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.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

"Cook-a-look" line and wash, felt-tip pen and w/c 4x6 inches

Based on a ceramic chicken I saw at a friend's house - it made a good sketch in line and wash. Small hey - 4 x 6 inches.

Saturday, November 05, 2016

"Lynn's Barn" oil 11x14

My friend Lynn is developing this newly-acquired property on Vancouver Island - yippee it's red. I left out some stuff like excess trees and other texture but they say less is MORE!

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

"Blonde Crab" oil 6x8

The Blonde Crab is in fact an orange/yellow creature that appeared fleetingly on a very good documentary by National Geographic. I changed the visual considerably as is my artist wont. I like the colour and the floating look. To me it's a fun piece and I may keep it.

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Sunday, October 16, 2016

"Richmond Road to the Jubilee" oil

I am going to be self-indulgent here. This is the last day for the Sidney Fine Art Show in Sidney, BC. My fellow artist Glen Melville surprised me by telling me that he recognized my STYLE. I thought that I don't have a STYLE - I think that my works are devoid of STYLE, that my painting is very seldom recognizable as being a "Wilson." Just shows you.

Anyhoo - this scene is of Richmond Road in Victoria BC. My spot was at the corner of Lansdowne and Richmond, looking towards the Jubilee Hospital. It's an Urban Sketch, slightly compressed. The road means something to me, the show ended October 16, 2016.

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Monday, October 10, 2016

"Paddle Adventure" w/c 4x6

Twin kayaks, you and me, on the beach - time for some peace and calm on the water - almost any time of the year. The volume of quiet, murmur of paddles, and the sea life around us.

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Saturday, October 08, 2016

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Red Tulip, Yellow Tulip 4x6 w/c

Hic, burp, cha cha cha...

Gotta have fun

Many a slip between the water bowl and my whisky glass.

Yes, it does happen when I'm painting at drinky-poos time!

Absent-minded w/c painters sometimes dip their brushes into their whisky glasses - I am one of them. Go to Canadian Whisky Painters a new site under construction, started by Ken Faulks.

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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, 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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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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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Watercolour Crayons are great!

Dinghy and Rocks, Vancouver Island in Victoria BC Having been woken at 6am by a police siren outside my condo I stumbled into the studio and did these two watercolour crayon sketches. Both 4 x 6 inches,

Mt.Baker and Rows, Vancouver at Tsawwassen

These w/c crayons are dry sticks which look a lot like those wax Crayola crayons that kids use. The brand I bought is called "Gallery" from www.MUNGYO.co.kr made in Korea. Admittedly they produce a crude result. You draw with them on watercolour paper and then brush with plain water, but I think it adds a childlike charm to your work. I don't always use them, I sometimes use trad watercolour instead.

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Monday, June 13, 2016

"Flag Guy" w/c 6x8

"Flag Guy" I have respect for construction people who build our homes and tend our roads. Besides, they're colourful.

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Friday, June 03, 2016

"Cedar rail Cattle Point" w/c 6x8

An overcast JUNE day so I toned down my watercolours and concentrated on the composition. The cedar rail fence gave me a good lead in to the bush on the bank. It's fine to dispense with vibrant colour on a grey day. Grey sky = grey scene = mood.

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Monday, May 30, 2016

"A good turnout" oil by Wilson

My sister Carole has a ballet school in Nanaimo and years ago she spoke about the turnout, a way of posing one's feet. Degas made sure that his Little Dancer also had 'a good turnout.'

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This is what the piece looks like in the museum I visited.

Friday, May 20, 2016

"Cadboro Bay" w/c sketch 4x5

Ten minutes, that's all. Painted en plein air with my new Arches w/c pad. I love this paper.

Saturday, May 07, 2016

"Buskers" urban sketch 8x10.5

Dave Lang & the Insolent Rabble play at the Inner Harbour in Victoria BC. This is my URBAN SKETCH which is traditionally loose and sketchy by definition.

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

"Your coffee's on the sill" w/c 6x8

An outing deserves a flask - this is at Heritage Acres on Vancouver Island where we sat for a day with our Morgan sportscar on display. It didn't sell but a tiny bird pooped on the car so at least we got a small deposit on our Morgan.

