Monday, October 14, 2019

Running Elephant (drawing)

This is my tribute to wildlife artist Paul Bosman who drew and painted wild animals like no one before him. His pencil sketches are sketchy and flamboyant at once. I'm attempting to learn the style.

Saturday, October 05, 2019

Hillside Mall urban sketch

The pundits keep telling me to do something challenging. OK this urban sketch in a mall was demanding 'cos the people are never still, and their capture is almost fleeting.


I shape the subject with the stubby pencil found at the Lotto stand and add ink and w/c on the breakfast table back home. Voila...whaddya think mes ami?

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

NEW "Cougar Alert" Pastel 8x10 inches



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.

Wednesday, September 04, 2019

"Brentwood Bay - Trumpeter" oil 8x10


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.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Peking-to-Paris 2019 oil 12 x 18 inches

The brothers Beresford from Victoria on Vancouver Island returned in July after a month competing in the Peking-to-Paris, we're very proud of them and the little Volksie performed so well while high end luminaries broke stuff. Repair crews worked through the night repairing suspensions. Everyone in all the countries along the route made a big fuss of the hardy Beetle. The lads won a silver medal.

Chris said the dust got everywhere.


John and Chris are raising funds locally for Rheumatism research in honour of the late Deirdre,
 a lovely person. 

Sunday, July 07, 2019

Red Crab on a green fishing box" oil 6x8

Brush strokes are like carving. I love it.
This is my painting in the footsteps of Mrs.Marine, US artist.


Check out the paintings of Carol Marine by searching her, she's mucho talented.

Saturday, June 29, 2019

"Wild Lavender" oil 4x6


Whoops - the usually constrained lavender broke loose some little while ago, taking only the bees with it.
Central BC roadside sketch - it's a TINY painting, people!

Monday, June 17, 2019

"Holland Point painting 2019" oil 8 x 10 inches


My database reveals that I have painted this location SEVEN times here in Victoria Canada.
It started as an overcast day, and this is the lighting I have shown here.

Saturday, June 01, 2019

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...

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.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

"Chinatown car 2015"

"Chinatown car" w/c 3.5 x 5.5
 I cut it down and matted it like this. Too small? Click the painting again.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Tribute to Gustav Klimt

Klimt, who died in 1918, had a great influence on modern painting. He painted the faces realistically although he went wild with the backgrounds - most of them gold and graphic. I have been studying Klimt, Schiele, and more recently Kobayashi and Liepke. This is my study of the Klimt style with thanks to a contemporary ultra successful American artist who has given me permission to post this image of her on my blog.