Tuesday, November 03, 2020

The Craigdarroch Castle Spire seen from my 3rd floor apartment in Fort Street Victoria BC, Canada

 From our breakfast table I looked out over Fort Street, with the spire of Craigdarroch Castle in the distance. I don't worry about the  electric wires. They bring light.

The oil painting arising out of the line and wash sketch above. 11" x 14"on exhibition at the Fortune Gallery  (Alison Trembath) in Victoria BC.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

The wild pastel lioness

She's mean in a nice way if you're a mate. Female lions do all the hard work, hunting and coddling.
 I put this painting together using soft pastels, ink plus a little Conté pencil, without being too deliberate about it. Sometimes it just works if we JUST DO IT!

Monday, October 19, 2020

Pastel Red Sail

 Keeping it simple - keeping it DIRECT - advice from John F. Carlson, artist. Do not think about it too much, let the juices flow naturally. 

Allow the hand to make its own decisions. Trust it, then when done, stop your painting or drawing. That's IT. It is simple....

Friday, October 09, 2020

Bushman rock painting (pastel) by Ron Wilson

This rock painting exists somewhere in a cave in South Africa. I am impressed by the directness of Bushman art generally and I used pastel to emulate this ancient hunter with his bow and arrow.  Many years ago I photographed the original rock painting.  To copy the image in 2020, I used soft pastel on the back of a cereal box, it has a nice tooth and takes pastel very well. Size about 9 x 12 inches. Available.


Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Trial Island and Block

Trial Island is just off Victoria , Vancouver Island. In the old days, shipwrights sailed there as a trial run to see if their ships were seaworthy. Today it's a good place for a lighthouse. I used the block as my eye-piece, having sailed the seas myself for a few years.

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Government House lower slope 8x10 oil plein air

 Smoke from the US fires. Dull sky but good visibility at ground level..............

When I want to compose my painting, first I usually do a little brief Conté sketch beforehand.
It's like a warm-up at tennis. It clears my mind and I can focus on the essentials.

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Grass - oil 9" x 12" on canvas laid on board


Tall grass, cedar rail fence and a close encounter with the sea. All things a painter can find at Cattle Point on Vancouver Island's great little city of Victoria. An artist can go crazy here. Paint, paint, paint - it's all possible!

Monday, August 10, 2020

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

"Grand Vision (canyon)" oil 11 x 14

My son Tim made me a rigid board which he coated with a sandpaper-like paint. The surface is coarse but it certainly takes paint well. This is my impression of the Grand Canyon which I call the grand vision because of the colours I chose.

Sunday, July 19, 2020

"Natal Farm, moonlight" Timboard 11 x 14

The Natal farm at night, a lone figure steps out after shovelling fodder for the cattle inside. Late night feed, no doubt for the milk cows. Such is the atmosphere out in the country.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Sunday, July 12, 2020

"Chairs" oil on particle board 6x6

languishing on the rocks at McNeil Bay these tipsy chairs are quite an attraction - nobody steals them 'cos they're rickety. I'm not a rough painter - more of an impressionist but this scene calls for  a version a la concrét.