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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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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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

"My Getaway Farm" oil 11x14

For those who love a getaway place near to town but in the country, safe and secure. Press the image for a bigger view.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

"Hut" chopstick and w/c 4x6 inches

Use a chopstick plus ink to draw. It works with any stick. Just dip it in ink and draw. It works. I sharpened this chopstick and used it to draw the hut, completed it with w/c.

Monday, February 20, 2017

"Chestnut, the brown horse" acrylic 8x10

It's an absolute JOY when your painting turns out the way you want! Surprised? Not really, they sometimes get away from you even though you're in charge.

I love this style of painting - sort of impressionist, it's my home style even though I enjoy realism too.

I photographed this Chestnut on Island View Beach on Vancouver Island. If you recognize this mare please alert the owners, It'll be great if they can see this work too.

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Friday, February 17, 2017

"Three-barn Farm" pastel 7x10

Ah the cleanliness and whimsy of pastel... The Three-barn Farm is kinda mid-island here on Vancouver Island. I love the layers of greenery and the shades of the ploughed field as the land slowly emerges from the depths of winter. Wonderful Nature at her best for this enthusiast.

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