Wednesday, May 30, 2018

"Red Sails" auction at Habitat for Humanity

It's yours if you bid online at my original oil at Habitat for Humanity - see the price! That's a GOOD price but it's my donation to the cause only until June 10th, 2018.
See the painting at the Bay Centre Victoria BC if you like.but you may bid online too!
C'mon, let's get some sales (sails) going for charity!

Friday, May 18, 2018

"Fruitbowl" w/c 6x8 inches

"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.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

"Tennis Miss" Conté and w/c 5x6 inches

Tennis season again, ball catchers at the ready. Quick sketch in 2017 while watching TV. I add the colour 2018.Good practise.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

"Villatoile" w/c 7.5 x 9.5 inches.

When Theard van Heerde and Simone went on a camping and cycling trip they took a photograph of Villatoile in Dinant - Belgium. They gave me permission to paint this.

I just like the ancient architecture with the imaginative brickwork topping the stone walls.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

"Chinatown car 2015"

"Chinatown car" w/c 3.5 x 5.5
 I cut it down and matted it like this. Too small? Click the painting again.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Tribute to Gustav Klimt

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.

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

"Holland Wave" acrylic 8x10

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.

Thursday, April 05, 2018

"Aura and Jack" Conté pencil 6 x 8

Two French bulldogs seem to sleep all day and make use of the doggie door all night, but we only get to experience them whenever we babysit Mike and Bev's babies... Aura (black) and Jack (beige) are actually quite lovable with two very different personalities. Aura barks for her frisby game and Jack chews on his plastic tooth-cleaning bone. That's about it. Oh, and they love their daily walkies!

"White Sail" watercolor 6 x 8

My donation to the ReStore campaign at Habitat for Humanity in Victoria BC. I was invited to choose some item from their store and render it. I chose an old picture frame and dropped this painting into it, setting a value of $250 should it go on sale at the store in May.

Sunday, April 01, 2018

"Kehla" venerable Zulu elder

Pronounced KESH-LA Kehla is a Zulu word of respect for an old man of stature. Wise, calm, and a leader. I used Conté pencil which is a cross between lipstick and charcoal to my mind. It is dramatic and hard to correct if one tries to move one's lines with an eraser. A nice challenge for a sketch artist - you get it right the first time or you just don't get it right!

Monday, February 05, 2018

"Painting Stonehenge" oil 24x36 inches

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,

Friday, January 12, 2018

"Red, red Beetle" w/c 4x6 inches

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.