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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

Clouds in Cordero

Cordero Channel

Cordero Channel  24×30 acrylic on board. View at Heffel Fine Art Auction House, Vancouver

Coast Mountains

Coast RangeThis 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 Vancouver to Whistler.

Coast Mountains

Coast RangeThis 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.

The Life of a Painting: Inspiration

As promised this next series of blogs will document the creation of a painting from beginning to end. I’ve always been curious how other artists work; whether they go through the same ups and downs I seem to experience on every painting I do. I’m fascinated by the creative process and hope this experiment will give a little insight into mine.

There is always some spark of an idea that germinates and grows in my mind until I have a pretty clear idea of what I want to do. That spark can be something I’ve seen, or dreamed, or remembered, and often the work of another artist will inspire me as well. In the case of this particular piece, it came at the suggestion of a friend to revisit a place I have painted at before. In fact 20 years before! The thought of reinterpreting this location as a much different artist seemed a cool idea.

By the way, if anything I’m describing needs clarification or if you have any questions at all, feel free to leave a comment, and I will do my best to help.

Milestones – 100th Follower

Hello everyone. Yesterday I got my 100th follower! Thank you one and all. This is a milestone that has got me thinking about my blog: it’s humble beginnings, and ideas for the future to make it better.

When my nephew got this blog going for me almost a year ago, I confess I didn’t have a clue what a blog was. Not only that I was at the beginning of a two-shows-in-a-year odyssey that left me little time or energy to spend on learning how to make my blog accessible and interesting. So in the first six to eight months I posted almost nothing, my blog was dormant.

Now I think I get it; a blog is like a virtual journal that gives those interested intimate access to (in my case) the process of making art. Since this epiphany my hits and followers have taken off and now I’m full of ideas and enthusiasm to improve my blog and to start utilizing it properly.

Now that I feel I have the luxury of a bit more time, my next blogging project is going to be the execution of a large (36×48) painting. I’m planning on getting right into the minutia: preparation of materials, concept, studies, actual painting (I’m even tinkering with the idea of some kind of time lapse video), all in more or less real time. I think it will prove to be an interesting experiment…stay tuned.

 

Painting Demonstration

Saturday the 3rd I gave a painting Demonstration at Petley Jones Gallery here in Vancouver. I admit to having a little case of the jitters seeing as I have never done anything like this before, but it turned out to be a cool experience. The turn out was modest (maybe half a dozen to ten at any given time, twenty to thirty in total), which was probably a good thing – a lot of people might have wigged me out!