Monday, January 15, 2018

A glimpse out of the window at 11 this morning

Despite the frigid weather outdoor , and despite the claim of today being the Blue Monday , one of the most depressing days of the year, the glimpse of bright sunshine and intense blue sky always buoy up my spirits. Balmoral Bay at 11 a.m today.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Onanole Trail on a winter afternoon

Turned cloudy in the afternoon again with light snow drifting down when I came to the Timothy Road at the entrance of Onanole Trail to paint this view. It was so quite and mesmerizing standing there to paint on the roadside.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Snow covered Visitor Centre of Riding Mountain National Park

Came to Wasagaming after breakfast to stop in front of the visitor cnetre to paint right away. It was mild today but still 20 below. I had to put the tube of Titanium white Winsor Newton oil paint under my arm pit to keep it from being frozen every other few minutes ! I hope people did not notice me doing it

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Two views from the cottage country outside Riding Mountain National Park

We accepted the generous offer from our dear friends to say at their cottage in Onanole area for two nights. This first of the 9 paintings was done right from outside their cottage looking into the wooded area when the late afternoon sun was shining brightly in the otherwise frigid weather.

Another view from outside the cottage right before the sunset. It was cold outside but so exciting to paint !

Saturday, December 30, 2017

The lone Halfway Tree standing on the road side beckoning travelers on one of the coldest days yesterday at noon hour 6"x 8" oil on canvas panel

It just happens that we were on our way to Winnipeg Airport yesterday morning to pick up our daughter who is coming home for New Year from Edmonton, and when we spotted the tree in the distance , we pulled over and stopped for five minutes enough time for me to do a small oil sketch to pay tribute to this beloved tree. I always have a small paint box handy. As I was painting , the nerve wrecking sound of the traffic passing by swiftly and rapidly all reminds me that the year is coming to an end , and a new year is coming in just a matter of hours.
Happy New Year to You all !

Friday, December 29, 2017

Thursday, December 28, 2017

In the path of Receding Sunlight --- a window view at 3 p.m today

In the path of receding sunlight at 3 p.m today.

Brandon Ukrainian Catholic Church and Ukrainian Orthodox Church

I drove all the way north of the railways tracks to paint and I painted these two quick oil sketches staying inside of my vehicle and listening to CBC Radio 2 classical music program Tempo. While painting these two churches, Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 1 , the Winter Dream came to the air. How wonderful and how fitting it was to listen to it while painting these two churches in the frigid winter weather.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Brandon St. Mathew Anglican Cathedral

It was so cold outside today but the light and colour were so enticing! that I bundled up, drove out and found myself at the intersection of 13th Street and Louise Avenue looking at St. Mathew Anglican Cathedral at 2 p.m today. I just love the light and colour at this time of the year, and nothing , absolutely nothing could stop me from painting outdoor! An hour of quick oil sketch of Brandon St Mathew Anglican Church for today.

On an early winter morning --- a window view

Another frigid winter morning but the light and colour were so beautiful at this time of the year that I just could not resist the temptation! A hour of quick oil sketch early in the morning before going back to sleep again.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

The old Baptist Church on Lorne Avenue Brandon

A quick oil sketch of the old Baptist Church on Lorne Avenue at 1 p.m today December 26, 2017. Another extremely cold day ,and instead of painting in the open air, I stayed inside my vehicle and with a small pochade box set on my lap I was able to paint without having direct exposure to the elements.

Monday, December 25, 2017

A window view on frigid Chirstmas Morning

Christmas Day today at 11 a.m looking out of our window at this frigid but sunny window view. Simply too cold to step outside to paint today. Instead, I set up my easel by our living room window painting and listening to seasonal music on CBC Radio 2 this morning. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all!

Sunday, December 24, 2017

The Night before Christmas a window view at 10 p.m

The light of the season a view from our window on Christmas Eve 2017

Brandon Central United Church

A quick oil sketch of the church as viewed from 8th Street and Lorne Avenue at 1 p.m. today December 24, 2017.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Brandon University as viewed from Lorne Avenue and 18th Street

Brandon University as viewed from Lorne Avenue and 18th Street at 2 :30 p.m. December 22, 2017
A quick oil sketch for today.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

A Brandon Skyline on a winter afternoon

Drove around Downtown Brandon at about 3 this afternoon to try to find something interesting to paint. Finally found myself get onto a parking lot off the Pacific Avenue close to the intercession of 11th Street and Pacific Avenue, I was quite captivated by what appeared in front of me; a rather familiar Brandon skyline but appeared so much more interesting when viewed from this unusual point of view.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Three quick oil sketches from Balmoral Bay

Three quick oil sketches from Balmoral Bay in the south of Brandon.
Nothing could be more exciting to see the snow covered landscape in intense winter sunlight. Did these three oil sketches outdoor one after another all together in about three hours.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

The Singing Christmas Tree at Brandon Calvary Temple

Singing Christmas Tree--- the Christmas Calling presented by Brandon Calvary Temple with participation from different local churches. A quick oil sketch this morning at 10 December 10, 2017

Friday, December 8, 2017

Dalnavert Museum Winnipeg Manitoba

Came to visit this historic site on Carlton Street in Winnipeg this morning for the very first time. Setting up my easel in the chill of the morning I started to paint at 11 a.m. this beautiful Queen Ann style home built for Sir Hugh John Macdonald , premier of Manitoba in 1899-1900. It was partially cloudy when I started , however, the sun broke out of the clouds to my absolute delight, half way through the painting. Met some staff remembers who work for the museum and, the photo credit goes to one lovely staff remember who came to work this morning and saw me just setting up with the painting.