Friday, March 30, 2012

"The Yellow House" oil 11x14 Banfield Park

Today I chose a complicated scene way out of my comfort zone - trees, roads, buildings, etc. (photograph above) and reduced it to a two-hour oil sketch en plein air.

It was a wee bit stressful but I did it.  Sometimes it's good to step outside of the comfort zone and to tackle a subject that one wouldn't normally paint.
I liked the repetition of the windows and pickets - two, two, four, four....and the pavement of course.
As exercise it's worth it. I don't think it's the greatest painting since sliced cheese, yet it taught me a lot. 
This building is on the Craigflower Road above Banfield Park in Western Victoria BC.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

"Sheep May safely Graze" acrylic 8x10

Lambs abound at this time o' year -- daffodils bloom and new-born lambs stick by Ma.
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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

"Diane" 10 x 14 oil portrait

Midway through my painting did I see a badge on Diane's jacket that she is a recipient of a new heart, an operation she had in 2004. The badge invited questions. What a great idea.
Anyway, I was in the company of at least a dozen portrait painters at Goward House today and I chose to do a profile.

Monday, March 26, 2012

"Hot Heart" (chillies) 6 x 8 oils

These red chillies have a curl at the top of their stems, so in composing my arrangement I twirled them around until I saw that they made a heart shape. Voila.
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Saturday, March 24, 2012

"Sailor on Watch" acrylic 6 x 8

Having been in the merchant navy myself, I love sea dogs. Rest easy.
This guy will look after your stuff...

"Tennis Player" iPad2 digital rendering 6 x 8

Drawing with a finger on a tablet is becoming the must-do art thingee these days. Here's my iPad2 rendering with an ArtRage app.
Technology apart, I'm still moving within the bracket (whether in oils, acrylics, w/c or pencil), still striving to nail a personal style, a recognizable signature....
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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

"Nicolle" conte pencil

You can click on the image to see a larger picture - it's Nicolle at today's session of the Goward House Portrait Painters -- I chose Conte pencil 'cos these sessions are a wonderful way of experimenting with different media without offending the sitter. I mentioned the deal in an earlier post - you sit and then you get to take home the portrait that you like best.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

"Maria the Second" oil 8 x 10

We never see ourselves in profile, but others do - if the likeness is reasonable our friends and family may just recognise us.
Anyway, our sitter at the Goward House Portrait Painters Group was Maria, our second Maria. (Scroll down to see my first Maria).
I like contre jour 'against the light' lighting even though I was running the risk of her not recognizing herself by me choosing her side view.
The purpose of the group is to stretch and practise - and I found the benefits of these exercises visit upon all my other media - drawing, still life, wildlife (!) and landscapes. Accuracy and interpretation is what I aim for.
The painting time was just over an hour. Click on it to see a larger view. Add a COMMENT which is great feedback, good or not good...

Monday, March 12, 2012

"wicker waits for thee..." acrylic 6 x 8

As the seasons turn, the garden waits for us to sit a while. Busy bees need a breeze out in the open - if only for a couple minutes or so. I liked the contrast between the turning leaves and the new Spring grass. Maybe I'll take time to go and sit and ponder over the positive points of life...

Sunday, March 11, 2012

"The Cookhouse Theatre, Maui" oil 6x8

A flourish of color at the Cookhouse Theatre on Maui - I think I responded to the old-style building with its corrugated roof and top vent for the Hawaiian heat. Great stuff.
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Thursday, March 08, 2012

"Mount Baker in the winter" oil sketch 6x8

It's TINY - only 6 x 8 inches and it took me 39 minutes to sketch in in oils. Why so quick? Well, there was a chilly little wind a-blowin' at Willows Beach in Victoria BC this morning.
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Tuesday, March 06, 2012

"David" 11x14 oil

Danish-born Canadian David sat for the group of Goward House Portrait Painters today and charmed us all with his gracious persona...
Benefactor, inventor, and art collector.

"Green Bottle" 11 x 14 acrylic on plywood

I bought this bottle from a thrift store for three dollars (empty) because I like the way that light filters through the glass. All I had to do was to add the two brass goblets to complete the composition.

Friday, March 02, 2012

"Blue Ford" acrylics 11 x 14

The funky Blue Ford is the third in my series of old cars. I believe it is a 1934 model but you Fordies can put me right....
Most car paintings are tight and photographic but I wanted a loose, brushy look.
I learnt to spread my colours so that there are little spots placed here and there, adding I think to the harmony.
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