Archive for the ‘paintings’ Category

June 25, 2016 0

Squirrel

By in color, paintings, sketches, watercolor

Squirrel in my friend’s tree.

June 15, 2016 0

Tiny Pict-chas

By in ballpoint pen, cats, color, dogs, heads, paintings, sketches, watercolor, watercolour

More from the sketchbook. “Tiny pict-chas,” as my sis used to refer to them, when she wanted to get my goat. I enjoy the line made when the black roller pen gets wet, and mixes a little with the colour.

March 4, 2016 0

New Paintings

By in color, Jack's House of Cats, montreal, paintings, watercolor, watercolour

It’s been a while, but here are some new paintings for “Jack’s House of Cats.” Both of them are re-imagined a little. I snapped the Hotel Kent in the early 90s, when the sign was still up. But in this, I tried to picture what it was like in its “heyday.” The Bain Morgan is […]

March 4, 2016 0

Iffy Paper

By in color, Jack's House of Cats, montreal, paintings, ruttan's place, watercolor, watercolour

Found this sheet of sort of cardboard-y paper in my files. After my recent 1941 Whatman experience, I wondered whether this was one of my better types of paper (it was stored away, and did have “deckled” (ie. neatly torn) edges). It might have been Arches Cold Rolled, or some such thing. So I stretched […]

February 19, 2016 0

Colour Combinations

By in color, Coloured Pencils, paintings, sketches, watercolor, watercolour

I’m trying out different colour combinations to see if anything twigs my interest. I have to admit that the yellow ochre underpainting thing is still my favourite, but I don’t want to use it as a crutch. Still, light in these paintings seems to be yellow. These aren’t actually “Wedgewood thumbnail roughs,” (that’s a old […]

February 3, 2016 1

Paintings on Whatman paper

By in paintings, ruttan's place, self-promotion

This is a recent painting I did on the Whatman paper. Even though I work hard on adding light, I fancy that it’s somehow brighter, almost sparkly. Here’s the paper stretched and ready to go: Here’s a closeup of the grain. It’s pretty rough, Hot-rolled, as they say (I think). Maybe I’m the only one […]

February 2, 2016 1

J. Whatman Antique Paper

By in paintings, ruttan's place, sketches, watercolor, watercolour

In the last post I was writing about painting on simple typing paper, and the (futile) effort of stretching it. Well, today I was stretching some old paper I had inherited from my late Mom’s stash of art materials, which I had taken with me to Montreal back in 1987 from our family home in Calgary. […]

January 18, 2016 0

Mr. Boggedy in the Front Room

By in cats, paintings, sketches, watercolor, watercolour

Frustration today with Canada Post website, with which the latest technology and biggest brains in the nation (I’m sure), won’t let me figure out how much it will cost to send a painting to the USA. But at least while rummaging through old envelopes I found a cool picture of Mr. Boggedy in my front […]

November 25, 2015 0

“Traditional” Media

By in ballpoint pen, black and white, color, heads, paintings, Portraits, sketches, watercolor, watercolour, women

I’ve been so deep into digital, that I began to wonder whether I could still do useful things with paper. Below is a drawing a made during a phone coversation (they’re often long, at least with my friend). Black ballpoint pen in my sketchbook. Above is a made-up woman painted on a sample of my […]

November 16, 2015 0

People and Backgrounds

By in color, digital, men, paintings

I’m pretty thrilled over the control I have of the stylus. Working on backgrounds and lighting now, as well as the people.

September 24, 2015 0

Centre Sportif Jean-Claude Malepart

By in black and white, montreal, paintings, parks, pencil, sketches, watercolor, watercolour

This is pronounced “Mallapar,” (actually, more like Maly-par, sez a franco friend) for you non French-speakers. (I am almost a non-French speaker, by the way, despite spending all this time in Montreal). But in my anglo heart, I still see it as “Male-Part.” I’m sure he was a worthy gentleman, but I’m happy they didn’t […]

September 23, 2015 0

Pilgrims and Spies

By in cats, color, Coloured Pencils, heads, men, paintings, pencil, ruttan's place, sketches, watercolor, watercolour

Morning sketches, to clear my head, and chase away the nightly terrors. I’m on my front balcony, the sun just peeping over the buildings and trees. These are just things I’ve done yesterday and today. The usual things I’ve seen, either real or on TV, and faces, of course. Out of my head, and from […]

August 28, 2015 0

Léon and Emma

By in color, heads, paintings, sketches, watercolor, watercolour, women

This is Léon and Emma from MADAME BOVARY. Plus, a lot of attempts at watercolour “colour wheels,” and a Big Suit man.

August 26, 2015 0

Parc Médéric-Martin Wading Pool

By in montreal, paintings, parks, sketches, watercolor, watercolour

I hope I haven’t already put this up. It’s from last year, and the pool has been totally renovated, so it doesn’t look like this anymore.