27 July 2013

Day 33 (of 33)

33 on 33: Day 33
20" x 20", oil on canvas, 2013, private collection

My last day of painting: the Glenora Ferry.

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Afterthoughts: This was the fading, ghostly effect I initially planned for, but didn't really suit, the torn-down church on Day 27, but it works quite well here. This is another of my favourites from this series.




26 July 2013

Day 32 (of 33)

33 on 33: Day 32
20" x 20", oil on canvas, 2013, private collection

My second-last day of painting: at the Glenora Marina.

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Afterthoughts: Despite not being quick enough to paint the scene of the sun beaming majestically through the morning clouds (see the full post for a picture), this tree island was still quite a sight and I think I prefer it backlit like this, rather than lit evenly like it was when Fred and I returned to the site later on. Interestingly, I had quickly blocked in a boat on the far right along the horizon, but painted it out for some reason...it turns out it was the Glenora Ferry and, had I known, I would have left it in!




Day 31 (of 33)

33 on 33: Day 31
20" x 20", oil on canvas, 2013

My thirty-first day of painting: at Glenora Estates Road.

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Afterthoughts: Prince Edward County is surrounded by water, but I hadn't painted very much of it over the course of this project. I knew I would be painting water of some sort on my last day at the Glenora Ferry, but I wasn't certain of my stop for Day 32, so I decided to paint this scene to include Picton Bay just in case. And I'm glad I didn't "pan left" to include the cement factory.





Day 30 (of 33)

33 on 33: Day 30
20" x 20", oil on canvas, 2013, private collection

My thirtieth day of painting: Rosebud at Picton Harbour.

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Afterthoughts: I didn't intend for Rosebud the tug and its reflection to be the most saturated elements of the painting when I started, but as I worked, it seemed the best way to treat the scene and I think it works very well.





25 July 2013

Day 29 (of 33)

33 on 33: Day 29
20" x 20", oil on canvas, 2013, private collection

My twenty-ninth day of painting: The Regent Theatre in downtown Picton.

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Afterthoughts: My experiment with allowing the rain to make streaks on the painting worked excellently here, making it look like it's raining in the picture. I added the wet reflections on the sidewalk afterward to reinforce this effect.





Day 28 (of 33)

33 on 33: Day 28
20" x 20", oil on canvas, 2013, private collection

My twenty-eighth day of painting: The Bean Counter in downtown Picton.

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Afterthoughts: The paint was drying on the canvas because of the sun and heat during the few hours I was out painting, making blending a real challenge, but I was happy for another sunny day (expressed in that blueblue sky) and I did my best. This is yet another architecturally-based painting which I had to redraw several times to get it small enough to fit on the canvas...and I still couldn't get Buddha Dog (just out of frame on the right) in the picture!




24 July 2013

Day 27 (of 33)

33 on 33: Day 27
20" x 20", oil on canvas, 2013, private collection

My twenty-seventh day of painting: where they tore down the church to make room for the torn-down church.

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Afterthoughts: My initial intent was to render the ghost of the church in a fully-detailed way from the top down to about where the bottom of that foreground sign is and then fade it out to imply that it's no longer there (a look I achieved with the Glenora Ferry on my last day of the project), but when I blocked it in, I decided that simple red lines looked better and were less confusing than my original plan. I brought (now historical) photo reference with me and lined up my perspective here to match.



23 July 2013

Day 26 (of 33)

33 on 33: Day 26
20" x 20", oil on canvas, 2013, private collection

My twenty-sixth day of painting: in front of the Picton Metro, facing west.

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Afterthoughts: When you study things you're familiar with, you notice new things. For example, I've driven through this intersection probably hundreds of times in the past four years, but I never really paid attention to how the road dips and inclines so much; you tend not to notice these details while driving (or even walking...but biking is another story). I like the focal point of the pale yellow house –and I made sure to emphasize that glorious blue, sunny sky after all that rain!



Day 25 (of 33)

33 on 33: Day 25
20" x 20", oil on canvas, 2013, private collection

My twenty-fifth day of painting: near the roundabout in Picton.

