Wetlands and Hilltops

This evening was the opening of my solo show at Shibui Gallery in Maple Bay.  I’m posting images of paintings here.   They are mostly in oil with a few acrylic and cold wax.  Also included in the show were the works in the posts ‘Estuary’ and ‘More Estuary’.

 

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More Estuary

I have been working on a series based on one of my favorite places in the valley, the Cowichan Valley Estuary.  For decades it has been the site of industry resulting in damage to the delicate ecosystem.   Last week I attended a fund raising event to support projects aimed at it’s recovery –  part of which was an art show.   These are a few pieces from the show.

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Life Drawing Workshop – 2016

This week we started our fourth annual week of drawing the figure.  I’ll be posting at least one drawing from each day.   These graphite drawings were done on Thursday and Friday.

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Cowichan Estuary

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Painting With Wax

This is new work using oil paint with cold wax as the carrying medium.  Neither of these pieces are particularly original nor finished but provide me with the opportunity to learn how to use the medium.

I’m looking for a less literal way to deal with the landscape in which I live.   So much to learn!

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Oil and cold wax on panel 24″ x 24′

 

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Oil and cold wax on panel   34″ x 48′

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Trying new things

I have always wanted to do purely abstract art but have found it to be much more difficult than it looks.  Lately I have made another attempt.  Here are a few examples – which may or may not be finished.  I have used acrylic because it lends itself to doing thin layers of glazes and it dries quickly so I can easily do as was done in these and paint over it.  Each of these has several paintings underneath.

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Ireland

Some time ago my sister and I were in Ireland.  These are a few paintings from that trip.

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Dingle Oil 16 x 20

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Dunbeg, Dingle Acrylic 16 x 20

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Donegal  Acrylic 11 x 16

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Dingle Oil 16 x 20

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De Courcy Island

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This is  painting of a steep path to the beach on De Courcy Island.
Oil, 24″ x 36″

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Life Drawing Marathon 2015

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Graphite

Colourd pencil

Colourd pencil

Coloured pencil

Coloured pencil

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Graphite

Conte

Conte

Graphite

Graphite

Pastel on grey paper

Pastel on grey paper

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Carmen’s and Jock’s house

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Pleine Aire

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A few Landscapes

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Looking Across Saanich Inlet to Mount Newton 48″ x 36″   Oil on Board

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Telegraph Road Field 14″ x 11″ Oil on Canvas

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Arbutus, Saltspring 34″ x 48″ Oil on Board

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This and the next are both of Arbutus at the top of Cobble Hill. Both are 24″ x 24″ and are Oil on Canvas

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Life Drawing Marathon, 2014

Yesterday was the last of five days of drawing with good friends and fine artists.  We worked hard, had fun together and fully enjoyed the coffee breaks. Every year I prime myself for the breakthrough that will bring about a masterpiece and yet again that experience has eluded me.  In making art the flashes of genius and inspiration are rare to nonexistant and the putting of one foot in front of the other to reach the objective is the norm.  Here are a few pieces from the last few days.

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Whiskey point Arbutus

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oil on canvas 30″ x 40″

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Gary Oak Meadow, Somenos Lake

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oil on canvas 36″ x 36″

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Mount Newton from Across Saanich Inlet

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Oil on Board 34″ x 48″

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Ju

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Figure Study, coloured pencil on paper

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Cherry Point, Winter

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Oil on Canvas 24″ x 24″

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Cowichan Valley Farm

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Acrylic on board 16″ x 20″

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Arbutus, Mount Baldy

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This is a stand of young arbutus on the slope of Mount Baldy, Shawnigan Lake. Acrylic on Canvas 36″ x 36″

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Seated nude,                      Conte on brown paper

Seated Nude

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Conte – 30  minutes   Tafi, our new model

I suggest that you have a look at Anne’s art blog .

She has some really good drawings from the same session.

http://www.annejarvis.blogspot.ca/

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Life drawing Workshop

The group of us which meets regularly for life drawing organized a retreat for intensive focus on our work. Yesterday was the final of five days and here are a few samples of my work from that time.  To see the work of someone else have a look at Anne Jarvis Art blog (in links).

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This was done using a 24 inch stick with the end sharpened and dipped in India ink.  To draw the stick was held at arm’s length in an attempt to avoid ‘preciousness’.  The colour is chalk pastel added after – though I think the work could be stronger without the colour.

 

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Hand study in coloured pencil

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Charcoal 30 minutes

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Charcoal 45 minutes

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Charcoal on brown craft paper  25 minutes

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Still Life

Still Life

Oil 16 x 20

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Telegraph Road

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Oil 12 x 16

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Still Life

Still Life

Still Life Oil 16″x 20″

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Figure Study

Figure Study
Pastel 30 minute study

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Figure Study

Figure Study

Pastel and Charcoal, 15 minute study

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Ian

Ian

Oil 10 x 8

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Reclining Nude

Reclining Nude

Oil 20 x 16

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Cobble Hill Arbutus

Cobble Hill Arbutus

Oil 24×24

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