Tuesday, February 21, 2017

"Grazing Brown Horse" oil 8x10

Grazing Brown Horse from my Island View series. This is my home style again - readable yet impressionistic or, expressionistic but decipherable... I feel a sense of fulfilment with the myriad of separate brush strokes.

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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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Friday, January 06, 2017

"Soda pop" oil 5 3/4 x 7 7/8 inches

Yes I used my own colours but the whole feel of my image is much like the works of Malcolm Liepke and Milt Kobayashi who were one-time colleagues with similar styles. Google their works.

Liepke is a fan of John Singer Sargent and Diego Velasquez - snaP! So is Wilson!

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Sunday, December 11, 2016

"Pecking Order" Test

Who goes first? Hopefully they took it in turns. Anyways, my son Tim treated the chickens exceptionally well before he gave them to his neighbours.

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Thursday, December 08, 2016

"Chicks" (Mother Hen) oil 8x8

Eack chick has a distinct personality - the one in front stares you unafraid; the other three have soft expressions, ready to EAT under the watchful eye of Mother Hen.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

"Chicken a la Impasto" 6x8 oil

Very often I paint something really small and then later I intentionally paint a larger version of it. This was the case of my son's free range chickens. He has the miniature painting on a tiny easel in his kitchen. This time I really ladled on the thick impasto and let loose. Voila - chicken a la impasto!

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Monday, November 14, 2016

Raptor Two - conté pencil on pastel paper 10 x 12

I had drawn this image before but it disappeared - so I'm doing it again. Conté pencil on Canson pastel paper. I like the wildness of the bird AND the gesture drawing. Wild, but a good bird.