Bob plein airing!

( I doubt if 'plein airing' is a real word.)

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This painting is being done from the Bronson Street Bridge, over the Rideau River. The cars driving by honk and scare the crap outta me. Once a bus driver came up and pulled beside me, his bus scraping all along the concrete barrier. I nearly dove into the river. Then when he took off, huge amounts of dirt and grim tossed across onto my painting. The texture on this painting is entirely dirt and stuff from the cars and the bus. The bus driver really liked the painting, so he is quite welcome to stop and say 'hi' any time he wishes. I can use the texture too!


This is an interesting shot of the Bronson Street Bridge painting. Behind the canvas is the actual scene, so you can see how well the painting captures the scene.

These photos were taken by a gentleman who came around with a group of friends who were photographers. At the same time a tv crew from CTV came by and filmed me painting. The tv crew has come by several times, and quite often the video was shown on tv, as I heard from others, but I've never seen them myself. They use the video on the 6 pm news when the shift from the national to the local programming.

This size of the painting is 20x40 or 24x48, I don't remember.

Who is that handsome devil?

More of a rear view here...

Okay, so these are not all outdoor paintings...but I just found a bunch of others that are kinda neat I though may help you fall asleep.

Most people, well, I guess nearly everyone, don't realize you can actually go into museums and galleries and study the Greats. When I lived in L.A. and painted for a living, one of the artists I studied religiously was Corot. While I was studying him, I came across this painting in a book which was in the National Gallery back in Ottawa, where I had lived before going to L.A! I decided that if I ever went back to that ill-gotten ground, I'd go to the gallery and paint the Corot. Well, I did just that!

Some tourists from Japan came and took these photos. They said they'd mail me copies when they returned home. I never expected them to do so, but here they are. Thanks.

At the Ottawa Ex, 2006. I wanted to go again this year, 2007, but by the time I remembered, the ex was over. This painting took three days to do, and it was filmed and shown on tv. I kept hearing about it from people who walked by, but as usual, I never saw it.

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As I commented earlier, in LA I studied the Greats, and part of that is to go to the museums and paint the paintings. This painting is one by George de La Tour. He made several versions of this, but this is my favourite. It is also the only one I had access to, which was lucky.

Not a very good photo. An interesting story; when I paint, if I can get the frame for the painting before I actually finish the painting, I can tweak the painting a little to look better in that frame. I like to finish them with the frame on, and I did the same with this La Tour. Once, when I was setting up to paint, I had my painting laying against the wall in the museum underneath the original. While I was setting up, there was a special tour of VIPs going by, lead by the museum director. When he came into the room, he suddenly stopped, then chuckled and carried on with his dialogue. I heard him laugh and say 'I wondered why the de La Tour was on the floor!' which I took as a great compliment. For that brief moment, he thought my duplication was the original. The main difference is the cost. (joke)

I was commissioned to do a memorial painting for a church in Washington D.C.  It was a large painting, and was the first, and maybe the only painting ever allowed in that church, which has been in existence since the 1700's.

An interesting story; in Canada there is a kind of screw driver head which is unique to Canada. It can't be bought in the US. Well, this painting was framed and boxed up to be shipped to Washington. Now, you have to visualize this; the painting and frame all boxed up in 2 x 4's measured about6 feet by 7 feet, with three inch screws every 4 inches. Figure out how many screws that would be. Well, these screws where the kind that required the special 'Canada only' head on the screw driver. The individual who was taking the painting to Washington was told very clearly to make sure he picked up the correct screwdriver heads. He forgot. So, when the painting arrived in Washington, they couldn't get it open. Now, the unveiling date was setup months earlier, and they HAD to open it right away. Well, screwdrivers didn't work, as show below. So, they had to use crowbars. Now can you imagine the amount of noise that would make! And this was being opened in a the church during a funeral! When they were hanging it up on the outer wall, the funeral people walked by, went outside with the coffin, and then all came back inside to look at the painting.

This is the family who commissioned the painting in memory of their wife and mother.

I was going to say, "Damn, that is a good painting!", but given the context of it's hanging, I figure I'll just say, 'Boy, what a hell of a good painting!', or maybe not that either, probably, "Wow, jeepers, that is so, so cool!"

It is pretty good, isn't it!

September 3rd, 2007 at Carleton University


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