Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Southampton Art School - Winds, Waves and Weather - Range Light Dawn

I arrived at the Southampton Range Light jetty at 7:15 am. The land breeze was moderate and chilly making me think that the gradient wind between the high over eastern Ontario and the approaching cold frontal trough and low was playing an important role.
The clouds revealed a double deformation zone pattern. The low to the west produced a long arch of cirrostratus low on the western horizon. A deck of stratocumulus clouds in the land breeze also revealed a low level deformation zone. The stratocumulus clouds were flat like Paleo pancakes. A couple of jet contrails were headed eastward and far overhead.
The calm water down the middle of the Saugeen channel was the smooth wake of a fishing boat. I can't really explain just why the water stays so calm for tens of minutes in the wake of a boat. This is another mystery like "the white line" that needs investigation.
There were lots of fishermen on the jetty but no one was catching anything. Apparently one person caught a seven pound pike using leeches at $7 dollars a dozen. That is an expensive pike fillet. I painted looking westward along the jetty toward the range light. Most people let their left brain overpower their sense of sight and they draw a tall lighthouse instead of a squat range light. The two lights are very different.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Paint the Town with IPAP and KSOA in Barriefield

From todays' Whig Standard:

It was a fun time painting in Barriefield with the Kingston School of Art (KSOA).   This is the second year that the KSOA has affiliated with the International Plein Air Painters (IPAP). The 2015 IPAP World-Wide Paintout is slated for September 11, 12, and 13th. I do not join many groups but IPAP is one of those. I am a Charter and Signature member with IPAP and share its painterly goals. It is all about finding your voice amid supportive camaraderie.

Southampton Art School - Winds, Waves and Weather - Beach Cumulus

The upper air must have had a short wave trough sweeping through the ridge of high pressure. The convection that had developed on the lake breeze front became very active and raindrops showered down on us, presumably delivered by the return flow above the onshore lake breeze. Two of the lady artists decided to bail at this point. They were painting in acrylic and water based pigments do not play well in the rain - no matter how light the shower might be. A wedding was being assembled on the Southampton beach behind us. The organizers were worried about the rain. As it turned out it remained dry through the entire ceremony to which we had front row seats - almost. They didn't want us to move and we just kept quietly painting.
The clouds really were like "boulders in the sky"...

Fine Art America - Ten

Friday, September 12, 2014

Southampton Art School - Winds, Waves and Weather - Developing Towers

The cumulus clouds continued to develop into towering castles of cloud. It looked like it could rain even though the theory would keep the lake breeze convergence line inland along with the showers it could create. The wedding was scheduled to start at 2:30 pm. I offered to move the group of artists but the organizers thought we added some local colour - so to speak.
The bride was beautiful. I wish them well. It did not rain on their parade.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Southampton Art School - Winds, Waves and Weather - Southampton Showers

After the wedding the skies became even more ominous. I turned to paint the beach looking northward and to catch the developing towering cumulus. These clouds developed so much that we got rather wet so the line passed over the beach. The oil paints took the shower well and I just continued painting. Water dripped down the canvas and the palette was soaked. The oil paint didn't care and if I pushed a bit harder, I was able to grind the pigment into the canvas. The effect on the painting was pleasing anyway so all was good. There w as no thunder although a couple of times I thought I caught the flicker of lightning in the distance. By this time I was down to one participant - Karen.
It didn't rain a drop in downtown Southampton a scant kilometre away...

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Southampton Art School - Winds, Waves and Weather - Chantry Sails

The same scene as #1446 "Chantry Light Dawn" can also be turned into a marinescape. I moved the horizon up to the top third and focused on the sweeping nature of the shore line and the waves. The remains of the short dock was turned into the sweeping arc as well. A sail boat passed at the just the right moment so it too appeared in the composition.
This is on a "SSS" - small slippery panel.

Wilson Street Studios - Kawartha's Retreat - Brown Island Greens

The ridge of high pressure was still holding the weather systems to the west at bay. The calm water and perfect reflections always interest me although there are some artists who would say "why paint that?" My answer is simply "Why not?". It is always a challenge to do the scene justice and that is reason enough for me. The lily pads in the foreground makes it nearly impossible to hang this painting upside down.
Oils on burnt sienna oil tinted commercial canvas - 8 X 10 (inches)

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Wilson Street Studios - Kawartha's Retreat - Buzzard Sunrise

I was typically the first to get up at campsite 423 in the Kawarthas. There was plenty of time to start a morning demo and to capture the magic light of sunrise. This view is looking southerly toward the privately owned island. A canoeist who paddled by said that the island was owned by the Brown family so for better or worse, that it what that island became known - at least to me. It was a fun trip!