Wednesday, April 1, 2015

1516 Ma and Pa Canada

These mated pair of Canada geese were resting on a part of the Cataraqui River surprisingly called "Green Bay". The water was actually fairly murky. Barriefield was to my back.
Canada geese are monogamous in their breeding behavior. The courtship displays of Canada geese can be very elaborate. They establish a bond either on the wintering grounds or on the nesting grounds, and this bond is lifetime. The initial courting behavior involves mutual neck dipping between the two, they then swim out, and turn to face each other; both will begin dipping their necks up and down. The breeding season usually occurs in our area through mid-April. It is the female who chooses her mate based on his displays of behaviors and how well he demonstrates he can protect her. The female indicates her choice of a male by beginning to follow him on land or water or standing next to him at all times. Once paired, the geese stay bonded until one member of the pair dies. Mated pairs who have been separated for even a short time greet each other with an elaborate greeting display.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

1514 South Shore White Pines

Now for something different...
I like the was that the white pines cut into the sky. The white pine to the right had an osprey nest at its top. The ospreys keep any branches from going higher. I almost called this painting "The Nest" but I didn't think that many people would get it without an explanation. The birds were gone for the season. The sky was gray and the only real colour was from the few leaves remaining on the deciduous trees.
I used a lot of paint on this small, slippery surface.

Monday, March 30, 2015

1512 Grady Road Homestead

The best that I could do was to pick a similar day in some inspiration as compared to what was happening outside. It was minus 8 outside with enough wind to make it feel cold to really freeze my hands.
This is the view along the road allowance into my Brother's Jim place. The lane heads northward from Grady Road into a wilderness paradise on the top of Foley Mountain. The village of Westport is in the valley south of Foley Mountain. It was a sunny and cold day and I liked the colours of the trees and the sky and how they all intertwined.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

1518 Long Reach Sunrise

The temperature was minus 25 Celsius but that did not stop me from slugging through the deep snow to at least photograph some scenes that I wanted to paint. This view is from the front yard of Singleton Lake looking east-southeast toward the rising sun. The sun was just getting above the Long Reach forest. I was trying to think of a funny title that rhymed with "Tequila Sunrise" - a great song by the Eagles but so far I have not come up with anything catchy.
I used a lot of paint on a rather small home-made panel.

Friday, March 27, 2015

1521 Jim Day Dawn

The minus 25 Celsius temperatures have kept me inside the studio. This is the view from the front yard at Singleton Lake across Jim Day Rapids just after sunrise. There is not much open water left but enough for the swans and ducks that have stayed for the winter. The Canada geese apparently left for Florida with the other snow birds. I like winter and the clean Arctic air. This will be the kind of winter we can expect in the future due to climate change and global warming.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

1536 Red Horse Castles

These are quite active cumulus bubbling up while I was paddling around Red Horse Lake. A vigorous updraft will form knuckles around the upper edge encircling the updraft. Strong vorticity curls driven the the wind of the updraft, draw the moisture outward once the level of the inversion is reached. The prevailing wind direction was northerly and the inversion was probably the result of subsidence ahead of the approaching ridge of high pressure. These cumulus clouds had reached their vertical limit at the subsidence inversion even though the updraft was vigorous. The cold air ass in the wake of a system which had passed through the day before, is typically unstable in the low levels. A simple observation of the characteristics of the clouds can reveal much about the past present and future weather.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

1539 Long Reach Cold Front

Every sky is different and presents different challenges. The meteorology may be similar but is never the same from day to day. This is a cold front and I was looking southwest in its wake a couple of hours after it had passed through. The layers of higher altocumulus clouds were thinning. The northwestern edges of the clouds were lines shaped by deformation processes. The lower streets of turbulent stratocumulus clouds were parallel to the boundary layer winds in the unstable and cooler air mass. These lines are barely recognizable from the vantage point of the ground but are obvious from the bird's eye view of the satellite. I really did paint what I saw. Although I am making the meteorology up, it is accurate science. Really... The patterns are not that complex and they repeat themselves - a lot - everyday. If you learn the patterns once, you will have them a lifetime. I have sketched in only a few of the deformation zones... there are always more - progressively smaller and less important.
These clouds are clearly black- lit and that tells you were the sun was and thus which direction I was looking. Isn't science the same as art? Both can and should be beautiful.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

1541 Spring Paradise

Spring seems like more of "a theory" this year. Climate change with the weakening of the jet stream has placed eastern Canada right in the middle of a cold, snowy trough - the downstream reflection of the warm and dry ridge over the west coast. Over time this weather will become our climate so get used to it. We still forecast spring to happen but it will take some time as the cold trough lingers. It could be worse - we could be on the downstream side of the trough like the Maritimes and be pummeled by storm after storm. These lows have access to all of the heat and moisture from the Gulf Stream and the cold of the Arctic vortex so they are real heat engines.
So this studio painting is more like a dream of the spring to come. This is a spring time view of Point Paradise looking northwestward from Margaritaville (my canoe). There was a light wind from the west in the wake of a rather weak cold front. The low based deck of stratocumulus clouds were revealing the wind direction. I liked the way that the sky peeked through the rather thin boughs of the red cedars. The colours of the new vegetation were striking as well. This is a beautiful piece of land - peaceful. This would have been a favourite camp site for generations of travelers. The swimming is great as well.

Monday, March 23, 2015

1522 Jonas Street

Jonas Street is one of the most important thorough fares for us in Lyndhurst. Jonas leeds directly to Red Horse Lake Road which is our only access to home - across Latimer Bridge. The sign on the upper right succinctly says that access to home across that bridge will be unavailable for the 48 hours of March 7th and 8th, 2015. The project is going to come in at less than half the budgeted amount. I believe that this street might be named after American-origin Loyalist and Tory Jonas Jones
I would rather build bridges than burn them. It is important to build a bridge properly so that it is safe and secure - build it right the first time so you don't live with the mistake for another century - just my opinion though.
The trilogy of Latimer Bridge access paintigs. #1519 "Latimer Closure" #1522 "Jonas Street" #1523 "Red Horse Snow"