Thursday, February 27, 2014

"Sean Thompson" master drummer, pastel 11x14

Sean is an amazing drummer who can also play bass. He can mix it up with any band or orchestra,Sean is  inventive, creative and just a regular nice all-round guy. (I guess by now you've realized that he's my talented nephew). Hit the image for a bigger view. Comments welcome.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

"Rhosalia" pencil 9 x 12

Rhosalia sat for the Goward House Portrait Painters today. For a change I used graphite - not the pencil kind but the solid stick, I find that moving from one medium to another kinda helps the other media waiting in the wings - it's like jogging helps one's cycling because you get fit.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

"Jannice" oil 16 x 20

Jannice sat for the Goward House Portrait Painters today.
Jannice tells me that I had sketched and painted her husband, Doug Foreman,  on a previous occasion - so now they have matching portraits, so soon after Valentine's Day -- I know what you're thinking....aawwww.  Anyhoo, press the image for a bigger view. It was fun.

Friday, February 14, 2014

"Cedarhill Willow" oil 11x14

Windy conditions. Oils on my box, my bag and my clothes. Boo-hoo, but nothing spoils the joy of painting outside. Spring is busting out already, so I exploded this budding willow at the edge of the Cedarhill golf course  Hit the image for a bigger view. Painted with broad brush and palette knife - BAM!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

"Brian and Mary" oil 11x14

We were delighted to find TWO sitters at our Goward House Portrait Painters group this week. I decided to go for a sixty-minute oil sketch. I was worried that if I did apply more detail I would run the risk of smoothing my brush strokes, and I was intent upon keeping them unsullied. Another thing - sitters don't really see themselves in profile, so the resultant portrait can be a bit of a surprise to them. Anyway, it was a good session and the artists did very well.

Monday, February 10, 2014

"Early morning beach walk" oil 8x10

Getting up EARLY is akin to dieting - it seems a good idea and it IS a good idea. How 'bout this couple of beach strollers with Rover the Scottish Kelpie? Want to own this painting? Contact me for a fair price cos it's unframed. Bring your own.

Thursday, February 06, 2014

"The Ledge" pastel 9 x 12

The Ledge as we know it here in Victoria BC. It's the Legislature of  British Columbia, designed by Rattenbury. Seen from the Royal BC Museum and simplified a lot, artist's decision of course.
Pastel. Hit it for a bigger view.

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

"Fiona" pencil portrait 9x12

Fiona sat for the Goward House Portrait Painters. We were graced with the attendance of Clement Kwan again today - his charcoal rendering of the sitter is stunning, it is inspiring working alongside a world-class artist!

Monday, February 03, 2014

"Dinghy Tenders" watercolour 6x9

The simplicity of a forceful yet gentle watercolour - you leave out the nonsense and emphasize the
Click for a bigger view and contact me if you want to own this one.

"Crow and Cedar Rail" watercolour and acrylic on paper

Crow perched obligingly on this cedar rail fence on the edge of Holland Point, Dallas Road, Victoria BC.
I liked the atmospheric distance (thanks to the sea mist) and the abundance of wildflowers. This started out as a watercolour (and I left it be at the top quarter) but I decided to finish the painting with acrylic paint. 'Glad I did. Now it is a mixed media work!
Hit it for a bigger view. Let me know if you want it. I'll sort out a special price for ya....Ron

Sunday, February 02, 2014

"Bald Eagle" graphic pencil new for 2014

New for 2014, an updated drawing of my Bald Eagle  - this new one is being submitted to the Art Gallery of Victoria's exhibition "Black and White Drawings"
scheduled for mid-February.  Ten years on, my new rendering is more crisp and edgy. See if you like it. Click it for a bigger view.