Friday, December 24, 2010
South Africa’s greatest icon. I can't explain the painting but I can talk about what it means to me:
The rocks of the foreground are the immediate issues facing the country but the tide, like life's ups and downs, ebbs and flows. Troubles come and go. The middle distance sea is calming, and the Cape Doctor spreads a mysterious futuristic cloth over the mountain. All highly symbolic for a dreamer like me, saying great things are possible now and in the future.
This is the view from Blaauwberg, similar to what Mr. Nelson must have seen on Robben Island. The mountain speaks not of politics, not of the Koi inhabitants, not of Van Riebeeck nor of Parliament – it speaks of all these and yet not of any one of them in particular. Like wisps of Time, we have spread our various cultures before it.
I first painted Table Mountain nearly fifty years ago, and several weeks ago Yvonne Katzin sent me her photo, making it possible for me to paint an up-to-date version in oil as regards the foreshore as it is now, and the ship approaching harbour. We are still arriving.
My Table Mountain is on stretched canvas, 24 x 30 inches, unframed. Basic price 1440 Canadian dollars, shipping is extra. I'd be grateful if you would forward the link below to anyone who may be interested in buying the painting. Home from home.
See Table Mountain at http://artist-ron-wilson.blogspot.com (You may have to cut and paste the link).
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Sunday, December 19, 2010
This is on the Columbia Gorge in Oregon but it could be anywhere in the Pacific Northwest. The painting is as a result of my week-long painting trip down to Portland, back up the coast to Port Angeles and home to Victoria BC.
Saturday, December 11, 2010
I liked this scene because of the mood, the mountains, and the way that the windlines in the sea emulate the clouds above the Olympics. Here's my prelim charcoal sketch:
Friday, December 10, 2010
Friday, December 03, 2010
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Friday, November 12, 2010
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Tuesday, November 09, 2010
Wednesday, November 03, 2010
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010
Wednesday, October 06, 2010
Sunday, October 03, 2010
Friday, October 01, 2010
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
Friday, September 17, 2010
For me it is a challenge trying to separate the greys. I enjoyed it.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Friday, September 10, 2010
In spite of the overcast and drizzly conditions, many artists turned up here this morning.
The benefit of having other artists around is that you may get some advice - and Keith Hiscock was very kind in his appraisal - I took his hint and avoided the "soldiers-in-a-row" scoops in the left-hand water's edge by limiting them to one instead of three little bays. He told me that it often happens to him when he paints poles and trees - spaced apart at regular intervals - I didn't spot my fault until he was gracious enough to mention it to me in the most tactful means possible. Thanks Keith.
Saturday, September 04, 2010
Astoria is a quaint village on the border between Oregon and Washington, with an iconic steel bridge between the two states. There it is in the background.
I was stopped by the man who is dwarfed by the extremely heavy hull and of course the reflection in the water. The seagull shape repeats the V slings. This is the good vessel "Mary" hauled out.
Friday, September 03, 2010
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
This is a bigger painting of a miniature one I did some time ago. This size is 10 x 20 on stretched canvas.
The scene is in Metchosin near Frank Mitchell's farm.
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Monday, August 30, 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
Friday, August 06, 2010
Painted from Mt.Tolmie this morning. That's the Tuscany Village shopping centre opposite, with Mt.Doug above. I don't know the name of this blue pine but it certainly is eye-catching amongst the many garry Oaks in the area.
Sunday, August 01, 2010
Friday, July 30, 2010
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Painted in oils en plein air in an hour, I was drawn by the sparkles on the water backed by a bank of mist (fog) on the horizon. I wanted a simple seascape that would reflect my enchantment with this fugitive scene - I came away a happy camper!
Friday, July 23, 2010
This is an oils sketch I shall be using later to paint a much bigger piece. Yes, I took photographs but it's always handy to record some of the impressions and colours to remind me how I felt when rendering this scene.
I excluded a lot of finicky detail but will include some of it in my bigger version to come ...
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Monday, July 19, 2010
Friday, July 09, 2010
Folks this is really a very good painting, if you like it too please contact me at ronjbw at gmail dot com
Friday, July 02, 2010
Friday, May 21, 2010
Without fail, every one of the ninteen artists who were painting en plein air at Clover Point in Victoria BC did well today. In fact I have never seen as strong a showing of work as I did at the show 'n tell at noon. Wonderful clouds all 360 degrees. As they say here in North America, we really 'lucked out!'
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