Saturday, March 16, 2013

March Painting Marathon - Day 16

March Painting Marathon  - Day 16

Today the word mARaThon (well it really does have the word ART in there). This really has been a challenge so far.  I am really having to eat healthy, try to sleep well... really forcing myself to sleep (but failing at this), and try to find time to go to the gym to swim. 

Being outside bent over... my hip has really started to hurt. So I am going swimming  to strengthen my core, my stomach muscles. I am also making a point of trying to change my standing / posture while painting. 

Today, I decided to paint Sussex Drive.  The night before I painted The Canal.  And I just needed to free up my brush work a little more.  Under the bridge of The Canal paintings is very detailed. And I just needed to expand my brush movements.

Live Love Art


a short video taken on location

Sussex Drive. oil on canvas. 36 x 48 inches. March 16, 2013. Price $2200.
Patrick John Mills

 starting the painting - process

 process of the painting
photo of working on painting on location

the finished painting on location

Close up of the painting (detail)

Close up of the painting (detail)

Close up of the painting (detail) 
Damian  showed up to give me a care package. Insanely massive gift... a gift of treats and things. I am so blessed to have such people in my world. He is so encouraging. He is wishing to come over to my studio soon to look at what I have been doing. He has a really significant collection of art.  He has some Henry Moore, Morrisseau, Bruce Garner.... and a lot of James Boyd's work. He has about 6 maybe 7 of mine.  He is so kind and supportive. Such a caring, generous, kind, intelligent individual.  I am so happy to have some works in his collection.
I was really fighting with the elements. I was tired from painting the night before. And it was cold and the wind was really harsh. Having Damian show up... we talked and I kept painting. I was having trouble with a tree element of the  painting... and having him there... well my paint brush got a little more happy and soft with the touch. So that helped push the painting to a new level... and resolve the spectrum of the work. So I signed it shortly after he left.  

Close up of the painting (detail)

Close up of the painting (detail)

Close up of the painting (detail)

Close up of the painting (detail)

March Painting Marathon - Day 15 (night painting).

March Painting Marathon - Day 15  (night painting).

This video is filmed on locaiton.  It was very cold. I was so cold and exhausted that my comments lack much insight.  But perhaps that factor is the information that best expresses the moment.
Live Love Art
The Canal.
Oil on canvas. 2 x 3 feet. March 15th. 2013. Price $1500
close up of Peace Tower (detail of painting)

close up of painting (detail of Parliament)

close up of painting  (detail)
 close up of painting

close up of painting (detail)

Stating the painting
really love the first marks of a work 

Starting a painting   

 starting to build up the sky

 Finished painting on location

Friday, March 15, 2013

CBC's All In A Day features Patrick John Mills

Yes, All in a Day host, Alan Neal worked some magic on the MacKenzie King Bridge while speaking with Patrick who was intent upon completing his painting-of-the-day.

It stopped snowing for a few seconds!

Listen to the eight minute interview here. You'll find it under,

Patrick John Mills 31 Days on the Bridge

Thursday, March 14, 2013

March Painting Marathon - Day 14 (-14, but with wind chill -21 degrees Celcius)

March Painting Marathon - Day 14
It was a cold day.  It was minus -21 degrees Celcius with the wind chill. 

I showed up very early in the morning.  My van doors were frozen locked.  So I had to remove all the equipment from the back of the van and not the sides. 

I worked really hard and managed to complete three small paintings. 

short film - on location

Sussex Drive. oil on canvas. 20 x 24 inches. March 14th 2013. Price: $400

close up of above painting

close up of above painting

close up of above painting

short film on painting (below)

Sussex Drive. oil on canvas. 16 x 20 inches.  March 14th 2013. Price: $400

starting the painting... mapping the composition out

close up of above painting

Sussex Drive. Oil on canvas. 18 x 24 inches. March 14th, 2013. Price: $400
 Alan Neal (CBC Radio - All in A Day) - interviewed me

Photo of the painting on location

with it being so cold... I decided to use my foot to squeeze the paint out of the tube

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

March Painting Marathon - Day 13

March Painting Marathon - Day 13

I have been completely obessed with this March Painting Marathon.  I have had problems sleeping.  Most nights I sleep 4 hours.  I wish I could sleep more... but my mind is just so electric. 

My hip hurts ( lower right side).. from standing still bent over outside in the cold.  So I am making a point of going swimming to try to keep strong and healthy.  Tonight I will also go in the hot tub to try to relax.

I have had to change when I drink water.  As I do not wish to stop painting while on location (bathroom)... so I drink a lot of tea while at home.  And try to not drink so much during the day.

a very short film - Snow Storm

The Canal. Oil on canvas. 38 x 78 inches. March 13th. 2013. Price: $3000

 Blank Canvas  - get ready to paint

Snow Storm... Sweet
just starting the painting  - placing transparent pigments and maping out perspective

 Putting down a foundation for the Sky and building up the painting

this is 1 of 3 palettes I used... I used around 15 - 20 large tubes of paint on this one work

Building up the painting

 really love the process of painting 

just wished to share the process involved in making this painting

 when is a painting done... sometimes I feel the half way point is the best
the process of the painting

detail comes out of structure and form

I just love painting
stages of the painting... the weather was really all over the map.

 film crew...

film crew and painting

close up of painting

The Snow Storm just came in really fast.
I worked so hard and fast to get some major elements / details completed. 
It was crazy.  Still can not believe that I managed to finish this painting.

Snow Storm... crazy... managed to complete the painting
and get out of there just in time.
I spent under 60 seconds working on the painting back at my studio.