Friday, August 19, 2016

"Yellow Bush" Government House, Victoria BC oil 11x14

Within an hour I quickly established the most pressing element (yellow bush) and added the peripheries. It could have been a tighter (more realistic) painting - but these days I'm liking brushy un-fiddley work. Press the image

Friday, August 12, 2016

"Orange Kayak" oil en plein air 8x10

Oak Bay Marina has a new boathouse - first I made a little thumbnail sketch (under two inches wide) to determine my composition.

Then I painted the scene in thick juicy oils, concentrating on the tones, diminishing the extraneous detail. (Done in an hour).

Robert Genn always encouraged us to look for what he called 'a colour surprise.' To my delight, there was a kind yellowish algae at the water's edge. Bazinga!

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Monday, July 25, 2016

"Monet's Vase" oil 6x8

My Niece Nicole and hubby Steve had a house-warming party, and in this house she had placed a few cheerful blooms in a jam jar. I saw Monet immediately.

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Friday, July 22, 2016

The Charcoal Horse - sketch 6x8

Charcoal is a great medium - quick and expressive through its directness and simplicity. I'm very fond of it.

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

"Cecil the Lion" tribute acrylic 6x8

Cecil the Lion - Wildlife slaughter continues unabated. This is my acrylic tribute to the lion who made sad headlines recently.

My wonderful reception at the 2016 Moss Street Paint-in and on Facebook has encouraged prompted me so much.

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Monday, July 18, 2016

2x2-inch Cook-a-Look

My thanks to the buyers of my tiny wee works at Moss Street on July 16th, 2016. We eat again!

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Monday, July 11, 2016

"Tiny white flower" 6x8 oil

Colleen was trimming a pot of flowers on our deck - this little cutting landed up in my trash can in my studio. I took one look and just knew it should be a painting. This is about the size of this tiny thing:
Small but excellent little thing.....

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Sunday, July 03, 2016

Mini acrylics 2.5 inches square each

Our annual Moss Street is coming up this month so I've been painting up some smallies for the Show. 35-thousand people are expected to stroll down Moss Street in Victoria BC on July 16, 2016. I'm ready!

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Watercolour Crayons are great!

Dinghy and Rocks, Vancouver Island in Victoria BC Having been woken at 6am by a police siren outside my condo I stumbled into the studio and did these two watercolour crayon sketches. Both 4 x 6 inches,

Mt.Baker and Rows, Vancouver at Tsawwassen

These w/c crayons are dry sticks which look a lot like those wax Crayola crayons that kids use. The brand I bought is called "Gallery" from www.MUNGYO.co.kr made in Korea. Admittedly they produce a crude result. You draw with them on watercolour paper and then brush with plain water, but I think it adds a childlike charm to your work. I don't always use them, I sometimes use trad watercolour instead.

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Monday, June 13, 2016

"Flag Guy" w/c 6x8

"Flag Guy" I have respect for construction people who build our homes and tend our roads. Besides, they're colourful.

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Friday, June 03, 2016

"Cedar rail Cattle Point" w/c 6x8

An overcast JUNE day so I toned down my watercolours and concentrated on the composition. The cedar rail fence gave me a good lead in to the bush on the bank. It's fine to dispense with vibrant colour on a grey day. Grey sky = grey scene = mood.

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Monday, May 30, 2016

"A good turnout" oil by Wilson

My sister Carole has a ballet school in Nanaimo and years ago she spoke about the turnout, a way of posing one's feet. Degas made sure that his Little Dancer also had 'a good turnout.'

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This is what the piece looks like in the museum I visited.

Friday, May 20, 2016

"Cadboro Bay" w/c sketch 4x5

Ten minutes, that's all. Painted en plein air with my new Arches w/c pad. I love this paper.