15 Jul

Winter’s Gale, Salish Sea
Posted at 11:07 am

Winter's Gale

Winter’s Gale, Salish Sea

Oil on Canvas 48″ x 96″

Winter’s Gale” is my latest work and I thought you would interested in my process. My approach is to put energy and passion as expressed in brush strokes into the subject from start to finish. This quality of the work, from the large sweeps laying in the composition, to the fine details is where I want consistency. After using the reference material as a taking-off point, the work takes on a life of its own. I was interested in how the colour becomes quite muted, almost non-existent, in the finished painting where the initial stages have strong greens, purples and blues. Perhaps a better title would be ‘150 Shades of Grey’ !

You can view the video of my painting of Winter’s Gale at: http://youtu.be/dzTVUGhr_Pg

 

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08 Jul

Floral
Posted at 4:07 pm

Floral(S)

Seems to be an annual event. One of my dear friends brings me a wonderful bouquet for the Studio Tour and I feel compelled to paint it the day after.

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I will be participating in the TD Art Gallery Moss Street Paint In again this year. My location will be on the South West corner of Moss Street and Richardson.

Once again I will be painting a portrait from life. Please drop by between 11:00 and 4:30. Look forward to seeing you there

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30 May

North Saanich Spring Studio Tour 2014
Posted at 11:25 am

Studio

This years Studio Tour is on June 7th and 8th, I will have my studio open both days from

1100 to 1600 hours. Please feel free to drop by at 524 Downey Road. The forecast is for sunny warm weather, so looking forward to a busy weekend.

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24 May

TD Moss Street Paint In
Posted at 4:56 pm

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Just a blast from the past – my first TD Moss St. Paint-In. I believe this was 1991. My friend, Erin Chard, was my subject – bless her heart! Looking forward to the next one in July.

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16 May

Sunset: Long Beach
Posted at 10:09 am

Long Beach SkySunset: Long Beach
Oil on Canvas 40″ x 60″
The completed work. As I see it, this is a balance between the ferocity of colour and the calm of the ocean.

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29 Apr

Start of a new Seascape
Posted at 4:08 pm

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I always get excited when blocking in a new painting and after working for 3 hours, I have a good feeling about where this one is going to go. So nice to have brush in hand again. This will be a seascape based on a Long Beach reference.

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09 Apr

The Blue Bridge
Posted at 7:48 pm

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The Blue Bridge
Oil on canvas 24″ x 36″
This painting has been sitting around for a while and is finally nearing completion. The Blue Bridge is a popular Victoria landmark that is soon to be replaced by newer and better. Many local artists have been documenting this subject before it becomes just a memory. This is my contribution – perhaps there should be a group show?

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22 Feb

Sou’easterly, Georgia Strait
Posted at 1:48 pm

South-easter, Gerogia Strait
Oil on Canvas 48″ x 96′
A better view and complete. I love the freedom that these big canvases are giving me. Eric Fischl talks about wrist painters vs arm painters, I definitely belong to the latter.

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11 Feb

New Seascape
Posted at 12:28 pm

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This is my largest seascape yet – 4′ X 8′ – a stormy sea in Georgia Strait, off Pt. Roberts. This one is all about the drama in light, movement and colour. We will be going up to Long Beach soon, hopefully to capture more wild and windy scenes.

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