I've been doing a lot of abstract painting lately, extremely abstract. No brush, no paint, no canvas, I just think about it. Stephen Wright

Friday, September 2, 2016

Village Hardware

"Village Hardware"
Oil on Masonite
11" x 14"

An unlikely former institution in the Greenwood-Coxwell neighbourhood.  The hardware store has since closed with José on to other ventures.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Snow Day

"Snow Day"
Oil on Masonite
11" x 14"

I spent New Year's day doing something I hope to do more of in 2016.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Spring Cleaning

Spring Cleaning by Michael Mitchener
Spring Cleaning, a photo by Michael Mitchener on Flickr.
I came across a slice of summer while spring cleaning this evening. I found this buried in the back of a closet (I'm about to demolish in preparation for the next phase of renovations). This was painted so many years ago, I don't remember when.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Killbear Pastel

Killbear Pastel by Michael Mitchener
Killbear Pastel, a photo by Michael Mitchener on Flickr.

Sketched on the beach at Killbear Provincial Park this past summer.  This is my first attempt using pastels since I was a kid.  It's definitely a lot more portable than oil paints.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Three Pear Still Life

Three Pear Still Life by Michael Mitchener
Three Pear Still Life, a photo by Michael Mitchener on Flickr.

I had a few objectives in mind with this month's painting:
  • Paint a still life
  • Use a painting knife - no brushes
  • Use lots of paint
With "still life" on my shopping list, I headed out to Highland Farms one weekend and ended up with three pears. I arranged the pears in a bowl in the front hall and viola... a still life. With a photograph for reference, I returned the pears to the fridge and prepared a Masonite board for painting. After that it was a matter of drawing the image on the board and sitting down one Victoria Day weekend day to paint. The knife approach is trickier than I expected but as always, I learned something that I can hopefully use in future paintings.

By the way, the pears were delicious. See you next month.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Rainy Day People

Rainy Day People by Michael Mitchener
Rainy Day People, a photo by Michael Mitchener on Flickr.
With Sunday's rainy forecast, I thought it would be a great day to work on April's painting based on a photograph of mine called, Rainy Day People. The photo was taken on a very wet day through the rain-splattered windshield on my way to work. While it won't be a surprise to some, I like streetcars and I tend to photograph them. Painting streetcars seems like the next logical step in my evolving addiction. Sunday turned out to be a better day than predicted and it didn't rain all that much but I enjoyed staying in and painting away the day all the same. See you in May.

"Rainy Day People"
Oil on Masonite
11" x 14"


Sunday, March 27, 2011

Havana Rain

Havana Rain by Michael Mitchener
Havana Rain, a photo by Michael Mitchener on Flickr.

Based on a photograph taken by my talented friend Louise on her recent trip to Havana, Cuba. I normally look to one of my photographs as a source when painting but this month I wasn't feeling particularly inspired by anything on hand. I remembered some amazing images that Louise had captured on her trip to Havana and I particularly loved her photograph of an afternoon rain storm on a street in the city. This image became the basis for my monthly contribution in a year of painting. Thanks Louise. Check out Louise's full Havana collection on flickr, you'll want to book a flight to Cuba soon after. See you in April.

"Havana Rain"
Oil on Masonite
9" x 12"