A good painting starts with a good, solid composition. Many years of photography have helped me learn this fundamental. Good drawing, the proper placement of objects and accurately depicting their shape and size relative to other objects is essential to composition. Get the drawing right and your chances of making a decent painting improve dramatically.
My first ever visit to Rondeau Provincial Park on the north shore of Lake Erie - Ontario's second oldest provincial park (est. 1894) - was highly successful from every perspective. The weather was forecast to be on the dreary side, so the abundance of sunshine was a pleasant surprise, affording some great cycling and hiking. It also allowed me to get in some quality sketching time. I hope you enjoy these pieces.
I feel extremely fortunate to live in an area surrounded by vineyards, orchards, fields and water - lots of inspiration to paint, photograph, cycle, walk or drive around to take in the scenery. The light this afternoon was great for painting - bright overcast, and the sky was filled with layers of clouds. My subject was a familiar one - I drive past it every day to and from work - but I had never painted or photographed the scene, until today.
The vineyard belongs to Janice Schmidt who pulled up on a golf cart and introduced herself. I was thrilled (and relieved) that she had no problem with me painting on her property and seemed to take a genuine interest in art. I have only painted a few pictures of vineyards, so was very keen to tackle the subject - and I look forward to returning to the same spot soon.