Tuesday, May 27, 2014

New Work

I have been having fun going through some of my pics from past years holidays and I keep coming back to our time spent on the south coast of B.C. particularly Narrows Inlet on the Sunshine Coast.  I have a few more paintings that I am looking forward to starting soon.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

This is a new painting taken from a vacation photo while in Narrows Inlet last summer.  I loved the contrast between the dark hills behind the tree and the bright yellow leaves.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

I haven't posted in awhile but I have been painting.  Here are a few oils in my Forest Series and one acrylic.  Can you guess which one is acrylic?

Sunday, March 9, 2014

I just thought I would switch gears a little and do some landscapes in acrylic.  This is a totally different look and process from oil.  Not sure if I want to continue in this direction or not. Comments??

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Another painting in the Forest Series.  I like the color combination of blue and yellow with a hint of orange in selected places.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

This is the second painting done of an arbutus tree.  The reference photo was taken locally at Mill Bay , Vancouver Island.

Monday, January 27, 2014

This is one of two paintings (Iwill post the other when finished) that I did from some photos I took of arbutus trees in Mill Bay, B.C.  I love the thick, peeling, orange bark and how their limbs curve in every direction.  This painting is 24 x 12 inches and it is done in oil.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

A new painting in the Forest Series.  In oil 18 x 24 inch.  Contact lyurge@shaw.ca for purchase information.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

I have been experimenting a bit with style and medium lately.  The first painting is styled after Mike Svob a Vancouver artist who I really admire.  I love his unusual use of color and the subjects that he paints.  I used acrylic for this one, something I haven't done a lot of recently.  I pushed the envelope with color and thoroughly enjoyed the whole process.  The last painting is another in my tree series done in oil with the palette knife.  I am really loving using the knife and am having fun with color and expression.

Monday, November 11, 2013


I love the colors I used in these two paintings.  A note to myself to do this again.
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This painting is a continuation of my exploration with the palette knife.  This little tool is so versatile once you get the hang of it.  I love the little splash of red.  Glad I put that in.
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Saturday, October 26, 2013

I haven't been blogging in a while because I have been doing a bit of exploring with techniques and trying to find my groove again.  I have been finding that my art was becoming stagnant and I was not growing as an artist.  My tight realistic style was actually stiffling me and I wasn't enjoying it as I once was.  I have moved away from still life and have been doing a lot of landscapes.  I always found that when I painted landscapes with a brush I was too finicky and fussy and was never happy with the results.  Well all that has changed - I have discovered the PALETTE KNIFE.  I am enjoying painting like I never have before and I can actually call myself a daily painter now.  I do at least one if not two paintings a day! The palette knife is my new best friend.  I absolutely LOVE have liberated and creative I feel when I sit down to paint.  My style is slowly emerging and I see it changing almost daily.  Here are some collages of a few of the paintings I have done over the past 5 months or so.  I have painted at least 50 small 8 x 10 inch panels.  This is a great size to do with the knife because it doesn't take me all day to finish one painting.



Monday, May 20, 2013

New Work

I haven't posted in a while because I have been so busy PAINTING! These are two paintings that I am considering submitting to a big show coming up on the Island. I just have some fine tuning to do and I am calling them finished. 

Sunday, April 21, 2013

8 x 10 inch oil

Here is a quick study using the knife. 

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

8 x 10 inch oil Watermelon and Pitcher

Here is another small painting done loosely with a palatte knife.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

10 x 10 inch oil Pears, 8 x 10 inch oil silver creamer

Here is a couple of little paintings done quickly with a palatte knife.


Friday, March 29, 2013

11 x 14 inch oil

I am having some more fun with "fracturing".  Love this technique because you really can't make a mistake.