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