'Water Lover' oil on canvas 24 x 30

Monday, April 25, 2011

'Spring Weather - Royal Roads'

This spot is not far from my studio 
and it is one I have been meaning to paint 
for quite some time. It is a
rather exposed location which is fine 
except when a sudden 180 wind shift puts you 
right in the teeth of a spring gale -
like right now!! 
Fortunately, I was just putting some
finishing strokes on when I was forced 
to try and get everything on the ground
 before it blew away.
 I did manage to get that done except for my tripod 
which, of course, blew over and fell 
catching my grounded palette and putting
my brushes and several other pieces of equipment 
firmly into the gobs of paint...
Ah the joy and excitement 
of painting en plein air!
Oil on wood panel
9 x 12.
Thoughts & comments always appreciated.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

'East Sooke Sparkle'

Painted on the beach at East Sooke Park a
couple of weeks ago on a beautiful sparkling
afternoon. We wait all winter for these special afternoons.
About 15 miles from Victoria by water, it is here
that the real West Coast environment begins.
It really has a much different look and feel than Victoria's
shoreline and the southern Gulf Islands.
Near the point in the middle distance petroglyphs can
be seen. They were created in the 'long ago time' by one
of the first human being artists whose
descendants still live the area.
Oil on wood panel 12 x 16.
Your thoughts & comments are always appreciated.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

'Rising Tide - Gonzales Bay'

Gonzales has been a favourite beach
area almost since the beginning here
in Victoria. It is a sheltered shallow
bay with with high, steep foreshore
and wide expansive beach. The water gets
warm enough for water play in the summer.
Even in the cool months on warm days
the younger folk can be seen boogie
 boarding along the waters edge.
I plan to do a series of pieces in the
coming weeks featuring this Victoria jewel.
This was the second of the day following
the cloudscape in my previous post,
(and a nice warm lunch)!
Oil on wood panel 6 x 8.
Your thoughts & comments always appreciated.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Another day in the clouds.
Though cool and windy,
the cloud show was fantastic from atop
Mount Tolmie last Thursday.
The darn panel wasn't big enough though...
Oil on wood panel 9 x 12.
Your thoughts & comments welcomed.

Monday, April 4, 2011


One day last winter while looking for a
sheltered place amongst the trees to
do some plein air painting, I was able to
get a photo of this Rufous-sided Towhee.
I watched as he hunted along the
luxuriously moss covered Garry oak limb.
Nature can provided some startling colour
even on a gray winters day.
Oil on board 6 x 6.
Your thoughts & comments always appreciated.