Sts. Cyril and Methodius (again)

12″X12” Acrylic on canvas

Here is another square foot painting, possibly for submission to Small Feats, the annual Niagara Artists Centre show and fundraiser. We shall see.
Sts. Cyril and Methodius is a Ukrainian Catholic church in St. Catharines. It is a familiar sight to anyone who drives the Queen Elizabeth Way between Hamilton and Niagara Falls, as it is right by the highway.

from Blogger http://splynch.blogspot.com/2020/03/sts-cyril-and-methodius-again.html

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Another Small Feat

12″X12” Acrylic on canvas

I have started working on some paintings for NAC’s annual “Small Feats” fundraiser. Here is the first, perhaps not quite finished but nearly there.
I am not sure that you can actually see these buildings anymore, they are pretty hidden behind the Meridian Centre. But a few years ago these rear views were among the first things you saw when coming off the 406. I always liked them. I believe that the stilts were there because rge raceway used to run along there.

from Blogger http://splynch.blogspot.com/2020/02/another-small-feat.html

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Linocut cat

I have been getting very bored with my style, materials and subjects, so I decided to experiment with some printmaking again.
The cat is based on one of my many drawings of my own Marigold, but the tiger stripes aren’t hers. She is a rather boring orange and white that doesn’t translate too well into  monochrome.
My tools and materials are inexpensive Speedball brand and I don’t have a press, but at least it is a different challenge that will maybe jump-start my muse.

from Blogger http://splynch.blogspot.com/2020/01/linocut-cat.html

Cherry blossom time

6″X8″ oil on board

Here is another one I painted a couple of years ago and never posted.
So many of these Niagara orchards have been ripped out and replaced with vines, they may have to rename Blossom Sunday.

from Blogger http://splynch.blogspot.com/2019/10/cherry-blossom-time.html

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Vines Contre Jour

6″X8″ Oil on board
A couple of years ago the Niagara Artists’ Centre annual fundraiser Small Feats experimented with offering smaller, 6”X8”, paintings as well as the usual square foot works. As I was swamped with work at the time I decided to go with this size. None of mine sold and I guess it wasn’t generally very successful because they didn’t repeat this size the following year.
At the time I forgot (or didn’t have time) to scan and post them and I just remembered them now that another of my favourite local arts organizations is looking for donations.
This one will be available at the Carousel Caravan silent auction. It is valued at $100 but starting bid will probably be around $10, so you may be able to pick up a bargain.

from Blogger http://splynch.blogspot.com/2019/10/vines-contre-jour.html

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Peaches 2019

5″X7″ Oil on board
Almost every year I torture myself by attempting to capture a realistic likeness of our delicious, fresh Niagara peaches. Here is this year’s effort and below are some of my previous attempts.

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Still Life

Artist Steven Reddy is a member of the Urban Sketchers group and also teaches a couple of online courses through Bluprint (aka Craftsy).
I find his technique interesting but have never had the courage to adopt his quirky, almost cartoonish style. However, I do find that there is something liberating about using these direct pen contour lines, with little or no preliminary drawing. Perspective isn’t always accurate and shapes are sometimes a bit skewed, but the finished result makes for a strong, illustrative drawing.

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