

Steeped in the morning sunlight

Even through I have painted numerous times at this spot , I have never really painted here  early in the morning. It is exciting  to paint here as if I were facing a completely new landscape. 

Flower bed In the morning sunlight

Came back from overnight shift. Instead of going back to bed  I went outside with the easel to paint the sunlit flower bed in our backyard at 7:30 a.m. 

Friday, April 24, 2009

Reaching the sky

A quick oil sketch of the big elm tree soaring above our neighbour's house from their backyard across the street.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Strolling in the sun of spring

A quick oil sketch done at noon at the doorway. I was struck by the long shadow of the elm tree casted over our front  yard. 

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Color of spring

Warm sunlight in the afternoon shining through the grove of junipers in the corner of our backyard really makes me feel spring is finally here to stay!?

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Standing in the last glow of the day

Painted this view of the grove of trees  in a hurry today before the sunlight faded away in the late afternoon after supper. 

Monday, April 20, 2009

Finally, it was sunny and warm again after a miserable long weekend. Painted a quick oil sketch of the ash tree in our front yard when it was soaked in the warm sunlight 

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Quiet backyard

It was cold , cloudy and rainy for a whole day. Standing on our patio and looking over the hedges I seemed to be able to  detect the first shimmering color of the spring in the old willow trees. 

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Waiting to be sowed and planted

Cold and cloudy today. No sign of sunlight. A robin landed in front of me while I was doing this oil sketch. It is always so exciting to see robins again after a long and cold winter. 

Friday, April 17, 2009

Stretching out into the sky

It was cold and wet today while I was  painting in our backyard. The sight of the grove of trees next to our hedges always imspires me. No matter how hard I have tried I could never do justice to the beauty and spirits radiating  from these trees. 

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Cleaning up

Fengping could not wait for the weather to get warmer.  She started to clean up her garden sweeping the dead old leaves into her garbage bag  late afternoon after supper. 

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Dancing in the warm sunlight

Painting outdoor in the receding sunlight I can sense the breath of the new season which is  so tangible now. 

Monday, April 13, 2009

Sunny and warm

It is such a joy to stand in the sunlight to paint without wearing a hat! Trying to convey the joy of sensing the first fresh breath of the season in the wooded spot behind the hedges.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Wet with rain

It rained all day long. I enjoyed the fresh smell in the air. Using an umbrella I did this oil sketch from the side of our house. A view with last patches of snow from the winter

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Another view of Downtown Brandon

After a coffee break we ventured out to do more when the wind was getting even worse. A few times it almost knocked out my easel. A quick oil sketch of the PennyWise Book Store.

A view of Downtown Brandon

Today is the 22nd International Sketch crawl Day when people from all over the world gather in small groups to sketch whatever they see until they are totally exhausted, supposedly. I met a few friends at a downtown location at 9th street and Rosser Avenue at noon , and I did an oil sketch of 16"x20". It is quite windy and dusty. Yet, we really had fun for the day.

Friday, April 10, 2009

On Assiniboine River bank

Came to the stretch of Assiniboine River in the afternoon to paint. The roaring and clashing sound of the ice breaking up and moving on the river was exciting to hear.

A fresh start

Did a quick oil sketch from our backyard at noon.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Time to sow? too early

Flower bed was finally uncovered by the snow. I could sense the warmness of the season on my back while painting this view in our backyard before supper.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Another view from the back alley

I try hard to feel and sense the coming of the season from the sunlight soaked limes of the old willow trees standing by the long and tall fences along the back alley on Balmoral Bay.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Painted from behind our shed

Never looked at this view from this point of view. Standing in the sluggish mixture of snow and mud I painted this view from the back alley at noon.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

As if waking from a dream to face a grim reality!?

Still under the charming and awesome spell of Mexico's Caribbean coast, I found it hard to get inspired by the daily view I open my door to. Nevertheless, it is a reality I am more in tune to.