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Afterthoughts: Defiantly painting in the rain (in the van) I made the most of it this day and ended up pretty happy with this one, compositionally balancing the plants and the poles. The puddle (as in Day 21) is a reminder of the all-too-frequent rain during this project. Also, I've seriously really grown to love painting power lines.






22 July 2013

Day 24 (of 33)

33 on 33: Day 24
20" x 20", oil on canvas, 2013, private collection

My twenty-fourth day of painting: the Saylor Block in Bloomfield.

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Afterthoughts: I'm pretty happy about how this one turned out, and I think it's great that this and Day 23 are the only two paintings in this series that have subjects that face each other in real life.





Day 23 (of 33)

33 on 33: Day 23
20" x 20", oil on canvas, 2013

My twenty-third day of painting: the Saylor House Café in Bloomfield.

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Afterthoughts: To me this painting evokes the best kind of spring rain: refreshing, gentle, making the greenery extra lush and making it nice and cozy to be indoors.




21 July 2013

Day 22 (of 33)

33 on 33: Day 22
20" x 20", oil on canvas, 2013, private collection

My twenty-second day of painting: in Bloomfield.

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Afterthoughts: Like with the Fields on West Lake barn, I had to redraw the building twice to get it to fit onto the canvas. I guess I tend to draw big when it comes to pointy buildings. In fact, this could be reduced a teeny bit more, but overall, I'm very happy with it, especially the great contrast between the white and the brown thanks to the wonderful sunshine that morning.




20 July 2013

Day 21 (of 33)

33 on 33: Day 21
20" x 20", oil on canvas, 2013

My twenty-first day of painting: between Slaven & Matthie Roads.

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Afterthoughts: I'm happy I was able to capture those furrows and that excellent puddle in this painting because that's what motivated me to paint at this site in the first place. Also, quite loose, but still descriptive in the rendering, so I'm clearly still learning/evolving a bit.



Day 20 (of 33)

33 on 33: Day 20
20" x 20", oil on canvas, 2013, private collection

My twentieth day of painting: at Fields on West Lake.

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Afterthoughts: I had to redraw the barn three times, each time making it smaller, so as to actually fit within the canvas borders (the same thing happened at the weird Mac's). Also, I was starting to get pretty tired of all the rain at this point. I would have liked some nice shadows on the barn...but I did my best with the overcast lighting.





Day 19 (of 33)

33 on 33: Day 19
20" x 20", oil on canvas, 2013

My nineteenth day of painting: at Wellington Harbour.

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Afterthoughts: For a long time, I felt this painting was too dark and muddy (feeling like I did about Day 4), forgetting what it looked like when I painted it outside, having seen it only indoors for the few weeks leading up to the show, but, when I brought all the paintings to hang them at Blizzmax, I was pleased to see all the subtle blues and details once again, so I am now very happy with this one.





19 July 2013

Day 18 (of 33)

33 on 33: Day 18
20" x 20", oil on canvas, 2013, private collection

My eighteenth day of painting: still in Wellington.

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Afterthoughts: I tried to capture the damp and cold of the day, but the morning fog (see the photos in my full post) had mostly lifted by the time I'd set up, so capturing that effect was, unfortunately, unlikely (unless I go from the photos for future paintings...which is likely).







Day 17 (of 33)

33 on 33: Day 17
20" x 20", oil on canvas, 2013

My seventeenth day of painting: in Wellington.

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Afterthoughts: The drawing of the house may not be entirely architecturally accurate, but I think the foreground tree makes up for it. This is one of my favourites, mostly due to the colours.





18 July 2013

Day 16 (of 33)

33 on 33: Day 16
20" x 20", oil on canvas, 2013

My sixteenth day of painting: at Hubbs Creek Road.

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Afterthoughts: Staying loose here, but keeping the forms clear and now experimenting a bit with a limited palette and, hence, a rather monochromatic look...and I like these colours, they go together quite well.




