Friday, July 30, 2010

"Blue Dinghy" oils 8 x 10

Plein air painting with the Al Frescoes this morning at Oak Bay Marina, one of our local spots. Initially we were immersed in a fog bank and my fellow artists were delighted, taking photographs before the fog burnt off - it didn't last long enough to do a decent painting but maybe later we'll see a plethora of fog paintings from the ALFs ...

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

"Agate Beach Rocks" 9 x 12 oil study

In this study I used the 'broad brush' technique with my new Langnickel brush which helped produce a blocky, geometric style of plein air painting.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

"Rocks at Lowtide, Cattle Point" 8 x 10

Painted in oils en plein air in an hour, I was drawn by the sparkles on the water backed by a bank of mist (fog) on the horizon. I wanted a simple seascape that would reflect my enchantment with this fugitive scene - I came away a happy camper!

Friday, July 23, 2010

"Glamorgan Farm" 8 x 10 oil sketch

Glamorgan Farm was established in 1851 on Vancouver Island in the district of North Saanich.

This is an oils sketch I shall be using later to paint a much bigger piece. Yes, I took photographs but it's always handy to record some of the impressions and colours to remind me how I felt when rendering this scene.
I excluded a lot of finicky detail but will include some of it in my bigger version to come ...

Thursday, July 22, 2010

"Thunderbird Park" oil 9 x 12

Downtown next to the BC Museum is the Thunderbird Park with all its totems. I liked this one with the heritage Helmken House in the background. I was also delighted to have the whole scene bedecked in pink blossoms.
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Monday, July 19, 2010

Friday, July 09, 2010

"Wait for Me" oil 11 x 14

This is my studio painting of "Mac" - my brother-in-law's new puppy, nine months old. We were at Oak Bay marina. The feeling of the work is of the dog being left ashore while master goes for a sail ...both the pet and the owner could be saying to each other "wait for me."

"Vineyard" line and wash 4 x 6

Not done en plein air but a memory painting, painting from memory based on all my visits to vineyards all over. I love line and wash

Folks this is really a very good painting, if you like it too please contact me at ronjbw at gmail dot com

Friday, July 02, 2010

"Anderson Hill" oil 8 x 10

This is McNeill Bay seen from Anderson Hill.  We were blessed with a cloudy day with wide patches of blue sky for a quick oil study like this. The scene is pretty much as I saw it on site, with me leaving out some details.

Here's my 'after' photo:

One of the challenges of painting outside is to reduce a 180-degree scene into a 9-degree acceptance angle which is ideal for a canvas 8 x 10 inches. Remember to CLICK on any of these images to get a bigger view. Then press your BACK button to return here.

"Sister Ships" watercolor 7 x 9.5

These are the two schooners berthed in the Inner Harbour of Victoria BC.  I have learnt how to make my watercolours LIGHT again, I can now safely return to my oils for the next painting (above).