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Tidal Waters at Canoe Pass

The tight squeeze between Dent Island and Little Dent Island form these narrows that make up part of Canoe Pass Rapids. At peak tides the water flows through like a river. This view’s emphasis is on the quality of light breaking through the clouds. But even at slack tide the water still flows forming great reflecting patterns. Six hours by slow boat from Campbell River, B.C., this area is remote and spectacular!

Decourcy Peninnsula

foundation - decourcy peninnsula stitch low rez

This Diptych is a view looking back up a small spit of land in Pirate’s Cove on Decourcy Island, one of the many small Gulf Islands in south western B.C.

Near Tofino, BC

Near Tofino, BCThis evening scene is a view in Pacific Rim Natioal Park, near Tofino, on the west coast of Vancouver Island. View at Madrona Gallery, Victoria, BC

The life of a Painting : The End

I have ambivalent feelings when finishing a painting. In some ways I’m glad to see the back of it, but a lot of my energy blood sweat & tears have gone into it and it’s a part of me. Most often, I never see them again and that makes me just a tiny bit sad. I suppose the consolation is knowing the piece is going to a place where it will be appreciated…maybe even loved.

The Life of a Painting: The Doldrums

I don’t know if this happens to other artists, but I (almost) always experience an unpleasant let down in the middle of a painting. Particularly on a piece as big as this one that can take weeks to finish. I’ve come to refer to this awful time as the mid painting doldrums; days of work go by and there seems to be little if any progress (which is why I haven’t posted lately). It’s at this time I also begin to question whether this is such a great idea for a painting after all. Experience has taught me this is just a product of working on the same thing for a long time: it’s easy to lose your perspective and second guess yourself. Experience has also taught me to hang in there and remain true to your vision, things WILL get better. Just around the corner the painting starts to come together and starts looking really sharp, just the way I pictured it in my head. I can hardly wait……

The Life of a Painting: Choosing Colour

Now comes the time to add colour.
Each picture in this gallery has a caption to explain what going on. Although the painting is coming along this part of the process seems to drag on. Days will go by and it seems that your making no progress – it can get a bit depressing. I call it the mid paining doldrums; you just have to suck it up and work through it.

The Life of a Painting: Under drawing

Now comes the time to start the painting in earnest. My prefered technique is to do a relatively finished under drawing. I call it an under drawing out of habit, but it’s really an under painting. I’m not too fussy about what I use for this – usually I use whatever paint I have left over from the previous painting – as long as I have a dark tone and a light one. In the case of this piece, I’m using black and white gesso.

The object here is to rough in the major elements of the composition, then fine tune them until there’s no more guess work about what goes where. To do this I use a combination of sketches and studies I’ve done and photo reference I’ve taken of the scene.

When I’m done this stage, I have a highly resolved under painting or “cartoon”. And now it’s ready for the next step: adding colour.