Thursday, February 2, 2017

MY GHOST, LITERALLY

Early morning sunlight was shining though some smoke in my house, making awesome patterns, I put my camera on burst mode and took about 10 pictures of it floating, shifting, changing. A few days later I looked through those photos. What  I found was creepy, at first...
...knowing my home was built in 1920, I had often wondered about the spirits that had lived here. I believe I captured one. I don't know who he is, or if he died here, but I wanted to honor him, as our spirits share the same space.
  So I decided to paint the spirit in the smoke, a total divergence from my usual style. I think he likes it, I know I do.


Thursday, November 10, 2016

Moonlight Sunflowers

 THE INSPIRATION: my neighbors amazing giant sunflowers! I took many,many,many pictures from all angles of these babies.

 THE CHALLENGE: A TRIPTYCH!    I wanted to do this as a series of 3 paintings, done as one complete image, so I build a cradle to hold the pieces together.

THE SKETCH: I needed a starting point, using the pictures I had taken, I quickly roughed out a layout that would allow me to space the paintings so each one could stand strongly on its own.

END RESULT AND GETTING THERE: For some reason, I decided to try out some black gesso as a base, instead of white. I thought that it would help me with the overall effect of the seeds in the end. I had to buy a white water color pencil to block in my rough idea from above. Originally this was to be a full color piece, but the white on black got me thinking, so I took a walk that night to ponder, walking past the sunflowers by moonlight, the idea hit! I have been working on it for 4 months now, and finished it last night. Though am not sure how to sign it. Does one sign each piece individually, or spread the signature across the 3 pieces???? I don't know.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Wood: creating the first part of my grape arbor.




This is my first large scale wood carving, made out of one 8 foot 2x10 piece of fir. I still have to make the tail piece, but together they will become my grape arbor. Start to install.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Starting a new sea horse piece


WORK IN PROGRESS
Time to get away from bicycles and trees for awhile. So I wanted to play with glazing again and to challenge myself to try painting another set of sea horses. So here is the beginnings of that process after 3 sittings. Each sitting was about 6-8 hours. Can't wait to see how this one turns out!

Saturday, April 16, 2016

My lovers hand

It has been a tough year for my life partner Ann. She always wanted me to paint her, but I don't think she was expecting me to do something like this. It is the hand that she has had and will have more surgery on this year. The hand I hold and kiss. The knot represents one of the screws in that delicate appendage. I plan on holding that hand through all seasons.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

THAT IS A LOT OF BIKES!

I have all 8 bicycles back in my possession, as I am going to have them all made into full size giclee prints this month,separately.  Just in time for the 2016 Fairfield Artists Studio Tour in May!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Ray Guns Completed

Got the blunderbuss finished on Halloween Day, just in time for a fun night. It works with a sustained ray, or a single shot ray. I have packed up the steampunk tools and bits n pieces from the living room for now, as they don't go so well with my new puppy, Hammer.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Steampunk Ray Guns in the Works

Every once in awhile I break into my treasure chests of old parts and pieces too see what I can make happen. I just finished the ray gun and am currently working on the blunderbuss and utility belt.

 The ray gun is made from an old brass toilet shut off stand pipe and a keyhole saw handle.
 Add a few working parts and trick out with a little clock bling, and presto!

and utility belt.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Ride Series Continues

Adding five new pieces to the Ride Series, I am considering doing a few more still, the varieties seem endless. I wanted to add a touch of reminiscence to the series, and so, tricycles of course! Taking us back to that first ride that sparked the adventure and freedom we find in riding.


Monday, May 4, 2015

RIDE SERIES- PART 1

I recently had bicycles on my brain. It could be because it is spring time and they are everywhere. Especially when you are driving, they are either heading at you or right in front of you.

I have always loved bikes, ever since I was very young. My brother and I used to build crazy bikes from parts we found in the dump outside of Fort Nelson, using back tires for front tires, trying different forks on different frames, and getting them to work.

So I decided to create a series of bicycle paintings that took me through a few bike stages I had in my youth. Yet I wanted to use that head on perspective. So I went for it, with the thought of four paintings side by side that would make up a set. I finished them 2 days before the F.A.S.T. studio tour and was able to cut the frames, stain them and put them together the night before the tour.

The first person through the door purchased the entire set. Everyone who followed was a little put out.

Do not fret people, I have only begun down this pedal powered road and see new images on the horizon.




Fairfield Artist Studio Tour 2015

Once again I had a fantastic time opening my doors to you all and commend you for your exploratory spirit in wanting to enter! Some old faces from many of the tours I have done, and many, many new ones. A pleasure to see you all. The weekend was a great success, and that people, is all thanks to you. Stop by again next year, the Koi will be bigger, the plants lusher, and of course, there will always be new works for you too see.

PS Thank you for all the kind compliments, not only on my works, but my tiny home as well.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Design for a new fountain project Comes To Life!!!

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What began as a sketch and then a small sculpture is now done in full marble and installed and running at the Berwick Retirement House on Shelbourne and Feltham, right here in Victoria. My little sculpture traveled all the way to China, where it became this giant marble piece, which was then shipped back to Victoria. Obviously in a much bigger crate than the shoebox it left in.







Monday, April 29, 2013

FAIRFIELD ARTISTS STUDIO TOUR 2013

Thanks to the over 200 souls who shared their time with me over this weekend! I had a fantastic time chatting with you all and sharing some of the stories behind the works and your reactions and reflections.
Feel free to keep in touch!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Reclining Nudes


I did these a few years back, but never got around to posting them. Each piece is 12 x 48 inches, oil on canvas.
 I was trying to teach my students a simple concept in life drawing. Women are Jaguars and men are Jeeps. 
So when drawing women the work comes from the shoulder and elbow, rounded and flowing, when drawing men, it comes from the wrist, short and sharp, angular. I used those techniques to paint a woman, sharp /round, soft/hard. It was a wonderful experiment, but judge, as always, for yourself.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Monday, July 23, 2012

A Sunflowers Journey...

as of Aug 17

First off, the painting is NOT done yet! I only wished to share some of the process involved, as I started this piece back in early June.
  It was time to re-use and old stretcher frame.


Here is the Sunflower as of July 21. Alot has gone into just getting it this far.
So much more to go...
 
...it all began because I wanted to use Fibonacci numbers in a sunflower painting. So once the canvas was stretched, the mathematics began. Argh.

Of course, being me, I also wanted texture. That meant filling in all the spaces between the lines, one gentle drop after another, going from both directions. This took more than a little time. Especially because I decided to do it twice. There just was not enough texture for me after the first pass, and I am a glutton for punishment.

Then it was getting the petal base coat on. Went fairly smoothly after the eye-numbing texture part!


Finally I could start to add color, once all the base coats had dried. I thought it would be nice to paint outside in the sun as I worked on the petals...the wind had other ideas, and after I had just painted the last bit of yellow, boom, down goes the canvas face first onto the concrete. It took me 3 hours to clean every spec of dirt out.

So then it was time to add more depth to the seed area. After this became brain chilling, I switched to getting some fill color in and the start of a basic background.
Was feeling pretty good about the progress at this point, knowing I have many hours left to really make it all sparkle. So Saturday I was once again outside, with flower firmly attached to the easel this time and got much accomplished.

So 2 months in, a fair bit done, a fair bit to go, the journey continues...