'Water Lover' oil on canvas 24 x 30

Monday, May 26, 2008

'Mount Tolmie Trail' **SOLD**

One of the trails that wind their way through the oaks
and rock out-croppings on the north slope
of Victoria's Mount Tolmie. It is a wonderful place
to wander especially in spring when the grassy areas are
dotted with wildflowers and a wide assortment of birds
can be seen, sometimes unusual migrants.
This was painted from a photo I took while
there plein air painting a couple of weeks ago.
Oil on canvas 6 x 8.
Your comments are always welcomed.
"Bless the trees and wild renewing places"
(Pauline Conn)

Saturday, May 24, 2008

High Oaks Hay Field

Painted at wonderful location yesterday, High Oaks Stables.
The hay field in this painting is almost ready for mowing.
It is a fantastic feeling to sit on the edge of a
field like this. The swooping swallows and bird song,
mingling with the sounds of horses grazing nearby all make
for a wonderful contemplative mood.
I spent countless hours in similar situations during
my youth and the memories flooded in.
I struggled a bit with the amazing assortment of
green shades in this scene, so it was worked on
a bit when I got it back to the studio.
I intended to do some larger pieces using this piece
and some of the photos I took while there yesterday.
Oil on canvas 8 x 10.
Comments are always welcomed.
"Lord, keep my memory green."
(Charles Dickens)
I would like to bring your attention to a new entry
on my link list. Clive Powsey an amazing watercolour
painter from Vancouver Islands Comox Valley.
This painting is available for $250 CDN
plus shipping and handling.
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Friday, May 23, 2008

Minus Tide - Thetis Island

I thought I would try a little experiment with this posting.
This is a piece I did several months ago and I was
never quite happy with it. Despite commonly held beliefs,
I went "back in" yesterday, and I am a little happier with
the new version. I'm interested to hear which one of the
two images you prefer (if either) and what else
you have to say about them.
Acrylic on canvas 18 x 24.
Your comments would be appreciated.
"You will have to experiment and try things out for yourself
and you will not be sure of what you are doing. That's
all right, you are feeling your way into the thing."
(Emily Carr)

Monday, May 19, 2008

the Horse Barn

The classic red barn always seems to work in a painting.
This piece was done en plein air yesterday
in a wonderful spot not far from my home in Esquimalt.
It is a beautiful time of year with the new grass
and leaves in all those wonderful greens.
I plan to go back soon, as there are many
different views for more paintings
all from the same general location.
Although this piece is a bit dark I really liked the way
all the colours worked together.
Oil on canvas 11 x 14.
Your comments are always welcomed and appreciated.
"I associate my 'careless boyhood' with all that lies on the banks
of the the Stour. Those scenes made me a painter and I am
grateful - that is, I had often thought of pictures
of them before ever I touched a pencil."
(John Constable)
This painting is available for purchase.
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Saturday, May 17, 2008

Mount Tolmie Oak

This was painted yesterday en plein air on Mount Tolmie
facing west toward the Malahat. It was our warmest day
this year and lovely to be out.
Although it is a scourge to our environment,
the yellow flowered Scotch broom was in full glory as
were our native purple camas lily's.
I did a few touch ups on this one when I got it back
to the studio (and removed a few insects).
I'm afraid that this image came out a
bit on the dark side...ergh!
Oil on canvas 11 x 14.
Comments always welcomed!
"Awareness can be best achieved and honed
through working outside."
(Lionel Aggett)
This painting is available for purchase.
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Saturday, May 10, 2008

Red Tulips

I don't paint flowers very often but
one of the things I like about the painting blog
is that it tends to force me to explore areas
I might not otherwise.
This one was fun and I tried to keep it
fairly loose and resisted the temptation to
get too fussy.
Oil on canvas 8 x 6.
I welcome your comments.
"I am mindful to allow for the joy of exploration
and discovery within the framework
of each of my works."
(Tom Francesconi)
This painting is avaliable for $135 CDN
plus shipping and handling.
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Friday, May 9, 2008

Highlands Pasture

This plein air study was done near Francis-King Park
not far from Victoria. It is an old rural agricultural area
that is hard pressed to keep development at bay.
In fact heavy machinery was hard at work across the fields
in this painting. I tried hard to be quick and simple
in this piece, with the emphasis on composition,
brush strokes and of course clouds.
I kept my palette limited as well.
Oil on canvas 8 x 10.
Your comments are always welcomed!



"At first glance simplicity can be deceiving"
(Milos Vajasinovic)


This painting is available for $250 CDN plus
shipping and handling.
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Monday, May 5, 2008

Morning Mist

Morning sun streaming through a heavy mist makes
visual alterations to the landscape around us.
Adding dimension here and taking away there until
it sometimes feels as though we have been
transported to a different place.
Sounds are also affected, at times more intense
and muffled at others. Different hues of colour
emerge to intensify the changes to the landscape.
Oil on canvas 6 x 8.
Comments always welcomed.
And light has no weight,
Yet one is lifted on its flood,
Swept high,
Running up white-golden light shafts,
As if one were as weightless as light itself,
All gold and white and light.
(Lawren Harris)
This painting can be purchased for $135 CDN,
plus shipping and handling.
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Friday, May 2, 2008

Cattle Point Camas

Our plein aire gang was out to Cattle Point this morning,
the camas lily's are in bloom as are other wildflowers.
I had my heart set on a lovely warm sunny day and
didn't allow the reality of clouds and
light showers to change that.
It is a wonderful spot for painting
and I will return for another go soon!
Oil on canvas 8 x 10.
Your comments are always welcome!
"Reality can be beaten with enough imagination"
This painting can be purchased for $250 CDN,
plus shipping and handling.
Email me for further details.