Saturday, May 30, 2015

Rainy Saturday in Chinatown, Dundas Street

12 x 12 oil on canvas
I'm not sure why I keep revisiting Chinatown. The reds, greens, and yellows of the signage are a difficult combination when attempting to achieve colour harmony. This scene is in Toronto's Chinatown on Dundas. It was a very blustery rainy day and all colours were grey and misty.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Night Ride, 504 Streetcar on King

12 x 12 oil on board
 Night scenes are difficult. There is no set rule for warm and cool.(As far as I know...if anyone knows them, please let me know!) Just when I decided to put viridian in the drawer because it was too cool, I brought it back out for this scene.
The 504 streetcar stops for a night rider near the Kit Kat restaurant on King Street.
Thanks to John Tavares for the photo reference.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Suits at Bay and Wellington

12 x 12 oil on canvas
Lunch time at Bay and Wellington on a warm spring day. Another view of Toronto's financial district.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Rain at Bay and Richmond, Toronto

8x10 oil on panel
Another study. This scene features the corner of Bay and Richmond in Toronto's financial district.

Monday, May 11, 2015

End of The Day, King Street, Toronto

8 x 10 oil on panel
When I want to start some larger paintings, I often do smaller studies to get a sense of how they will look when painted. I get to decide colour schemes, compositions etc.
A lone "suit" heads home after a day at work in Toronto's financial district. This scene is on King near Bay.
Thanks to Ben Roffelsen for the photo reference.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

First Light, Bronte Harbour

16 x 20 oil on panel
Sailing season has finally arrived in Southern Ontario. The water freezes during the winter, so most boats are taken out of the water and stored "on the hard". (land). Boats are being launched and masts, rigging and sails put back. 
I took the reference photo for this painting at Bronte Harbour last September in the early morning light.