Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Trial Island and Block

Trial Island is just off Victoria , Vancouver Island. In the old days, shipwrights sailed there as a trial run to see if their ships were seaworthy. Today it's a good place for a lighthouse. I used the block as my eye-piece, having sailed the seas myself for a few years.
 

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Government House lower slope 8x10 oil plein air


 Smoke from the US fires. Dull sky but good visibility at ground level..............




When I want to compose my painting, first I usually do a little brief Conté sketch beforehand.
It's like a warm-up at tennis. It clears my mind and I can focus on the essentials.