Sunday, December 28, 2014

New Abstract Work 24 x 36 inches in acrylic - Discovery

I have been playing with my acrylic paints and doing a bit of experimentation with intuitive abstract painting.  Although it was a a lot of fun to do it was harder than I thought it was going to be.  I have always been very tight in my renderings of a still life and even a landscape, so actually painting without a plan or knowing where it was going was an eye opener for me.  It is very hard to let go of all the habits  (good and bad) that I have gathered during the years I have been painting so this little exercise was a good start in my loosening up and just enjoying the process of putting paint on canvas.  Also working large is always very liberating!  You will be seeing a lot more of these types of abstracts from me in the future for sure

Friday, November 21, 2014

Color Studies 8 x 10 inch oil

These two paintings are the result of my experimentation with color.  I tend to stick with the "real" local color in most of my paintings but I thought I would just use colors that I love and the combinations kinda worked!  These two were from some photos I had taken while kayaking this summer and although the area was very beautiful all I saw in the photos was green. I took a chance and made these two a fall landscape and I am pleased with the results.  These are for sale for $100 each on

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Abstracted River 8 x 10 inch oil

I really like the color combination in this one and have plans to do a larger studio piece in the future.  I love using these 8 x 10 inch panels for studies because they are a manageable size for finishing in one sitting yet they can also stand alone as a piece of art in a nice frame or part of a grouping of similar sizes.

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Sunday, November 2, 2014

The Mud Flats

16 x 20 inch oil The Mud Flats
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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Day 2 work in progress

I worked on these two paintings today with the first color layer.  At this point the paint is being thinned with liquin and paint thinner and should be fairly dry tomorrow so that I can go back in with another layer of color.  I am trying to keep my brush strokes loose and painterly which is quite a struggle for me as I really want to go in with details already (this is a throwback to when I painted still life realistically).  I think if I keep it loose it will make for a more interesting painting.  Here's hoping!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

New work in oil

I started these two paintings today with a thin wash of burnt umber.  I basically just painted the paint onto the canvas and then wiped off where I wanted my lights to go.  It is a very simple way to start laying in your values and should make the painting progress easier as I get into the color layers.  These two are a continuation of the series of paintings that I am doing on the Cowichan River Estuary.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Evening Glow over Cowichan Estuary 16 x 20 inch oil

I just finished up this painting which is another in my Cowichan Estuary Series.  Even though the reference was taken during the day, I thought i would change it up a bit and make it an evening scene.  I enjoyed using the different greens, blues and oranges in this piece.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Day 4 - Completed painting 24 x 36 inch oil Birches in Snow

I finished this painting today and I am happy with the results.  As I said in previous posts I love this color mixture and i think keeping the color palette simple resulted in a nice piece.  The size is a little larger than I have been doing lately, and I think I may go even larger in the near future.  It really makes a statement on the wall when the painting is large and colorful and also the texture can be seen more clearly.  This piece was done entirely with a selection of different size palette knives.  Nothing beats a palette knife for keeping the painting fresh and painterly.  It is very hard to get finicky details with a knife so it works well when you don't want too much realism in your work.
24 x 36 inch oil

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Day 3 Work in Progress 24 x 36 inch oil

I am making a little more progress on this today.  I color blocked in the shadows on the snow and the snow itself.  I also added a bit more modelling on the birches trying to give a bit more texture.  I love the color palette for this one.  I made the soft mauve color by mixing part white, burnt sienna and dioxapine purple.  The color is more on the warm side due to the burnt sienna and i am liking it a lot.  I think I will let this dry a bit before working some more on the snow and shadows.  I also painted the sides of the canvas with the left-over paint mixture I had on my palette.  This is a good way to use up the paint if you like to clean your palette after every session.  I always start with a clean palette but I do have a plastic tupperware container with dividers in it that i keep my colors laid out in.  I put this into a small fridge I keep in my studio so that the paint stays fairly fresh until the next time I use it.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Day 2 of work in progress 24 x 36 inch oil

Today I picked my color palette and got started on the upper half of the painting.  I am happy with the muted lavenders and for a punch of color I had to add some orange.  The trees are blocked in and will need a lot of work to make the texture of the birch work.  I will probably get started on the shadows tomorrow. Overall I am happy with the progress of this one.  This is done entirely with the palette knife and fingers - no brushes!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Work in Progress 24 x 36 inch oil

I started this painting today and thought I would show my progress as I go along.  I usually start this type of painting by drawing directly on my canvas where I want my elements to go but this time I started right in with thinned down raw umber.  I kind of rubbed in the paint where I thought I would like my trees to be and then I rubbed out the actual trees with a brush dipped in paint thinner.  This scene will be a winter scene and I may stay with monotone colors as I like the look of this.  This of course may change tomorrow when I get back at it.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Stand of Arbutus 24 x 30 inch oil

Arbutus trees are very familiar here on Vancouver Island.  They seem to like to grow near the ocean for some reason, although you may find them just about anywhere on the Island.  The bark is very unusual as it sheds and peels every year and the bark is a very pretty orange in color. The tree keeps its leaves throughout the year but they turn brown and dead looking through the winter.  I love painting these trees mainly because of the uniquie color and texture of the bark.  I found this stand on Newcastle Island while on a hiking trip and just had to paint them!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Cowichan Bay Estuary #3

After going through all the photos I have taken this summer I realize that I have a lot from the Cowichan Estuary.  I love the diversity of the area and the changes that take place through the seasons and with the daily tide changes.   A lot of the photos were taken while kayaking in the area and while hiking the many trails. I have decided to start a new series using these photos as a jump start.  This is my newest one, 8 x 10 inch in oil.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Palette Knife Birch Tree Impressions

I never tire of painting birch trees.  I love the bold black and white with shades of grey and the texture that I can get when I use the palette knife.  This one is 20 x 30 in inches on canvas done in oil.

New Work

I have been getting back into the grove of painting after taking some time off during our fantastic summer months. What a glorious summer! These paintings are from some photos that I took while visiting some of our local sites, the Cowichan Estuary and the Damali Lavender farm here in Cobble Hill. The estuary always draws me in because of the ever changing landscape and I love to visit it during different times of the year. The lavender farm is just a couple of miles from my home but this is the first year that I went to the lavender festival that they have every year. It is a beautiful place to visit when the lavender is in full bloom and the smell is marvelous!

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 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.