'Water Lover' oil on canvas 24 x 30

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Burnside Hay Fields **SOLD**

I was back at the hay fields again yesterday.
It was our first real summer like day this year and
a perfect time to be there. This piece was painted
from the side, of what turned out to be a fairly busy
thoroughfare, which I found to be very distracting.
I must try to locate myself better before
setting up next time!
The turkey vultures were out in full force. It is truly a
joy to watch them as they glide by
scanning the fields for morsels of food,
left there from the haying activities.
Oil on canvas 6 x 8.
Comments always appreciated.
"It is after all, the dab of grit that seeps into an
oyster's shell that makes the pearl,
not pearl making seminars with other oysters."
(Stephen King)
This painting is

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Morning at Madrona (SOLD)

I was able to return to have another go at Madrona Farm
yesterday. We were greeted by wonderful blue skies and
enough clouds to make me happy. We choose to paint
from the upper side of the farm looking down and across to
the Sooke Hills and the start of the Malahat.
Patterns of different coloured crops in the sloping
fields combined with the vanishing perspective
made for a challenging exercise.
Oil on canvas 6 x 8.
Comments always welcomed.
"The art of painting outdoors is like a dance to the tempo of
the evolving day, following the lead of the wild,
impelled by the measured meter of shadows moving
in their eternal celestial rhythms."
(Louisa McElwain)


Saturday, June 21, 2008

Madrona Hay Field *SOLD*

Our plein aire gang was at it again yesterday.
We were invited to paint at a
heritage organic farm
that is nestled against the south west 
shoulder of Mount Douglas in Victoria.
It is a superb place to paint
far above the hubbub of urban life that
whizzes along below this bucolic jewel.
Families of quail could be heard calling 
to each other and seen scurrying about, 
somewhat disturbed by these intruders
Goldfinches, swallows and many others
were busy as we painted. 
Some of the outsiders will return
early next week for another go. 
I hope to be there too.
'Madrona Hay Field'
oil on canvas 
14 x 11.
Comments always welcomed and appreciated.
"We are losing our connection to the past.
I don't want to document it or even glamorize it.
I just want to pay tribute to it."
(Cheryl Criss)
This painting is SOLD.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

December Evening - Fisgard *SOLD*

This is another one from a series of lighthouse pieces I did
this past winter. I have since worked this into a
larger painting. Fisgard Light depicted here is the
oldest on Canada's west coast. Sitting at the mouth
of Esquimalt Harbour it is a fantastic place to visit.
It is part of Fort Rodd Hill National Park.
Acrylic on canvas 6 x 6 x 1.25.
Comments welcomed.
Well no more sleeps. Tonight is the show at Morris Gallery.
I am pretty excited...happy excited...nervous?...no way...
If you are in the area please drop by 7 - 9pm.
You can get all the details on my website,
see the link to the right.
"I really wish I was less of a thinking man,
and more a fool who's not afraid of rejection"
(Billy Joel)

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Beach Shadows

A little piece of paradise. Finding yourself in such a
spot for a short time is so wonderful for the
soul. The quiet, disturbed only by the sounds of
nature going about her business.
The tide will change, time moves on, so be still,
close your eyes, smell and listen
before the moment passes.
Acrylic on canvas 24 x 30.
Comments appreciated.
"When something is new to us,
we treat it as an experience.
We feel that our senses are awake and clear.
We are alive."
(Jasper Johns)
Please contact me by email
for information on acquiring this painting.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Arbutus Trail

Glorious arbutus trees are an unique feature
of coastal south western BC. Their colourful twisting
form provides animation to the landscape
like no other tree does.
This trail winds its way above the Gorge Waterway
and has a very magical feel.
There be spirits here.
Acrylic on canvas 14 x 11.
Comments are always welcomed.
"In life, as in art,
the beautiful moves in curves."
(Edward Bulwer-Lytton)
Please e-mail me for information
on purchasing this painting.
I would like to draw your attention to a new addition
on my link list, Nova Scotia artist
Ambera Wellmann
Her powerful depictions of clouds are truly fantastic.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Maple Shadows

