'Water Lover' oil on canvas 24 x 30

Sunday, October 25, 2009

'Good Morning Burgoyne Bay',

(Canadian west coast Impressionism, Saltspring Island, Burgoyne Bay, spirits)

This painting was developed from reference photo's I
took while having a picnic lunch here last May. It
was very still and calm, almost as though we were the
only ones there. At our backs Mount Maxwell's cliffs rise
to their dizzying heights creating warm updrafts which
many turkey vultures and swallows were utilizing. As we
sat there scanning our surroundings and breathing in the
briny scents of low tide I could feel the presence of the
spirits that surely spend their eternity here.

Oil on canvas 36 x 48.
Your thoughts and comments are always a pleasure!

"If the air is full of sounds which we tune in with,
why should it not also be full of feels and smells and
things seen through the spirits,
drawing particles from us to them and
them to us like magnets."

(Emily Carr)

Friday, October 23, 2009

'October-Cattle Point' **SOLD**

(Canadian west coast Impressionism, Cattle Point, Oak Bay, fall colour, flu)

I managed to make it out on Wednesday this week for a
quick paint at Cattle Point on Oak Bay. I say quick because
after about 45 min. the wind and rain came up and had me
scurring to the vehicle, not quite quick enough however!
I have been battling a flu for the last week or so as well
as the weather which has been very unsettled,
very much like my illness,
lousy one day not bad the next. I'm really looking forward
to more of one and less of the other =;-))
(whine ...whine...whine...)
Oil on board 6 x 8.
Comments always appreciated!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

'Morning Sky-Fisgard Light', **SOLD**

(Canadian west coast Impressionism, Fisgard Light, Esquimalt Harbour)

All of our old light stations throughout Canada seem
to evoke a sense of nostalgia for a by-gone era.
Though those times are gone many of the old lights still
do what they have always done, help to keep mariners safe.
Fisgard Light is the oldest on Canada's west coast. She first
showed light at sunset on November 16, 1860. Now
an designated historic site and museum, she has been
under going a complete refit this summer.
Still watching over the entrance to Esquimalt harbour it
was automated many years ago, her white or red beacon and
fog horn are a feature in Victoria's waters.
I can hear her signal now on this foggy autumn evening.
Oil on canvas 12 x 16.
Your comments and thoughts are always appreciated!

See "Keepers of the Light" by Donald Graham
for more historical
and technical information on BC's coastal
light stations and their Keepers.

This painting is now

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

'Trail to the Lake' **SOLD**

(Canadian west coast Impressionism, forest trail oil painting, Vancouver Island)

One of the joys of walking the trail
into the lake are scenes like this.
Light breaking through the trees and
filling the path ahead with white light.
Oil on wood panel 8 x 6.
Comments welcomed.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

'Saanich Farm',

(Canadian west coast Impressionism, Saanich farm plein air oil painting)

This painting really highlights the changing season here
on the south island. I joined a couple of my plein air pals
late one morning a couple of weeks ago to paint this piece.
Though the day was crisp and clear I felt the addition of
the clouds added a bit of drama to the composition.
Oil on wood panel 11 x 14.
Your thoughts and comments always welcomed.
Please email me if you would like information
about purchasing this painting.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

'West Coast Treasures',

(Canadian west coast Impressionism, McNeill Bay, plein air oil painting

The title for this piece was chosen for its ambiguity.
I painted this on a glorious afternoon last week. This spot
is on the north side of McNeil Bay on Victoria's
beautiful waterfront. A very gentle soul soothing
place the beach leads out to a rocky island that is
accessible in most tides and across a narrow channel lies
the historic Trial Island light and beyond that
the Olympic Mountains across the strait.
Due to the very fast tides that swirl through this area
loads of flotsam are strewn in drifts along the
stone pebble beach. All of these treasures in their
own right, but all together, a real
west coast beach combers bonanza!
Oil on wood panel
 14 x 11.
Comments are always appreciated!
Please email me for information about acquiring this painting.
And light has no weight,
Yet one is lifted on its flood,
Swept high,
Running up white-golden light-shafts,
As if one was as weightless as light itself,
All gold and white and light.
(Lawren Harris)

Saturday, October 10, 2009

'Autumn - Esquimalt Lagoon'

(cutthroat trout, plein air, Canadian west coast Impressionism)

On Friday morning our group of plein air painters
concentrated their efforts near the mouth of the Esquimalt
Lagoon. It is a beautiful spot with the beach contours
changing with the tide. The area is a significant bird refuge
here on southern Vancouver Island as well, a small stream
that feeds into the upper end of the lagoon is used by
sea-run cutthroat trout for spawning.
This is a special time up here in the Great White North,
we celebrate Thanksgiving this weekend.
So Happy Thanksgiving!

Oil on wood panel
 9 x 12.
Your comments and thoughts are always welcomed!

Monday, October 5, 2009

'September Glow',

(Arbutus, Vancouver Island, Thetis Lake)

More of that lovely September light with this piece.
Some of our native Arbutus trees back lit with
warm afternoon sun. The Arbutus is another of
our trees that is found only in very few places
in the world. A broadleaved evergreen, they take on
very unusual growth patterns of twisting trunks,
not unlike Garry oaks in that. The smooth trunks
shed their bark in curling flakes yearly, turning
from a russet red-orange to a creamy yellow-green.
Sometime in August if you happen to be near
one on a real hot day you can hear the bark crackle
as it splits and peels away from the main trunk.
They produce lovely panicles of creamy white
flowers in late spring, so profusely at times
that the glossy dark green leaves are almost
hidden. They will be followed later
by clusters of red berries.
Oil on canvas 9 x 12.
Your thoughts and comments always appreciated.
This painting is available for $450 with free shipping
anywhere in North America.
Please email me to arrange your purchase.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

'Views of the Park'

(Canadian west coast Impressionism, Beacon Hill Park, Victoria, BC)

This painting is the second one I did on Friday morning.
This is unusual for me but when things go well ,
keep'er goin', eh!
This ominous looking cloud formation started to form
behind me as I was finishing my first of the morning so I
turned my easel around grabbed a larger
panel and went to work.
Wish it worked like this a little more often!
An hour later the sun was out again and the rest of
day had skies filled with painters clouds.
Oil on wood panel 11 x 14.
Comments always appreciated.
If you are interested in purchasing this painting
please email me for all the details.

Friday, October 2, 2009

'October Morning' **SOLD**

(Beacon Hill Park, plein air oil painting, west coast Impressionism

A beautiful fall morning met our gang of outsiders this
morning at Beacon Hill park. Looking south to the Olympic
Peninsula and the Strait of Juan de Fuca I attempted
to capture the early morning light with the fantastic
clouds and early fall colours that are just
getting started here in Victoria.
Oil on wood panel 6 x 8.
Your thoughts and comments are always appreciated!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

'September Light' *SOLD*

(lake swimming, Canadian west coast Impressionism, light)

This scene exemplifies what a glorious time September
can be here on the south island. It is what greeted us after
we hiked in for what we thought might be our last
swim of the year, we were almost right but not quite...
I think the light in September is the best of the
year for my area of the world.
Oil on canvas 16 x 20.
Comments and thoughts are always welcomed!