Thursday, 29 October 2009

Under a Pumpkin Sky SOLD

September in Victoria was all golden skies while
October's morning and evening skies
have been shades of orange.
This painting is from a plein air adventure
on one of October's orange skied mornings.
I set up along the Lochside trail
near the pumpkin fields of Michell's farm in Saanich
and painted looking up toward the Michell farm house.
This one is all about happiness!
Happy Pumpkin Skies and Happy Halloweening, too!
And happy almost LINNY at LARGE showtime
at the Mercurio Gallery ...
the show opens on Tuesday the 3rd of November!
9 x 12
(plein air)
oil on wood panel

Monday, 26 October 2009

Autumn Oaks - Highrock Park SOLD

I've been busy with preparations
for my November solo show,
but on Saturday morning it was so sunny
and warm that I snuck out for a
plein air adventure to one of
the parks in my neighbourhood.
The sky clouded over while I was painting
but the temperature stayed warm
and as the clouds moved in I became more and more fond
of the combination of green moss, golden Garry oak leaves,
and all of the different blues and greys
of the rocks, mountains and sky.
Some of the large rock formations at Highrock Park
look as though they are sculptures that have been
carefully placed and arranged
to accentuate the views of
the Strait of Juan de Fuca and
the Olympic Mountains,
(and maybe they have!)
oil on wood panel
(plein air)
12 x 9

Friday, 23 October 2009

Across the Lagoon to Hatley Castle

This quick little sketch
is from a few weeks ago when the colors
of autumn were at their most brilliant and the
Mute swans were of a mood
to pose for me.
I set up on the breezy ocean side of
the road that runs along between
the Pacific ocean and the Esquimalt Lagoon.
The red front wall
of the historic Dunsmuir family castle is a cover
of Virginia Creeper vine.
To the left of the estate, are
colorful maple trees from the
beautifully aged Japanese strolling garden which,
in my opinion, is the jewel of
the Hatley Castle estate.
oil on wood panel
(plein air)
8 x 10

Friday, 16 October 2009

Golden Days SOLD

When I first experienced the colorful city of Victoria,
it seemed to me that,
each neighbourhood had it's own unique
little corner store
and that VW bugs were the most
popular car on the road.
This little store
is close to my neighbourhood
and every October
the maple tree next to it turns brilliant
shades of gold,
similar in color to the Gold Nugget bubblegum
(in a drawstring cotton pouch) that
was, or maybe still is, sold in corner stores.
acrylic on canvas
24 x 12

Monday, 12 October 2009

Red Row SOLD

Happy Thanksgiving!
This little plein air is from a recent outing
to Victoria's Beacon Hill park.
My favourite colors of autumn are magnificent this year
and I'm very thankful to live in
this beautiful area.
I'm also thankful for all of the
wonderful connections I enjoy through my
art including all of you in
the land of blog!
8 x 10
(plein air)
oil on wood panel
For more information contact Mercurio Gallery.

Saturday, 10 October 2009

Emily and Woo SOLD

This giant and very royal arbutus tree
stands on the front lawn of
the Empress Hotel,
(beside the Belmont Building
showing through the arbutus tree).
These historic buildings are located on Government Street
in the heart of Victoria's inner harbour.
The Empress Hotel, designed by Francis Rattenbury,
was built during Emily Carr's lifetime and very near
to Emily's family home.
And, wouldn't you know it, Emily and Woo happened to wander by
while I was working on this painting ...
"Emily and Woo"
acrylic on canvas
24 x 12

Saturday, 3 October 2009

Colorful Harbour - Fulford Harbour, Salt Spring Island SOLD

After an early morning mid September lake swim (heavenly!),
breaky outdoors on the cabin porch,
some Salt Spring Island exploration and a beach picnic lunch
across the bay from Fulford Harbour
I had about an hour to set up, paint this little painting and get cleaned up,
before heading for the ferry back to Victoria.
I didn't even have time to
put my hands in the air like I didn't care!
(Ever since my return from Salt Spring I've adopted the ritual of
breakfasting outside on my balcony to make the feel of summer last. This morning still felt like summer except for the lack of fresh local fruit.
Do you have something that you are doing to make summer last?)
oil on wood panel
(plein air)
10 x 8

Friday, 2 October 2009

View from Mount Maxwell SOLD

This one is from my mid September adventure
to Salt Spring Island.
The view from Mount Maxwell is incredible!
Before I started to paint I met and visited
with Jane and Robb
who were enjoying their last lookout before
returning to Edmonton.
As I began painting
I was able to look down on the turkey vultures in flight
and watch a raven that was keeping an eye on me keeping an
eye on him/her
from one of the trees growing
below on the cliff.
The view is of the farms along the way to Fulford Harbour
and beyond that is Washington state.
oil on wood panel
(plein air)
9 x 12
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