Thursday, March 26, 2015

"Barn & Crops" oil 9x12

Yes it's a bit tight for a Wilson. I had to use a knife and a ga-zillion brushes to get this effect, and I don't mind telling you that it took me MONTHS of painting - not your flash-Harry stuff! But I'm quite pleased with it - it reflects the peri-urban life just outside of the city of Victoria on Vancouver Island. Click the image for a bigger view. Comments and offers to me at

Saturday, March 21, 2015

"Cattle Point Morn" oil 11x14 plein air

Plein air painting is wonderful. At Cattle Point on Vancouver Island this week the sky was grey and warm. I studied the changes over an hour and used juicy thick paint to capture the scene as I saw it...interpretation is truth when you're painting. Click the image for a bigger view.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Minis on easels

Minis on easels. I have been giving these smallies to friends and family - then I thought that others may want to purchase these babies for gifts and the like. Write

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Friday, March 06, 2015

"Albert Head Lagoon" oil 11x14

"Albert Head Lagoon" oil

This is my very quick Conté sketch - so quick that I couldn't wait to start painting. The sketch is my secret weapon, it helps me determine my compo.

Fellow artist Frank Mitchell teased me at the Show 'n Tell, "it looks like the Hobbit's house," he said. That's because I simplified the building - one wall, one window, whereas it was a lot complicated than that. To me it's impact - a house on the edge of the lagoon.

I could have added the swans and the ducks but I let the home be the star this time. The scene is in Metchosin some 20km from my Victoria condo on Vancouver Island. The willows are just starting to leaf.....

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