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


Grass
 

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.

Sunday, July 05, 2020

"Schooner Northwest" oil 0n canvas board 9x12


Calmly and steadily the schooner sails on through the Northwest with the seagulls swooping above.
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Saturday, July 04, 2020

"Picnic" pastel and watercolour on Arches paper 6x8


Victoria BC -- Holland Point Park above the sea - spread yourselves a blanky and relax amongst the wildflowers like this young couple.

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Donna - acrylic on vinyl covered board 6" square


I saw with happiness that this wonderfully strange rendering of mine is quite the thing on Fine Art America!
I did it cos I thought my regular work was getting no attention - plain, boring.
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Friday, June 26, 2020

Johnson Street Bridge - oil 8x10 plein air


This is Victoria's new bridge which replaces the old Johnson Street Blue Bridge. My plein air outing took place in perfect weather, I had my Van Gogh wide brim straw hat and sunscreen, a long sleeve shirt and shorts. Wow. Lookout Clint Eastwood!

I painted the new bridge from a spot on Centennial Park (not to be confused with Centennial SQUARE). Google it, it is in Victoria BC.

How do I feel painting in the open air? Rejuvenated, fulfilled. What I am placed on this earth for. The only game in town. Setting up the easel is a ritual performance in a very good way. Onlookers don't bother me, as long as you keep the covid-19 distance and don't distract me from the work. What wonderful work painting is.