Canada Day, oil on board, 6x6

I painted on the lawn in front of the Empress Hotel today. It was overcast, but none seemed to notice. Happy Canada Day!

494 Witty's Lagoon

This is from Witty's Lagoon this morning.  With plein air paintings stuff like sand and grass often get stuck int he paint. Today it was tiny mosquito-like bugs. They were very attracted to my paint. As you can see there are numerous little critters embedded in the wet paint. I tried to rescue them by gently trying to scoop them out with the tip of my palette knife. Sadly, my efforts were futile. Once the painting is dry I will be able to brush the loose parts of the insects off but the parts that are in the paint will stay for the life of the painting and beyond. sigh

492 Carriage Horse and Groom

These carriage horses are one of my favourite subjects.

These little studies are sometimes the bases for larger studio works. But they are nice little paintings in their own right too.

491 On the Lawn

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This is a scene from the lawn of the Parliament Building this morning. Love the sunglasses.

490 White Caps

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Here's those Willows Beach Kids. They seem to be seriously building sand castles. I just love dramatic light. This is high noon and short shadows. But the backlighting really adds a sense of drama to the scene. 

489 Beach Day

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Here's another plein air painting I did at Willows Beach in Oak Bay. I thought the little tots in white sun hats were adorable.

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488 Willows Beach Scene

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It was such a nice day that everyone was out at Willows Beach. This little scene caught my eye. 

487 Sweet Molly

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My favourite horse is always the one I'm patting right now. This is Molly. She's a gentle, affectionate, darling of a horse. I always stop to pat her when she's resting in the shade of the trees on Menzies Street. She comes right up onto the sidewalk when I approach her. (And I don't even give her treats...it's all friendship).

Isn't she a beauty!

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486 White Clematis

I picked 5 of these very fragrant clematis last night intending to paint them in a jar this morning. However, only one survived the night so here it is in a little bulb vase. 

485 Sig Painting

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Durrance Lake
Above is fellow artist Sig Pederson focusing on his painting.

We were at Durrance Lake this morning with the Alfrescoes. It was so cold that people are calling it Junuary.



















Durrance Lake.

484 Painting Bonny Painting

This is my friend Bonny Painting in Playfair Park. It was during the few moments of sunshine we've had lately.

482 Totem Pole on Forest Floor

This beautiful totem pole called Hosaqami, is laying on its side at Government House. I love the way moss and grass has taken a foothold in it's nooks and crannies. 

483 Government House Scene

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I painted out at the grounds of Government House this foggy and wet morning. The flowers were brilliant though and the sun peeked through for a few minutes.