Friday, November 20, 2009

a wonderful bird... the pelican...
its beak can hold more than its belly can....
(a quote from Ogden Nash, I think...)

And they are wonderful birds - they look so primitive and ungainly, but in the air their flight is so beautiful to watch.

A stormy damp purple day and a group of these amazing birds taking flight...

Purple Rain
Acrylic and mixed media on mounted paper
20 x 28 in; 50 x 71 cm

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Another Coastal Image

The reflections along the coastline as we explored Kyoquat Sound last September gave me so many ideas to bring back to the studio. This is another interpretation of the "green wall" along the shore - and the beautiful broken reflection patterns which are so fun to paint!

Tideline III
60 x 24 in.
oil on canvas

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

New Work in Oil

Tideline II, Kyuquot Sound, BC - 24 x 60 inches - oil on canvas

I brought home lots of inspiration from our paddling trip to Kyuquot Sound, on the NW side of Vancouver Island, this summer. This is not plein aire - it is 60 inches wide! - but I can see how my plein aire work is paying off in the studio work. I really enjoyed the bright greens hovering over the water. The vegetation is cut off by the salt water at the high tide line, and at low tide you can poke around right under it in your kayak.