Thursday, August 27, 2015

"Miss Natalie's Mis-Adventure"


My poor wife and our two dogs ran into a threesome of skunks 
on the way to the dog park behind our house. 
The dogs wanted to play with them, very roughly of course. 
The wee skunks had no interest in any of that and told them so. 
But alas the pups enthusiasm combined with the skunks impatience 
resulted in the inevitable. The three of them got it good. 
Boy does that smell! 
Worst of all the, cat saw the whole thing enjoying it immensely. 
Watercolor in a sketchbook. With ink i might add! :)

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

"Lou"


This is Lou! He is the quieter little brother of Kona whom i last posted. 
Unlike his rambunctious brother, Lou might be found laying poolside 
or lounging under a shade tree with Mom and Dad while Kona chases shadows. 
His Mom, wanted to surprise her husband with these paintings for 
their anniversary. I was most pleased to be included in their plans. 
Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas, 16" X 20" 

Thursday, August 13, 2015

"Kona"


A commission for a lady who i know in the dog park nearby. 
This handsome fellow is often seen tearing around 
and just having the time of his life. Always! 
I hoped to capture his youthful attitude and fun nature. 
I did two for her and will post the other one shortly. 
Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas, 16 X 20. 

Friday, July 24, 2015

"Queen Street"


A wee watercolour based on a drawing i had in my sketchbook of Victoria Street 
in Nelson B.C. 
I've used this scene several times but like to re-visit a painting from time to time 
and improve upon it or add things i thought should have been there 
the first time. 
Each time i do one new ideas come to mind 
and i make a note of them and to do another new painting down the road. 
While doing this one i thought a gas station would be fun to do
with rocking chairs out front and a dog or two. 
In a lake side community and of course there would be ice to skate on 
or a summer scene with diving platform and swimmers. 
Such fun, this art business. 
Watercolour on Arches 300 lb. CP paper. 15" X 19".

Monday, July 6, 2015

"Delores"



More Cows! There can't be enough cows. 
I'be been having such fun with the backgrounds i am thinking the cows 
might be getting in the way! Perhaps put them further back 
into the fields. My whimsical watercolour villages are starting 
to show up in these acrylics. I look forward to seeing where it is all going. 
Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas. 24" X 36". 

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

"Luke"


This is the second of the commissions i had donated to 
"Rescue A Boxer" from Vancouver as a fundraiser item. The family who won the bid 
wanted a portrait of their Luke. 
I've done a lot of Boxers and have gotten to know the breed quite well. 
With this one, i painted his eyes first so he could watch me work 
and keep me company. 
We became good companions as i felt his warm, gentle spirit. 
Watercolour, 12 X 16 on Arches 300 lb. CP paper. 

Monday, June 29, 2015

"Julia's Mom"



This was a tough one.
I had donated two 1/4 sheet watercolour commissions to a dog rescue 
group for their annual fundraiser. 
One of the winning bidders wanted a portrait of her mom 
and not a Boxer! Yikes! 
The challenge lay before me. It took a long time for me to get to it 
because i kept putting it off. But once i got started i had a lot of fun 
and think it would be good to not limit myself to just doing cows. 
There are many options before us. 
Watercolour on Arches 300 lb. C/P paper. 12" X 16".

Sunday, June 21, 2015

"Delilah"


This is a favorite model. She belongs to a lady in the Netherlands. 
I've painted her in watercolour and had it published in "Splash 14"
but thought an acrylic 
would be appropriate and much larger too! 
She is on display at the "Ruberto Ostberg Gallery" in Calgary. 
Delilah is on canvas, 20" X 24" Acrylic.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

"Elvis's Pup"


A young lady i know commissioned me to do this for her boyfriend. 
His name is Elvis. 
So it is not really the Elvis you might have thought it was, 
but a different Elvis. 
I loved doing this one. The photo was not very good.
You could just make out a pair of boots in the snow, 
so i thought i would put in a pair of boots so the dog 
has something he is looking up at. 
These are actually the hiking boots i long for. 
Had a pair when i was much younger and they were the best. 
Acrylic, on gallery wrapped canvas. 18" X 24" 

