Tuesday, January 21, 2014

"Duncan Wetlands" acrylic 11x14

A leaden sky but a beautiful day. This wetland is a little way out of Duncan on the road to Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. Hit it for a larger image.
Acrylic - thin and thick. That's my treatment here. Want it? Email me.

Friday, January 17, 2014

"Swan on the Lake" oils 6x8

Having very little time 'cos I arrived late at the Viaducts Flats this morning, I chose to use a 6x8 canvas board and paint rapidly with a big brush. Hey, I like it! Hit the image for a bigger view. Do you want this oil sketch? Email me.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

"Doug Foreman" ink cartoon 8x11

I get intention tremor, the "writer's vibrato," so cross hatching is good for me. In fact it's soothing.
This is Lieutenant Colonel Doug Foreman's second sitting with the Goward House Portrait Painters.
He first sat for us last year and his pencil portrait appears in my older posts. See January 22, 2013.

Caricature calls for exaggeration but the colonel graciously accepted the distortion with good humour...
he said the troops would appreciate the portrayal 'cos they say he can be a hard r's. I dunno, he seems like a pretty likeable guy to me.

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

"Linda" portrait from life at Goward House

You have heard me declare before that Goward House is my testing ground for art in all sorts of media from oils to pastels and beyond. Well today I spent an hour crafting this pen 'n ink portrait of sitter Linda.
I believe that working in one medium visits kindly upon the other media that I find myself embracing.
My portrait of Linda was done very lightly in pencil first, then I gradually applied cross-hatching in pen before flooding the larger planes in bold black. Voila. Hit the image to see a bigger view. Comments encouraged. Thanks, Ron.

Saturday, January 04, 2014

"Vineyard" now a mural in a wine cellar

Following my tiny watercolour sketch in 2010 I was invited to paint the scene on the wall of a wine cellar, this time in acrylics. Size 24 x 36 inches. Naturally I adapted the feel of the piece to suit the cellar, the horizon line of the mural is about eye-level which is the convention for bigger pieces. Anyway, the owner was happy. He has place an oak barrel below it and a French wine box with raffia on the floor next to it making the whole scene so effective. No, I wasn't paid in wine!
Click the mural for a bigger image.