painting and photographic works

North

The North (Painting Series)

In 2009, I painted a series inspired by a train trip from Toronto to Edmonton in December of 2008. The first day and a half of the trip covered southern and northern (northwest) Ontario (actually not very far north in terms of Canada’s geography but feeling very far removed compared to the Toronto region). I took many photos of the rugged terrain of the Canadian Shield to use asĀ  reference images for paintings. As a series this is one of my personal favorites. Here are the key works:

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“Evening from the Canadian”, oil on canvas, 61 by 122 cm (24×48″), 2009

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“Leaning”, oil on canvas, 41 by 41 cm (16×16″), 2009

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“Northern Survivor”, oil on canvas, 51 by 76 cm (20 x 30″), 2009

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“Winter Sunrise on the Rails”, oil on canvas, 61 by 61 cm (24 x 24″), 2009

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“December Sunset (Northern Ontario)”, oil on canvas, 61 by 61 cm (24×24″), 2009

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“Leaning II”, oil on canvas, 61 by 61 cm (24×24″), 2009

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“Northern Sunset Over Unknown Lake”, oil on canvas, 61 by 91 cm (24×36″), 2009

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Yukon Landscapes – Black and White

I have recently been reviewing (and cleaning up) some photos from a trip taken a number of years ago. It was June of 1993 when we set off driving from Edmonton to the Yukon and Alaska. In this post I feature 5 landscape photos taken on the way back. I don’t remember exactly where each of these were taken – most likely in southern Yukon but possibly southeast Alaska or northern British Columbia.

These photos were all shot on color slide film then scanned and digitized a few years ago. That process did not yield great results but after a bit of work with Lightroom I have achieved some images that are presentable. Black and white digital processing seemed particularly suited to these landscapes:

Around the Bend With Rapids

Around the Bend With Rapids

Black and White Road

Black and White Road

Cloud Build-up

Cloud Build-up

Rock in the River

Rock in the River

Trees on a Rocky Bank

Trees on a Rocky Bank