Monday, February 28, 2011

"Lime Kiln Lighthouse, San Juan Island" acrylic 6 x 8

I'm using my new acrylic paint - I find the paintings clean and almost graphic much like a poster illustration but I am still using the same definite swipe of brushstroke that I use in oils. There it is ... San Juan Island, USA.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

"Island Wildflowers" acrylic 6 x 8

California poppies make a great floral frontispiece for this rural tale here on the island. I like the tell-tale sign of an infrequently used roadway going between the posts - a farm path so little used that grass grows over its tracks! Nice - one has access but it's certainly no highway ... click on COMMENTS for your feedback.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

"Kate" one-hour portrait sketch 6 x 8 oils

Tuesday afternoons is when a dozen or so portrait painters gather at Goward House to flex their likeness muscles! Today's model is simply "Kate."

Friday, February 18, 2011

"Cattle Point Pools" oils 6 x 8

When the tide is out the foreshore is a tweendeck for exploration and wonder - revealing rocks, sand, marine and plant life.  Twelve hours later the show is over until Nature's next performance.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

"The Lavender Shed" oils 8 x 10

Tucked away at the end of the lavender rows is the little shed where some of the prettier stalks are stored, pending buyers of the yet un-processed plants because most of the harvest goes for the making of a host of products ranging from soaps to essential oils. AHhhh...

I painted this in a swift broad brush style - click on't for a bigger view then hit your BACK button to return here - COMMENTS are encouraged. Thanks, Ron.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

"Little Brown Pot" oil 11 x 14

Artist Keith Campbell lent me the series of DVDs by Helen van Wyk who died in 1994 - in this still life from my kitchen I used many of the tips and principles from her TV series.   I followed her classic European way of painting; using acrylic underpainting in greys, oil overpainting in colour, a composition of simple elements, soft edges, "whoop-si-doos" and a flourish of brushwork. I'd be interested in your COMMENTS please.

Friday, February 11, 2011

"Sunny Delight" oil 11 x 14

A wee bit of sun does wonders for the soul.  Blissful warmth finds its way into the cabin of the Washington State Ferry. Or MAYBE, she is thinking of Valentine's Day and the quiet joy it may bring ... you be the judge.

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"Wave watching at Holland Point" oil 11 x 14

We have always had a fascination for the breaking wave. This is a gentle crash at Holland Point, Victoria BC.
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Monday, February 07, 2011

"Inner Harbour Panorama" oil 14 x 24

A Japanese visitor called the Morris Gallery in Victoria BC and asked for a painting that would show both the world-famous Empress Hotel AND the Legislature building in ONE painting.
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