Sunday, January 2, 2011


Wow, up to 10C and New Years, then down to -4 today.  The high temperatures gave me a chance to apply oil prime to 11 boards with canvas and 9 canvases of various sizes up to 18x24 for plein air, plus one 26x48 for the studio.  But we did get out as the temperature was beginning to dive.  It was overcast, the sky with a bit of warmth in it as we settled in to Randi's spot on 8th Line.

Side by Each, 8th Line, In the Melt

Here is something that caught my eye.

Warm and Cool, Hoar frost too

Amid constant chatter and laughter - pre New Years Giddiness - a composition evolved.  

Randi's Choice, Sketch, 10x12, Oil on Board

This is as far as I got before lunch.  It just wasn't working.  We had a serviette discussion on how to achieve my concept including making the hills lye down.  There are quite a number of things I was not satisfied with, but that is how it goes en plein air.  I took the sketch and the serviette notes back to the studio, turned the sketch against the wall to return to it with a fresh eye.  I thought it salvageable.  Results next post.


  1. Yes, this is salvageable. You are hardy to be out there in that weather.

  2. Hi Pam,
    It was quite warm that day, a little damp as the warm front was coming in. Today it got back to being winter and pushed in a few flurries. Hopefully we'll soon get enough snow for those colour studies.