Tuesday, March 29, 2011

"Sir James Douglas" pen and ink portrait

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Old Cemeteries Society President Wilf Bruch (right) formally accepts the Douglas drawing from me

In March I donated this pen 'n ink portrait to the Old Cemeteries Society of Victoria. http://www.oldcem.bc.ca/about.htm
I did it in 1999 from a photograph of the one-time BC premier, the photograph was hanging in the BC Legislature in Victoria.
I have always wanted to draw faces of 'wanderers' - people who have been places, and their life-journeys are recorded like landscapes on their faces -- inner conflicts which have been met and mastered.
I sketch people just about anywhere - on a beach in Maui or at an airport; on a ferry, in the streets of the city. You're next!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

"Molokini Crater from Ahihi Linau" acrylics 8 x 10

Th extinct volcano crater of Molokini lies at a distance - I was painting at Ahihi Linau in Maui with three other artists -- John Cosby, Jan Bushart and Jamie Roth. The sun caused diamonds on the water.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

"Hawaiian Hibuscus" 6 x 8 acrylics

This flambouyant beauty grows on the hedge of our rental cottage here in Maui,  when I picked it and stuck it into a Polynesian ceramic bowl it said ALOHA to me!

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

"Palauea Beach, Maui" acrylic 9 x 12

Today I painted out with a small group of plein air painters on Palauea Beach, Maui.  I need to have my paintings dry enough to be packed in my suitcase so I worked in acrylics. With the warm temperature of 80 degrees Fahrenheit the painting dried instantly! I went for a nice long swim in the ocean afterwards.

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

"Molokini Crater, Maui" acrylics 9 x 12

The Molokini crater of Maui is a sickle-moon shaped volcano crater sticking out of the ocean. Snorkelers sail there to marvel at the sea life. I am beach-bound and can only try to render the inherent strength and beauty of this region with simplicity and directness, my own personal echo to the vibe of the extinct force.  

Monday, March 07, 2011

"Sunset, Makena Beach - Maui" 8 x 10 oil

Painted en plein air in Maui.
About an hour - I avoided looking directly at the sun setting over the ocean and I turned slightly to the right to paint this scene.

"Cane Field, Maui" 8 x 10 acrylics

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