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SEDONA retreat – great stay place

Back in 2012 Brian & I embarked on about 6 weeks roadtrip through California and the Southwest. My recent stay in Newport Beach reminded me of some wonderful creative locations in the south western US that I would like to share. Especially with the upcoming Plein Air Convention in Santa Fe New Mexico this coming […]

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your REAL job ? Artist.

Recently had a painting trip to CA. Met SO many talented artists during my stay – illustrators, designers and instructors making a creative living. Also lots of folks doing their art for the joy of it. Not the income. Some of us wear many hats to make it work. As a professional artist/illustrator this story […]

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Day TEN

Morning ride to some previous choice painting locations. One of my favorite bungalows along the Newport beach side. I don’t think it is absoultely true to its original build…but pretty nice and great in the early light.I was working in acrylic painted line on a pre-tinted 8×10 board. my sweet e-bike. Complete with double pannier […]

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Day NINE

Working in my moleskine on the back of my bike rack. Not many seats or stopping places and a VERY busy running and cycling path/roadway.  I was happy to sit aside the trail and enjoy the changing reflections shimmering across the tidal inlet at Newport Reach and Back Bay – along with the many ducks, […]

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Mission S.J.C. 3pm light.

“3 pm light. MISSION San Juan Capistrano CA. 8×10 watercolor on 300lb CP. The late half of my day was spent in the shade of the mission arches. A lovely quiet and cool spot. Late light was the best. I didn’t bother venturing inside for the full “tour” of the site…but grabbed a spot to […]

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Day EIGHT

love old architecture. Today was a study in rustic town frontage and cottages in Los Rios neighborhood and the the afternoon in the shade inside the walls at the Mission San Juan Capistrano. Yes same place of Swallows fame. So many palm trees and beaches. This will be a different creative zone. And there will […]

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WATERFALL series.

IN PROGRESS – Homesite Creek. Waterfall 03          18 ” x 60 ” acrylic on canvas Starting with layers of blended glazes and wet-in-wet on the canvas, the structure of the landscape comes into play. The challenge for me is to allow the glow of the underpaint and light of the canvas […]

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VCBF exhibition and PAINT OUT

Our day in VanDusen Gardens could not have been better. A spot of rain just as I pulled into the parking lot with tents, chairs, banners and paints – and then the sun broke through and graced us for the rest of the day.  We had 9 of our 11 BC Plein Air painters working […]

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VCBF – chasing the Cherries

Well I started off sketching on location in mid February… and it has been a real challenge this year. Snow every couple of weeks and still very chilly temps have kept the blossom under wraps. On the street here at Dumfries & 21st. Part of my inspiration for the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival paintings and […]

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Van Cherry Blossom Festival

I am bringing together a group of 11 acclaimed & award winning artists to celebrate the Cherry Blossom and VanDusen Gardens in style. Painting on location throughout Vancouver Mar 1 – April 5. SPRING 2017 – BC Plein Air Exhibition of new works at VanDusen Gardens Discover gallery April 6-23  PAINT OUT & Picnic event […]

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