Saturday, May 04, 2019

"Cattle Point revisited in Spring 2019" oil 6 x 8 inches


I am chuffed that once again Cattle Point has delivered  a nice painting for me out in the open  - "Plein Air," as they say in France.

I was intrigued by the shapes of the trees even though it meant turning my back on the sea.

When it comes to composition I like a vertical (tree trunks); a horizontal (horizon line); a slope (pathway); and a rounded shape (albeit half the rock) -- great.

For sale if your accepted bid if is higher than 80 Canadian dollars. I really, really enjoyed this 'un!

Monday, April 29, 2019

"Stadacona Park April 2019" 6 x 8

Not far from home, over lunchtime I painted this house on the edge of the park.


Often times we travel far to find a place but now and then it's GOOD to walk to a nearby spot.
In a way it finds me.
That's good too.

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

Sunday, January 20, 2019

"Fort Street" watercolour


Sundown on the street beneath my feet.  Fort Street from the balcony of our condo. We are on the edge of greatness here as the smart suburb is just across the road, the homes date from around the eighteen hundreds.

Friday, January 04, 2019

"Willows Beach" watercolour 4x6


                                            "Willows Beach" sunny January day in 2019

Thanks for your comment on this one. I did realize afterwards that it turned out well even tho it's so tiny 11cm x 16cm (or four-and-a-half inches by six-and-a-half inches) which if I try to sell it in an unframed double mat board, postage will be extra depending on where you reside.
My well-to-do friends can afford it. If someone really likes it he/she will find me on social media and contact me.
But back to "Willows Beach 2019" Nobody paints exactly like this, I'm modest when I say that the beauty that you see in this painting comes from within me - the actual scene is accurate (one can go here and recognize the place) but the treatment comes from within. This is me. The way I see life and my unique reaction painted on my watercolour painting paper.

This is the small B&W prep sketch I always do before commiting to paint:

That's it in a nutshell.

Saturday, December 29, 2018

1495 Fort sketch


If it RAINS there is a heritage house opposite my condo - it lets me sketch it whenever the weather is too wet to go outside.
BTW, these sketches are eight years apart = 2010 and 2018.....click on 'em to enlarge the pics.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Show time - how I approach my plein air work - pumpkin patch

 I used my fav compositional device = a strong vertical (tree); a definite horizontal (horizon line); an diagonal (slope of the background) and a circle (pumpkin).





Vertical
horizontal
diagonal
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!

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.