"For all things quickly fade and turn to fable, and quickly, too, utter oblivion covers them like sand." Marcus Aurelius
Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Churchill Drive oil 10.2 x 15.2 cm (4" x 6")■
The photographic series of paintings continues.
This is a view looking across the Red River. The houses, the roofs of which can be seen, are on a plain below the level of the river bank. The bank has been artificially enlarged to act as a dyke to prevent spring flooding.
Today's painting is another in a series I've recently been doing from photographs. It is not my preferred way of working. It seems a rather second hand way of recording experience. If anything, the experience that you are recording is that of looking at a photograph.
My thoughts on this subject are still evolving. I'm sure that I'll have more to say on this subject in the future, and, who knows, if I manage to sell some of these paintings done from photographs, I may change my mind completely.
Another view from Lyndale Drive in Winnipeg, looking south across the Red River.
The technique is the same as in yesterday's post: an ochre ground, the darks, and then the lights. And like yesterday's painting, this one was quick.
I've done one painting of the opposite bank of the river, Twilight, Riverview, posted on December 24, 2006. It was done from memory, not from a photograph. For me, it makes for an interesting comparison with today's work.
I seldom work from photographs, except perhaps when doing something like caricatures, where photographs are indispensable. Working from photographs just doesn't interest me a lot. However, every once in awhile I will do something using a photograph, if only to remind myself of how it's done. Here's the result: Coronation Park, along with the photograph from which it was taken.
Out of curiosity I deliberately did this painting as fast as I could. Forty minutes from start to finish, and I'm not impressed.
Coronation Park Coronation Park is a small neighbourhood park at the beginning of our street. I don't know the history of the park, but I would think that its' name derives from the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.
James graphite and pastel 11.0" x 8.4" (21.3 x 17.9 cm) James seldom smiles. This is one of the happier drawings I have of him. He doesn't laugh much either, but for all that he's a funny guy to be with. How does that work?
Marcel Proust ink 10" x 7.4" (25.4 x 18.8 cm) Another caricature juste pour rire.
I had a hard time finding something for Marcel to say, which, when you think of it, is rather ironic for a man of so many words. "Merde!" was the best I could do. If anyone has a better suggestion the caption could easily be changed.