Wednesday, October 24, 2018

"Lion Head" acrylic 6x8

"Lion Head"

I composed this lion face from a collection of photos in my possession and painted it on compressed and wrapped construction foam core (Schluter Kerdi-board). It's sturdy enough but canvas is still my preferred base.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

"Ross bay" oil 8x12 inches


Shades of grey on the edge of the old cemetery in Victoria BC painted in the company of the esteemed group, the Alfrescoes. Of course it's for sale! Nudge nudge. Contact me on the FB page and we'll talk.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

"Berries Bush" 9x12 oil


Gone to an excellent home in Texas....a Blackberry bush in an urban landscape surrounded by splendid color. It's such fun painting in this loose style. Only ONE brush was used = Denman synthetic 770F number 6, made in China an sold by Opus Victoria BC. It's a half-inch wide and quite springy.
I washed it with soap and water and it was fine.

Location Lampard Road, San Juan Island, USA.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Show time - how I approach my plein air work

I am a creature of basic moves. For instance the Alfrescoes Painters of Victoria went painting pumpkins at Michell's Farm this week.

Even before I climbed in the car I used my nouse to compose a prelim sketch of what the scene could look like:

But when I got there I neglected the tractor as too much info - instead I used my fav compositional device = a strong vertical (tree); a definite horizontal (horizon line); an incline (slope of the background) and a circle (pumpkin).





Vertical
horizontal
incline
circle

I look for this composition every time I paint.  If I don't find it, I'll use another compositional device - hey there are many!

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

"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.

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.

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.

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.