'Water Lover' oil on canvas 24 x 30

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Cottonwood Reflection

Once again the water in this field with the reflection
on the glass like surface is what drew me to this scene.
The contrast of the dark tree skeleton against the
cloud filled sky was also very compelling.
I usually have some blue sky somewhere in my paintings
so this was a bit of a change.
Oil on canvas 8 x 6.
Comments are always appreciated.
"I want to touch people with my art.
I want them to say,
'he feels deeply, he feels tenderly'. "
(Vincent van Gogh)
I would like to draw your attention to a new addition to
my "Other Artists Link List".
Massachusetts artist Mary Sheehan Winn whose yearly
travels are reflected in her eclectic body of work.
This painting can be purchased for $135 CDN,
plus shipping and handling.
Email me for details.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Work Point Oak

I was out with our group of "Outsiders" again
yesterday, plein aire painters that is.
The weather cooperated wonderfully and some grand
paintings were produced.
We painted at Work Point again as it is such a beautiful
spot and last weeks weather was somewhat
challenging. I think there is still some sleet
embedded in my canvas. =;-))
Oil on canvas 10 x 8.
Your comments are always appreciated.
"A landscape clean and crisp in form and colour,
rich in inspiration is all that an artist
could wish for, begging to be used
and full of inherent possibilities..."
(Frank Carmichael)
This painting can be purchased for $250 CDN
plus shipping and handling.
Please email me for details.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Dancing Firs

This is a plein aire piece I did a couple of days ago.
Once again our spring sky was filled with wonderful clouds.
As I have mentioned here before I am endlessly fascinated
with clouds and love to paint them.
I really liked the contrast of the dark trees against
the lighter colours of the clouds and sky in this scene.
Oil on canvas 14 x 11.
Your comments are always welcome.
"I never get tired of the blue sky"
(Vincent van Gogh)
Please contact me by email for
details on purchasing this painting.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Saanich Farmlands

A world apart, those farming areas that lie in close proximity
to urban areas have a jarringly different feel to them.
I love going "crop touring" in farm country, they have
such a visual appeal to me. They also bring back memories
of my youth, and my connection to farming back then.
In this piece I attempted to convey the feeling of open
space found in farm country.
Oil on canvas 16 x 20.
Comments are always welcomed.
"Its not what you look at that matters,
its what you see."
(Henry David Thoreau)
Please contact me by email for
details on purchasing this painting.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Forest Fairies

One of the earliest flowering trees in the Pacific north west
is our native Bird Cherry or Indian Plum. A somewhat
ordinary looking tree for the rest of the year, in
early spring it's exotic looking blooms seem to float
in the forest air. The upright yellow green leaves
appear like wings and give the blossoms the appearance
of flying forest fairies. The appearance of these fairies of
the forest is one of the surest harbringers of spring.
Oil on canvas 6 x 8
Your comments are always welcomed.
"Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth
find reserves of strength that will endure
as long as life lasts."
(Rachel Carson)
This painting can be purchased for $135.00 CDN
plus shipping and handling.
Email me for more details

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Clouds Over Rose Bay

Our plein aire gang were at it again yesterday.
This time we braved blustery hypothermic conditions
at the Work Point Barracks in Esquimalt.
It is a beautiful spot and we plan to go back.
I took much licence with this piece as conditions
demanded a fast and loose approach.
The sun did break free for a brief moment, hence
the somewhat sunny feel to this painting, and
wishful thinking, brrr.
Oil on canvas 10 x 8.
Your comments are always welcome.
"Working outdoors from life puts you in direct contact
with the life force, not just the light and the landscape,
but also the vitality of the world around you."
(George Carlson)
This painting can be purchased for $250,
plus shipping and handling.
Email me for more details

Friday, April 18, 2008

Maple Flowers (SOLD)

One of the most exotic features of spring in the
south west corner of British Columbia are the
flowers of our native Big Leaf maples.
When lit by the spring sun, their beautiful
yellow green flowers and the new unfurling leaves,
make a striking sight against the dark greens
of the surrounding forest.
These tasty edibles were an important addition
to the spring time diets of our first peoples.

Oil on canvas 6 x 6.
Your comments are always welcomed
and appreciated.

"You are not copying nature,
but responding to nature in full awareness,
to the way nature expresses herself in that object"
(Fredrick Franks)


New Links

Hello everyone,
Please take note of four artists that I recently added
to my "Other Artist" list as follows
in no particular order...
*RON MORRISON* - a yarning watercolourist from the
wilds of Northern Vancouver Island
*TIM GOSS* - a watercolourist and master sketcher
from Eugene, Oregon
*RON WILSON* - a plein aire painter from Victoria BC
and one of the driving forces behind our
"El Frescoe's" non-group group.
*JIMMY LONGACRE* - a camera shy landscape painter
from the Texas hill country.
You will find the links to these amazing painters
to the right. Please take a moment to check
out the art they are producing.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Spring on the Gorge (SOLD)

Spring always brings signs of renewal that we have yearned
for during the darker months of the year.
The annual herring run up the Gorge is one of those.
Not far from the scene in this painting, anglers will be doing
their best to fill their buckets with
the shiny silver bait fish that will make their annual
spawning run here. The fisherman compete with gulls,
cormorants, seals and others.
Sadly, the numbers of herring are somewhat diminished now.
Herring are among the primary foundations of our
entire marine ecosystem.
Oil on canvas 8 x 10.
Your comments are welcomed.
Nature is what we know
Yet have not art to say
So important our wisdom is
To her simplicity
(Emily Dickinson)

Monday, April 7, 2008

Stone Beach-Saturna *SOLD*

It is exciting to be in the coastal environment during
the low lows. That time of "below minimum" tides.
The sea recedes baring parts of the foreshore
that can only be imagined during normal tides.
Our perspective can be altered
because of the changed sight lines with
the unusual exposure of broad expanses of shoreline.
This painting depicts one such time in late May
near Russell Park on Saturna Island.
Oil on canvas 6 x 8.
Your comments are always welcomed.
"Suddenly, as rare things will, it vanished."
(Robert Browning)


Saturday, April 5, 2008

Among the Oaks

I always get a feeling of gentleness and calm when
walking in a Garry oak meadow.
This painting depicts what was once a common part of
Victoria's ecosystem. In spring among the oaks are carpets of Camas Lily
and in some areas Shooting Stars. Those remnant
pieces of meadow that remain hold a special magic and their
spirit can still be felt when you walk there.
Oil on canvas 12 x 16.
Comments always welcomed.
"The best and most beautiful things in the
world cannot be seen or even touched.
They must be felt with the heart."
(Helen Keller)

Thursday, April 3, 2008


Hello everyone.
This painting was inspired by a small one I did several
weeks ago. I think it deserved a larger format.
I have also used the title from the earlier piece
as I love the ambiguity of it.
Oil on canvas 24 x 24.
Your comments are always welcomed.
"In our fine arts, not imitation, but creation is the aim...The
details, the prose of nature, he should omit, and give us
only the spirit and the splendour."
(Ralph Waldo Emmerson)