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.
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.
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.
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).
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!
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.
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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...
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.
"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.