Monday, December 7, 2015

New Work!

I thought I would post some new work that I have done in oils.  You can also see all my recent work on as seen to the right.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

New work in oil

Both of these pieces are available in my Dailypaintworks gallery to the right.


Wednesday, October 14, 2015

New work in oil


I haven't been posting lately but I have been painting.  The sunsets I saw while on vacation this summer really inspired me to paint more.  They really were spectacular.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015


I have been having some fun with abstraction lately.  I love layering different colors and values of colors on TerraSkin.  This paper takes the acrylic wonderfully due to the very smooth surface.  TerraSkin is a paper like product made of crushed stone and is practically indestructible.  For these abstracts I started off by laying down a color in spots and then a layer of gel medium with a palette knife.  After this has all dried, I continue to layer color on with a very large palette knife using varying pressure.  Because there is a layer of the gel there will be spots that are raised and these spots take the paint differently then the smooth areas leaving a lot of texture and variation on the surface.  I love how this looks and feels!




Sunday, May 17, 2015

20 x 30 inch acrylic Glow over the Marsh

Some more fun with acrylics.                 SOLD

Thursday, April 30, 2015

New paintings in acrylic

These two paintings were done mostly with a palette knife in acrylic.  I like using a palette knife with small paintings as it allows me to paint quickly without worrying about all the small details and I like how the canvas is showing a lot of texture. These two are both 12 x 12 inches and are for sale in my Dailypaintworks gallery.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Cowichan Sunset - New Work 20 x 24 inch acrylic

I thought I would give acrylic a try again after some not so great starts recently.  After I got used to the faster drying time I was really excited about what I could achieve with this medium.  I don't have to wait days to paint over something I don't like so I found it great for this as I made lots of changes to this painting.  I am fairly happy with the results and will be using acrylic again for landscapes.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Progress of an oil painting in 3 steps

I thought I might post the steps to arrive at a finished oil painting for those of you who may be interested.

#1. The underpainting is usually done in acrylic and is basically just a map to show where the darks and lights will go. This could change as the painting progresses.
#2. The first layer of oil paint. This layers brings in the color palette that will be used. The paint is very thin at this point, mostly with paint thinner and a bit of liquin. This will help the painting dry quickly so that I can continue on the next day usually.
#3. The finished painting. I usually let it sit for a few days to dry and then will go back in and do a few details and some touch-ups. I really have to be careful not to overwork the painting (really easy to do) or it will loose the freshness that I am going for.

So that's it in a nutshell! This painting is 24 x 30 inches and is painted mainly from my imagination and some photo of marshes and estuaries.

Friday, February 27, 2015

24 x 30 inch oil The Estuary

This painting is based loosely on some photos of the Cowichan Estuary that I have plus a bit of imagination and the color study that I did previously.  I really like the warm colors and wanted to do a large painting using reds and oranges.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Color Study 8 x 10 inch oil

This is a color study in preparation for a larger painting I plan on doing soon.  It is always good to work out the colors and composition before committing the time and effort into a larger piece.  The only thing I may change is this painting is the two trees.  I am not sure they are really working.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

"A Bird in the Hand" mixed media 24 x 30 inches

This painting is a continuation of my exploration with mixed media.  There is no end to how creative you can be with this medium.  The results are always a surprise!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Mixed Media Fun with acrylic

These two paintings are the result of some more fun with mixed media and abstraction.