Sunday, March 30, 2014

Red Passion

6 x 6 inches, Oil on Gessoboard - Passion Flower looks to me like it comes from another planet similar to earth but different. Most of the other colours are a bit like the the tiny umbrellas you see in fancy drinks, but this one in dark red lives up to the name.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Tree Frog

6 x 6 inches - Oil on Gessoboard - Soon we may be able to hear these little guys but for now still lots of snow on the ground. Will this ever end.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Barrel Cactus

6 x 6 inches, Oil on Gessoboard - In our climate we only see these in greenhouses. We can grow one type of cactus through the cold winter though.  It looks a lot like a prickly pear cactus but hugging the ground and has beautiful yellow flowers. I used scraffito to scratch through the darker paint for the spines.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Single Rose, Pink

6 x 6 inches, Oil on Gessoboard - I saw this rose at a flower show.  I am not sure whether it won a prize but I liked the look of it.  Sometimes I am not sure I understand what the judges are thinking. They often give prizes to the weirdest stuff that I find ugly, but that's life I guess. Everyone likes something different.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Pink Lotus

6 x 6 " oil on gessoboard  - Lotus, when you see it in the flesh is dramatic. It is usually grown in large ponds where they must garden with a backhoe. The large flowers and seed pods of this amazing plant make a bold statement.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

California Dreaming

6 x 8 inches oil on canvas board.  This is my contribution to the four tube Dailypaintworks Challenge.  I started with White, Cd red medium, Cd yellow medium, and Phalo Blue as you can see on the pallet below.

I then worked out the drawing from the photograph of the challenge. I decided to change the point of view so that I imagined myself closer to sea level.

I then toned the canvas with a gray I made from the chosen colours and added an outline of my drawing. I then proceeded to paint mostly with a pallet knife. If anyone wants to buy this they will have to wait a bit for it because I just painted it today and it is going to have to stay with me for a while until it dries. This was fun - we should try it again. There's a couple of feet of snow outside on March 25 and it helps to think of someplace warm.

Friday, March 21, 2014


6 x 8 " Oil on canvas board - The boat is from a photo that I took in Vancouver and the shed is like the cedar shake ones I have seen near Halifax. So this painting goes from coast to coast.  I like the way the sea makes everything all crusty. I am not sure the boat owners feel the same way about it.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Blueberries and Clementines

SOLD - Oil on Canvas Board 6 x 8" - I don't know if these would taste good together but the colours work just fine.

Monday, March 17, 2014