'Water Lover' oil on canvas 24 x 30

Sunday, September 27, 2009

'Michell's Farm' **SOLD**

plein air oil painting, Canadian west coast Impressionism, Saanich Peninsula, fruit & vegetables

The Michell farm is one of the older ones on the
Saanich Peninsula. The family home sits high on a ridge
above the valley featured in this piece. Many of the
vegetable fields in this painting are part of their large fruit
and vegetable operation. Once again this year our
non-group group (the Victoria Al frescoes)
was granted permission to range over
the farm and paint. This one was painted from the entrance
to their driveway. That's garlic in the very foreground as
well in the distance, fields of corn, cabbage
and big orange pumpkins.
Oil on wood panel 11 x 14.
Your thoughts and comments are always
welcomed and appreciated!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

H&C - Government Street **SOLD**

I painted downtown this morning in part of Victoria's
old town district. This particular building is one of the
beauties of early 20th century architecture that this city is
known for. The Downtown Victoria Business Association
invited local artist to participate in a plein air painting
event 'Local Colour' that will see the artist work in a
group show on a date to be announced sometime in
October. This building has seen many businesses take up
residence over the years, it is now home to a fantastic
hemp and natural fiber clothing store, Hemp & Co.
They also carry tote bags which are being used to
support and promote the work of the
These great bags are 100% recycled cotton and
have an imprint of one of two of my paintings on one side
and the GOERT logo on the other. A percentage of each
sale goes directly to help fund GOERT's projects.
Have a look at their website by clicking
on the highlighted name above.
Oil on wood panel 9 x 12.
Your comments and thoughts are always appreciated!

Monday, September 21, 2009

'Evening Clouds'

marine oil painting, Saxe Point, Canadian west coast Impressionism

Another cloud painting from that series of photo's
I took last March. This one is part of the formation that
I did 'Moonrise Over Lyall Street' from and a couple
of others, again the reference photo was taken just
before dark from my studio. I hope to develop this
piece into a larger one sometime soon. 
Oil on board
 6 x 8.
Comments are always appreciated.
Thank you to
The Gallery in the Oak Bay Village 

Saturday, September 19, 2009

'September Morning', plein air oil painting, Canadian west coast Impressionism, Island Veiw Beach

I painted with a non-group of plein air enthusiasts Friday
morning on the Saanich Peninsula's Island View Beach.
It was lovely warm morning with a low tide and a wonderful
sky and only a light breeze. I arrived fairly early and
was hoping to capture the feel of a morning in early fall
with this piece. This is a very popular spot among
our local bird watching community.
Oil on wood panel 
9 x 12.
Your comments and thoughts are very welcomed!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

'Saxe Point Beach' **SOLD**, plein air oil Saxe Point Park,

I was back painting at Saxe Point again this afternoon
and came back with this beach study. We continue
to luxuriate in outstanding September weather here on
the south island and I'm trying to get out as much as I can.
As always the real thing tends to look better
then the image on the monitor. I encourage you to
pull back from the screen and take another look.
I'll try another photo when the painting is dry.
'Saxe Point Beach'
oil on board
 6 x 8
Comments always welcomed!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

'Evening Ferry' plein air oil Fulford Harbour

I painted this piece from the lookout high on top of
Saltspring Island's Mount Maxwell. We got set up late in the
afternoon and I have to say it was some kind of wonderful!!
This view is looking to the south east and Washington State.
For the most part while we were there it was just us
sharing the view and the scent of soul syrup with the
ravens and the turkey vultures that soared on the updrafts
of the steep cliff face below us, sometimes so close we
could hear the air rushing through their wings!
Can't wait to paint there again!
'Evening Ferry'
oil on wood panel 
9 x 12.
Your comments and thoughts are always welcomed.

Monday, September 14, 2009

'Saltspring Cove' **SOLD**

This is one of the paintings I did on my recent trip.
It's across the bay from the Fulford Harbour ferry dock.
I only had about hour total including set-up and take down
and I must say I think it helped with the end result!
Oil on board 6 x 8.
As always I welcome your comments and thoughts
on my artistic endeavours!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

'The Gap-Thetis Island', Gulf Islands oil painting low tide

Hello everyone,
Well I just got back last night from a short trip to a
neighbouring island and it was really grand.
I did do some painting while I was there and I
will be posting them in the days to come.
This painting was done a couple of months ago from
photo references I took while staying on Thetis Island
several years ago. The "Gap" at one time was merely
an impediment at the highest tides and so travel between
Kupers and Thetis Islands was quite easy on foot.
I think at one time there was even a small bridge
for vehicles to negotiate the narrowest part.
For reasons that are, shall we say, somewhat obscure
it was dredged for "navigation", the bridge no longer
exists. I will leave the real history for others to
write about in another forum.
It is a very magical place at the lowest tides
as depicted here one early morning in late May.
I'm sure there are many stories about this natural
area that had human footprints for
thousands of years before first contact.
Oil on canvas 30 x 36.
Your comments are always appreciated!
If you are interested in purchasing this
painting please email me for details.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Summer Morning-Brother Islands

I painted this piece several weeks ago and I'm just getting
it posted now. This is another veiw from Saxe Point park.
It was a beautiful summer morning
and I'm glad I made it out. 
'Summer Morning-Brother Islands'
oil on canvas
 8 x 10.
Comments welcomed.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Afternoon Sky

This cloud study was posted last year but I was never
completely happy with it, I thought it was too dark.
So I "went back in" awhile ago and did some lightening
and I'm more satisfied with the effort this time.
Oil on board 6 x 6.
Comments welcomed!
This painting is available for $100 with free shipping
anywhere in North America.
Please email me to arrange your purchase using PayPal's
secure email invoicing system.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Early Morning-Saxe Point

Hi everyone,
I was back painting at Saxe Point park early Friday morning.
I choose this perspective to try and capture the wonderful
sky above the distant shore and the Olympic mountains.
At this time of year there is a special quality of light that
is very unique to late summer/early fall here on the
south island and one I am trying to paint.
Oil on wood panel 9 x 12.
Comments always very much appreciated!
This painting is available for $450 with free shipping
anywhere in North America.
Please email me to arrange your purchase.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Moonrise Over Lyall Street

This was the view from my studio one evening last March.
The cloud formations had been amazing all afternoon and I
had gone out to take some photo's and when I returned
I got some of the best shots right from my window!!
I painted this piece a few weeks later
using several of the photos
for reference.
Oil on canvas 24 x 30.
Comments always welcomed and appreciated!
Please email me for pricing and shipping arrangements.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

'Approaching Fog' **SOLD**

I was out early yesterday at Saxe Point for a paint and
caught the fog bank as it was trying to come over
the hills to the west. It was a beauty of a morning to
be out and thankfully the fog never made it over.
Oil on board 6 x 6.
Comments always appreciated.