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It’s all going swimmingly

Swimming with otters

I have shared many wonderful moments with wildlife.

One day I’m on the Rideau River near an area called the gut. Now I’ve been fishing in this area for two years, sometimes every day, and had occasionally seen a family of otters frolicking. They appear to be living in the bank on the north shore under some gnarly looking willows.

This day it is just baking hot and, as I’ve brought my swim trunks, mask, snorkle and fins, it’s time for a swim. I dive in and swim along a weed edge in about 12 feet of water. Suddenly I get this feeling that someone is watching me and I turn and look back and this guy is swimming along beside me.

This guy/gal swam with me one hot summer day on the Rideau River.
This guy/gal swam with me one hot summer day on the Rideau River.

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Crisp Carr

A homage to Emily Carr

Emily Carr has been an idol of mine for many years. She was all the things in real life that I love. Adventurous, hard working, she struggled and she overcame. I can relate.

Crisp Carr is my homage to the great Emily Carr.
Crisp Carr is my homage to the great Emily Carr.

Crisp Carr is my devoted homage to her talent. The program I’m using has a new “chalk” effect and I drew the drawing with it and then smeared with the finger.

Also, an artist i was reading, sorry, name is gone now, talked about using a black background and then pulling the painting out of the darkness. Of course we usually do things the other way round, starting with a white sheet.

So when I saw this piece by Emily I saw immediately it was an ideal candidate for the black background. Which I tempered with just a touch of red.

I hope you like it.

Tough on Tom

My homage to Tom Thompson

This is my knock off of a Tom Thompson painting. Whew. You want a lesson on hard these folks worked on their paintings, try on one of your own.

Tom Thompson

This is my version of an iconic Tom Thompson painting.

I have to say though, I feel my hand is improving and I think, if you could see the high resolution version, I didn’t do too bad a job. Some really nice textures.

Hope you enjoy.

Perturbed Piet

A homage to Peit Mondrian

I found an early painting by Peit Mondrian, Gray tree. As it was storming outside, thunder boomers, heavy rain, I decided to spend an idyllic few hours doing an homage.

piet mondrian inspired
An early painting by Peit Mondrian inspired this vision of a winter tree.

Apoplectic Varley

This is the first of a series of group of seven, er, influenced drawings I’ve started.

This drawing “Apoplectic Varley” subdues his bright and impassioned waters and skies. Have a look at the original. I might work on this more to bring up some of the vibration and contrast … Still. A most enjoyable many hours.

Apoplectic Varley subdues the vibrant waters and sky of the original. Perhaps too derivative?
Apoplectic Varley subdues the vibrant waters and sky of the original. Perhaps too derivative?

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