Tuesday, November 14, 2017

"Faith" oil 9x12

Faith The movie "Loving Vincent" influenced me a great deal. I was amazed at the brush strokes made by the 100 artists who painted each frame by hand - although I think that no one can really match a Van Gogh brush stroke. When you see a Van Gogh stroke you know who owns it. Nevertheless, the film is indeed great. My painting is of the interior of the Anglican cathedral in Victoria BC.

Friday, November 03, 2017

"Sailpast" sketch

SAILPAST Mother and her juniors come sailing past the officiating officer. I actually saw this.

Thursday, November 02, 2017

"Ball Girl" tennis sketch

Colleen and I are earnestly into our tennis on the box. She watches the games and I watch the people.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Megan en route - pastel 10x12

Many people prefer skill-and-realism (my family mostly) but I am of the sketch-and-flourish school - witness my pastel of Megan catching the ferry a few years ago. When it says what it is, I stop.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Sketch on Cheerios Box

I sketch on the back of a cereal box because it's nothing - no sweat if it doesn't turn out right, throw it away, there's no expense to speak of.
Besides, the cardboard is great for working on, it's semi gloss, and takes the Conté pencil very well, it doesn't like erasing though...try it.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

"Peonies" oil 6x8

I had no idea that peonies were so big until I saw my first growing on a tree at Finnerty Gardens in Victoria BC.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

"Trio VW" w/c 6x8

My thanks to the VWers of Southern Vancouver Island for bringing their Volkswagens to the Peter Beltgens memorial function at Island Beach. Nicole and Steven arranged this fund raiser in Peter's name for the benefit of the Heart and Stroke foundation. It also gave me a wonderful chance to paint these classics as an urban sketch.

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

Monday, June 26, 2017

"Harbour Ferry" traditional hull, oil 11x14

Here in Victoria BC we are familiar with the cute OVAL-shaped ferries but a few TRAD-looking ones can be found at the Swift Street dock of the Victoria Harbour Ferries headquarters. Oil 11x14 painted on location. The owner gave me special permission to come and paint on the otherwise locked dock!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Canadian Whisky Painters" w/c 4x6

We have a local artist group called Whisky Painters of Canada - I think you can see it on Google. Anyway, we did indeed dip our brushes into our watercolour water laced with whisky (usually an accidental action) and we had a sip from a hip flask to seal the deal. So you are looking at a painting made with whisky water. Genuine.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

"VW three" 6x8 w/c

VW owners are justly proud of their vehicles. More and more we are seeing these beauties on our roads, I myself had a Beetle and later a VW Bus which we what we called a KOMBI in South Africa. Functional, clean, I enjoyed mine.

Friday, May 26, 2017

It's a weekday, the sun is shining while Dad is at the office. Mom spends the morning with Junior at Gyro Beach.

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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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