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

"Blu Street"


This is a commission piece for a young lady who wanted one similar
a while back. Sadly, her husband would not let her have it.
 A short while later she got rid of the husband
and now has a painting! :)
Husband was gone probably not because of the painting
but it's fun for me to think so.
It has been a long while
since i painted watercolours and a village.
I was very happy to do this. They are such fun.  
Watercolour on Arches 300 lb. cold pressed paper. 16" X 22" 

Monday, June 8, 2015

"Calypso"


This little girl is on her way to an art gallery in Fort MacMurray called 
"Points North". 
She is acrylic 18 X 24 on gallery wrapped canvas. 

Thursday, May 28, 2015

"Deirdre'"


A new girl in town. She is headed off to the Rouge Restaurant to be on display 
in their couples dining room. This room entertains couples only on special 
occasions. Deirdre' is replacing "Dreamer" who was purchased by a couple 
celebrating their 16th Wedding anniversary. 
Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas. 24 X 24 

Saturday, May 16, 2015

"Who You Calling Chicken?" aka Guard Cow



Can't stop painting these bovines! 
Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas. 24" X 24" 

Friday, May 15, 2015

"Sunny Brooke Farm"


I'm enjoying incorporating whimsical backgrounds in these recent cow paintings, 
I've been borrowing from my watercolour landscapes. 
Can't wait to see where it goes. 
This is acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas, 
24"  36".

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

"Ajax"


 
This little
guy had just 3 legs.
I believe he was born that way. His life was not easy
and he lost his battle not too long ago. The owner was very sad to of course seeing wee Ajax struggle and suffer so, but missed him terribly when he was gone. A friend commissioned me to paint her a portrait of Ajax. I couldn't decide which photo to work from so  i did both. His sweet sole was so evident in the photos they provided. These are both watercolour. 12" X 17".



Thursday, February 5, 2015

"Ivy"


I've painted this same sweet girl several times and love her as a model. 
My favourite thus far though i have many. 
 I've several angles of her and intend on doing them all. 
This is a commission for a lady who saw one of my other ones. 
She wanted a specific size to go on the wall with a painting of a wolf she owns. 
This is acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas and the biggest one i've done so far. 
I really enjoy painting the larger canvases. 
30" X 36" 

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

"Gerta"


Gerta here is the newest member of our family. 
I've been having fun playing around with the backgrounds, 
incorporating some whimsical scenes. 
I see the background as a playground in need of exploration. 
Gerta is acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas. 
24" X 24". 

Saturday, January 24, 2015

"Cairo and Sophie"



Two new pup portraits for a family who lost them both within a month of one another. 
The first little guy is Cairo and the second one is Sophie. 
I had fun with the backgrounds once i figured out what it was i wanted there. 
Both are acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas. 
24" X 30".  

Saturday, January 3, 2015

"Big Sister" and Happy New Year!


Thought it best to start the New Year with a "Cow" painting. 
This is a new version of "Little Sister". This cow is a favourite model as i 
have several angles of her. She is quite the beauty and i love her expression. 
I'm also hoping to post more, paint more, blog more, explore more 
and promote more in 2015. Perhaps a painting a day would be good. 
This is acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas. 12"X12". 
She is in her forever home as well! 
Happy New Year everyone. 

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

"Duffy's Pond" Merry Christmas!


One more before Christmas. 
This is a commission for a young lady who wanted to 
have her son and two dogs in a painting. 
Her son is #19. 
I had fun with this one. 
It had been a long time since doing a watercolour 
and very much enjoyed working with this medium again. 
This painting is off to Kamloops B.C 
to be placed under someone's tree. 
12X20 on Arches CP paper.