Friday, January 04, 2019

"Willows Beach" watercolour 4x6


                                            "Willows Beach" sunny January day in 2019

Thanks for your comment on this one. I did realize afterwards that it turned out well even tho it's so tiny 11cm x 16cm (or four-and-a-half inches by six-and-a-half inches) which if I try to sell it in an unframed double mat board, postage will be extra depending on where you reside.
My well-to-do friends can afford it. If someone really likes it he/she will find me on social media and contact me.
But back to "Willows Beach 2019" Nobody paints exactly like this, I'm modest when I say that the beauty that you see in this painting comes from within me - the actual scene is accurate (one can go here and recognize the place) but the treatment comes from within. This is me. The way I see life and my unique reaction painted on my watercolour painting paper.

This is the small B&W prep sketch I always do before commiting to paint:

That's it in a nutshell.

Saturday, December 29, 2018

1495 Fort sketch


If it RAINS there is a heritage house opposite my condo - it lets me sketch it whenever the weather is too wet to go outside.
BTW, these sketches are eight years apart = 2010 and 2018.....click on 'em to enlarge the pics.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Show time - how I approach my plein air work

I am a creature of basic moves. For instance the Alfrescoes Painters of Victoria went painting pumpkins at Michell's Farm this week.

Even before I climbed in the car I used my nouse to compose a prelim sketch of what the scene could look like:

But when I got there I neglected the tractor as too much info - instead I used my fav compositional device = a strong vertical (tree); a definite horizontal (horizon line); an incline (slope of the background) and a circle (pumpkin).





Vertical
horizontal
incline
circle

I look for this composition every time I paint.  If I don't find it, I'll use another compositional device - hey there are many!

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

"Black Beetle" oil 4x6

"50's Ragtop VW"
A collector's piece for sure.
Seen at Bear Mountain Victoria BC some few years ago.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

"Desert Cutting" oil 4x6

Close to the desert in BC is this road cutting and what we South African-born artists call "poverty bushes" 'cos of the scrub which only grew in poor soil.
Anyway it has a romantic ring to it and I am romantic by nature.
Give it a click to see a bigger view.

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...

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

"A Kawasaki Ride" watercolour CRAYONS 5x5 inches


Did you know we can buy w/c CRAYONS? They look like Crayola but when you brush water over your drawing you get a w/c effect.

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.

Sunday, July 08, 2018

"Kulshan" Mount Baker 24" x 30" oil

This mountain has figured in our lives for over 25 years. It is situated on the border of Canada and the USA. During an evening my son Michael took a photo of it from an hotel in Abbotsford BC, and my other son Tim named his house in Victoria BC "Kulshan" which I believe is a local name.
Give it a CLICK for a slightly bigger view.

Friday, May 18, 2018

"Fruitbowl" w/c 6x8 inches

"Fruitbowl" line and wash - a style that is accepted by most pro painters that I know. Kinda loose and interpretive. Start with the pen (no room for correction), then add a wash of colour here and there.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

"Villatoile" w/c 7.5 x 9.5 inches.

When Theard van Heerde and Simone went on a camping and cycling trip they took a photograph of Villatoile in Dinant - Belgium. They gave me permission to paint this.


I just like the ancient architecture with the imaginative brickwork topping the stone walls.

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.


Tuesday, May 08, 2018

"Holland Wave" acrylic 8x10

This was my entry for the Opus Outdoor Challenge. It is the gap in the rocks at Holland Point, Victoria BC. The snow tops are on the Olympic Mountains across the water in the USA. We are in Canada. Nice neighbours, eh. I even won a prize at this event.