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Plein air paintout – Gibsons Day1

well it was just me today – but what a beautiful painting day it was. and with no distractions I got a huge amount of work done. Some live music courtesy of the Shuckfest on the main wharf, and lots of boat and foot traffic. Worked from 9:30 am till 4:30 and got 3 pieces […]

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PAINT OUT – Gibsons Landing Sept 15/16

Plein Air painters are invited to enjoy the colorful working wharf and vintage location of Gibsons Landing Sat-Sept 15/Sun Sept 16 10am – 4pm. Historic Molly’s Reach of Beachcombers fame overlooks scenic waterfront, seawalk, public docks, wooden boats and spectacular scenery. Sketch or paint for beginners to advanced – no instruction – just a chance to hang out […]

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Catch the light

Check out all the new plein air landscape & Garden paintings in my Plein Air Portfolio “Headland_morning light”  8″x10″ Oil on board The atmosphere changes so fast in the early light. Mist catching a glow between the islands. Pale warm clouds and shining inlets. Glad I stopped and turned around to park and paint here […]

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Do many paintings

Taking a break from pulling weeds and pruning – to catch the sun in the lower garden.     “Orange barrow-backlight”   9″x12″ Oil on board / Plein Air I was reading a blog post from another plein air painter Brian Stewart and he offers a great list of tips for plein air and painting […]

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From the dock to the wall

I can usually tell when I have done a strong plein air painting. It “reads” well. Somehow has enough strength to exist without the fancy details, realistic and finicky small work that I tend to do in the studio. Lots of practice and patience. No not really patience…but deliberate “withholding”. Trying to keep the shapes […]

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Oil on panel

I stopped using Oil paints several years ago – and have been working exclusively in Acrylic since then. There wasn’t much that I missed – as I like to work quickly in glazes and layers, with underpainting and textural elements – so the fast drying attributes of acrylic has worked really well for my purposes. […]

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looking for inspiration.

I love to visit a new place and explore. Always with a view to sketching or painting, I often stop the car in unexpected places to grab a few photos – either the light, the subject or the activity has caught my eye – and a camera is the best way to grab the moment. […]

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NEW pochade box

well the Guerrilla has arrived. The Guerrilla Painter that is. 9″x12″. I have not been SO excited about purchasing anything for a long time. Since I was a young teen I have admired and envied those with the fancy little travel easels. Folks that took their plein air painting SO seriously – they invested in […]

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Gabriola Island – getaway

Sometimes you have to ask yourself what your time is worth. What your energy is worth. What your peace of mind is worth. and then pay to keep it. That means sucking it up and paying for a float plane. From Sechelt to Naniamo(20 min) walk 10 minutes to a little ferry to Gabriola Island […]

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To Price – or not to Price.

That is the question. Once you are working with a gallery or representative that dictate what the retail price will be  (after commissions and dealing with their preferred clients…) it is difficult to then list pricing for your paintings directly on your own website. I was directed to take down the pricing. As I am […]

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