Country Drive

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New Painting - "Grazzing on Sixteenth Avenue (King Township)" - Acrylic, Ink, Watercolour and Pastel on Watercolour Paper - 12" x 18" - August 2005, ($900.00)

The above painting "GraZZing on 16th Ave." is one I had contemplated for quite a while. This ain't just a drive by for me. I took a large panaramic photo of this scene and actually did a small study for it before making a "serious" attempt. I never do studies - so this was new for me...

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Grazing Study - 2005 - Ink, Acrylic, Pencil, and Watercolour on Watercolour paper. 5.5" x 8.5" ($100.00)

I am glad I actually did the above study. My second attempt is not really accurate in terms of the landscape. I just was playing with the idea of different animals grazing with some haywheels around them. My second attempt is much more accurate to the landscape - and it worked much better for me. The sheep kinda suck in the study. In the final version I decided to paint the sheep WHITE - holy crow!!! Besides clouds I have never painted with white. I am known for my colour usage and I guess in some instances abusage...

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Here is the photo I worked from - It is actually five photos stitched together - that is why it looks so wide - almost like a wide angle shot. The animals of course I had to make much larger...

Other Drive By Paitings

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Queensville Farm - 2001 - 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" - mixed media on watercolour paper ($150.00)

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Eagle Lake Road (Haliburton) - 2000 - 11" x 15" - mixed media on watercolour paper (SOLD) click here for more
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Bathurst Farm (Aurora) - 2001 - 10" x 11" - mixed media on watercolour paper ($450.00) click here for more

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Aurora Horses - 2001 - 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" - mixed media on watercolour paper (SOLD)

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Blue House on Harburn Road (Haliburton) - July 2002 - 11" x 15" - Ink, Acrylic, Pastel and Pen on Watercolour Paper - ($600.00)  

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Actual photo of Harburn Road - July 2002

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Valley View - Concession #2, East Gwillimbury, 2003, Ink, Acrylic, Pastel and Pencil Crayon on W/C paper, 11" x 15" - SOLD

Click here to see more on this subject du jour...

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I drive by this valley quite a bit - I always get lost in the view - for north of Newmarket it is quite the marvel !!! So when some haywheels appeared - (around July 2003) - I couldn't help but take a digital photo of this area.  I actually had to take eighteen photos panoramic style and 'glue' them together in Photo Suite. Below is a smushed photo that I worked from. Oh yah - for those interested this painting took about three weeks to complete - and I may re-do it in a very large scale.. S

Keele Thru Kettleby

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This painting was highly influenced by the above photo - but Mick took wider sides on his version and a keen low to the road view-point... With the sorta fleeting moment feeling Mick tried to add the feeling of speed - whilst zooming down this beautiful countryside...

This Painting was selected for the Federick Horsman Varley Art Gallery of Markhams 2002 Annual Juried show !!!!
Good stuff good ole Mick ...

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And here is the Dude at work.... The finishing touches are being added - Notice the Brown Pop on the side.... Mick does not encourage Drinking whilst Driving but its dandy whilst painting... Nice Easel - Yah this all wood Easel is the most amazing companion - It folds to about the size of a common Lap Top - and you can go quite large on it while it is fully open and stretched...

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