D Day for me is May 1st.  That is when Lynda Jones and I are teaming up to be The Featured Artists at The Old Courthouse Gallery here in Kamloops.  Lynda is a rare and amazing potter who specializes in highly burnished smoke-fired pieces and counts among her collectors the former U. S. President Clinton.

Here is the fantastic poster she has designed:

PAIR' A LLs E-POSTER MAY 2012 Courthouse Gallery

The Local Cliffs subject I’ve been doing studies of has finally been completed as a work I’m satisfied enough to allow to be matted and framed.

"Cinnamon Ridge Signal" 7.5" x 9", Arches 140 lb. Cold Press Paper

One thing I’ve learned through doing it, is that this small size of 7.5″ x 9″ is very pleasing for me.  It is large enough to include a good amount of detailing, and small enough to get finished in a timely way.

And now it is on to getting painting #2 for the show done before our May 1st opening.  Thank you for your previous comments which helped me in producing the final result!

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About ten minutes from our house is  ‘Cinnamon Ridge’.  These are cliffs with very distinctive geologic caves and ‘hoodoos’ caused by wind erosion.  Though not around at the time (I was but a gleam in my parents’ eye) 50 million years ago, the Kamloops region of British Columbia (from the Native word Tk’emlups–‘where rivers meet’) was the source of great volcanic activity, and formed the seafloor of the ancestral Pacific Ocean.

Not far from Cinnamon Ridge is a loose shale shelf where my friends go to collect fossils.  These fossils indeed prove this area which is so very dry, was once water-covered.

I’ve now done two studies of Cinnamon Ridge (so named because of its rich colour).  The first is a small watercolour sketch about 4″ x 8″

 

'Cinnamon Ridge' watercolour sketch

 

The second is a more detailed and focused piece around 8.5″ x 12″.  It has some issues as far as values go (it’s a bit too light and lacking in contrast), as well as a composition issue having to do with the train signal being much too far to the left.

 

'Cinnamon Ridge' Study II

 

And here is the photo both studies are based on:

 

reference photo of Cinnamon Ridge

 

The final painting must be ready for hanging on May 1st.  So I am now about to do Study III, which will hopefully end up graduating from being a study to being worthy of mat and frame.

Painting is much like cooking.  Too little salt is as much a turn-off as too much.  Getting things just right wasn’t just a problem for Goldilocks.

 

Please read this . . .

April 5, 2012

If you follow this blog, you are aware that my favourite subjects for miniatures are birds.  At this time of year the male American Goldfinches are moulting from their muted Winter coats and emerging as the amazingly-yellow, black and white stunners they are in Summer months.

They, and the other Finches and Juncos, are the overwhelmingly-frequent users of our feeders in the big Red Maple in our yard.

Junco Miniature

Because songbirds are so precious and lively and lovely, I feel compelled to ask you to please link onto this story from ‘The Guardian’:    http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/grrlscientist/2012/mar/21/2

[Be warned:  this is NOT a feel-good article–but it is an important one]

Forgive me for this departure from my norm in postings.

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