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This is my latest painting – an acrylic on board called “Coast Range”. The massive Coastal Mountains range provide the backdrop for this view is of Howe Sound from just above Gibsons. Behind Keats Island, tucked in between the trees of Gospel Rock in the foreground and the hulking range in the background, runs the Sea to Sky Highway that runs from Vanouver to Whistler.
I just got back from a week long visit with my brother and his family on Quadra Island. Partly for a bit of a break to recharge my batteries, and partly to help him move his big boat up to Sonora Island for the summer. Before we left we got these amazing views of this bald eagle right outside his kitchen window. She was so close you felt like you could reach out and touch her. A majestic creature.
And for those following, I’ll be wrapping up “The Life of a Painting” shortly. It’s finally finished!!!
So this is the last of the large pieces (30×36) for my show in May at Petley Jones Gallery here in Vancouver. The scene is of Howe Sound from Langdale, which is not too far from where I live. Even though there is plenty of movement with the clouds clearing after a storm, this piece has a nice sense of serenity about it. The plan is to do three more smallish pieces before the opening; May 1st. Yikes!
In this picture I’m staining the frames my brother made for me (of which he did a beautiful job). Behind me is the diptych pretty much finished. There are quite a number of subtle changes but also some major ones. If you compare it to the earlier post “Caulfield Vista”, you will see the water has been redone, and the horizon has much more detail, also a tree in the foreground has been removed. Interestingly, where the two canvases meet in the middle does sort of look like a tree and had to considered as a part of the whole composition.
So this diptych, which I posted a while back as “Caulfield Vista”, was at my brother’s place for a couple of weeks while he was building frames for it. when I got it back, I noticed a couple of things I wanted to tweak. Famous last words. What started as a little touch up has grown to major reworking! How far this is going to go, I’m not entirely sure. The color of the ocean was the first thing to change, then one of the trees in foreground that had been bugging me had to go. Now I’m adding more clouds to horizon…..ugh! I feel like a dog chasing my tail. Maybe I should have left it alone.
This is a nice little sketch I whipped off this morning. Sergeants Bay is a provincial park about 40 minutes up the road from where I live. It’s a natural isthmus with a causeway of gravel, driftwood and shrubs that divides the ocean to the right, and a wetland to the left. Broken clouds cast shadows over the scene that recede up the mountain.