Day 15 (of 33)

33 on 33: Day 15
20" x 20", oil on canvas, 2013

My fifteenth day of painting: at Sandbanks Estate Winery.

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Afterthoughts: Returning to a bit more realistic colouring here, the looseness and slight impressionism is in full swing. Painting grapevines is hard because of all the "noise" of the leaves and grapes and vines, etc. –unless you're doing a large painting or a close-up view, then you can get in some good descriptive detail– but I did my best.




17 July 2013

Day 14 (of 33)

33 on 33: Day 14
20" x 20", oil on canvas, private collection

My fourteenth day of painting: just outside Rosehall.

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Afterthoughts: Much like the painting I did on Day 12, I experimented a bit with the colouration of the sky here, inspired by the great contrast between the foreground trees and the field, provided in part by the rainy day and its even, diffused lighting. The transition from the greens to the violets to the yellow sky somehow works –maybe it's that buffer of grey-blue trees...


Day 13 (of 33)

33 on 33: Day 13
20" x 20", oil on canvas, 2013, private collection

My thirteenth day of painting: near Cold Creek Road.

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Afterthoughts: Faced with another farm landscape, I thought I would abstract the image and colours a bit and try to distill them down to basic shapes, etc. I think it worked well enough, and people seemed to really respond well to it at the reception.

And for the synesthetics out there, this painting, to me, looks like an Icy Square feels.




16 July 2013

Day 12 (of 33)

33 on 33: Day 12
20" x 20", oil on canvas, 2013, private collection

My twelfth day of painting: in Hillier.

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Afterthoughts: Although the sky did not look like that at any point during my session, I'm very comfortable with (and people seem to really enjoy) the expressiveness of it and the mood it creates.



Day 11 (of 33)

33 on 33: Day 11
20" x 20", oil on canvas, 2013, private collection

My eleventh day of painting: at Ross Burris's Farm.

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Afterthoughts: Continuing with the looseness here, in some ways, but trying out a bit of a geometric approach, as well: the barn and fence are pretty straightforward, but the trees have a 45-degree unity to them...yes, it sounds weird, perhaps silly, but there you have it.




15 July 2013

Day 10 (of 33)

33 on 33: Day 10
20" x 20", oil on canvas, 2013

My tenth day of painting: overlooking Pleasant Bay.

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Afterthoughts: Happily, I'm painting much looser, here, more impressionistic...almost abstract.







Day 09 (of 33)

33 on 33: Day 09
20" x 20", oil on canvas, 2013

My ninth day of painting: at Partridge Hollow Road.

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Afterthoughts: I like the way the road rises in the distance; getting that scale was initially tricky, because I tend to start large and have to redraw parts, but smaller (this happened a lot on this project). More looseness in evidence here in the foliage, but I would have liked to showcase the sumac in the foreground more.







14 July 2013

Day 08 (of 33)

33 on 33: Day 08
20" x 20", oil on canvas, 2013

My eighth day of painting: at the Lafarge Quarry.

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Afterthoughts: My intention to loosen up starts here, employing similar techniques for the foliage as I did in a few of my barnscapes, but...looser. Also, I'm using a more limited palette of colours on this one, which I actually find quite liberating as well as challenging.




Day 07 (of 33)

33 on 33: Day 07
20" x 20", oil on canvas, 2013

My seventh day of painting: at the County Junction Family Diner.

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Afterthoughts: It was during, but mostly after, this painting that I decided I had to try and experiment a little bit with colours and the basic drawing. I tried a little too hard to capture this scene in my usual realistic way, but the various circumstances of painting en plein air and the complexity of the subject (specifically, those multi-spoked wheels) made this a challenge too great for me, obviously.

Also, I realized that, with this series, I could take some chances and get weird and experimental...or, at least, just loosen up a great deal (which I did with the next painting...colour experimentation and slight abstraction started showing up a few days later).




13 July 2013

Day 06 (of 33)

33 on 33: Day 06
20" x 20", oil on canvas, 2013

My sixth day of painting: at the County Depot.

