Monday, November 04, 2019

"Home on the Gorge" 6 x 8 oil


Painted in the trunk of my car at the Gorge Park. The weather was too cold for me so I took a good look at the opposite bank and returned to my sheltered park where I remembered the scene and painted it. Great exercise
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"Nefertiti" small 6x6

My bigger painting of Nefertiti had sold some time ago so I have done this 6x6 version which turned out a little bolder than my first but I like the spontaneous brush strokes of this one.


Nefertiti  Make me an offer.

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.

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.

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...

Monday, December 11, 2017

"old PE steam"

In South Africa (on the beach in Port Elizabeth in fact) we came across this rusty old steam locomotive and I painted what I think is one of my finest. I like the style which is loose and juicy yet it conveys accuracy and personality. Yes. My original is available, I do PP so write to me for details.

Saturday, July 08, 2017

"Sun Top VW" oil 8x10

Summer brings out the exotic and the classic - and with the top down one can feel the breeze and hear the birds in the trees. See this in Instagram - search for RONJBW

Friday, May 19, 2017

"Dinghy - Oak Bay Marina" acrylic 6x8

Local artists enjoy painting the tenders on the small beach at the Oak Bay Marina. This dinghy seems to have gathered a pool of rain over some time but it still looks serviceable to me. Yachties come ashore and take the bus to town to shop for supplies.

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

"Craigdarroch Castle" 6x8 oil

Travelling by car I spied this scene and when we got home I quickly drew it in my sketch book. Then remembering the vivid fall colours, I painted this impression.
The fact that the image came through the whole mental process means that we artists can capture certain scenes and paint them later.
Craigdarroch Castle of Victoria BC and the Olympic mountains of washington State.

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

"Glass of Flowers" w/c 3.5 x 4.5

Flowers in a glass makes a charming arrangement. It's a very loose and juicy mix of hyacinths and daffodils. I have been working (playing) with this theme for the recent couple of days. Keeping them small and light.

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Monday, April 10, 2017

"Spring Flowers" 3.5 x 7 w/c

Whisky painters absent-mindedly dip their w/c brushes into their tipple. I am one such person. Anyway, the paper seems to enjoy it.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

"Dafs and Hyacinths" pastel 9x9

Daffodils have special meanings for many of us - here on the island many dafs are grown domestically AND commercially. The hyacinths smell so heavenly. I had fun with pastels and aimed for a simple yet expressive rendering.

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