Saturday, December 31, 2011

433 The Remains of the Season

I just love Allsorts! They remind me of the Holiday season. And they're so tasty. My biggest challenge with this painting was saving one of each Allsorts to paint. Yum.

432 Tea and Cherries

I struggled with the underdrawing. (This will improve with practice:)) It's curves and straight lines that I find the most difficult. So basically the drawing. Sigh.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

431 May I cut In?

I had a hard time with the pthalo blue. It's a beautiful colour. But it just gets everywhere.
How about the title. It looked to me like either the mug and apple were fighting or kissing....hmmmn Or Dancing?

What do you think?


Wednesday, December 28, 2011

430 Bluebird Dance

These little cups are my favourite. They are small and heavy and perfect for china tea. Also very paintable.

What do you think of the orange fabric for the background? Is it too high chroma? Would it be better as a pastel? Would a different colour be a better compliment?

I'm trying to figure out the Munsell colour wheel. 

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Monday, December 26, 2011

427 Eggshells in a Que

I've been collecting pretty things for still life painting, but these brown eggshells inspired me more than anything else.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Friday, December 23, 2011

425 Fisherman's Warf Dingys

It was drizzling rain this morning and I was frozen stiff by the time I finished this little painting. But It was worth it. What a fun day! A seal and two seagulls came for a visit as well as some humans:)
The arrangement of the boats made for an interesting design.
I think they would make a nice 8x8 painting too with the area above the boats cropped off.

Burr....I'm chilled to the bone :)

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Thursday, December 22, 2011

424 Dallas Road Beach Scene

I painted this today from the bank behind that hut near the dog run area on Dallas Road. Well, anyone who runs their dog there will know what I mean.

It was the most glorious December 22nd! Amazing! Warm in the sun and no wind on the spot where I was painting.

The sea kept changing colours. Sometimes it was green blue, and sometimes it was purple. The cliffs were aglow with creamy peaches and oranges.

Every critter in the vicinity came to say hello.

I feel like the luckiest person on earth!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

423 Dallas Road Scene

This is the beach at Mile 0, where you have to walk down all those stairs. It's December 21st today and the days are starting to get longer. Daylight!

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

422 Esquimalt Lagoon

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 When I first arrived at the Esquimalt Lagoon to paint it was overcast with just a bright spot in the sky to indicate the sun. So I set up by the lagoon where swans and ducks came to visit. Just as I was set to paint the wind picked up so much that I had to move across the road to the beach. There was no wind on this side and the sky was so dynamic.

Monday, December 19, 2011

421 Holland Point December

It's almost Christmas and it was quite warm (28 degrees) for plein air  painting. The sky was just amazing dark purple with yellow light coming through.

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Sunday, December 18, 2011

420 Panama Flats Park

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This is today's painting at Panama Flats Park. It's such a beautiful time of year here in Victoria.

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Friday, December 16, 2011

419 The Pond

This is today's painting from the Cedar Hill Golf Course pond. If you look closely you'll see ducks. There were dozens of very friendly ducks all around me while I painted. 

Thursday, December 15, 2011

418 Pandora

This is Pandora Street. It's in the heart of Down Town Victoria. I've wanted to paint this street for a few years. 

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

417 Charlottetown

This is the Charlottetown painting I started almost 5 years ago. I decided to straighten out the steeples. I like the winter light hitting them so crisply.

Lately I've been working on several studio paintings for upcoming shows. This has left me with little attention to give to my daily paintings. There are several shows coming up in  Feb March and April that I want to participate in.

Tonight is the Show Opening at the Well on Fort. The reception is 7 to 9. Hope you can make it.

Friday, December 9, 2011

416 Forest Scene

This is today's al fresco painting, done at Mt Doug Park. It was chilly but so beautiful with the orange foliage and bright green moss on the trees.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

415 Ballet Under painting 2, 36x36, figurative

I worked today on making some corrections in the under painting. After working on it for a while I felt I needed to set the painting aside as I was over working it and it was losing some of it's freshness. Today I worked on the proportions of the figures and suggesting the features without over defining. I really want to get the values right so the painting reads well.
I also like the feet. Those soft ballet shoes make the feet look flat. This is especially so for children's feet.
Colour to come soon.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

414 Ballet Underpainting, 36x36

I'm working on a large figure painting. This is a value plan I did so far. I chose the square format to emphasize that the ballerinas are huddled together. Even this is very rough and I'll work on correcting some of the values before I go in with colour. the light source is from the right and I notice I need to make the floor lighter towards the light source.

Monday, December 5, 2011

413 Charlottetown, acrylic on canvas, 24x30

This is a painting I started 4 years ago. I was in Charlottetown on NewYear's morning. It had snowed heavily for days and there was no walking on the sidewalk.  The woman in the street smiled and told me she was on her way to the Basilica for New Year's mass.

