I used an acrylic pour method as the background; mixing white and silver as the colour for waves splashing on the coast. If you look closely, you can see a high tide wave emerging from the lower left side.
As the acrylic pour developed: a coral-like branch protrudes out into the heart of the painting. The branches have a fractal quality to them, which pull the eyes deeper in.
Over the vista, and through the green limbs of an alien-looking cactus plant; two moons co-orbit the sky. The presence of two moons makes evident that this abstract scene takes place on another world. In my imagination, the piece looks out from the reeds to the sky on a clear night. In a warm atmosphere, an ocean wave washes on to the shore sending water splashing up into the night sky. The oddly shaped plant is my favourite part as it is totally imperfect, but works well with the painting’s alien theme.
Lately, I have been working with a lot of pastel greens and examining how they interact with deep cerulean blue in my acrylic technique.
When I say “lately” I’m specifically talking about the past few days since summer has arrived here in Southern Ontario, Canada.
Although my initial entry into the art world began with my desire to create large artists canvas at infinitesimally cheaper costs than retail; I have become preoccupied with smaller pieces (6″ x 12″) in a rectangular shape.
By the end of July, I am hoping to have enough pieces that I am proud of enough to put forward as part of my portfolio. Portfolio + confidence are my goals as an artists for the summer of 2016.
Before our first snowfall, I took these shots of the Lake Ontario Shoreline facing south toward the U.S. The above image has been cropped, as I wanted to removed the distraction of the wooden construction fence and slight debris that was in-frame. I’m not sure if it takes away from the photo to have the bottom cropped in this way: it’s hard to say since I took the shot. I think that its difficult to remove yourself from the background history of something when you saw the steps of its production- kind of makes you impervious to seeing it from virgin eyes. (That is a digression).
I enjoyed this vista: the staggering of the trees across the shoreline gives a nice depth of field. I was able to capture quite a bit of video from the area: I spotted a red tailed chipmunk, a woodpecker, and a grouse nearer to a creek in that linked to the lake. Lots of ducks and Geese got along swimmingly at the mouth of the creek, chilling and hanging out in the water and by the shore.
The above shot is the path leading in from the road to the lake. I always enjoy shots like this: a road leading away from or towards you. As the observer, it is up to you to decide.