Entries by Garth Armstrong

“Plein Air Painting” – Painting Outdoors

Painting outdoors is a great way to energize your painting. It can be frustrating and challenging, but it’s also different and fun. It really does not matter if it’s warm or cold. Be prepared and it will be a great experience. I like to do small (5×4) or (10X8) quick sketches – capturing light and […]

“It is mysterious working with colour”

  When learning the craft – it is best to seek the advice of experts! I wanted to share some of the things I think about when painting…. “It is mysterious working with colour” Maria Luisa Cruz. “An image reflected in a mirror, a rainbow in the sky, and a painted scene Make their impressions […]

Summer is here, just.

Summer is here, just. I was moving my boat to a friend’s cottage last weekend and it actually snowed. So much for Summer! But the leaves are out and I have started to paint summer. I still have many images that I have stockpiled from last summer. As of today (besides one quick river fishing […]

It’s 12 below in the studio this morning!

It’s minus 12 this morning in the studio, my canoes are put away for the season and the summer seems like a long way away! The paint is a bit stiffer then usual today(due to the cold night), but I started 3 new large paintings. While it is cold, the light is bright and clear […]

Ontario Society of Artists – A New Member!

Last weekend I participated in the new member selection show for the OSA. And I was accepted into the society. This was a 2 step process – First submit a written proposal and a number of images online. Then present 5 original works for evaluation to the membership. The venue was the historic Ashbridges House […]

Can’t wait till it snows!

  We have had a few flurries here but nothing that has remained on the ground yet. I have been painting snowy landscapes for the past couple of weeks and it is always good to have a walk around in the snow again to see how it looks first hand. I dropped off a small […]

Artist’s Talk – Revealing the Landscape

Next week I will be doing a talk to kick off my new show at Artworld of Sherway and I though I would provide an outline of what I wanted to get into the talk. Landscape – a classic Canadian motif. Great Canadian landscapes – my influences. How I find the right landscapes – ideas, […]

Snow, water and light.

This morning my wife and I were drinking coffee looking out back at the new snow and the subject turned to colour. Specifically blue. This morning the snow is mostly blue with a touch of peach where the early sunlight filters through the trees. When we are asked what colour is snow, we invariably say […]

Always chasing the light.

  Winter is here, although we have had little snow to this point. This has not slowed down the enthusiasm for winter images. I have just finished a couple of 30 x 40 canvases where I have tried to depict the feeling of light on snow in 2 different ways. The first is at evening, […]