daily walk, near my house, rupert, quebec, january 2012
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i see this view every day, twice, three times a day. i see it with grey sky, pink, purple, blue, tangerine sky. every day i stop, look, remember. last week i brought the easel, canvas, paints, started painting it.

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daily walk, near my house, rupert, quebec, january 2012

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i don't know anything about traditional outdoor landscape painting. i don't follow any rules, steps, procedures. i make it all up on the spot. i respond to what is in front of me and how i feel - like a cave-man, with visceral, gut reaction.  on this day i was seeing structure, angles, divisions and i started to divide the painting into these terms. it is overwhelming painting outside,  everything is alive, i feel like a mouse in the chartres cathedral. that's all i could do on this day.

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daily walk, near my house, rupert, quebec, january 2012
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i wanted to show the enormous palette i use outside. as a gift, i received this palette from a friend of mine, claude bouchard who had it modeled after a palette that joe plaskett used. i love it, makes me feel like i from another century, which i am.

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daily walk, near my house, rupert, quebec, january 2012
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painting snow is impossible. of course it isn't white, it is all colours depending on the light. on this day i wasn't seeing color, was still seeing structure, so i just went with it, dividing up the canvas in the way that has been imposing itself on me over last month. i also was responding to the trees, the path, the distant fields in terms of 3 dimensional visceral mass, which came, i think, from the contrast of the thick, dense cedars and the smooth blanket snow. i stopped painting shortly after this photo was taken because i was frozen. i'll start it again soon, not sure when.

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