Sunday, January 16, 2011

"Urban Cup" Cafe - oil 12 x 12

The Urban Cup Cafe is situated on Shelbourne Street, quite near to the Cedar Hill Cross Road in Victoria BC. The atmosphere is great - the cafe is frequented by seniors from the neighbourhood and students from UVic. The food is excellent and the prices are reasonable. The cafe is owned by Jeff whom I've painted here like a Manet figure behind the counter. I may have a little more to do on this rough sketch...your COMMENTS are invited. Click on the word COMMENTS below here.

Saturday, January 08, 2011

"Metro Van" 8 x 10 oil on canvas mounted on Baltic plywood

I saw this International Harvester Metro Van in the small vessel docks in Port Townsend USA while on a painting trip last year. It is probably a 1969 model but I'm not sure. Somebody help me out here.
Anyway the metro van was designed by Raymond Loewy who had also designed the Coke bottle, the aerodynamic Hupmobile and the Studebaker amongst other things - the van was used as a short haul multi-stop vehicle which could be used as a milk delivery van or even a mobile bar! I love it 'cos it's ugly/beautiful and I once owned a Hupp.
To start the New Year I am painting what I like, what's dear to me, and I'm painting this not for money but for me. Selfish but with great affection for the subject. My car friends tell me that's a 1959 Peugeot in the background...

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

"Little Falls" oil 6 x 8

Painted with really thick impasto brush strokes, some little knife work, and a smudge with a deliberate finger!
This is an iconic view of the interior of British Columbia. Bold for 2011 ...