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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Monday, February 13, 2017

"The Beacon in the Mohave Desert" w/c crayons and pencils

Still in the Mohave Desert, this is the Beacon above Bullhead City on the famous Route 66. It was so hot all those years ago that I had to go out early in the morning, and by 8am it was too much for me so I headed back to Joy Lane, Bullhead and air conditioning.

I used the new watercolour crayons, picked out with watercolour pencils.

Friday, February 10, 2017

"Black Cat Saloon" oil 6x8

I should write an eBook about the saloon. Maybe another time. Painted in monochrome as an exercise how to get 5 values using one hue.

Twenty-odd years ago my son Tim helped Frank and Lorna Sanford build a saloon on their desert property some 75 miles from Las Vegas.

No water or electricity but Tim and the Dominguez brothers cheerfully built Lorna's saloon using four-by-eight sheets of plywood.

Of course I loved painting the desert, being careful not to disturb the rattlers under the creosote bushes sheltering from the heat. When we went walking Frank carried a shotgun.

Fortunately he didn't have a problem 'cos the critters knew how to stay out of the way.

I did oils and watercolors, many of them sold but now I have the red 6x8 study that you see above.

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Wednesday, February 08, 2017

"Russian Girl" oil 6x8

Russian Girl in monochromatic orange-red. A profile and a pensive mood.

The brush is one of those very soft Langnickel Royal sable brushes, one can only just caress the canvas with them. Nice and romantic I think.

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Wednesday, February 01, 2017

"Yellow VW" pastel 6x 8 1/4

Volkswagen cars are becoming more and 'vintage' these days. There is a world-wide interest in them. I used to drive one to work. Huge amount of head room, only thing was to park carefully 'cos the front fenders seem to attract dents!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Roger, the Aussie Championships 2017

What a magnificent match between Rafa and Roger. Five sets. Wow! I sketched this quick impression in the few minutes the Fed was making his winner's speech at the end of the match.

Sunday, January 08, 2017

"Pensive" under 6x8 inches

Moments of my immediate family who are unaware that they're being observed are special - obviously I share the finished painting with them so's they are party to it being displayed. These days I have taken to truncate my images for the sake of simplicity and visual impact.

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