I struggled with the blues. The snow shadows were pthalo and the sky was the problem. It was a winter sky. Pthalo just wasn't right. Finally today I tried cobalt blue with a touch of yellow. I like the sky now. But the steeples are crooked and the electric wires are too thick. (in reality there were twice as many electric wires).

Sunday, December 4, 2011

412 Ogden Point

I just got in from painting this. The days are so short in December but out I went with just enough time to do a quick study before the sun set. I love all the colourful kelp against the neutrals. This is Ogden Point. A favourite beach of the night partiers. Just as I was leaving the partiers were arriving.

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Saturday, December 3, 2011

411 Dallas Road Scene

It was a glorious day and everyone and their dog was out walking on Dallas Road. This spot in particular is one of my favourites. It's just overlooking Fonyo Beach.

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Friday, December 2, 2011

410 Fisherman's Warf

Here's a little pleinair I did this morning at Fisherman's Warf.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

409 Best Dog in The World #8

This lovely Golden Retriever puppy was so ernest. I could tell he was just trying so hard to please his lady. And yet he was only 7 months old. I met him and his lady while they were taking a walk out at the Esquimalt Lagoon this weekend.
I don't remember his name but he's the best dog in the world.

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Sunday, November 27, 2011

408 The Best Dog in the World #7

This is a lovely poodle cross named Mia. I met her at an art exhibit yesterday. She was with her man who is a sculptor. She is such a gentle soul. Full of energy and so clever too.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

407 White Carriage Horse

This is another James Bay Carriage Horse.

I used a cad red light surface and a rather limited palette. I like the overall composition and think this would make a very nice large painting.
I think I captured the personality of this horse as well.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

406 Clydesdale Horse

This beautiful creature is a Clydesdale. He is one of the carriage horses that gives rides around Victoria, mostly James Bay.

Isn't he gorgeous!

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

405 Beatrice

This is Beatrice. A sweet little bulldog. A little shy, but not too shy to take a treat of have her chin stroked. She's the best dog in the world.

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Monday, November 21, 2011

404 Blue Bridge

This is today's effort. A studio painting. Pardon the darkness and glare as I painted and photographed it indoors. I didn't appreciate the value shift with the acrylics when they dry. I might try this with oils. I quite like looming bridge in the background.

403 Carriage Horse

This is a friendly carriage horse that waits on Menzies  Street. I always like to stop and say hello to these lovely work horses when I pass.
This is my first time painting a close up horse. I approached it like any other subject by putting down a series of angles, lines, shapes, and colours. I think I got a good likeness of the fellow.

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Sunday, November 20, 2011

402 Best Dog in the World #6

This is Gus. He's the new dog in the neighbourhood.
He's a gentle giant. His man said he weighs 175lbs but so friendly and affectionate. First thing Gus did when he saw me was offer to shake hands.

Welcome to the neighbourhood Gus.

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Friday, November 18, 2011

401 Blue Bridge November

This is Victoria's Blue Bridge. It is rather rusty as we are no longer maintaining it (the city plans to replace it soon). So I'm painting it to remember it.
Coincidentally, today I met a lady who called it "Johnny's Bridge", because her uncle John used to raise and lower it years ago.

I wonder if the new bridge will be as paintable.

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

400 The Most Loved Dog in The World

Okay, I admit Bear wasn't maybe the best dog in the world in all categories. She never got along with other dogs. She was over protective of  me and had to be closely monitored when other people were around. She had health problems. And she never learned not to chase skunks. Sigh.
But she loved me times ten to the millionth. And I loved her back even more.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

399 The Best Dog in the World #5

This Chihuahua is a small dog with a big personality. This wee fellow is a world traveller. He now lives in James Bay, but he's come up from Arizona and even lived in Scotland.

He has quite a lot of white whiskers but I decided they were too distracting so I left them out.

Doesn't he look like if he would talk he'd have a Scottish accent?

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

398 The Best Dog In The World #4

This is Duke. We met while he was playing on the beach with his lady. In spite of his small size he likes to bark at other dogs. (You know the type.)  He is just so cuddly and has a great smile. When kids see him they say, "Look that dog is smiling!".

He's the Best Dog in the World!

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Monday, November 14, 2011

397 Hummingbird

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This little hummingbird lives at Holland Point.  I see this same little guy often when I walk along the path near Dallas Road.

I started with a cadmium red ground and used a limited palette of the the Cad red, cad yellow, ultramarine blue, and titanium white.  I tried to make every brush stroke count.