Painting in the presence of majestic maples
is a spiritual experience for me. The grandmother
tree in this painting is many hundreds of years old.
Oh the stories she could tell, if only...so while painting,
my imagination weaves some wonderful tales
of this forest long ago.
A group of "outsiders" painted at the foot of
Mount Douglas yesterday, the weather was
unusually pleasant to say the least!
Another spot that is a must to revisit.
Oil on canvas 14 x 11.
Comments are always appreciated.
"In a tree there is a spirit of life,
a spirit of growth and
a spirit of holding its head up."
(Robert Henri)
Please email me for information
on purchasing this painting.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Island Shore

The tidal shoreline with its many intricate patterns
provides endless opportunities for painting.
It is always changing, tides, wind, light all
combine to provide a different image but at the same
time holding on to something recognizable.
This one was done from a photo I took when
visiting Saltspring Island recently.
Acrylic on canvas 30 x 36.
Your comments are always welcomed.
"Oh I do want that thing, that oneness of movement
that will catch the thing up into one
movement and sing - harmony of life."
(Emily Carr)

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Spring-Mount Tolmie

That wonderful time of spring wild flowers always
seems to pass so quickly and once again
they have gone to seed in preparation for next years
crop of dancing colour. I was fortunate this year
to have made it out to paint en plein air
several times during the spring showing.
This is a larger version of a painting I did a
couple of weeks ago and will be one of my new works
for an upcoming show at the Morris Gallery here
in Victoria. It is a group show featuring five
of the gallery artists...
myself, Linny D. Vine, D. F. Gray, Joanne Thomson
and Keith Hiscock.
Opening reception is on Thurs. June 19th, from
7 - 9pm. You can get more details on my website.
If you are in the area please come and join us.
Acrylic on canvas 24 x 30.
Your comments are always welcomed.
"Nature which governs the whole will soon change all things
which you see, and out of their substance will make
other things and again other things...
in order that the world may
be ever new."
(Marcus Aurelius)

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Yellow Iris (SOLD)

The lake where we stay on Saltspring has
a marshy shoreline that is wonderful for attracting
birds, many of whom nest among the
grasses and rushes. It also provides
habitat for tree frogs to lay their eggs.
In spring the chorus of hopeful tree frogs
fills the night time air around the lake
and is a wonderfully soothing sound
to fall asleep with.
Although they are an invasive plant,
the Yellow Iris makes a stunning
sight in the lakes marshy verges and
a challenging subject for plein air painting.
Oil on canvas 8 x 6.
Comments are always welcomed.
"I'm enjoying the most perfect tranquillity, free
from all worries, and in consequence would like
to stay this way forever, in a peaceful
corner of the countryside."
(Claude Monet)

Monday, June 2, 2008

Ruckle Farm (SOLD)

Another one from Saltspring, Ruckle Farm a
heritage sheep farm. It is a beautiful
place to spend time and paint and it is
on the must do again list!
Oil on canvas 14 x 11.
Your comments are always welcome.
"Rythum is as necessary in a picture as pigment;
it is as much a part of painting as of music."
(Walter J. Phillips)

Art lovers are everywhere!
This photo was taken from my painting stool
with a brush in my mouth.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Saltspring Hay Field - (SOLD)

Hello everyone,
This painting was done en plein air on Saltspring Island
where we just spent a wonderful three days, painting,
fishing and enjoying the sunny weather.
This scene is at the foot of Mount Maxwell and was a
perfect place to start painting. While I painted
several Turkey vultures landed and wandered around
on the short grass hunting for small morsels of food
which seemed to be plentiful in this recently
harvested hay field. Swallows seemed to be swooping
and darting every where, which is a joy to watch.
All this activity did not stop the wave of calmness
that always envelopes me when I can sit
and take in a scene such as this.
Oil on canvas 6 x 8.
Your comments are always welcomed.
"We delight in the beauty of the butterfly but rarely admit
the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty."
(Maya Angelou)