Sunday, February 28, 2010

One For Summer While February Is Snowing On Us In Ottawa


40 x 32 February 26b 2010 005 40” x 32” x 1/2” acrylic painting by John R Redmond



Hi Every Olympic Hockey Fan and You 2,

It was getting to feel like the dark dead of winter a couple weeks ago so I bought a couple larger canvases and decided to paint the antidote for February Cabin Fever Daze . . . warm colourful summer !


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Detail 40” x 32” x 1/2” acrylic painting by John R Redmond


I used ample amounts of magenta to achieve the warm radiance in this painting.  It has  green and blue Payne's but the overall feeling is certainly warm.

The magenta red was applied first on a large area because I really wanted it to be dominant.  I then added a little of this and a little of that.  When I noticed how delicate the very bottom turned out at the first application of paint I decided to let it remain.  It looked too lovely.  The rest would be a counterpoint to that delicate colour.  I do enjoy the double line I crated during the under  coat stage.  I intended that to contain the Payne's blue when it would be applied.  Some Payne's was added to the top area to put that in balance with the lower area and I added some gold too.  There is an area at the top left corner where some of the lines created by undercoating and my initial application of colour turn back toward the center of the painting.  There I added a little more Payne's and gold to help that happen.  The eye travels left to right along the upper diagonal but it is turned back toward the center by some curved and vertical lines at the far right top created by texture and colour.  I am happy with the result.  It warms my winter daze.  (p.s. these paintings are 4sale)


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detail 40” x 32” x 1/2” acrylic painting by John R Redmond


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And here below is in part why I painted this series which includes the painting posted in the previous blog entry.

We have had a relatively benign winter with little snow in Ottawa.  Thanks to the Ocean currents and all that Nina stuff the snow storms are hitting Washington. 

Sorry Senor Obama but your White House was meant to take on  new meaning this term.


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Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Canada;  This is the eternal flame and Peace Tower  and Parliament on the snowy evening of February 25, 2010

It is snowing. It is a nice wet, windy winter evening.

Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Thursday February 25, 2010.


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A contented couple in the evening on Wellington St., Ottawa, Canada


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Detail of 40” x 32” x 1/2” acrylic painting by John R Redmond



40” x 32” x 1/2” acrylic painting by John R Redmond


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Above; details of 40” x 32” x 1/2” acrylic painting by John R Redmond


And here are some lines from a song I wrote once on a dark winter day.


Springtime shall heal our weary hearts

There is nothing that the Spring shall not heal


When the purple hued crocuses rise through white crystal snow

Our weary hearts shall be healed

When the newness-green leaves of grass are spread all around

Our weary hearts shall be healed


Our love is the sunshine that warms the world-weary face

Once more return to the bubbling laughter of the Wild Spring


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John Redmond

Ottawa, Canada


John Redmond Art

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