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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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Tennis Madrid 2017

Sketching from the TV is good exercise in swiftness and bravado. Tennis season is upon us. Nadal versus art, and urban sketching won in straight sets!

Friday, May 05, 2017

"Mount Baker - late afternoon" oil 11x14

We artists on Vancouver Island live about 75 miles from Mount Baker on the mainland, and we paint it often. Known by it's local name, Kulshan, she stands like a beacon in the Pacific Northwest.

I think the mountain is more than a geographical phenomenon - I'm sure she impacts us in many ways, some of them undefinable.

Friday, April 28, 2017

"Mount Doug Path" oil 8x10

Many times have we Alfs painted at Mount Douglas, mostly the beach. This time I went to the end of the car park, where the trail starts North and painted this shady path which leads to a clearing. I used my bold big brush and got it done within the hour. It's good to be out painting en plein air again.

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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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