I like my watercolours juicy and loose.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

"Light Rain, UK" w/c and tricks, 6x9

OK I bent the w/c using an oil effects trick with the computer...giving me the look one gets when you're skimming by a landscape and your mind retains it only for a second or three... Throwing paint around in a sketchy sorta way. Fun. The above image was enhanced - the one below is how the watercolour really looks like - lighter.

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Saturday, April 16, 2016

"The Hay Wain" after Constable w/c 6x8

We visited the actual spot where John Constable painted the Hay Wain all those years ago - this is what it looks like today.

Below is the Constable painting. My watercolour sketch is a little different, no wagon, no dog but the house is still there.

He lived 1776-1837, the son of a successful mill owner. Although John Constable is so very well known he sold more art in France rather than in Britain.

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Friday, April 15, 2016

"Inukshuk" markers 7x8

Sometimes you can just use childrens' markers (felt-tip pens) to make a work of art. I did! Seriously, sojourns into other media (apart from one's favourite medium) can help one generally. Press the image for a bigger view.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Monday, April 11, 2016

The Pie maker - w/c portrait 6x9

"The Pie Maker" Colin is my neighbour who loves old cars and bakes pies to keep occupied. He has owned a Rolls, possibly a Bentley, a Thunderbird - and I believe he was a butcher in Oak Bay before he retired. Anyway, I am giving him this watercolour sketch and he and his wife Pat seem to like it.

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Saturday, April 09, 2016

"Rowboats UK" sketchy rapid watercolour 6x9

Now and then it's good to switch off one's neat side and to let the big brush just do its own thing, like in this rapid watercolour.

I felt liberated, not being slavish to perfection. Maybe I'm just a sloppy ol' Joe at heart. Anyways, I had much fun doing this.

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Friday, March 25, 2016

"The Gorge, 2016" watercolour 10x14

Watercolour sketch en plein air this morning. 'Twas good to be painting out after a long lay off.

It's great painting outdoors - you cannot put in everything so you have to simplify the scene. It's this editing that makes or breaks a sketch.

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Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Hightide Macauley Point - oil 6x8

An artist's secret weapon - the sketchbook. I used my b&w sketch to paint an oil version in colour:

Hightide- Macauley Point, oil 6x8 using thick juicy impasto.

Edward Seago used to sketch in b&w then paint a scene in colour later, in his studio. He didn't always do this, but this way of working is well documented. It's a refreshing way of tackling a landscape, using the colours of one's mind.

Another "secret" - this time my own. Yes I lay the paint down but it is hardly ever left alone, I bother it ruthlessly until it brushes into shape, and if I see a "happy accident" appearing only then do I leave it alone. This way I work back and forth over the entire canvas - re-stating, re-working until a section looks spontaneous (which it isn't), I am a paint botherer.

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Sunday, March 06, 2016

"Field of Green" oil 8x10

A trip out to the country brings soothing expanse, the world is conscious of green - food, politics, you name it. As an artist I relate to this pastoral scene and my oils covered the canvas willingly. A field of Green. Press the image for a bigger view

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Jack discovers Canada - charcoal pencil sketch

Jack the French bulldog has come to live in Victoria BC, bringing his loyal and devoted slaves Bev and Mike with him. So far he is enjoying the balmy weather, and on his daily walks he takes time to meet and greet the neighbours, leaving a few choice calling cards along the way. Press the drawing for something a little larger

Monday, February 22, 2016

"Crow Vigilant" oil 8x8 inches

Resident in the tree opposite my deck is this vigilant crow. He sat for a good twenty minutes which allowed me to sketch and photograph him. Was the bird checking ME out? Contact me if you want this painting.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

"St.Mawes, Cornwall" Sale closed now.

My buddy Gordon Roberts posted my oil sketch on my timeline. As you can tell, I'm a huge fan of both Edward Seago and David Curtis. With them in mind that I painted this on canvas laid on plywood nearly a year after I had visited parts of England, Wales and Scotland. I have closed the discounted SALE and the painting will now appear on my Fine Art America site. Thanks to you all for your LIKES and COMMENTS on Facebook, so very encouraging.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Urban Sketching "1900 Store"

This is from a little while ago when I was sketching en plein air and wasn't even aware of the Urban Sketching movement. All I know is that this informal and personal way of recording something gives me relief from the burden of having to produce something which SELLS.

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