Saturday, May 29, 2010

The "Island" is finished

My "Island" picture is now finished (except for drying and a spray coat of lacquer in a few weeks). I completed it today at the AM Gallery and am pleased with the reslts. It is the largest canvas that I have done so far. I like working on the large ones - more freedom of brush strokes!

Here it is.

"The Island" by Ian Ridpath - (c) May 2010

By the way, the June art showing at the AM Gallery starts on Thursday, June 3 and runs to the end of the month. There are several new artists showing this month. The Gallery is located in the Milton (Ontario) Mall.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Step 6 of my "Island" Painting - nearly done!

Here is a photo of step six of my "Island" painting. I have added the reflections on the water, highlighted and darkened the trees on the island and highlighted the birch trees on the far shore.

"Island" - 2010 by Ian Ridpath - Step 6

In case you are wondering how big the 30" x 36" painting really is, here is a photo of me working on it today (May 28).

Ian Ridpath working on his painting "The Island" - May 2010

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Steps 4 and 5 on the "Island" Painting

Here are steps 4 and 5 of my "Island" painting.

"Island" - 2010 - Step 4. In step 4 I added a small cottage and birch trees to the far shore and enhanced the trees there. I also added some shading to the trees on the island.

"Island" - 2010 by Ian Ridpath Step 5. In step 5 I further enhanced the trees on the island and started working on the water in the bay and in the foreground.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Island Painting - Steps 2 and 3

Here are steps 2 and 3 of the painting. Step 2 shows the shorline defined and the roughed in tres on the smal islad. Step 3 further defined the far shoreline, added some detail to the sky and defined the island. The granite rocks were done using a palette knife to accent the smooth surfaces of the rocks.

"Island" - 2010 by Ian Ridpath Step 2
showing the far shorline defined and the trees on the island roughed in. Some more details were added to the sky as well.

"Island" - 2010 by Ian Ridpath Step 3
showing the far shorline further defined and the island itself defined.

Monday, May 17, 2010

New May Painting and 'Island' Painting Progress

Just completed another small painting called "Twin Birches". It is an oil on canvas 8" x 10" piece in the 'Group' style. I love using the small patches of paint to make a larger image.
Here is a photo of the piece.

"Twin Birches" -May 2010 by Ian Ridpath - 8" x 10" oil on canvas

I am also doing a large canvas as mentioned earlier and I am photographing the various stages. Here is a picture of stage 1 - laying down the backgrounds.

"Island" - May 2010 by Ian Ridpath - Step 1

I have laid down the sky and water backgrounds. The water colour is exaggerated and will be softened later on. The sjy is probably as it will be when the apinting is finished - I may add some more cloud detail.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Completed the last of the April Paintings

I just completed the last three (of five) April oil paintings. They are now on my Facebook page ( but will be up on my website ( soon.

"Shallow Bay" - 2010, 10" x 8" oil on canvas by Ian Ridpath

"From Blueberry Island" - 2010, 8" x 10" oil on canvas by Ian Ridpath

"Pine Tree" - 2010, 6" x 8" oil on canvas by Ian Ridpath

I am now starting a new large painting (30" x 36") thanks to a gift of the canvas from another FASM artist. Thanks Kelly!

It will be a landscape of an island in the Georgian Bay area. I am excited to be working on such a large canvas.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

The May AM Gallery is all set to open today

After scrambling a bit to get all the artists set up, the May AM Gallery in the Milton Mall is now set up and all set to open today (Thursday, May 6) at 10:00am. We have decided to change the opening times from Thursday evenings to Sunday afternoons to all day Thursday, Friday and Saturdays from 10:00am to 6:00pm.

There are several first-timers at this show and some seasoned artists showing for the first time. Come on out and see some great local art from oil paintings, acrylic paintings, glass works and more.

Since we are in our new, spacious location in the Mall, we can show more works from more artists and the public and artists seem to love the new location.