Tuesday, September 11, 2018

"Joanie's Coffee" oil 8x10

My friend Joanie McCorry has a magnificent eye for photography and she allowed me to reproduce her pic in PAINT!

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

"Black Beetle" oil 4x6

"50's Ragtop VW"
A collector's piece for sure.
Seen at Bear Mountain Victoria BC some few years ago.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

"Desert Cutting" oil 4x6

Close to the desert in BC is this road cutting and what we South African-born artists call "poverty bushes" 'cos of the scrub which only grew in poor soil.
Anyway it has a romantic ring to it and I am romantic by nature.
Give it a click to see a bigger view.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

"Mick at 75."

Mick is 75 now in 2018 but this drawing is based on an early photo. Almost accurate, but it is a great exercise 'cos no corrections are possible when working with and an all-or-nothing medium such as lamp black! Either you reach out and get it or you don't.  No eraser.
Taking a gamble on one's prowess is good 'cos it stretches one...sssttrretchhh...

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

"Zulu Elder" 6 x 8 charcoal rendering by Ron Wilson

The Zulu Elder is a most respected member of the tribe. This is my drawing of a souvenir soapstone owned by my son Mike and his wife Bev, they have many South African pieces of memorabilia in their Victoria BC home. CLICK for a bigger view.


"A Kawasaki Ride" watercolour CRAYONS 5x5 inches


Did you know we can buy w/c CRAYONS? They look like Crayola but when you brush water over your drawing you get a w/c effect.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

"Escape to Tuscany" line and wash 4.5 x 9


Painted after watching an hour of Escape to the continent on Netflix today. Click this image to see  a bigger picture.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

"Freesias" flowers as thick as thieves 8x10 oil


Clumped together like very good pals, these blooms make an interesting subject for an artist with plenty of paint to spare! A few red spots are a jolly change against the white. The water in the ball jar is misty 'cos it's cold,

Sunday, July 08, 2018

"Kulshan" Mount Baker 24" x 30" oil

This mountain has figured in our lives for over 25 years. It is situated on the border of Canada and the USA. During an evening my son Michael took a photo of it from an hotel in Abbotsford BC, and my other son Tim named his house in Victoria BC "Kulshan" which I believe is a local name.
Give it a CLICK for a slightly bigger view.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

"Red Sails" auction at Habitat for Humanity

It's yours if you bid online at https://www.habitatvictoria.com/refind-art-2018.html my original oil at Habitat for Humanity - see the price! That's a GOOD price but it's my donation to the cause only until June 10th, 2018.
See the painting at the Bay Centre Victoria BC if you like.but you may bid online too!
C'mon, let's get some sales (sails) going for charity!

Friday, May 18, 2018

"Fruitbowl" w/c 6x8 inches

"Fruitbowl" line and wash - a style that is accepted by most pro painters that I know. Kinda loose and interpretive. Start with the pen (no room for correction), then add a wash of colour here and there.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

"Tennis Miss" Conté and w/c 5x6 inches


Tennis season again, ball catchers at the ready. Quick sketch in 2017 while watching TV. I add the colour 2018.Good practise.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

"Villatoile" w/c 7.5 x 9.5 inches.

When Theard van Heerde and Simone went on a camping and cycling trip they took a photograph of Villatoile in Dinant - Belgium. They gave me permission to paint this.


I just like the ancient architecture with the imaginative brickwork topping the stone walls.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

"Chinatown car 2015"

"Chinatown car" w/c 3.5 x 5.5
 I cut it down and matted it like this. Too small? Click the painting again.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Tribute to Gustav Klimt

Klimt, who died in 1918, had a great influence on modern painting. He painted the faces realistically although he went wild with the backgrounds - most of them gold and graphic. I have been studying Klimt, Schiele, and more recently Kobayashi and Liepke. This is my study of the Klimt style with thanks to a contemporary ultra successful American artist who has given me permission to post this image of her on my blog.