Tuesday, February 28, 2012

"Marjorie" acrylic 11 x 14

Marjorie sat for the Goward House Painters today. She had a rainbow-coloured cardigan on and I should have included it but I was using my acrylic paints instead of my customary oils today so I concentrated on her features -- I challenged myself 'cos acrylic paint is new to me and I battle a bit.
Anyway, Marjorie liked it 'cos I excluded a wrinkle or two - when she told me this I offered to paint some IN - she laughed.

Monday, February 27, 2012

"1938 Chevrolet Master Deluxe Coupe" acrylic 11 x 14

Ahhh -- what a super duper car - made a year before I was born. Go figure. In fact my dad had one of these and I remember the humungous Dickie Seat at the back.
I used acrylic paint because it's so vivid and clean. This painting could have been painted in a photo-realism way but I like to see that there is an ARTIST behind the style...
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Saturday, February 25, 2012

"Vintage Truck - Heritage Acres" acrylics 11 x 14

I like the clean look of acrylic paint - this old truck languishes in a shed at Heritage Acres in Saanich, Victoria BC, a place which serves as a museum for farm equipment mostly.
The vehicle MAY be restored, I'm not sure, but at least it has been saved from the crusher.
I decided on happy colours instead of brown rust - who knows, there may be hope for the vintage vehicle.
If you know the make and year of the truck please COMMENT and I'll post the details.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Friday Fish" oil 8 x 10

If it's Friday it must be fish. On a technical note I used my conventional oil paints today, not my water-soluble oils. It felt good. Just like the days of my youth.
Conventional oils have that honest-to-goodness feel and swishability (my word). I think I'll keep 'em in my paint drawer for forays like this into the future. By now I know that YOU know you can click on the image to see a bigger view. As always I'll value your COMMENT. (See below).

"Maria - portrait no.3" oil 8 x 10

Maria was our sitter again at the Goward House Portrait Painters group - this time I felt the likeness was better. Scroll down a few pics to see my first attempts.

Monday, February 20, 2012

"Oranges and Blues" 8 x 10 oil

Juicy orange wedges complement the ultra blue of Dunny's mug. In this painting I used a loaded brush "paint like a millionaire" someone once said. Thick and juicy - click on it for a bigger view. Add a COMMENT below if you like.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

"Dancing Iris" oil on canvas 8 x 10

We came across this iris in the grounds of Government House in Victoria. Spring is on the way...
My approach was to use expressive and somewhat large brush strokes loaded with paint - very little correction.
Hey, I'm almost pleased with the end result - but then artists are always (quite rightly) self-critical...

"Pearly Onion" 8 x 10 oil

I love the way the light digs deep into the common onion and the veggie seems to have an internal glow like a pearl. A nice challenge which we got to eat afterwards...a double whammy.
As for the painting execution, I could have gone on and on making the work even more realistic but this way of painting is my HOME STYLE, and I respect it.
Your COMMENT (below) is appreciated.
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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

"Nicolle" oil 8 x 10

Nicolle, one of our artists, took a turn in the sitter's seat at the Goward House Portrait Painters group today.

Apart from the technical need to get a likeness, we also try to reach for some feeling or emotion in the work -  who knows when a painting has feeling - it's inanimate, but I think I know what they mean - a sense of pleasantness and beauty.

Anyway, your COMMENTS (see below) are welcome.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Brass Rubbing 6 x 8 demo by Pat Hindmarch-Watson

At a meeting of artists in Oak Bay this week, Pat Hindmarch-Watson demonstrated the fine old art of brass rubbing and invited several of us to try our hand - this is my rubbing. Pat kept a friendly and helpful eye over my attempt and I'm delighted by the result. Thanks Pat.  We used a special black paper imported from England and rubbed over a genuine brass using  a wax crayon made with brass powder it seems. What fun.  Isn't art wonderful? So different from working with a brush - here's my 6 x 8 oil sketch completed the same day entitled "The Fire Hydrant."

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Wednesday, February 08, 2012

"Ann" portrait sketch oil 8 x 10

If you're an artist and the sitter you've engaged doesn't appear for this week's session of the Goward House Portrait Painters then it's understood that YOU have to sit instead!

This happened to Ann this week.

Usually at these sessions Ann works with her iPad2 creating portraits in her own unique style. Go to Facebook and search "Goward House Portrait Painters" and check out her digital art, amongst the dozen or so pencil- and brush-wielding artists.

Friday, February 03, 2012

"Mt.Doug from Mt.Tolmie" oils - colour note, 11 x 14

A sunny but cold and windy morn atop Mount Tolmie facing Mount Douglas --
I may decide to paint a large painting here in my studio later but I need this plein air colour note to remind me of the yellow moss, the green grass and the slate-grey rock.
(I don't wish to be reminded of that chilly breeze...) brrrrr