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Sunday, November 13, 2011

396 The Best Dog in The World #3

This is Henry. I met him on Dallas Road walking with his man Ed.   Ed rescued Henry from a puppy mill in California only three weeks ago.  It will take time for Henry to feel secure and confident. Ed really loves Henry. It shows:)  They will be best friends for life.


Saturday, November 12, 2011

395 The Best Dog in the World #2

Thursday I had the honour to meet "Bruni". He's 14 years old (which is pretty senior for a large dog). Boy, he seemed so smart. When I asked to take his picture he sat down and said "cheese".

The man Bruni was walking with said they live in courtney.

I chose a cadmium yellow ground for Bruni, as I felt it would contrast well with his dark fur. And I chose a blue background to compliment the brown (dark orange).

This painting really captured his likeness and personality.

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Friday, November 11, 2011

394 Blue Bridge

It was pouring rain today and it got windy. I had to hold my umbrella with one hand and paint with the other. And the oil paint kept slipping off the canvas, wet with rain. Oh yeah, and I had to stop painting cuz my hands were frozen stiff. Then there was this other artist nearby, who's easel got blown away with the wind, and she had to run into traffic to catch her drawings which were blowing all over the place.  Okay, I've whined enough.

This is the Johnson Street Bridge. Soon to be replaced. This is at least my 3rd painting of it. Each one completely different from the others. With this one I used a cadmium red light ground. It's a dark orange so it looks sharp next to the different blues.

This is one of those paintings that I like more each time I look at it. Hmmn.

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

393 Fonyo Beach November

What an amazing November day. And it's a long weekend to boot. Everyone was out enjoying the sun. I've painted Steve Fonyo Beach from this vantage point before. I'm drawn to it. This I used a yellow ground and painted over it still wet. I fit the sky and sea thinly and as I did the grasses I used a palette knife. I really like the bold colour and texture from the palette knife.

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

392 Coffee In the Sunshine

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Even though it's November and the temperature is cool enough for jackets, people still like to soak up the sunshine.
 Here's a typical James Bay Scene.  This is James Bay Coffee and Books.  It is one of my favourite spots to go after a plain air painting day. It's a book store, internet cafe, and soup and sandwich bar.

 They have Scrabble Tuesdays and Friday Live Music Night.  Lots of good life drawing opportunities.  The coffee's really great too.

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Monday, November 7, 2011

391 Shy Bulldog,

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This little bulldog used to sit with her "Grandpa" outside a local cafe. Grandpa was looking after her while his daughter was out of the country.  I used to always go over and say hello. She was very friendly, but a little shy. When I took her picture she wouldn't look into the camera.  If I remember correctly her name was Beatrice.

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Sunday, November 6, 2011

390 Still Life With Iris

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I copied this from a large water-colour I painted many years ago. That water-colour is now nowhere to be found but I do have the image from my website.  I did it in very dilute oils on a 6x6 ground. I added the white background afterwards. I might experiment with this image, approaching it in different ways. I'd like to get the loose water-colour effect with oils.

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Saturday, November 5, 2011

389 Aristrocrat

I saw this gorgeous bull dog at a doggy park yesterday. I took a few pictures from far, but he knew the camera was on him and he posed. I just love dogs. But they won't hold still long enough to paint.

I painted it on a yellow ground and kept it really simple.

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Friday, November 4, 2011

388 Saxe Point November, oil on canvas board, 6x6

There was frost on everything this morning. What struck me first about Saxe Point were the rocks dark,  silhouetted against the silver sea. Initially, I had the grass a vivid lime green with some gradation. But it was almost the same value as the sea. So I scraped it off and made the grass more autumn green.

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Music Night James Bay Coffee and Books

Music Night November 4th
I like to go to Music Night at James Bay Coffee and Books. The acts are great. These guys write their own songs and their really great. Also, it's a perfect opportunity to sketch crowds.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

387 China Town Night

Pardon the glare. I've been working on this the past couple of days. I started it Last year and it's been set aside since. I did it on a black ground.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

386 Red Umbrella

It was a rainy tray day today. This is a Government Street scene.  Although it was a rather dark tray day the white dog and bright red umbrella make a balanced design.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

385 Mr Moustache

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(Pardon the glare). This handsome man is a Comissionaire on the Inner Harbour. I painted this from a photograph I took this summer.
I don't usually paint from photographs, but this was irresistible. That is one gorgeous moustache.

I really wanted to simplify the painting so I made the background simple.

I really like this painting.  I think it really captured his likeness and even the personality of this gentleman.

I've been wanting to make a stash of photographs of interesting faces. So lately I've been asking folks if I could photograph them for use in a future painting. I try to get them to make a funny face or interesting expression.
So far people have obliged me. :)

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1540 Wild Roses

Inspired by the pink bandana.