Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Waiting for a Streetcar, Dundas and Spadina, Toronto

8x8 oil on gallery wrap canvas SOLD
A young woman waits for a Streetcar on Spadina on a rainy day in Toronto.
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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Toronto's Chinatown, Dundas and Huron

24x24 oil on canvas
 The variety of colors and strong reflections are what drew me to this scene. It was these components that made it very difficult. To try to achieve some harmony, I decided to try the limited palette on a larger scale. I used viridian, cad red, yellow ochre, ivory black, titanium white. I cheated a little at the end and added a couple of touches of phthalocyanine green, perfect for street lights and a couple dabs on the brightly lit sign in the background. The whole scene came out quite cool in color, but it does reflect the feel of the day.
This scene is in Toronto's Chinatown on Dundas Street approaching Huron.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Huron and Dundas, Toronto

12x12 oil on canvas
There were lots of rich colors in this area of Dundas Street in Toronto's Chinatown. The challenge here was to maintain the values and the sense of the scene without focusing on all the lovely details which must be merely "suggested".
Richard Schmid's book "The Lanscapes" has finally arrived in the mail. What a treasure.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Rainy Day in Chinatown, Toronto

12x12 oil on stretched  canvas
Whenever I looked at the painting from the previous post, I felt cold and wet. (My intention but still uncomfortable) I wanted something with a little more warmth to it, so I chose a scene that demanded  more color, although I still kept most colors subdued.
This scene is on Spadina near Dundas Street in Toronto's Chinatown. The lights from the stores just glistened on this rainy day.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Stormy Day, Dundas and Spadina

18x18 Oil on Board
I'm still using a limited palette to enhance the greys and moody atmospheric conditions that I'm trying to portray. I liked the Ivory Black, viridian, cadmium red, yellow ochre, titanium white that I used in a previous painting. When I took this photo, it was pretty much a squally day with drenching downpours...just the kind of day that I like. Spadina is a wonderfully busy and eclectic street. It is home to Toronto's Chinatown and close to the Kensington market.
Two streetcars stop at Spadina and Dundas Streets in Toronto Ontario.