Thursday, 31 December 2009

High on Highrock

This one is from my last plein air adventure of 2009.
Last Sunday fellow fellow painter, Jeffrey J. Boron,
and I enjoyed a sunny seven degrees Celsius
couple of hours at Highrock Park in Esquimalt.
Jeffrey had an idea in mind and set up to paint right away
and I wandered around and about...
and around and about some more... and then even more
before finally deciding on the
mossy rocks and Garry oak trees.
I love the freedom that comes from
not having a preconceived idea of how a painting
will turn out, as with this little one,
and that had me thinking about
freedom and now I'm thinking and feeling
that 2010 is the year of FREEDOM.
And, being creative folk, we are free to create
what we want in our lives for this year,
(even if that means the freedom of not having a preconceived
idea of how it will all turn out...)

Wishing you all the freedom that you desire in 2010!
High on Highrock
(plein air)
oil on board
10 x 8

Saturday, 26 December 2009

Snow Clouds - Saxe Point Park SOLD

Merry Christmas and Happy Boxing Day!
This snowy painting of Saxe Point Park is from a
past winter when we in Victoria
had lots of snow. I remember walking to the park
and taking photos along the way but,
just after I had taken shots of this scene,
I had a tumble and filled my camera with snow.
I was upset because that meant the end of photographing the,
(not common at all in Victoria), snowy day.
That was until I noticed a family of otters
under one of the houses on the point
across from the park,
(the one to the left of the trees in the painting).
The otters were all playing;
sliding from under the house, down
into the ocean and then scrambling over each other
while racing back up to do it all over again -
and thankfully, they were too far away
for me to even consider trying to photograph them.
(The traditional Christmas Saxe Point Park
stroll yesterday was sunny
and warm - Anna's hummingbirds, one bald eagle but no otters.)
"Snow Clouds"
acrylic on canvas
12 x 12

Monday, 21 December 2009

Little Light SOLD

Happy Solstice Everyone!
The first time that I painted
the Fisgard Lighthouse it was on location
and it was a cold but sunny wintery morning.
Since then I've painted a few more "Fisgards" on
different shapes and sizes of canvas, and oddly,
I've painted them all in the
months of December.
Each time that I paint the lighthouse it
ends up being balanced on a slightly higher rock
and the last two have had fences as safe boundaries as well.
I'm sure that by this time in December we can all relate to the
lighthouse and are feeling the need to rise high above it all with
our boundaries in tact. So, on Winter Solstice today,
as you celebrate the return of the light
may you all have a little time to yourself to
find your balance and enjoy the light
- high above it all.
Wishing you joy & light!
"Little Light"
oil on canvas
20 x 10

Monday, 14 December 2009

Down the Road

This one is from my most recent outdoor painting adventure
(late November) to Kinsmen Park in Esquimalt.
The day was gorgeous; a sunny and warm memory.
We've had snow in Victoria today.
"Down the Road"
oil on board
12 x 9

Thursday, 10 December 2009

Moon Jumpers SOLD

This painting came about after an October plein air
adventure to the Cowichan Valley.
While I painted I was aware that the cows
were continually wandering over to check on my progress.
When I finished painting I snapped a few photos of
the curious cows for a studio painting.
The painting, "Moon Jumpers", now belongs to Shelley:
Shelley fell in love with this painting and
told her dear friend, Linda,
who arranged to have all of Shelley's friends
contribute to the painting for
Shelley on her special birthday.
"Moon Jumpers"
acrylic on canvas
16 x 20

Posing or just watching?

Friday, 4 December 2009

Saturna Evening

And, here is the second little Saturna Island
painting of East Point Park with the
kingfisher calling out that it's
a magical evening in May.
"Saturna Evening"
oil on 1 1/4" canvas
6 x 6
(This posting was painted on a red ground.)
Contact Legacy Gallery for more information.

Thursday, 3 December 2009

Spring Evening - East Point Park SOLD

After my instant sell out
at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria's
I decided to paint two more smallish paintings.
(These are slightly larger than the work
that I had in the AGGV Small Works Show.)
Both paintings are from a visit to
East Point Park on Saturna Island
where I have memories of a kingfisher
flying back and forth along the beach
on that warm May evening.
"Spring Evening - East Point Park"
(Saturna Island)
oil on 1 1/4" canvas
6 x 6
(This posting's painting is painted on a burnt sienna ground.)
For information contact She Said Gallery.

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