Friday, December 19, 2014

"Peacock Chick" 5x7 oil

Impressionist painting requires some suggestion - using a brush and a knife I hint at what is real, a kinda shorthand which we viewers understand without the need for over explanation. Anyhow, I was drawn by this pair in a well-cultivated lavender field. They look sooo cute together. There was second chick around, probably lagging behind somewhere in the the rows of lavender....

$100 = SOLD December 20, 2014

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"Puppy Love" 5x7 oil

This is not meant to be a portrait of anyone - my inspiration came from a photograph I had taken at a friend's house a while back. I loved the connection between the girl and the dog. I purposely avoided a true likeness of the person and I purposely made the dog a wee bit smaller, accentuating the "puppiness."

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

"Bree" BIG BRUSH tile strokes, oil 11x14

My aim was to paint in tile strokes - something I have seen the great artists do on Google. Using a BIG BRUSH AND LOTS OF PAINT I REALIZED MY AMBITION.....YAY.

But I didn't do Bree any justice, my approach aged her. Meantime she's a beautiful young lady as you can see by the photograph. I must thank her for sitting so well, she enabled me to adopt the BIG BRUSH style.

Thanks Bree, you're a star. Here's nicer painting of you which I did some time ago, May 2013:

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Friday, December 12, 2014

"Wetlands" 8x10 oil

Plein air painters are ready to move through muddy flats to reach scenes of great artistic merit. Such was the case today at Viaduct Wetlands in Greater Victoria.


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Thursday, December 11, 2014

"Ford at the Ledge" oil 8x10

The Ledge is the affectionate term that Victorians in BC call the legislature.
1934 Ford at the Legislature in Victoria BC. Available

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Tuesday, December 02, 2014

"Erin" oil 11x14

Erin sat for the Goward House Portrait Painters today. She's a competitive swimmer and has sat for artists before.

I returned to my home medium today after several weeks of exploring other media such as pencil, pastel and acrylic - I find that working in another medium is not only challenging but the lessons learnt visit well on my home medium of oils. It was a great experience and I enjoyed crafting the portrait with almost no blending, opting for brush strokes of adjacent tone, much like Karin Jurick, John Cook or Carol Marine would have done. Super duperrrr...

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