Wednesday, August 29, 2012

"Rooster on the road to Hana" oil 6 x 6

This proud fellow was heading in the same direction as us on the winding road to Hana on Maui, Hawaii.
What a colorful and wonderful land that Hawaii is!
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Relentless Ronald
(Seriously, if you're interested in this little painting you'll find it reasonably priced on Fine Art America.
Simply google Fine Art America and search their box for Ron Wilson. They make different sized prints too, one - a greetings card - as low as $5.95 and they ship 'em to your front door).

Sketch "Trial Island from Ross Bay" pen and ink

Edward Seago did a lot of sketching like this - from these sparse drawings he produced many magnificent watercolours and oils. I dropped my camera in favour of my "secret weapon" my pocket-sized sketch book, and did a 5-minute rendering yesterday which I may use as an inspiration for a painting some day. What do you think? Will it do?
COMMENTS welcome. Go on and encourage this emerging artist...

Rhino horn sells for 14-thousand dollars

Yesterday in Victoria BC an ancient rhino horn went on auction legally and sold for fourteen thousand dollars.
Here's my monochrome of a rhino emerging from the bush in South Africa where I was born. Horns that pre-date the ban apart, I too am saddened by the reported incidents of current poaching there. A Voice of America reports that poison is being used to protect the rhinos - Game farm owners have been hiring armed security guards to patrol their reserves, which can be a dangerous job. Now, they are trying a new tactic: they poison the rhinos' horns. The rhino is injected with an anaesthetic, so that it's paralyzed but conscious. Then a hole is drilled into its horn, which is injected with a poison that's dyed red. Conservationist Lorinda Hern says the substance is safe for rhinos, but harmful to humans who ingest it. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, nerve damage and even death in extreme cases. If you buy a horn and it's [a red] kind of color, you obviously know that it's been tampered with and that it's not safe for human consumption. "So, yeah, 60,000 U.S. dollars per kilo versus zero," said Hern, showing how the poison changes the horn’s hue. Once the procedure is complete, the rhino wakes up groggy but unharmed.
My painting is for sale, contact me for the price, free shipping to anywhere in North America, estimates for other countries. Thanks, Ron

"Rhino Emerging" by Ron Wilson (oil painting framed 6 x 8).
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Monday, August 27, 2012

"Red Barn and Tractor" oil 16 x 20

As a plein air painter I usually paint smaller canvas-covered boards but today I stretched a 16 x 20 and chose this scene on Vancouver Island because of the reflection of the barn opposite, plus the tractor is a good centre of interest for me.

"St.Charles Lane" oil 11 x 14

A glimpse of the sea is your reward when you wander down the lane to the Ross Bay beach in Victoria, BC.
I have painted this scene twice before and I guess I may paint it again some day - my reward is the changing colours and the painterly challenges.
Your comment (see below) will be appreciated.
Ronald the Relentless

Thursday, August 23, 2012

"Stan and Helen's, Gonzales Bay" oil sketch 11 x 14

Located on the beach at Gonzales Bay.
This is my loose sketch done on the beach in about an hour this morning. It was a mixed tide for a couple hours, so my navy friends tell me.
I scrapped this work after trying to establish contact with the owners of the house. Sulky Ron.
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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

"Dinghy Launch" oil 12 x 16

At the Oak Bay marina it's fine and clear now but a windy week left a lace of leaves at the water's edge and kelp patterns still appear on the beach.
Messing about in small boats is the thing to do when you live at the coast. Will a leisurely trip around the bay give you the same lift in life as a motorcycle ride? Boating or riding? Press "no comments" to be the first to drop me a note.
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Friday, August 17, 2012

"Slow" Acrylic 8 x 10

There are times when a great big truck can seem so very small, especially when being commanded by a mere slip of a girl - I mean flag person of course!
The painting is a partial - and this blog is interactive so I'd like your opinion as to whether you miss the rest of the vehicle - would a fuller rendering of it really add to the painting?
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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

"The Bush at Cattle Point" 6 x 8 Acrylic

Today my lovely lady and I went plein air painting at Cattle Point on Vancouver Island. I felt like a quickie sketch and nailed it in an hour and ten minutes, is this rendering too loose for your taste?
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Monday, August 13, 2012

"Piper's Beach" 8 x 10 oil

When we first settled in Canada some twenty years ago we lived in Nanaimo on Vancouver Island.  Then my favourite outdoors spot was Piper's Lagoon. Last week we went back to see family, and my brother-in-law and I took time off to paint the beach at Piper's Lagoon en plein air.
If you know Nanaimo too, do you think we should have turned around and painted the lagoon instead? Use COMMENTS to reply.