The Start

Part of how I begin a painting

The woods is a place I am mostly drawn to. I have a need sometimes to bring some parts of it back to the studio and include as part of my painting. Here is how I begin the painting. Lots of thought goes into the composition before I start. I try out various compositions in my sketchbook and then place the pieces of pine needles where I feel they should be for the image I have in my head. The image is not a solid one but more from my visual memory of different pieces mixed together, for brief example, of the landscape, woods or other parts I have been. I recall what stands out and inspires me most at the time. Sometimes that can be a mix of mood, atmosphere, colours, my personal connection to the surroundings or other smaller details of a place..

Images and video below are all taken on my phone while out on my hikes.










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Mirror

Tree grump, the face of an old tree surrounded by left over bits of what’s left of cut down trees and some from the winters storms. Taken on my iPhone..

  

Layers

New paintings, new layers 

Gorilla Face

This is from a walk up Djouce mountain I took recently, the one up behind the woods I venture out to most days.

At the summit stood this giant jutting ‘gorilla-face-like’ piece of boulder. It stood in a communicative posture with it’s muscular physique of back and shoulders firmly grounded.

Below in the distance, her child ventured the world.. Mother and child.. Guider and nurturer.. Watching over..

Gorilla-Face
Gorilla Face