Another Fantastic Colourful Adventure Also Fondly Conversed About as the Associate of the Federation of Canadian Artists or just AFCA. Why the rambles? On Sunday 9 March 2014 I was awarded my AFCA along with 14 other established artists at the Federation of Canadian Artists. Receiving the Associate level of membership is recognition by senior […]
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The year is off to a good start and the January painting is underway. Yesterday was the first day of actually putting pigment onto canvas after 2 weeks of planning the format, sourcing the stretcher bars, stretching and re-stretching the canvas (the first canvas tore) and a couple of days of priming. The January painting […]
Unknown painting on easel Unknown painting on easel is literally an unknown painting. We are in the place where she may or may not come to life and honestly at the moment I am loosing confidence. There are times during the painting process when a painting takes on a life of its own and pushes […]
The 4 Cherry blossom / magnolia paintings of 2013 released The 4 Cherry blossom / magnolia paintings of 2013 released and also for the first time, each original is available as a limited edition of 60. Spring is here! only once a year, in the spring A series of Cherry blossom / Magnolia paintings. 2013 […]
“Landscapes” at the Federation of Canadian artists gallery until the 8 March 2013. The first prize tag sits proudly next to: “Central Pacific. Oil on canvas. 40″ x 44″ I am thoroughly chuffed and smiling ear to ear. This painting is one of the works that I always commit to in the first month of […]
After a very busy Eastside Culture crawl weekend and an even busier December Granville Island session, I currently do not have any under 100sq/inch canvas’ available. The art rental and sales operated by the Vancouver Art Gallery, have 5 small works for rental or purchase and I would encourage you to visit their page at: […]
Wrapping up the year early It’s been stupendous! Thank you for your visits, for the stories you share, the ideas you impart and the ecouragement you lend. Thank you for adding me to your collection and for giving me to others. Each painting has kept the dream alive, has increased my popularity and has guaranteed […]
The first tennis painting to leave my studio and one which I am extremely proud of. Tackling this subject was a little daunting. Each brushstroke caused me to realize that the subject itself was so simple that the execution would be fairly demanding. In the end it became necessary to break up the flat fields […]
The Granville Island Public Market on a cool summer’s morning before the rush arrives. The corner in question is one which I admire often, the Granville Island Produce store where the staff spend hours sorting each berry as they build their towers of fruit. I love the cool of the atmosphere and the reflections […]
The single white stroke on the front cyclist’s back and the little dashes which magically conjure the rear cyclist’s helmet, epitomize the reason I paint. These strokes are the culmination of a thousand previous strokes and are so simple that it would have been easy to miss them while painting. It is becoming increasingly clear […]
Every morning in Vancouver can be called “Morning Optimism”. This morning was a little more special though as it was a designated day off with plenty of adventures planned. The weather was perfect and the Vancouver look out beckoned. The day which progressed from this image brimmed over with excitement as we cycled every inch […]
Henderson was hired at $200/month and was due to manage the new mill when it opened. The new contract was to be $2500 per annum but he was dismissed without notice. The courts awarded him $600 which was upheld at the Vancouver appeal.
Edith Brien had entered the men’s portion of the bar to sell socks. The proprietor had asked her to leave and had “handled” her in a way which was not proven but which may have led to her falling outside the door. Edith was looking for damages, the court ruled in favor of the Astoria.
Based on the advertised weights, Canadian Bakeries was accused of selling under weight bread. Evidence included a sample which was advertised as 32 ouces but was only 30 ounces.
Hughes had been convicted of selling alcohol to an Indian and was appealing the conviction as the person in question was a “quarter-breed”
Sherman had been arrested and convicted of possessing Morphine. During a raid a police officer had seen him throw something, which was later discovered to be the drug, at a closed window.
Hamilton had been away and had instructed Forbes and Franklin to take offers on his Kitsilano property which they did, and they made a promise to sell at $1400
XY Inc had entered into a licencing agreement with IND for their intellectual rights and technology which allowed the splitting of X and Y chromosomes in Cow sperm.
Stobie Forlong Assets was entering bankruptcy and took action against a client for whom they had bought stocks.
What is on the go in the studio today? Work on the 5 24″ x 24″ canvas’ is almost complete. On the easel: the painting which is based on the archived image of the CPR depot during the sale of land in the Shaugnessy area. A recent article explained the influence which the Canadian Pacific […]
A full year in the seeking but here she is. The perfect Vancouver stormy light. You know the moment when the clouds have descended, the sun is either beginning to set or she is hidden by cloud density, the atmosphere is dark and charged but suddenly the sun slips through. Slicing the air and bouncing […]
Vancouver painting of the Granville Bridge from the north side of the seawall along False Creek. What a struggle! 5 days of rain just completed but the weather report promised 5 more. 1 glorious day to eat as much as possible and what a bountiful feast. Between the first dusting of snow on the mountains, […]
Painting of tug boats moored next to the Vancouver Ports, view from Crab Park. The struggle: the harmonization of the overall blue tones with the punctuating browns of the pier and the reds of the life saving equipment on the tugs. The secret: Keeping the blues just slightly tinted with red so that there were […]
Vanier Park, in front of the maritime museum. There is a little bit of magic in this area for me after having viewed the fireworks from here in our first year in Vancouver and then having had a picnic here when the tall ships were in town. The drawing for ‘Kitsilano” was completed on the […]
So much happens within the frame of this painting. I love the location (by the entrance to Granville Island) and I love the subject but to capture the scene is intense. There are thousands of little elements: the ropes, the masts, the sails, the layers upon layers of boats, the water, the city, the bridge. […]
-An increasingly iconographic image of Vancouver. This is especially true of East Vancouver where the designated cycle routes becoming thriving highways of 2 wheel traffic at certain times of the day. This is the second painting which includes a cyclist, although this one a little more casual with the posture more akin to the Keefer/Gore […]
Why the fire escape? There is a small park just off Gore Street near the corner of East Pender which presents a pleasant environment in which to draw, especially in the morning. Not many people wander through and those that do, tend to leave you alone. This particular morning was no different and the only […]
A painting that came about almost by accident and one which proves that there is some wisdom in Steven Pressfield’s “The war of art” where the antagonist is the resistance. The resistance works daily to prevent us from doing that which we should be doing and in oing so, seperates us from the muse. It […]
One of my favorite charcoals – Wall Street in East Vancouver, looking back at the goings on in the port with Downtown Vancouver in the distance. This is more worked up than most of my location sketches as I was not only focused on “eating” the environment but also on capturing the shifting early […]