Thursday, January 18, 2018

#0636 "Hear the Thunder"

From Thursday August 21st, 2003...
This is the enlarged and interpreted version of #0635 "Flash Flood". I took a lot of liberties and tried to have fun with a lot more paint. A plein air artist friend of mine on a kibbutz in Israel, gave me the inspiration for the title after he saw "Flash Flood".
I removed the wet microburst that was included in #0635 "Flash Flood".
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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

#0635 "Flash Flood"

From Thursday August 7th, 2003 in plein air ...

This is a pair of severe thunderstorms that were on the west side of a huge cold-low trough that was parked over Southern Ontario for the last week of July and most of the first couple of weeks of August, 2003. The low was part of a "Rex" upper block which is the King of all blocks. The cell motion for the storm on the right was slowly from the north following along the extension of the lake breeze from the southeastern shore of Georgian Bay. It was just one of several thunderstorms along this line. The cell to the left was along the Lake Ontario lake breeze and was moving slowly toward the west. They were on a collision course over Mississauga. They were focused by and energized by the lake breezes. This also made them very slow moving and though the precipitable water in the air mass was only about 35 mm, this was enough to make them severe. The outflows from these two thunderstorms collided and caused the new cell to explode in between them.

These storms were heavy rain producers that dropped 100 to 125 mm of rain on Mississauga and neighbouring areas. The result of this amount of rain falling on the paved over landscape was a flash flood. I use the "flash" term loosely to also describe the thunderous nature of these storms which had enough energy to produce almost continuous thunder. They were not predicted.. but the Weather Centre gets really busy with summer convection and it is a huge province with maybe 15 radars in both conventional and Doppler formats. The workload on the severe weather desk gets crazy and that is also when equipment and software gets overloaded and fails. I have seen this first hand...

I viewed these thunderstorms from the paddock behind the barn of Watershed Farm. I had my easel set up and was looking southwest across Brampton to Mississauga at around 6 pm. The anvil of the northern thunderstorm is over the right side of the image while the updraft of the leading Lake Ontario thunderstorm is on the left side. I included a wet microburst for good measure on the thunderstorm to the east. The oils flowed just like the heavy rain. I had fun!.

I had to transform this into a larger format... #636 "Hear the Thunder". I tired very hard to keep the high energy level in the 3x4 foot canvas!
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Monday, January 15, 2018

#0602 "Shimmer"

From Tuesday, November 19, 2002...
This is the view looking southeast from The Executive Condominium on Water Street in Brockville, Ontario. The mighty St Lawrence rolls along just in front of the building. The sun had just come up and we can barely identify two of the three sister islands that identify the St Lawrence and the main shipping channel. The water was shimmering under the early morning light.

There was supposed to be a bridge connecting Brockville to the United States across the river at this point. The islands certainly would have made the construction easier and safer. Apparently someone with power and money nixed the idea. I must admit that I love the view without the bridge...
This sketch was painted on a smooth and slippery panel that had been tinted with a medium-dark coat of raw sienna.
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Saturday, January 13, 2018

#0597 "Sunset Embers"

This is from Monday, November 11, 2002... this is the best picture I have of this painting which found a home somewhere... don't know where.

This is the view looking out to the west from the farmhouse
of Watershed Farm on the 12th Concession of King Township. The die-ing embers of daylight are what attracted me to this sky. There are a couple of deformation zones in this sky as well. The dominant deformation zone was marked by the remnants of the altocumulus deck accompanying the exiting low pressure area. The winds were light northwesterly as one would expect. This deformation zone was pretty obvious. The second deformation zone was much more subtle on the western horizon. There was a line of cirrus and cirrostratus still catching the sun and this marked the leading edge of the warm conveyor belt and the next system on the way. "Cirrostratus coming at us" is a pretty good predictor for the next low pressure area. I removed the fence line from this work… it didn't help the composition. The remains of the snow banks on the hills were spectacular and cold under the setting sun.
This is the same location as #0614 "The Sunset Before" but just on a different day with another sky full of weather.
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Friday, January 12, 2018

#0614 "The Sunset Before"

From Wednesday, February 26th, 2003... This scene is looking west out across the hill behind the Watershed Farm home looking at a brilliant sunset. The hill was dark in sharp contrast to the blazing altocumulus. The vivid colours are what caught my eye. The familiar saying is about red skies at night for a sailor's delight - not about red clouds. Red clouds at night, sailors should take fright! I did not exaggerate the colours. I never do... honestly.

The sun peaking through the diminishing forest cover of Caledon is apparent on the northwestern horizon. When we bought the farm (so to speak) in 1993, the forest was dense enough not to allow even the setting sun to peak through it. The smoke from one of those new homes was drifting in the southerly winds and I painted that in along with the fence of the paddocks that the horses are always breaking over.

The next day we received a severe snowstorm which is the reason for the "before" in the title of this painting. At Watershed Farm, we got about 25 centimeters of snow which blew into drifts that were at least four feet deep. Linda and I canceled going to the theater in Orangeville. It might have been possible to go but quite impossible to get home again. I had to go to work the next day so I got up at 5 am. I spent almost 2 hours getting halfway down the lane with the blower on the 1969 Massey Ferguson tractor before getting tangled in a four foot drift where I could neither go backward or forward. I was stuck - really stuck. If it had not been for having to get to work, the storm would have been a beautiful thing. We had the fires going and it was toasty in the family room.

My neighbour came down with his four wheel drive tractor and two stage snow blower and by 6 pm, the lane was open. That machine did not care how deep the snow was.
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Thursday, January 11, 2018

#0606 "Lines"

Sketched Friday, January 10, 2003... This is a tangled cedar rail fence overgrown in a maple forest. It could be anywhere - even at Singleton Lake - but it is not. I think it is in the forests on top of the Oak Ridges Moraine but I honestly forget.

The wire fencing had long ago rusted away with only pieces hanging to the maple in the foreground. The leading lines are everywhere in the woods. Strong diagonal and even disjointed horizontal lines break up the equally strong vertical lines. The title came to me and I was thinking of the "5 Man Electrical Band" song "Signs".

Lines, lines everywhere a line,

Breaking up the scenery, breaking my mind,

Do this - don't do that! Can't you read the line ...

The song works for me in a twisted way. I was planning on painting outside but the windchill was enough to freeze one to the bone. This is from a series of photos I took in the backfields. Walking through these woods is tough with prickly ash always there to tangle and trip. The canvas had been primed with a medium-dark coat of raw sienna.
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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

#0719 "Snowstorm"

From December 11th, 2004... a look at a happy memory...

This is looking south across yard toward the spruce forest when we lived at Watershed Farm on the 12th Concession of King Township. It had snowed quite hard for a day. With the temperature just hovering below freezing, this made for a very sticky snow which clung to the branched and weighed them down. I painted until it was too dark to see.. and I forced myself not to touch it again. I have a tendency to do just a few (hundred) more strokes to try to make it better and sometimes, the spirit of the moment gets messed up. I just signed my name on the inside studio easel and then "Bob's your uncle".

I use this catchy phrase a fair bit. It dates back to 1887 when British Prime Minister Robert Cecil (a.k.a. Lord Salisbury) decided to appoint his nephew Arthur Balfour to the prestigious and sensitive post of Chief Secretary for Ireland. It was a blatant example of nepotism and a guarrantee of success. I use the phrase more loosely to indicate that the project is done or has reached it's happy conclusion.

The family Chesapeake was with me while I worked.
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#0636 "Hear the Thunder"

From Thursday August 21st, 2003... This is the enlarged and interpreted version of #0635 "Flash Flood" . I took a lot of liberti...