Thursday, October 28, 2010

"Maple Bay Gem tree" 11 x 14 oil on RayMar board

An Arbutus (Madrona) tree in Maple Bay, Vancouver Island. I was drawn by the gem-like appearance of the foliage and the boathouse tucked-around-the-corner .

Friday, October 15, 2010

"Seagull at Holland Point" oil 6 x 8 canvas on board

Painted en plein air at Holland Point just a few feet to the left of the previous painting location (see below). I used my new Langnickel series 5590 brush again - it's extremely soft (made from Mongoose hair) but it gives a silky effect - I like to see brush marks in my work - I want to show confidence and even bravado!

And yes, the seagull was really there, I worked quickly to get him down on canvas. He stayed for at least ten minutes...

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

"Holland Point Cove" oils 11 x 14 plein air

We are lucky to live in such a paradise, the sun came out, the sea was calm, so were we - sunny and calm. My lady love read a book whilst I painted - it took me an hour and twenty minutes to sketch this scene and I'm happy with it. I hope you are too ...

Sunday, October 03, 2010

Friday, October 01, 2010

"Stream, Michell's Farm" oils 11 x 14

I saw this from a narrow road with no place to park, so I drove around to another field, parked, and began to paint from memory. The result is a simple composition with few distracting elements - lending some impact to the work I think.