Tuesday, June 02, 2020

"Leafy Cathedral" oil 6x8


A canopy such as this eases one's soul. Don't know how or why, but it does. Granny Kit used to sing "Excelsior" every time we drove through one like this on our way to the store.

Sunday, May 17, 2020

"Crow and Mt.Baker" w/c



Watercolour is easy and difficult - easy to do yet difficult to do it well.
But it's art, so it's so enjoyable. Artists are extremely lucky I think.

"Crow & Mt.Baker" pencil sketch


Prep for a watercolour I am planning. I am excited to have a new sheet of Arches cold press and I am dying to see what depth the paper will give my colours. Yippee.

Saturday, May 02, 2020

Van Gogh homework while in lockdown

Nobody can emulate Vincent's brush work, and the movie "Loving Vincent" just confirmed it for me. A brush stroke by Vincent is like a signed cheque that only he can reproduce. Nice film though.

But I started reading the 1946 book entitled VINCENT VAN GOGH (editions de la Connaissance) printed in Belgium and it shows his portrait with a grey felt hat, black and white...


If you Google his portrait in a grey felt hat you'll find it in colour (as I did), and to learn something while in quarantine I decided to try painting it as an exercise, with no signature of course. Repeat: The JPG below is NOT a van Gogh original - it's my COPY that I painted as a learning exercise. Besides I believe his works may be in public domain. We'll see.



Brother Théo wrote to their sister wrote about this painting "it is as if two men were in him, one wonderfully gifted, fine and soft, the other proud, selfish and hard. What a pity that he is his own enemy, because he makes life difficult not only for others, but for himself."  This quote is from the book mentioned above.

Get this - Vincent Willem van Gogh inherited the artist's collection. This is Uncle Vincent Willem van Gogh in 1968, he died at the age of 87.




Still, Vincent the artist is one of the greatest artists who ever lived, and I believe he only made $169 dollars from his sales, ever!

Take heart, fellow artists.
Ron 2020

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

"Oxpecker and Buffalo: 4.5 x 6 inches watercolor


"Red-billed Oxpecker and the Cape Water Buffalo" - imagine having someone to fuss and clean, getting rid of all the wild insects that plague you...a common sight in the Kruger National Park of South Africa.
Watercolor, Conté pencil, pen, white watercolor pencil and acrylic paint. That's what it took to render this little work. As usual, click the image for a slightly larger pic.
Send email if interested.

Thursday, April 09, 2020

"Mossie" isolation painting postcard size


Mossie is South Africa-speak for a Cape Sparrow, the beloved local bird found around many a home.
To see a bigger image, click the bird.

Wednesday, April 08, 2020

"Nuthatch" pastel on postcard size paper 4 x 6 inches

Nuthatch, lil' cheeky thing. You bandit you..but cute hey. You've got your eye out on us.
As per usual folks, click on the image to see a bigger picture.

Tuesday, April 07, 2020

"Grapes - 2020" pastel on postcard paper

"Grapes" which were bought at 7am Save-on-Foods this morning. The grapes were still wet.
We were wearing gloves (and scarves for the face) saving our N95s for later.
Incidentally, a man tried to sell us plain face masks upon which someone had printed "N95".....


Pastel on postcard paper

Monday, April 06, 2020

"Rooster" watercolor and pastel, postcard size 4x6


To make the colors more brilliant, I add pastel to my watercolor painting. During this time being housebound, experimentation is a cinch.

Sunday, April 05, 2020

"Birds & Elephant" postcard size, watercolor during isolation


Restless or disturbed birds ten to hang together during take off, and they usually do a few loops around, checking out other feasible landing spots. This is from a photo I once took in the Kruger Park.
Click to enlarge the pic.

Saturday, April 04, 2020

"Old Tjorrie" w/c 4 x 6 inches (postcard).

"Old Tjorrie"

Old vehicles usually get trashed when abandoned.  This truck managed to survive (for now).
During the lockdown I have been doing a number of postcard sketches, and it's a great learning course. (I usually paint in oils with a bigger sizes).

Click the pic above to see a bigger image.

Thursday, April 02, 2020

"Bleached" w/c postcard size - isolation painting


During my isolation I have taken to doing a painting a day - mostly watercolour, meant for sending by email attachment to my immediate family.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

big brush "Northwest" 24x30 oil


"Northwest" 
Loosey goosey - wave that brush around, let go of my restrictions and let rip. There's a lot going on in the inner mind and we painters deserve to let the brush flow now and then.

Click to see a bigger picture. Hit right click and BACK to return.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

isolation painting "Woodshed by the Stream" oil on hardboard 9" x 12"


Social distancing means I do not paint en plein air with the Alfrescoes. So here's the oil I did today based on one of my photographs. It's not on canvas but it's painted over an old work that has since dried. The choppy brushwork gives the impression that the support (ground) is textured but it's not.

Click on the image to enlarge the thing quite a bit!

Thursday, March 19, 2020

""In the Garden" oil 4 x 6 inches


My Honey loves flowers. My isolation at home painting today. Based on photos of her. After all, it's the first day of Spring. This young man is feeling it...
Click once more to see a complete picture.