Smoke Lake

Acrylic on canvas board.

On the hardwood lookout trail in Algonquin park I found this beautiful view of the lake framed by trees on both sides. I did this quick sketch in acrylic paint.

I would normally use oil paint as it has a richer feel to it and I look of oil I personally find more satisfying. Acrylics are what I use for plein air painting as they are far easier to clean up. I tried oils recently and found the clean up task to be a pain in the a%&.

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Algonquin park part 2

Today I conquered the track and tower trail. Although the mizzy lake Trail yesterday was a great hike, after all it is the longest trail in the park, it does not have as much climbing as track and tower. There were many pictures taken on the trails including some of the most spectacular views I have ever seen. As I process them I will post them online.

After that trail I enjoyed a decidedly easier one called the hardwood lookout trail. There was a beautiful view of smoke lake that I did a sketch painting of. In the coming days I will post a picture of it as well.

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Algonquin park

This is the second of four nights that I am staying in Algonquin park. After a wonderful day of taking pictures and doing a quick sketch with acrylic paint, the evening is winding down with a campfire.

This post is being done from my phone so I apologize for the lack of a picture of my sketch. When I return home on Thursday I will try to put up some pictures.

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Fast sketches 

Another gesture sketch, this one of a belly dancer. I’m quite enjoying these five minute sketches and find they are helping my drawing and painting abilities. 

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Several years ago I took an evening art course at Sheridan college in Oakville. At the start of each class we would begin with very fast sketches of a model posing in different positions then switching to a new pose. 

I recently came to the realization that doing that again would be a great warm-up for drawing and painting, so I went online and downloaded a bunch of pictures of different positions, then randomly put them on screen. I give myself five minutes to do a sketch and then move on to the next one. 

Over time there should be a noticeable improvement in my sketching abilities. Here is an example of a five minute sketch. 

Gesture sketch