'Water Lover' oil on canvas 24 x 30

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Young Maple

I painted Friday with a gang of outsiders on the
south side of the Gorge. We were met with rather dull
and misty weather and very low light levels.
I found the conditions pretty challenging.
But some water, trees, a bit of early fall colour and
something was sparked.
Oil on canvas 10 x 8.
Comments always appreciated.
"Autumn is a second spring
when every leaf is a flower."
(Albert Camus)
This painting is available for $200 CDN,
plus the cost of shipping.
Email me for more specific details.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Dyke Point Clouds

Another day of afternoon clouds and another view of
upper Esquimalt Harbour. A little further up from the last one.
I attempted to up the chroma a bit in this piece.
I have been trying to get out painting as often as I can,
our summer is definitely slipping away!
Oil on canvas 11 x 14.
Comments are always welcomed!
"When the colour achieves richness,
the form attains its fullness also."
(Paul Cezanne)
For information on acquiring this painting
please email me.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Summer Clouds-Plumper Bay

This is another in the series of paintings I've been doing
of the upper end of Esquimalt Harbour.
It is quite a beautiful place even though development has
taken place here for more than
a hundred years. I could see the clouds building
from my studio window so off I went, and I
wasn't disappointed, they were spectacular.
Oil on canvas 8 x 10.
Your comments are always welcomed!
"The art of art,
the glory of expression is simplicity."
(Walt Whitman)
This painting is available for $200 CDN,
plus the cost of shipping.
Email me for more details.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Sunset on a Rocky Shore *SOLD*

I have painted this particular point of land many times
in the past always trying for different angles and time
of day as well the seasonal differences in the light.
It is a lovely spot that I am actually able to see
from my studio. This view was taken looking to the
South West at sunset. I'm am continually amazed at
the never ending differences in colour and light that
I can see from day to day just in this one spot.
Oil on canvas 6 x 8.
Comments always appreciated.
Colour! What a deep and mysterious language,
the language of dreams.
(Paul Gauguin)
This painting is SOLD.
To a collector in Tennessee.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Cattle Point - Oak Bay

Hello everyone,
I have been a bit out of touch lately, (fishin' not wishin')!
This piece was painted this morning on the beach at
Cattle Point, a wonderful small park here in Victoria on the
shore of Oak Bay. It was a grand morning for
painting, clear and calm. The clouds where from my memory
of the ones that came through yesterday.
Oil on canvas 11 x 14.
Comments are always appreciated.
This painting is available for purchase, please email me
for information on aquiring this piece.
At long last I must mention that I was honoured with the
The award was given to me by a wonderful artist,
Elizabeth Floyd
Her work regularly provides much inspiration to
the "daily painters community"as whole and me personally.
Having my work recognizied by other artists is an
incredible honour and I want to express my
thanks to Liz!!!
Now, there are of course some rules that go along with this award;
FYI...The Origin of The Arte y Pico Award and Rules if you choose to accept.
You might be interested in the origin of the "Arte y Pico Award"
The designer of the award puts it like this..."The Arte y Pico Award has arisen from
the daily visits that I make to many blogs which nourish and enrich me with creativity.
In them, I see dedication, creativity, care, comradeship,
but mainly, ART, much art. I want to share this prize with all those bloggers
that entertain and enrich me day to day.
Doubtlessly, there are many and it will be hard to pick just a few."
The Rules:
1. You have to pick 5 blogs that you consider deserve this award through creativity,
design, interesting material, and also contributes to the blogger community,
no matter of language.
2. Each award should have the name of the author with a link to their blog.
3. Award winners have to post the award with the name and link to the blog of the person
who gave them the award.
4. Show these rules and the paragraph (above) explaining the awards origination
And so, though those that I pick here will in no way
come close to representing all of the numerous blogs and websites
that I follow and visit as regularly as I can, and which
inspire me as an artist and art blogger, I will
try to pick five... and ask for understanding from those who
may feel that I should have picked them...yikes!
Vicki Shuck
Ron Wilson
Mary Sheehan Winn
Chris Greco
Candy Barr

Monday, August 11, 2008

Cowichan Sunset *SOLD*

One of my favourite spots on Vancouver Island,
Cowichan Lake has some outstanding scenery for
painting. This piece was done as a primer for a larger
painting I hope to start on this week.
Oil on canvas 8 x 8 x 1.5.
Comments are always appreciated.
"For in the true nature of things,
if we rightly consider,
every green tree is far more glorious
than if it were made of sliver and gold."
(Martin Luther King Jr.)
To a collector in London, Ontario.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Downtown Morning

Being a tourist town, Victoria really puts on
the colour in the summer with colourful lamppost
banners and of course our world famous
hanging flower baskets. It makes for a wonderful
yet challenging plein air painting experience.
The outsiders decided to go for the hustle and bustle
of one of Victoria's busiest areas for Fridays
paint out, yikes. It was definitely a learning
experience for moi!
Oil on canvas 8 x 6.
Your comments are always welcome.


"Creativity comes from trust.
Trust your instincts."
(Rita Mae Brown)
This painting is available for $150 CDN,
plus the cost of shipping.
Email me for more details.

Friday, August 8, 2008

'Evening Light - Gordon Bay' **SOLD**

This piece was painted from a photo taken several
years ago from a trail view point on Cowichan Lake.
That wonderful early evening glow that colours
the landscape at that time of day is very special.
My apologies for the quality of this image, it
came out a bit dark near the bottom.
Oil on canvas 6 x 6.
Comments are always appreciated.
"I was just...interested in depicting this beautiful landscape...
the most beautiful landscape in the world and that shouldn't
be left to a camera alone."
(E. J. Hughes)

Monday, August 4, 2008

Across to Mount Tuam **SOLD**

Went for a plein air excursion up island yesterday
and happened upon this lovely spot.
The veiw of Mount Tuam across the water
on Saltspring made for a great backdrop to the
disappearing road. I really enjoyed doing
this one and was able to take in lots
of birding while painting there.
How wonderful is that!!!
Oil on canvas 10 x 8.
Comments always welcomed.
"The act of trying keeps me excited,
looking, asking questions and learning."
(Doug Dawson)

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Esquimalt Harbour

Not far from my studio this scene is 
one that I have been
wanting to paint for sometime now.
Finally everything came together today
 (including a lovely cloud display) and this
plein air effort is the result. It was a
lovely afternoon and as I painted 
this piece I wondered what it must have 
been like when for the first time large wooden
sailing ships entered this natural harbour 
and those souls aboard took it all in.
There will be a larger painting 
of this in the
very near future.
Oil on canvas
 6 x 8.
Comments are always welcomed and appreciated.


"Every day I discover more and more beautiful things.
Its enough to drive one mad.
I have such a desire to do everything,
my head is bursting with it."
(Claude Monet)

Friday, August 1, 2008

Roadside Wild

Commonly found growing wild along the
edges of fields and roadsides, I always find
the striking blue flowers of Chicory to make such
a wonderful contrast to the now dried yellow
grasses and weeds that it grows amongst.
This perennial herb has many uses most notably
its leaves in salads and its tap root
as a caffeine free coffee substitute.
Oil on canvas 8 x 6.
Comments welcomed.
"Common objects become strangely uncommon
when removed from their context
and ordinary ways of being seen."
(Wayne Thiebaud)
This painting is available for
$135 CDN plus the cost of shipping.
Email me for more details.