'Water Lover' oil on canvas 24 x 30

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Makin' Hay *SOLD*

I painted this one from a photo I took on a plein air
excursion one evening in June just as haying was getting
under way here on Southern Vancouver Island.
It was a magical evening that I hope to do more
paintings of. There is something about the smell of
fresh cut hay that can put me in a memory time machine
geared to the past, rushing by images in my mind
that I identify with that wonderful unmistakable scent.
It never fails to fill me with a sense of warmth and nostalgia.
Not sure if its possible to capture any of
that in a painting...but I'm hoping.
Oil on canvas 11 x 14.
Your comments are always appreciated.
"If the air is jam-full of sounds which we tune in with,
why should it not also be full of feels and smells and things
seen through the spirit, drawing particles from us to them
and them to us, like magnets."
(Emily Carr)
I would like to draw your attention to a new addition on
my Artists Link List...ALVIN RICHARD...an
amazing photorealist painter from
Moncton, New Brunswick.
Check out his wonderful work using the link
to the right!
This painting has been SOLD to
a collector in Victoria, BC.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Limekiln Cove - Esquimalt Harbour

Painted this morning in a lovely little spot half way
up the NE side of Esquimalt Harbour called
Limekiln Cove. Well known to the early sailors of both
the Spanish and British navy's, hence it's
historical significance.
Wonderful light for painting there this morning.
I think I will try doing a larger painting
of this sometime soon.
Oil on canvas 8 x 6.
Comments welcomed and appreciated!
"Go for it baby. Life ain't no dress rehearsal!"
(Tallulah Bankhead)
This painting is avaliable for
$135 CND plus the cost of shipping.
Email me for more details.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Esquimalt Lagoon

I painted with the "outsiders" on Friday at the
Esquimalt Lagoon. The lagoon is an amazing geological
formation that is fed from a small opening at its one end
that rushes with sea water going in or out depending
on the tide, as well two fresh water streams flow into it.
It is also a significant bird sanctuary
in our area. Due to its shallowness it is a favoured
feeding area for many types of waterfowl and wading birds
like Great Blue Herons, which can often be seen
wading the shallows in large groups.
As several of us painted we were able to watch a
Belted Kingfisher hoover and dive for small fish.
An amazing display of avian acrobatics.
Oil on canvas 8 x 10.
Your comments would be appreciated.
"The little things are infinitely
the most important"
(Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)
This painting is available for $250 CDN,
plus shipping and handling.
Please contact me by email
for shipping information.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Island Reach

This is another in a series of arbutus paintings I
have been working on in the studio.
I'm really having a lot of fun with these pieces, just letting
my imagination conspire with reality and watching the
two mingle and flow on the canvas.
Yikes this might be addictive!
Acrylic on canvas 24 x 30.
Comments always welcome.
"The paradox of reality is that
no image is as compelling as the one
which exists only in the mind's eye."
(Shana Alexander)
If you would like information on acquiring
this painting, please contact me by email.

Friday, July 11, 2008

July Morning - Ross Bay

Painted today on the beach at Ross Bay. A wonderful
crystal summer morning (UV rating extra high)!
I really tried for quick impressionistic form here and
resisted touching it back at the studio.
Hmmm, not sure if that was wise?
Oil on canvas 6 x 8.
"The landscape with its violent,
pure colours dazzled and blinded me.
I was always uncertain..."
(Paul Gauguin)
This painting can be purchased for
$135 CDN, plus the cost of shipping.
Please contact me by email
for more details.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Evening at High Oaks

This was painted on a glorious evening the day
after solstice. It was the kind of evening that we dream
about during the winter drearies when summer
seems so far away. This hay field, like many other
neighbouring ones, had been mowed that day and the
scent of freshly cut hay filled the evening air.
Oil on canvas 8 x 10.
I am just now getting this posted as things
continue to be quite hectic around here.
I will be taking part in the "15th Annual Gorge On Art" on
Saturday, July 5th, between 11 am and 4pm.
This annual event takes place along the Gorge Waterway
here in Victoria. Over 45 artist will be set up with their
art along the walkway between Tillicum and Admirals Rd.
You will find me at site #7 at the Admirals Rd.
end of the walkway.
Hope to see you there.
"It is impossible for me to make a painting
which has no reference to the powerful environment
in which I live."
(Peter Lanyon)