Saturday, February 28, 2015

"Mount Baker from Cattle Point 2" oil 6x8

After a week of overcast skies the sun shone brightly today, so we went down to my favourite plein air spot, Cattle Point where the view of Mt.Baker was spectacular - pure alabaster.

45-minutes and this 6x8 oil was done! Your response to please folks!

Vancouver Island.

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Friday, February 20, 2015

"Craigdarroch Castle" 11x14 acrylic

I painted there this morning -- instead I used the evening colours because they're more dramatic than plain daylight - artist's choice. SOLD through the Internet to Nikki and Gordon, friends in the UK.

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Sunday, February 08, 2015

"Teenage Tusker" oil 6x6

I love painting wildlife. Even though this elephant is beyond his baby years he still has the cuteness of proportion.

It's a small painting but it can be seen in a larger form if you click on the image.

Thursday, February 05, 2015

A method used by Edward Seago

"The Road to Costco" oil by Ron Wilson.
My artist buddy Mike Leavy lent me the new Seago book by James Russell. Edward Seago liked to paint "on the spot" as he called it. Not only that, he could paint from memory too. Sometimes he made very brief sketches.

I followed this Seago method - while Colleen was driving I memorized a bend in the road to Costco and made a brief sketch at home:

Then without the scene in front of me and no photo reference I painted this oil (much like Seago would have done in the 6o's and 7o's). Fun. It gives the artist a lot of freedom to create and express - and we got some shopping in at the two-hundred dollar store too!

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Tuesday, February 03, 2015

"Gillian" portrait 11x14

So fresh that there's shine-back on Gillian's hat. She sat so very well for the Goward House Portrait Painters today.

I was happy with the brush work and the colours even though the likeness turned out a wee bit cartoonish for my taste. Often a painting paints itself - I knew it was turning out like this but I didn't seem to have much control - just shows that a lot of painting gets done using the hidden recesses of the brain. It's not a bad painting, it's brushy and the paint is applied like colour tiles --- I'm sort of pleased with it.