Close to the desert in BC is this road cutting and what we South African-born artists call "poverty bushes" 'cos of the scrub which only grew in poor soil.
Anyway it has a romantic ring to it and I am romantic by nature.
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Mick is 75 now in 2018 but this drawing is based on an early photo. Almost accurate, but it is a great exercise 'cos no corrections are possible when working with and an all-or-nothing medium such as lamp black! Either you reach out and get it or you don't. No eraser.
Taking a gamble on one's prowess is good 'cos it stretches one...sssttrretchhh...
This mountain has figured in our lives for over 25 years. It is situated on the border of Canada and the USA. During an evening my son Michael took a photo of it from an hotel in Abbotsford BC, and my other son Tim named his house in Victoria BC "Kulshan" which I believe is a local name. Give it a CLICK for a slightly bigger view.
"Fruitbowl" line and wash - a style that is accepted by most pro painters that I know. Kinda loose and interpretive. Start with the pen (no room for correction), then add a wash of colour here and there.
Klimt, who died in 1918, had a great influence on modern painting. He painted the faces realistically although he went wild with the backgrounds - most of them gold and graphic. I have been studying Klimt, Schiele, and more recently Kobayashi and Liepke. This is my study of the Klimt style with thanks to a contemporary ultra successful American artist who has given me permission to post this image of her on my blog.
This was my entry for the Opus Outdoor Challenge. It is the gap in the rocks at Holland Point, Victoria BC. The snow tops are on the Olympic Mountains across the water in the USA. We are in Canada. Nice neighbours, eh. I even won a prize at this event.
Why paint Stonehenge? Why paint this + minus 4000-year old mediaeval circle of stones? Mainly because of its composition and allure. Plus there's life in that domain - flowers, insects and birds a nice contrast to the stones. See the video, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jdRW7DXXQ8
Red upon red glazed makes the Beetle redder than red. I also like the cute muscular drawing of mine. It's not often that I exaggerate a shape and still maintain it's identity. Blow your own trumpet? Why not.