Artist Laurie J Cochrane

This is a photograph of a small island with its wind swept north pines on the river where the Group of Seven paddled and painted.  I am inspired to do a plein air painting today.  Stay posted on the shores of the French River.

Spring is slowly arriving and the ice is almost off the bay. The sounds of nature are humming, cracking, and refreshing to the ears.  I love to sit and sketch the view out there. 

Ollie my dear granddog came to visit us and she was so thrilled to have a painting lesson.  Yes she is a poser. The many trail walks we had were joyous.  Dogs are a man's best friend!!  Loyal, sensing and knowing.

As I open my studio blinds this morning I am inspired by the lines on the bay.  It has traces of ski tracks and the ice is showing through as the snow last night was swept off the bay by the high winds.  Warm colours of white and creams are used as the fist layer of paint on a horizontal canvas measuring 36 x 18 inches.

It is a panoramic view looking down the bay and inviting me to take a break from my studio practice.

WINTER ON THE BAY   12 x 16   

I love to go down to my art studio on a winters morning and look out at the sunrise. The air is crisp, the fireplace is lit and the board is primed to capture the sky in the distance.  Later in the day I will go out for a ski on the bay.  Solitude! a little heaven on earth!

Sometimes you just need to change up the painting experience with a playful wabi sabi painting.

I love flowers, shapes and colour.  The colourful swatches in the background refer to the interior and the still life is an imagined scene-- I am longing for a local tea room to open for a social outing.  

I love flowers.  "I think we go to flowers as we go to art." D Milne. I am working on a new series of still life floral astracts.  I use overlapping colour planes with hints of windows in the background. 

Taking a break from the art studio with friends on a winters day.  Snowshoeing in the bush -16 crisp day but scenic.

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