'Water Lover' oil on canvas 24 x 30

Saturday, June 27, 2009

the Lily Pond

One of a group of ponds that are part of a wetland
area within Elk/Beaver Lake Park, these small ponds
are full of flowering lily pads. As many as four or
five varieties of water lilies make spectacular
floating carpets on the ponds.
I painted this piece en plein air Friday morning and
plan on a return trip just as soon as I can.

Oil on wood panel 14 x 11.
Your comments are always welcomed!



"Live each season as it passes;
breathe the air,
drink the drink,
taste the fruit
and resign yourself to the influences of each."

(Henry David Thoreau)

Gettin' some paint on it!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Summer Wind-Swan Lake

Painted at the Swan Lake Nature Preserve with a
group of outsiders last Friday. This wonderful natural
peat bog with its shallow lake and marshy verges is
a year round avian magnet in our area.
We enjoyed a wonderful morning, though it did get
a bit windy. I was able to set up out of the wind, and
as luck would have it, right beside a fully blossomed
Mock Orange tree (one of my favourite scented blooms)!
Red-winged blackbirds kept up a steady chorus while
we painted. The numb fingers of winter plein air
excursions are but distant memories now!
Oil on wood panel 11 x 14.
Comments are always enjoyed!
If you are interested in acquiring this or any other painting
you see on this blog please email me at jjboronart@shaw.ca
for more information.
"In summer, the song sings itself."
(William Carlos William)

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Saltspring Pasture

Another sketch from my Saltspring Island sojourn.
In this piece I tried to capture that bright sunlight that
flashed up the field contrasted with the dappled shade
of this century's old maple, (the challenge may have
been out of my league =;-)).
Oil on wood panel 9 x 12.
Comments always welcomed!
"Use what talents you possess:
the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there
except those that sang best."
(Henri-Frederic Amiel)

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

'June Hay Fields' **SOLD**

It's haying time once again here on the south island
and I made it out for a paint the other day.
I have painted these fields before and will again
as they have such wonderful character.
At this time of year the green thing comes up
again and I struggle to produce an assortment of green
shades that work and don't disappear into each other...
Oil on wood panel 9 x 12.

As always, your comments would be appreciated.


Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Waters Edge Willow

Spent a wonderful few days on Saltspring Island
a couple of weeks ago. This native willow stands
at the waters edge beside a little beach on
the lake we stay at. The lake swimming weather was
the best we have ever had here at the end of May.
The nightly serenade of tree frogs and star filled
night skies and excellent fishing made for a
very relaxing time. This piece was painted
plein air one hot afternoon.
Oil on wood panel.
12 x 9.
Your comments are always appreciated!
"He enjoys true leisure
who has time to improve his soul's estate"
(Henry David Thoreau)