Wednesday, September 22, 2010

My Book is Out!!!

(by me!)
is now available!!!
It can be ordered at
or purchased at independent booksellers along the Bow Corridor
(list of merchants also on web site)
Please join us for the official BOOK LAUNCH
on Thursday, Sept 30, 7:30 pm
at Pages in Kensington
1135 Kensington Road
Calgary, AB
Hope you can make it - should be a fun party!

Monday, September 20, 2010

And yet more water...

Brittany Coast III - France
39 x 28 in.
oil on canvas
I seem to be revisiting old themes a lot - this is another from a series of photo references I took off the Point du Raz on the western tip of Brittany a number of years ago. I love the dual layers of the ocean bottom and the swirls of light reflected on the water surface - a challenging subject!!!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

More Water...

Reflection: Burmis Lake, AB
Oil on canvas
36 x 36 in.

This painting came from the weekend I spent in the Crowsnest Pass area last spring, at a painting excursion organized by the Alberta Society of Artists. One day we visited this small lake, which had gorgeous shifting reflections in it. I took lots of reference photos and did a few quick colour sketches in paint. This is the first large painting to come out of the ideas I brought home with me.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Back to Painting Water!

Under Aero Pier
Oil on Canvas
32 x 38 in.
On a recent kayak trip to the Charlottes we stopped to explore an old logging site where they cut Sitka spruce to make aricraft during WW I. It was an interesting place, but what intrigued me most were the patterns and reflections I found as I paddled slowly under the pylons of the old ruined pier. This painting is an interpretation of that image - probably one of my most abstract so far in this series.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Forest Landscape

Acrylic on Wood Panel
23 x 33 in.
This is from a hike up to Stanley Glacier - an area that has been heavily fire affected... and is now showing signs of exhuberant new life!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Painting again.... at last!

After being totally distracted by working on my book for the last half of the year, I am back in the studio and doing some warm-up landscapes. I decided to have some fun with combining some fairly loose colour application in paint with some drawing work on the image. I quite enjoyed the process and rather like the outcome...

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Last Summer Revisited

Kyoquot Entrance
28 in x 39 in
Oil on canvas

Yearning for summer and putting that paddle in the water again... I worked from a moody image from our September trip on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Paddling through the mist toward the entrance to the inlet, one always wonders what lies in wait out in the open water. Once past those islands will it be big and scary? or will this mellow mood carry on, and the wind stay low and kind to kayakers? I hope that some of those feelings come through in this painting.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Ravens - again!

The Alliance

Finally I have been able to get back into the studio and back to my favourite subject - ravens!! This pair seem to have all the attitude that these black birds typically display. Don't mess with them!