I like to paint this type of format especially as a horizontal. I find it especially suits a landscape. It works well if you want to capture the feel of a sweeping vista. This is another scene from the Tofino area on the west coast of Vancouver Island. I enjoy using a stylized approach, it allows me to have fun with patterns in the sky and rocks etc, and be more expressive with the colours. More and more I seem to be pushing the patterns and rhythms of shapes.
Monday, August 30, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
China Beach, 36x36, acrylic
We had a great couple of days in the Port Renfrew area of Vancouver Island. Although I did slip on the rocks and fell and broke my camera, I was too excited with the scenery to watch my step. This painting is from an area called China Beach, it is a bit of a hike down but it is well worth it. It is wild and fabulous like so many of the beaches on the west side of the Island. This day the light was just bouncing around on the waves and the misty fog was wafting in. The biggest challenge was the water. I may still play around with it.
Monday, August 16, 2010
Misty Shores, 22x28, acrylic
I just got back from a trip to Vancouver Island. We explored around the Port Renfrew area. There are some wonderful rugged beaches and trails to check out. I got some good subject matter and I look forward to posting some new images. We have been having a heat wave here, and it is very hot in my studio. I find I tend to wilt in the heat and I am not very productive. I hope to get it in gear later in the week. This is a painting that I did a few years ago. It is very much like the area that we were just in. I have always liked this piece. I think it is important to try and capture the atmosphere of a place, I did a number of glazes on this and it helped to give it that misty quality.
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Leafy Canopy, 24x36, acrylic
Well I am finally getting around to a new post. I was busy over the weekend. The Birthplace of BC gallery has an annual anniversary celebration. Many of the artists paint outside in the gardens around the gallery. It is a fun event and always draws a good crowd. I worked on this one and overall I was quite pleased with it. I brought it home to add the finishing touches. The inspiration for this came from a trip to my brothers in Sooke on Vancouver Island. We explored some nice little beaches along the way.