When life gives you lemons, draw them, 11 x 14 inches dry pastels, graphite on paper

"When life gives you lemons, draw them". (Nikki)

"Trust your intuition, it's just like goin' fishin'; you cast your line 'til you get a bite." (Paul Simon)

Alberta

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Fields of Flax – Rowley, Alberta Canada

Monday, November 12th, 2012


 

Fields of Flax, Rowley, Alberta Canada - in progress, 12H x 16W inches watercolors on paper
Fields of Flax, Rowley, Alberta Canada,  12H x 16W inches watercolors on paperpreliminary study for larger acrylics painting

 

Little pen sketches

Thursday, February 25th, 2010


 

 Marie Lake campsite, Alberta, pen on paper

Marie Lake campsite, Alberta, 8 x 10 inches pen on paper

Alberta Spruce

Friday, February 5th, 2010


 

 Alberta Spruce, pen and ink, digital pen

Alberta Spruce, pen and ink, digital pen

Happy Holidays

Friday, December 25th, 2009


 

Snow on French Lilac

Merry Christmas from Airdrie, Alberta

Snow on French Lilac

Check out the Alberta/Texas phone interview for a pull-out feature in today’s Denton Record Chronicle.

Bird’s Eye

Saturday, February 28th, 2009


 

Bird's Eye, Banff, Alberta, Canada, 11H x 11W x 3D inches acrylics on canvas, wrapped sides painted 

Bird’s Eye, Banff, Alberta, Canada, 11H x 11W x 3D inches acrylics on canvas, wrapped sides painted. Signed on the side, so a signature is superimposed on the front. March 3rd: above,  February 28:  thumbnails below

 Bird's Eye, Phase 1 work in progress Bird's Eye, Phase 2 work in progress


 

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Jack Pine

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009


 

Jack Pine, Banff, Alberta, Canada - 11H x 11W x 3D acrylics on canvas, wrapped sides painted

Jack Pine, 11H x 11W x 3D inches acrylics on canvas and detail of right side; all sides painted. Signature is on the side, so one is superimposed here on the front.

Jack Pine, 11 x 11 x 3 inches acrylics on canvas, sides painted Jack Pine, 11 x 11 x 3 inches acrylics on canvas, detail of sides


 

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Approaching Winter

Sunday, December 7th, 2008


 

Approaching Winter, top half detail, 60 x 40 x 3 inches Acrylics on wrapped canvas $1,100

Approaching Winter, bottom half detail, 60 x 40 x 3 inches Acrylics on wrapped canvas $1,100

 

 Approaching Winter finished today,  60H x 40W x 3D inches acrylics on canvas. More contemporary than my usual work, thought I’d try a new approach to painting…with more attention to editing rather than overworking. Shown in two detail images above, and full view shown in right thumbnail. Large paintings don’t show as well on computer screen, so there are two detail images that were sharpened 2X to reveal the actual texture as it is close up. Post-dated note: on exhibit at Oxide Gallery in Denton TX until February 28th, 2009.Approaching Winter, 60 x 40 x 3 inches Acrylics on wrapped canvas $1,100Cold Lake, Alberta. Canada - photo courtesy of Ray Muskego

Dec. 6th: Colors mixed with matte medium: Ultramarine, Pthalos Blue, Prussian Blue, Cobalt Blue, Pthalos Green, Sap Green, Unbleached Titatium, Alizarin Crimson and Cadmium Red Deep, Mars Black (rarely use black). This morning I scrubbed and washed away a lot of paint in areas then reapplied more. Trying to stay with the less is more principle. Hope to wrap this one up by the end of the weekend if not before.

Dec. 5th: Stage 1, first coat of Ultramarine Blue and matte medium, very watered down, then applied thick in places. Inspired by photos taken by my good friend Ray Muskego in my home town, Cold Lake, Alberta during sunrise December 4th as misty fog drifted off the lake.

Painting facelift

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008


 

Rocky Mountain Vista, top detail, 48H x 24W x 2D inches, acrylics on canvas

Rocky Mountain Vista, central detail,48H x 24W x 2D inches, acrylics on canvas

Rocky Mountain Vista, bottom detail, 48H x 24W x 2D inches, acrylics on canvas

Started April 7th this year, Rocky Mountain Vista received a face lift this week before I brought it in to be judged for a local exhibition. There are subtle but positive improvements compared to when I posted it as finished on April 13th. Progress can be reviewed on the April 9th blog post. It is now well and truly finished!

Takkakaw Falls

Saturday, January 12th, 2008


 

Takkakaw Falls, Yoho National Park near Field BC Canada, 12H x 9W inch watercolor and graphite study from antique books of hand-colored Vandyck Photogravures of Canadian Rocky Mountains scenery. Study, private collection. Cards only

Takkakaw Falls, Yoho Valley, B.C.  830 feet high, said to be the most impressive waterfalls in North America next to Niagara. 12 x 9 inches graphite, watercolors, based on antique Vandyck photos of the Canadian Rockies.


 

$25.00 Set of ten 4 x 6 inch signed cards with envelopes          
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Mt. Assiniboine

Friday, January 11th, 2008


 

Mt. Assiniboine, Alberta 12H x 9W inch watercolor and graphite study from antique books of hand-colored "Vandyck Photogravures" of Canadian Rocky Mountains scenery, cards only

Mt. Assiniboine, about forty miles southwest of Banff, Alberta. 12H x 9W inch watercolor and graphite, study only.
Available as set of ten signed 4 x 6 inch signed cards with envelopes.

I inherited some charming antique books of hand-colored “Vandyck Photogravures” of Canadian Rocky Mountains scenery as it was at the turn of the twentieth century. The monotone sepia and few other pale colors add such a warmth to the already beautiful scenery in the 1910 photographs, and since I haven’t tried watercolors for years I thought they would make perfect studies.


 

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