Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Monday, September 19, 2016

I'm making a video how I paint 3 roses

My video of how I paint three roses is in production now, will post later. As per my usual impressionist style it'll be loosey goosey, allowing the onlooker to form reality in his/her mind's eye!

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Saturday, September 17, 2016

My memory test = 1-2 seconds "The visible cyclist" 5x6

My eye caught this guy because of what was on top of his helmut. If I want to do a better rendering I would get Jay or some other serious cyclist to pose for a longer pose. Meantime this is a memory test - something I saw out of the corner of my eye yesterday, nobody could miss the plastic bird or the streaming ribbons. Safety first, eh?

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Friday, September 16, 2016

Outdoor sketching in pastel at Cattle Point, Vancouver Island

Just letting it flow, I felt the scenes rather that copy them. First the rail fence and then the diamonds on the water:
I had time for two sketches and began to feel as if I had done something with my morning. I even had time to chat to an artist visiting from Stellenbosch South Africa where she had painted with wine on watercolour paper in the past. She boiled off some wine (like reducing balsamic vinegar) which gave her the varying tones. I prefer to drink mine than paint with it. Sill, that was interesting.

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Thursday, September 08, 2016

Del Potro - moving sketch 6x8

During the US Open Tennis last night I tried to pin the moving Del Potro down on my sketch book - no do-overs, no corrections. It looks like his second cousin twice removed but I do like the challenge of art on the fly.

Friday, August 19, 2016

"Yellow Bush" Government House, Victoria BC oil 11x14

Within an hour I quickly established the most pressing element (yellow bush) and added the peripheries. It could have been a tighter (more realistic) painting - but these days I'm liking brushy un-fiddley work. Press the image

Friday, August 12, 2016

"Orange Kayak" oil en plein air 8x10

Oak Bay Marina has a new boathouse - first I made a little thumbnail sketch (under two inches wide) to determine my composition.

Then I painted the scene in thick juicy oils, concentrating on the tones, diminishing the extraneous detail. (Done in an hour).

Robert Genn always encouraged us to look for what he called 'a colour surprise.' To my delight, there was a kind yellowish algae at the water's edge. Bazinga!

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Monday, July 25, 2016

"Monet's Vase" oil 6x8

My Niece Nicole and hubby Steve had a house-warming party, and in this house she had placed a few cheerful blooms in a jam jar. I saw Monet immediately.

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Friday, July 22, 2016

The Charcoal Horse - sketch 6x8

Charcoal is a great medium - quick and expressive through its directness and simplicity. I'm very fond of it.

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

"Cecil the Lion" tribute acrylic 6x8

Cecil the Lion - Wildlife slaughter continues unabated. This is my acrylic tribute to the lion who made sad headlines recently.

My wonderful reception at the 2016 Moss Street Paint-in and on Facebook has encouraged prompted me so much.

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Monday, July 18, 2016

2x2-inch Cook-a-Look

My thanks to the buyers of my tiny wee works at Moss Street on July 16th, 2016. We eat again!

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Monday, July 11, 2016

"Tiny white flower" 6x8 oil

Colleen was trimming a pot of flowers on our deck - this little cutting landed up in my trash can in my studio. I took one look and just knew it should be a painting. This is about the size of this tiny thing:
Small but excellent little thing.....

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Sunday, July 03, 2016

Mini acrylics 2.5 inches square each

Our annual Moss Street is coming up this month so I've been painting up some smallies for the Show. 35-thousand people are expected to stroll down Moss Street in Victoria BC on July 16, 2016. I'm ready!

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