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Afterthoughts: I really enjoyed meeting Steve and Tom and having them tell me stories about the site's history; interacting with local folks and learning about bits of Prince Edward County through them was one of my big hopes for this project, and these guys were great.



Day 05 (of 33)

33 on 33: Day 05
20" x 20", oil on canvas, 2013, private collection

My fifth day of painting: at the transfer station at Salem Road.

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Afterthoughts: This was the day where I got the notion to allow some rain to fall on a painting in the near future (since it kind of did on this one, hence the song (see the full post)), and I finally got around to it on Day 29 at The Regent. Also, this painting has the most bugs incorporated into it.




12 July 2013

Day 04 (of 33)

33 on 33: Day 04
20" x 20", oil on canvas, 2013

My fourth day of painting: at Smokes Point Road.

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Afterthoughts: This painting looked terribly dark when I brought it home that day, but under good lighting (or just string daylight) all the details in the grass are more apparent.


11 July 2013

Day 03 (of 33)

33 on 33: Day 03
20" x 20", oil on canvas, 2013

My third day of painting: at Old Portage Road in Carrying Place.

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Afterthoughts: Having learned to block in the shadows quickly and early (on the previous day), I applied that lesson to great success on this painting, giving me a bright white wall on that one side.

10 July 2013

Day 02 (of 33)

33 on 33: Day 02
20" x 20", oil on canvas, 2013

My second day of the project: at the Carrying Place Cemetery.

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Afterthoughts: This was the day I learned to block in the shadows early because the light changes so quickly.

09 July 2013

Day 01 (of 33)

33 on 33: Day 01
20" x 20", oil on canvas, 2013, private collection

My first day of the project: at the Murray Canal.

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Afterthoughts: I think, despite the orange of my acrylic ground layer showing throughout, this painting captures the sheer coldness I felt outside that first, terrifying day. Pretty good reflections in the water, though.




33 on 33 Grand Map of Days


This post is the hub of all 34 paintings of this project (including the title page). The links below will take you to the posts containing the paintings done on each day, with each of those linking to the post initially written on that day. Confused? Sorry. It's been a long project.

33 on 33: The Paintings







03 July 2013

33 on 33 at Blizzmax

We've been driving around
From one end of this town to the other and back
But no one's ever seen us
Driving our Econoline van
And no one's ever heard of our band

–TMBG, "The Mesopotamians"


Stand by for action.

The opening of my 33 on 33 show at Blizzmax this past weekend was fantastic and lots of fun, with tons of my friends and regular Blizzmax patrons coming out to see the fruits of my madness: 13,200 square inches of Prince Edward County scenes –some recognizable, some obscure, but all genuinely interesting to me– are now finally on display in sequential order, along with a handy map to provide orientation and context. Each painting is available for purchase for $333.

Blizzmax is located at 3071 County Rd. 13, in South Bay (call ahead for hours: 613.476.7748). The show runs until 21 July.

Bearded...but not tired.

Since the completion of this project at the Glenora Ferry last Wednesday, people have been asking me if I've recovered from my marathon. Unlike my 100-ink-paintings-in-100-consecutive-hours-without-sleeping project last December, I didn't really consider this a marathon since I was painting continually for 33 days but not continuously. I got up early each day around 5am and usually arrived at my destination by 7 or 7:30 at which point I would paint, taking only the briefest of breaks, until the picture was done a few (ranging from 2-6) hours later. Then I went home –which is really the part that made this a non-marathon. I suppose if I were camping at each site and gradually making my way across the County without ever coming home, I would consider that a marathon. This was more like a casual stroll along a tightrope.

Fun.

Nothing gives me so much joy like the act of painting does, and one of the things I love to do with the things I love is to share them, and having such a great turnout for the reception on Saturday kept me smiling all night.

State of the art.

Thirty-three days came and went, in turns slow and quick, frustrating and rewarding, educational and weird, social and solitary, but always worthwhile: I stepped out of my studio and, thereby, out of my comfort zone; I learned something new each day whether it was about painting, about County history, or about myself. And now it's all becoming a blur as I prepare for my next painting adventure in the fall...