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Usually Colorific, but Not This Time

Autumn is famous as the season of glorious displays of color, but that doesn’t have to be all that intrigues a photographer at this time of year. Here are some black and white images of what has caught my eye this early October:

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Strong Verticals

Especially on a wet fall day the strong contrast of tree trunks makes for a dramatic image.

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Near and Far

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Wet Corner

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Reaching Upward

The autumn season is also when the river  is at its lowest level, exposing sandbar “beaches” not normally seen. And those beaches reveal some interesting forms, very suited to black and white (or mostly monochromatic) presentation:

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Sandy Beach

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Waves in the Sand

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Under the Bridge

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Verticals and Horizontals

The above photos were all taken October 1st and 2nd (2016), in the river valley in Edmonton, Canada.

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Island Images – Black and White

While on Salt Spring Island on Canada’s west coast for a plein air painting workshop, I took some time to engage my photographic interests. In previous posts I have shared some of the colorful abstract photos. In this post I concentrate on black and white photos. This set of photos were taken on September 11, 2012 –  a “free” day that I had before the painting workshop began. I spent this day, walking about with my camera – specifically I retraced by steps through a favorite part of the island that I had come to know from a visit in November 2007.

With my hiking boots and a backpack full of camera gear I headed down Beddis Road for  my destinations at Beddis Beach and Cusheon Creek [map].

Three Roofs on Beddis Road

The hike down Beddis Road was almost 10K and with very frequent stops for photos, progress was slow – but I had the whole day, so was in no hurry. I was frequently changing lens and camera settings – sometimes capturing a very specific object or scene and at other times more interested in capturing an abstract feeling. Some of these images were captured with he intention of the photo being the final product and others were captured to use a references for future paintings.

Wires over Beddis Road

Beddis Road-side Vegetation

It took the better part of two hours until I arrived at Beddis Beach but what a welcome sight. The beach was quiet, the tide low and the water cool but acceptable enough to wade in (up to my ankles).

The sand, shells and small stones of Beddis Beach, Salt Spring Island

From Beddis Beach it was a few hundred meters (south and west) further, to the trail entrance dropping down into the lush, green and quiet Cusheon Creek valley.

Trees of Cusheon Creek

Tangled Forest Undergrowth


FCA 2012 Workshop Day 3

On the third day (2012/9/14) of the Federation of Canadian Artists 2012 painting workshop on Salt Spring Island (British Columbia, Canada), our group had the pleasure of being instructed by Carla O’ Conner.

Carla O’Conner addressing the group

Carla is a watermedia artist whose “designated” media at the workshop was gouache. As it turned out, most of her group  instruction was generic and could be applied to to any media. She started out her morning session talking about Design and how there are 7 elements of design (shape, size, line, texture, direction, color and value) AND 7 principles of design (balance, harmony, gradation, variation, contrast, dominance and unity). Since each element applies to each principle there are 49 things to consider! Carla went on to talk about composition and some of the most common classifications of composition.

Old Farm Road

Our location for the day was Ruckle Provincial Park on the south east corner of the island. The land for the park was donated by the Ruckle family so part of the park continues as the working family farm (complete with cattle, sheep and turkeys – not to mention the wild deer that wandered through later in the day).

This location offered a great variety of subject matter for painting: the wide open valley, the animals, farm buildings,  fences, coastal forests and, just a 5 minute walk away, the coast, with a lovely, quiet little beach.

Turkeys by an Old Farm Building

I was attracted down to the beach – a lovely little cove with shore rocks, a rocky little island, birds, driftwood and a shell and pebble beach.There were even a couple of people kayaking.

A Secluded Beach at Ruckle Park

I took off my boots, pulled out my sketch book and proceeded to sketch some scenes. It was so nice (and I so needed the seeing/sketching practice) that I never did break out my painting materials that day.  As I sketched I was concentrating on elements of the previous two days’ lessons – namely to simplify in terms of shapes and values and to use values  to define sections of the painting. I found my grey scale markers very handy for these sketches, allowing me to quickly establish my 3 greys (as well as black and white).

Ruckle Park Coastal Sketch

In early afternoon we had gathered up by the big barn again and  Carla gave a  useful little demonstration of how to incorporate figures into the landscape. To be believable the figures do not need to be highly detailed – what is key is to get the general body shape and proportions correct. After this demo I went back down to the beach to sketch. At the end of the day I caught back up with Carla and got some useful feedback on my day’s work.

After the workshop was over we went down to another part of this large park to take some reference photos of the forest and coast.

Sea through the Forest

To see more photos of Salt Spring Island (many taken during this workshop) please visit my Flickr photostream.

If you missed my “Day 2” blog post, find it here. {Click here to read about Day 4]