The paintings on this website were produced by Antonie H. Los, an artist based in southern Ontario.
First of all, even before any further attempts are made by myself on this website, I should give credit to my son, Fraser, who has been instrumental in its creation. For that initial effort and his constant help, I’ll be eternally grateful since I could never have done it myself.
Secondly, I intend the ‘About’ page to be where I update current painting projects. Much of what was done in the period between 1960 and 1980 is no longer available to me to photograph, but, over time, I hope to visit whomever does have them so that I may be able to include it in this record.
Third, I also intend this page to be an open blog for anyone interested in asking questions they may have about the process that I have developed.
The camera I will be using is a Nikon D3100 which, although it is sufficient for capturing correct colour and texture, there are going to be obvious lensing artifacts. For the work displayed on the Home page, I would prefer to first have them done professionally, if at all possible.
With all of the above out of the way, the first painting that I considered good enough to keep and hang in my home was done from a black and white photograph of the woman I met in the early 60’s and who I eventually married in 1970. In the photo, taken in 1967, she was 17 years old, and the painting itself is loosely dated from about 1975 (because I can’t remember exactly when it was).
December 12, 2012
As mentioned above, I do intend to add current projects on this page and I have three paintings I’m currently working on. Two are ‘Dream Symbols’ and a third is a wintry street scene.
The dream symbols are often what is remembered just prior to becoming fully awake and I’ve been fascinated by such things quite a long while. Normally it’s just a scene… confusing and rather imponderable, but I’ve read too much CG Jung to discount these little messages from the unconsious out of hand.
The first is a tree in full leaf, but the view is both above and below ground. Underground, the tree trunk turns into a two-headed snake. Not sure what I’ll be calling the piece, but it does have elements of the caduceus (the symbol for medical practitioners). What it might mean to me, I have no idea, but I felt prompted to paint it anyways.
The second was much more direct and ominous. It was an empty swing, like the ones you see hung under strong tree branches for children. However, the swing was over water and empty. The smooth surface of the water had ripples moving from a point under the swing.
In all probability, the caduceus and the swing paintings will be done and posted within a week or two… likely before the new year.
The town scene, however, is a bit more complicated and I doubt it will be completed before most of 2013 has passed us all by.
The morning is sunny, which is rather unusual considering cloudy and cold have been the standard for weeks now. The snow, however, is still non-existent and only the pond is an ice-covered glistening snowy white.
The ‘caduceus’ dream symbol painting is almost complete and the final touches are being added today. I hope that the light will remain as bright as it is now so that it can be photographed and posted by the afternoon.
‘Empty Swing’, as I’m naming my other dream symbol, will have to wait for tomorrow before I do anymore to it and the wintry town scene has to wait until there’s an abundance of snow outside for me to be able to catch the varied hues snow picks up from the morning light.
January 12, ’13
Well, it’s been a while since I last updated this page. I blame winter, even though the snow shoveling hasn’t been too outrageous so far, like other years. I suppose it boils down to the open roads and the recent work I’m doing on the Urns Project. You can see it developing if you look at ‘Process’ in the category list. I figure another two weeks will finish it.
As for ‘Empty Swing’ and the town scene, they will have to wait for now.
I’m encouraged by the attention received from the bloggers here at WP and elsewhere. Thank you.
January 18, ’13
If you’ve stopped by this blog over the past couple of days, you might have noticed a change… my photographs have been disappearing off my Home page.
Keeping the Home page as the place to showcase my paintings is the reasoning behind this move, but, because I believe photography to be an art in itself, old photos and new will be added to my Photographs page.
The ‘Urns Project’ continues toward completion and I’ve already begun preparing two new birch panels for when it’s done.
September 24, ’13
I’m guilty of ignoring this page and, for that, I apologize. I’ll try to change that.
As you might have noticed, all my paintings that I’ve managed to photograph now reside on a new dedicated page and can be found on the header of the Home page under ‘Paintings’. This will make it much simpler to just view the work itself. Many more old paintings will be added as I get a chance to visit the various cities and towns where they currently hang in friends and relatives houses. For the most part, they are gifts presented at weddings, birthdays and other reasons, some many decades ago. It’ll take time.
Since the Urns painting was finished, there have been a series of 6 (so far) paintings based on particle collisions at the Large Hadron Collider. You’d find all 6 and any further in the series posted on the new page.