Friday, October 24, 2008

"Goodacre Lake" Beacon Hill Park, Victoria BC

Did you notice the Mallard drake under the bridge? (You may have to enlarge the image by clicking on it and then pressing your RETURN button to come back).
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Friday, October 03, 2008

"Misty Rain Boat" oils 8 x 12

Oak Bay Marina in the rain.

Yes it really rained and the water came past my umbrella onto the canvas so, working with water-soluble oils this morning, I had to stop and leave my fellow half-dozen artists to cope as best they could.

Friday, September 05, 2008

Saxe Point

I was drawn to the light on the left rocks versus the rocks in the shadows on the right. Oils 11 x 14.

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Friday, August 22, 2008

Oak Bay from Cattle Point

"Oak Bay" oil on stretched canvas 11 x 14

Today we were at Cattle Point on Vancouver Island, Canada - about sixteen of us artists. I was facing Oak Bay. That tall building in the centre is where Rudyard Kipling once stayed at the Old Charming Inn, previously known as the Oak Bay Hotel, the hotel long since demolished but immortalised in a Kipling poem!
On the right is a sun-bleached rocky outcrop smoothed by glacial action some fifteen-thousand years ago, and the restless sea once carved the foreground rocks on the left foreground. Seagulls rest on a tiny rock mid-picture.
The mile-high Olympics of the good ol' US-of-A frame my picture. We are on the watery border between the USA and Canada here. Click the image for a bigger view of my painting but please push your back button to return here. Care to leave a message?

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Finlayson Arm from St.Stephens

"Finlayson Arm from St.Stephens"

On Friday morning July 25, 2008 our Plein Air Group visited St.Stephens just outside Victoria on Vancouver Island BC. We had a great time, everyone turned in some excellent work, I was delighted to see the quality of the other artists' work Yippeee...

For my part, I was drawn by the zig-zag of the field and the water, a wonderful device to show aerial perspective.

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Friday, July 18, 2008

Havenwood from Pendray House

When I got this home today I saw that it was lacking in lights so I went ahead and added some. Now the painting has more impact for me. There were some 25 of us painting en plein air today, a nice turn-out but oh the was so strong that Jude's metal easel blew over and one of its legs broke! For the two-hour session I had to keep my canvas down with my left hand. Still, the weather cannot spoil the utter joy of painting outside.

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Friday, June 20, 2008

"Madrona Farm"
The Madrona Farm outside Victoria BC

We had no idea that such an attractive rural spot was so close to our city of Victoria. The way that the fields are draped over the low hill is just wonderful for a painter. About twenty of us had a go at it and we all did well. I strove for a simple composition and left out peripherals such as the odd tractor and hedge!
Chek-TV was there too today and some of our lovelies will be on the box tonight, I'm sure.
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Friday, June 13, 2008

"The Beach at Mount Douglas"

Sun, glorious sun!
About eighteen artists chose Mt.Doug Park for this week's paint-in. I used my 9 x 16-inch canvas board to get this panoramic effect, quite a challenge to get the scene down within two hours, so I made it sketchy with large loose brushwork. Click on't for bigger view and please honour me with a COMMENT - good, bad or what ever feedback you think will open my eyes! Be frank hey...