Sunday, December 20, 2020
Saturday, December 05, 2020
Tuesday, November 03, 2020
From our breakfast table I looked out over Fort Street, with the spire of Craigdarroch Castle in the distance. I don't worry about the electric wires. They bring light.
Monday, October 19, 2020
Keeping it simple - keeping it DIRECT - advice from John F. Carlson, artist. Do not think about it too much, let the juices flow naturally.
Saturday, September 19, 2020
Smoke from the US fires. Dull sky but good visibility at ground level..............
Thursday, August 13, 2020
Tall grass, cedar rail fence and a close encounter with the sea. All things a painter can find at Cattle Point on Vancouver Island's great little city of Victoria. An artist can go crazy here. Paint, paint, paint - it's all possible!
Monday, August 10, 2020
Tuesday, July 28, 2020
Monday, July 27, 2020
Sunday, July 19, 2020
Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Sunday, July 12, 2020
languishing on the rocks at McNeil Bay these tipsy chairs are quite an attraction - nobody steals them 'cos they're rickety. I'm not a rough painter - more of an impressionist but this scene calls for a version a la concrét.
Sunday, July 05, 2020
Saturday, July 04, 2020
Victoria BC -- Holland Point Park above the sea - spread yourselves a blanky and relax amongst the wildflowers like this young couple.
Monday, June 29, 2020
Saturday, June 27, 2020
I did it cos I thought my regular work was getting no attention - plain, boring.
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Friday, June 26, 2020
This is Victoria's new bridge which replaces the old Johnson Street Blue Bridge. My plein air outing took place in perfect weather, I had my Van Gogh wide brim straw hat and sunscreen, a long sleeve shirt and shorts. Wow. Lookout Clint Eastwood!
I painted the new bridge from a spot on Centennial Park (not to be confused with Centennial SQUARE). Google it, it is in Victoria BC.
How do I feel painting in the open air? Rejuvenated, fulfilled. What I am placed on this earth for. The only game in town. Setting up the easel is a ritual performance in a very good way. Onlookers don't bother me, as long as you keep the covid-19 distance and don't distract me from the work. What wonderful work painting is.
Thursday, June 25, 2020
Tuesday, June 23, 2020
Spend a little rejuvenation time in a city park, keen among the green. 20 minutes will do ya. If longer buy the little painting - available and affordable. Try me.
Thursday, June 11, 2020
Tuesday, June 02, 2020
Sunday, May 17, 2020
Saturday, May 02, 2020
But I started reading the 1946 book entitled VINCENT VAN GOGH (editions de la Connaissance) printed in Belgium and it shows his portrait with a grey felt hat, black and white...
If you Google his portrait in a grey felt hat you'll find it in colour (as I did), and to learn something while in quarantine I decided to try painting it as an exercise, with no signature of course. Repeat: The JPG below is NOT a van Gogh original - it's my COPY that I painted as a learning exercise. Besides I believe his works may be in public domain. We'll see.
Get this - Vincent Willem van Gogh inherited the artist's collection. This is Uncle Vincent Willem van Gogh in 1968, he died at the age of 87.
Still, Vincent the artist is one of the greatest artists who ever lived, and I believe he only made $169 dollars from his sales, ever!
Take heart, fellow artists.
Tuesday, April 14, 2020
"Red-billed Oxpecker and the Cape Water Buffalo" - imagine having someone to fuss and clean, getting rid of all the wild insects that plague you...a common sight in the Kruger National Park of South Africa.
Watercolor, Conté pencil, pen, white watercolor pencil and acrylic paint. That's what it took to render this little work. As usual, click the image for a slightly larger pic.
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Thursday, April 09, 2020
Wednesday, April 08, 2020
As per usual folks, click on the image to see a bigger picture.
Tuesday, April 07, 2020
Monday, April 06, 2020
To make the colors more brilliant, I add pastel to my watercolor painting. During this time being housebound, experimentation is a cinch.
Sunday, April 05, 2020
Saturday, April 04, 2020
During the lockdown I have been doing a number of postcard sketches, and it's a great learning course. (I usually paint in oils with a bigger sizes).
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Thursday, April 02, 2020
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Saturday, March 21, 2020
Click on the image to enlarge the thing quite a bit!
Thursday, March 19, 2020
Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Friday, March 13, 2020
Saturday, March 07, 2020
Saturday, February 22, 2020
Sunday, February 16, 2020
"White Umbrella" should also be interpreted as a white parasol. This is my daughter in my wife's wedding dress! I like the way the sun floods the fabric with gorgeous light.
The riverine scene really comes alive when you enlarge it - a click will do the trick. Enjoy.
Saturday, February 15, 2020
Click the painting to see a bigger view. Enjoy.
Saturday, February 08, 2020
Friday, February 07, 2020
There's an old house down the road from me. I like it because the architecture is so much like the building designs of my childhood in South Africa. I see there is a notice within the property boundary which suggests that the building is not going to be here for much longer. There's a lot of rejuvenation going on here in Victoria BC.
Just as well that a painter recorded this 'un.
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