'Water Lover' oil on canvas 24 x 30

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

'Gulf Island Morning'

This view of the Burgoyne Bay tidal flats was for many
years the front yard of several homes and a few squatters.
It would have been absolutely magical. Once the park
was declared the houses were removed though remnants
of the old gardens remain to spark the imagination of
those who wander here. The land rises behind you to
an old farm and its many lovely hay fields which are leased
to keep them agricultural. The old farm buildings that
remain are being restored as part of the park.
Of course before contact this was a very significant
location for the first peoples of this area.
Oil on canvas 30 x 36.
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Sunday, June 27, 2010

'September Rapture'

This is the second time around for this piece and I
think I finally have it where I want it.
It's strange how you can go along painting from one
piece to the next without much more than the usual
troubles and then you get into a piece that you just
really have to battle with.
This piece was shunted off to a corner of the studio
for several months till I was ready to go at it again.
I think the time out with this one was time well spent.
Oil on canvas 
24 x 24.
Your thoughts and comments are always appreciated!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

'Ready to Mow'

Waiting for the right weather before starting to cut hay is
always part of the hay'n game. However this year putting
two or three good days together in my area has been, to
say the least, quite a challenge. So much of a farmers
life has always revolved around weather.
We plein air painters can relate!
Oil on wood panel 6 x 8.
Comments always appreciated!
This painting is available for $150 with free shipping
anywhere in North America.
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"Rhythm is as necessary in a picture as pigment;
it is as much a part of painting as of music."
(Walter J. Phillips)

Sunday, June 13, 2010

'One Evening in June'

I've been trying to get out to the fields as often as I can
right now as they will be haying soon. As well
the light early and late is really fantastic in mid June.
This one was painted yesterday evening and while
I worked I was reminded of the fields around where
I spent most of my childhood. This is a very
important time of year for someone very special to me,
my little sister. Her birthday is tomorrow and I was
thinking about the old days back in Concord, Ontario.
Our place was surrounded by farm fields and small
woodlots and we used to go back in the fields for miles
as if they were our own. We had names for certain
trees and other natural landmarks. I guess, though
we may end up far from where we begin
somehow we really never leave...
Happy Birthday Lisa!!
Oil on wood panel
 9 x 12.
Your thoughts and comments are always appreciated!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

'Hawthorns & Hayfields'

This piece is another one from my recent Saltspring
sojourn. As you can see the sun was hard to find.
But still the area we painted in made up for the lack of
sunny skies. As I mentioned in my last post the bird life
around these fields is fantastic, the swallows in particular.
It has been awhile since I saw so many Tree swallows along
with the Barns and Violet-Greens. The highlight
of the trip (in the birding area) were the
Goldfinches we encountered!
Oil on wood panel 9 x 12.
Your thoughts and comments are most welcome!
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this piece.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

'Burgoyne Hayfield'

I spent three days last week on Saltspring Island.
The plan was for lots of painting and some downtime...
due to the crappy weather we had lots of one and
only a bit of the other. This painting was done
one afternoon when the weather cooperated nicely.
It is a beautiful spot and the whole time the
the sky was busy with three types of swallows
swooping through the air gorging on insects.
Those of you that are in my generation will
remember when hearing frogs near almost any body of
fresh water was pretty much common place.
Sadly it is all to often now more common not to hear
or see them. One of the most awesome things about
where we stay when on Saltspring are the nightly
serenades of the tree frogs that live along the
lake shore there! When conditions are right they
are still singing during the day as well.
Oil on wood panel 6 x 8.
Your thoughts and comments are always hoped for!
This painting is available for $150 with free
shipping throughout North America.
Please email me to arrange your PayPal purchase.