Category Archives: Sketches, etc

Quick sketches done mostly on a daily basis of home, cities visited and holidays.

Early Autumn Colours

The Covid-19 is with us still and persists into our daily lives. Luckily for visual artists, we are use to working alone in our studios and although we enjoy company on plein air excursions this too can be accomplished solo.

Here are two recent oil paintings completed from memory in my studio. One is my sister’s garden which she tends to daily cleaning out old vegetation and feeding her fish. Below this is my memory of fog lifting on a warm fall day as I painted with my friend and artist Margo Rivard on the road leading into Les Éboulements, Qc.

 

Ruth’s Water Garden, oil on canvas, 30×24, 2020

 

September Fog, oil on canvas, 36×24, 2020

 

Summer 2020

The summer like no other is here. The pandemic has changed our lives here in Quebec. As working artists, we continue our usual routine of spending hours in our studio. At this time, I am making slight changes to some paintings because of a gift from Arovita Paints, Aylmer Qc. In the box were oil tubes of King’s Blue Deep, Violet Grey, Vaucluse Gold Ochre, Arovita Red, Arovita Vermillion and Vert Monte-Carlo. Thank you Fred, these colours compliment my landscapes.

 

Birds of a Feather, oil on canvas, 30×30, 2020

The above painting has been in my studio for sometime. The blue and grey violet paints were an incentive to complete it. The motto is to ” be strong, be confident and be kind”

A few pictures of my studio 2020.

studio, summer 2020

studio wall 2020

 

Spring 2020

I enjoyed daily sketching in Mexico this winter and returned without incident and before the serious threat of Covid-19 in Canada. Since then I have found it difficult to sketch or paint in my studio. Quickly, I realized I need to feed my imagination by sketching outside my home studio.  I did sketch daily in Mexico at the market, beaches or the urban area. Here are some of my watercolour on paper.

 

Bicycle Vendor, Enjoying a drink at the beach, Dry dock for boats, watercolour, Puerto Escondido, Mx

 

watercolour sketches Puerto Escondido, Mx

Local church, Fish Market, watercolour, Puerto Escondido, MX

 

Boat for rent, Butcher shop, watercolour, Puerto Escondido, Mx

 

My watercolour sketches, Mx 2020

My gallery wall, watercolour sketches, Puerto Escondido, Mx

Since returning home these are paintings I retouched and changed in small or moderate ways. I tried painting new canvas but nothing was happening so I looked at some painting in my studio and found ways to improve them.

Sunset, oil, 30×30, 2020

 

Spring along the ridge, oil, 36×24, 2020

 

Low Tide, oil, 30×30, 2020

 

Here in Quebec we are slowly returning to some normality with some schools opening later in May and other businesses slowly being introduced gradually It has been a sad time with covid-19 high fatality rate in our senior homes, our health workers and staff endangering themselves to this virus and the restriction for us to stay home.

Life after a Solo exhibition

Thanks to my friends, family and clients who visited my solo exhibition at the Two Barn Owls Gallery, Hudson, Qc. I appreciate their support and continued purchases. It was rewarding to have feedback from visitors at the gallery about my art activities on my website and instagram@lidenis.

Presently, I am continuing to work daily in my studio, follow life drawing sessions and occasionally sketch out doors until the big freeze

Two Barn Owls Gallery, Hudson, Qc 2019

 

Two Barn Owls, Hudson, Qc 2019

 

life drawing

 

Sketch Hudson Village, watercolour&gouache, 2019

Fall 2019

This summer we visited Hunts Point, Nova Scotia. I did some watercolour sketches from our small rented cottage on the harbour. The harbour was quiet with lobster season closed but the scenery of moored boats and mixture of old wooden buildings and new aluminum was picture perfect.

Hunts Point, NS, watercolour on Arches paper

Harbour Buildings, Hunts Point, NS, watercolour on Arches paper

Nearby were restaurants, cafes and general shopping in Liverpool. The Hunts Point Market and Cafe across the street was especially appreciated for coffee and croissants in the morning.

This fall I will have a solo exhibition at Galerie Two Barn Owls, Hudson, Quebec, 420b Main from October 3 until 12th. The gallery is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 to 5. The vernissage will be Friday October 4 from 4-7, please come and enjoy.