Tuesday, January 29, 2013


Diane sat for the Goward House Portrait Painters today. She was introduced by one of our ambulatory artists who happened to see her walking one day. Walking is good exercise and we are amazed by how many walkers seem to strike up acquaintances while stepping out. About twelve artists meet at Goward House every week to practise their portraiture.

The deal is that you sit for free but at the end of the three-hour session you can choose which portrait to take home without charge. And you get tea and a treat too!

The charcoal sketch was done in a little more than and hour and then after tea (rooibos) I painted this little
6 x 8 oil, a little more than an hour:


Thursday, January 24, 2013

"Blue Van" 6x8 oils

This GMC van is parked outside my friend's house at least once a week because it belongs to the service guy who mows neighborhood lawns. I guess I like old vehicles...

Mixed media portrait

Col. Doug in the jacket, cap and badge he designed for his unit of army divers (different from navy divers). I had lotsa fun:
This my multi-media sketch (black charcoal, watercolor, black pen, 2 sepia pens, Conte pencil black, Conte pencil white and Crayola pencils red and orange) done in less than two hours at Goward House Portrait Painters last week.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

"Lieutenant-Colonel Doug Foreman" pencil 4x8

Lt. Col Doug Foreman sat for the Goward House Portrait Painters today and I am pleased that the Colonel chose this small thirty-minute pencil sketch to take home.
Click on it for a bigger image.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

"Blue Dinghy No.2" acrylics 8X10

I'll say it again - the hull of a vessel is the second best shape on earth! Painted in acrylics in complementary orange and blue colors.

Friday, January 18, 2013

"Scooter" 6x8 oil on canvas mounted on panel

I have to use that non-macho word 'cute' 'cos that what it is to me, a lil' scooter parked patiently near the sidewalk. What I really like is contre jour lighting - backlit subjects appeal to me.
Click it to see a bigger picture, and thanks for coming to my blog, your visit is important to me.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

"The Bouquet" oil 11x14

Inspired by Vermeer, the girl with the pearl earring. I like the classics done in an interpretive contemporary way. Check the edges. Visit my Fine Art America - Google Fine Art America Ron Wilson  http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/ron-wilson.html for details of a lot of my recent paintiongs. But this one above is done in the style of yesterday in monochrome (sepia).

Thanks, Ron.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

"Lorna" 8x11 vine charcoal

Lorna sat for the Goward House Portrait Painters this week. This time I chose to work in charcoal because I find it helps all my media when I jump around from pencil to charcoal and from acrylic to oils. One visits upon the other and it keeps the passion going.
Click the image to see a bigger picture - can you spot those elusive half-tones that Sargent spoke about? They're subtle but they help mould the form. Form the mould. Semantics. Just do it, Wilson!

Friday, January 11, 2013


McPartlin and Wilson have painted Victoria with Respect and Awe.
After both artists had painted in the Americas, Africa, Europe and China at separate times in their lives, they have settled in Victoria BC and have teamed up to record local scenes that will resonate with Victorians and visitors alike.
See Victoria BC through their eyes at Dales Gallery in the heart of Chinatown all this month 10am to 5pm.
The show is scheduled to show their works until February 2nd, 2013.

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

"Island Sunrise" 12x16 oil

Click on this image to see a bigger view. If the water looks watery it's cos the canvas was glazed a couple times. (Secret out).

I'm going for a moody, restful piece to keep close by...I too need some respite at times.