At the doctor's office I sketch while waiting instead of flipping through worn magazines. Sometimes I spy someone else in the room with a wire bound hard cover book and a pencil. Aha - a fellow artist!
Drawing is like buying time in heaven, take your sketch book along at your next doctor's appointment.
Painted in the trunk of my car at the Gorge Park. The weather was too cold for me so I took a good look at the opposite bank and returned to my sheltered park where I remembered the scene and painted it. Great exercise
If you click on it you can see a bigger picture.
Cougars are found in the wilds and outer suburban area of Vancouver Island. Pity they have to be shot. Re-locating is much preferred of course.
My rendering looks small here - click it though to see a pic with more impact.
I like pastel, a number of rare sticks were given to me by Elaine, widow of the late pastel maestro Paul Bosman. Some of the pieces are so small (the size of a pea) that I purchased a metal pastel holder to use them without these rare pastels slipping through my fingers, what an honour to be holding the pieces that Paul used to draw/paint.
Thanks, Bosman family.
When we were kayaking, we saw reflecting diamonds on the water. Yes I did snatch a quickie with my 'phone and painted the scene later. I realize I have to put more interest in my work - tear pieces off me and slam dunk it on the canvas. Happy day. It's got to be more than a captured image.
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...
In South Africa (on the beach in Port Elizabeth in fact) we came across this rusty old steam locomotive and I painted what I think is one of my finest. I like the style which is loose and juicy yet it conveys accuracy and personality. Yes. My original is available, I do PP so write to me for details.
Local artists enjoy painting the tenders on the small beach at the Oak Bay Marina. This dinghy seems to have gathered a pool of rain over some time but it still looks serviceable to me. Yachties come ashore and take the bus to town to shop for supplies.
Flowers in a glass makes a charming arrangement. It's a very loose and juicy mix of hyacinths and daffodils. I have been working (playing) with this theme for the recent couple of days. Keeping them small and light.