Wednesday, April 25, 2018

#0059 "Blue Horizon"

This is from 59 steps (another prime number) further along the artistic journey. I was still feeling my way in 1977 after the passing of Mario Airomi in 1976.
A seascape off the coast of Oregon, USA in the fall of 1977. The Pacific ocean extends as far as the eye can see and beyond. One would think that something so immense would be beyond the influence of human activities. Of course this is not the case with the impacts of climate change and pollution becoming better understood. Sea levels are on the rise as well.

Historically tsunamis are rare in Oregon but since 1812 there have been at least a dozen tsunamis with wave heights greater than 3 feet. The biggest occurred from 1964 Alaskan earthquake causing lots of damage and deaths. Scientists are well aware of the tsunamis threat now and have on-line maps of threatened areas, safe places and critical resources should a 9.1 magnitude earthquake raise the ocean floor by 33 feet. It has happened before according to geological records. It will happen again.

On this autumn day in 1977 these thoughts crossed my mind accentuated by the large and ancient dead stumps and trees. Artistically I was intrigued by the waves and still feeling my way.

When I revisited this painting in 2018 I was struck by how much things have changed. Sea level are going up by 3 mm a year. The end of this century will have average sea levels up by a metre or more although no one really knows for certain and the science is complex. Forecasters are comfortable with such predictions and the benefits they can have if people take action to prevent them from coming true...
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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

#0023 "Rustic Road"

The is the last painting done at Mario Airomi's Studio just east of Maitland. I was driving my 1975 Malibu car then instead of riding my bike back and forth. He wanted me to try something large and different and he had this image among his papers of inspiration.
Mario passed away in January 1976. He was missed. After this I evolved into the Group of One and painted by myself. That is when you really start to create your own path not knowing where it might lead. This was step number 23, a prime number and the next one would be taken alone. One cannot really find your unique shelf and style if you are following someone else.

This painting was done just before Linda and I were married. Mario and Lily gave us a fine painting of daisies as a wedding gift. We didn't have anything else for our walls so this and Mario's daisies hung over the chesterfield for years. The Physics degree at Queens was completed the following year and then meteorology and weather came on the scene.
 Step number 23 along my artistic journey...

Monday, April 23, 2018

#0020 "Snowy Trails"

From the summer of '75... sounds like a Bryan Adam's song...
"Had to paint and I tried real hard
Jimmy quit, I got married
I shoulda known I'd never get far"
This is a very popular winter scene which has been done lots of times. This was a picture that Mario Airomi had in his studio. Mario insisted that I was ready to give it a try. I was twenty-two at the time and had to agree. Time waits for no one.

What resulted was my very first landscape painting. My art career was secondary to graduating from Honours Physics at Queens and getting married as well. Life was busy and that explains why it took me twenty-two years to get to my first landscape.
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Saturday, April 21, 2018

#2080 "Heavy Snow March"

The last snow painting for the winter of 2017-2018... promise...
It had snowed hard overnight. About 25 centimetres of wet and heavy snow had accumulated. The depth of the snow would have been double that if the flakes had remained as frozen dendritic aggregates. The snow accumulated on the trees in a characteristic way and that was the reason for this painting and the following series of snow studies. As well snow is not just white but takes on the values and colours of the environment. I took a nice walk along Long Reach Lane to capture the fleeting moments.

This particular stand of trees was on the north side of Long Reach Lane about a kilometre past the fork to the Singleton Studio. The boughs were heavily laden by the wet and clingy March snow. The interior forest was dark in the early morning light. The skies were overcast nimbostratus and some light snow was still drifting down at one metre per second.
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Friday, April 20, 2018

#2079 "March Maple Snow"

From March 2018...
It had snowed hard overnight. About 25 centimetres of wet and heavy snow had accumulated. The depth of the snow would have been double that if the flakes had remained as frozen dendritic aggregates. The snow accumulated on the trees in a characteristic way and that was the reason for this painting and the following series of snow studies. As well snow is not white but takes on the values and colours of the environment. I took a nice walk along Long Reach Lane to capture the fleeting moments.

This ridge of snow is just north of the Singleton Studio. The marble ridge leads northeastward all the way to Red Horse Lake Road and beyond. In the summer it is almost a sidewalk. In the winter the many cracks and fissures in the ancient rock provides many hibernacula for all kinds of creatures including the grey rat snakes that call the area home. They are resting deep below the frost line waiting for spring like the rest of the world.

A few of last summer's leaves cling to the beech sapling. There are also a lot of sugar maples, butternuts and red oak along this beautiful ridge of nature. The butternut trees are not doing well.
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Thursday, April 19, 2018

#2078 "Snowed In Long Reach"

From March 2018...
It had snowed hard overnight. About 25 centimetres of wet and heavy snow had accumulated. The depth of the snow would have been double that if the flakes had remained as frozen dendritic aggregates. The snow accumulated on the trees in a characteristic way and that was the reason for this painting and the following series of snow studies. As well snow is not just white but takes on the values and colours of the environment. I took a nice walk along Long Reach Lane to capture the fleeting moments. A few beech leaves still clung to new growth along side the lane. The evergreens were very heavily laden by the heavy and wet snow.

This portion of Long Reach actually borders Long Reach itself which is just upstream from Red Horse Lake. Those are my tracks in the snow along the lane. A car would have had a difficult time to navigate the lane.
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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

#2077 "Snow Load"

From March 2018...

It had snowed hard overnight. About 25 centimetres of wet and heavy snow had accumulated. The depth of the snow would have been double that if the flakes had remained as frozen dendritic aggregates. The snow accumulated on the trees in a characteristic way and that was the reason for this painting and the following series of snow studies. As well snow is not white but takes on the values and colours of the environment. I took a nice walk along Long Reach Lane to capture the fleeting moments.

These particular section of pine, fir and hemlock trees was on the Long Reach side of the lane well beyond the fork in the road that leads to our place. I do not travel there very often. It was still snowing lightly and the dim morning light was not making much of an impression through the overcast nimbostratus.
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#0059 "Blue Horizon"

This is from 59 steps (another prime number) further along the artistic journey. I was still feeling my way in 1977 after the passing of Ma...