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

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Main Street

“Main Street"
Oil on Canvas
8” x 12"

Abandoned orange recliner on Main Street.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Five Oh One

"Five Oh One"
Oil on Canvas
12" x 12"

Stalking streetcars on Queen Street on a wintery day.

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.