Thursday, December 28, 2006

Spring in the Woods

Hi everyone,

This is one I did quite awhile ago and I am hoping to get some serious critiques on it. The subject is the primordial forest undergrowth as it bursts forth in spring. The leaves on the trees are starting to unfurl. The twisted salmon berry bushes, skunk cabbage, ferns and moss all growing in the spongy edge between bog marsh and the forest slopes.

To date this painting hasn't generated much positive response. (Go figure, eh)!

I'm open for it all, so bring it on people!!

Jeffrey


Tuesday, December 26, 2006

"Waters' Edge"

Here is a recent acrylic painting 30x40" of a summer scene at Royal Roads University.

Sunday, December 24, 2006

"After the Snow"


Hi Everyone,

I've been reading about, and enjoying, all of the beautiful paintings that you have been posting!

This is a seasonal one that I did after Victoria's recent snowstorm (acrylic on canvas 36 x 18)

Linny

...not a creature was stirring...

Saltspring Symphony


Hello everyone,

Just thought I would say how much I have been enjoying using and being part of the 'BLOG' .

It is really nice getting the comments and sharing our work this way. I really look forward to seeing new work posted. It is a real challenge trying to keep up with the production of the Simon boys though.

Keep it coming folks!

'and all through the house....'

Jeffrey

Help with blending acrylic

Hi, I'm really struggling with learning to work with acrylics. Trained in oils and I tend to want to overblend and end up with a mess. How do you create soft edges with acrylic? I see in Brian's paintings that he makes nice soft edges and Jeffrey's paintings seem to have a nice mixture. What's the secret to working with acrylic and not making a mess?

Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks,

Mona`

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Watering Hole


16,20 oil/linen A view i took a photo of on the way to a job the other day, thought it would make a good painting

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Last Light


This is another in a series I have been doing of a spot close to where I live. Trying to show that light just before dusk. The more I do the bigger the area seems to get. Chosing varied angles makes the scene new all over again.
Acrylic on canvas 30 x 30.

Jeffrey

Monday, December 18, 2006

Arizonian


A Study of a local guy i see at the coffee shop

Fiesta Spectators


This is a study 16x20 oil/linen of some people i saw at the Fiesta here in Tubac AZ

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

BEACON HILL AUTUMN


HERE IS A NEW ONE DONE TODAY ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 30X40"

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

ARAB QUARTER


Just back from an awesome 3 weeks in Haifa Israel, visiting my daughter who works at the Baha'i World Center. Lots of pictures to paint from. This painting is an oil 30x30" of a section in the Arab Quarter of the ancient city of Akka. I liked the contrast of the old stone and muted tones against the bright blue.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Nina


This is an elderly lady who is often at the coffee shop here in Tubac. 16x20/oil/linen

Snow Shawdows


Hello everyone,

Thought I would put up another snow scene I finished recently. I hope this will get others posting some of their new ones. It would be great to hear from more of you........!

Jeffrey

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Snow in November


Hello everyone,

To everyone in southern BC, I hope you all made it through the wind, rain & snow storms okay! I have been looking forward to the snow this year hoping for some new paintings. Got pretty jucied up with all the beautiful snow scenes. This is my latest.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

RED VASE Nov 2006


Completed today Sat 18/11
Ala prima study, oil on 60x40cm (16"x24") MDF panel.
The time available for painting was 2 hrs, so I had to be quick for this fairly large sized study.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Cottonwoods at dusk


This painting i did a few days ago trying to capture the afternoon light

Robert Genn's Painter's Keys Twice-Weekly Newsletter

I love Robert Genn's work and his marvellous Painter's Keys Twice-Weekly Newsletter. I'm sure many of you already subscribe (it's free, i might add), but if you haven't heard of it you really should take a look. Make sure you check out the "Clickbacks" (the discussions on the essay's). It’s something i greatly look forward to.

And the reason why i'm posting this here, is that i thought it might possibly be fodder for discussion here on Brian's blog. :-)

Here's the link:

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the painterskeys.com community


P.S. to Brian. I don't know if you're even interested in this at all, but if you are, is there any way to post this link permanently onto the sidebar?

~ Amber ~ the slightly less reclusive one ~

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Lady Slipper Falls

Hi Brian,

I really like the new one on your homepage!!! So magical! It draws me right in.

Jeffrey

Monday, November 13, 2006

A "Selling" question for people

A question just came up and it made me wonder. I know a local artist (here on Bowen Island) who is quite creative when it comes to selling her art. Of course her work is in galleries, and she also gets her work displayed in restaurants, etc.

But the one thing she does that i'm curious about and was wondering if anyone else has done is this:

Has anyone tried renting their art? She has really low monthly rates for people who can't normally afford art. I would assume that if a buyer came up (who maybe saw the painting online, or whatever), that the person renting it would be given the option to buy it first though. But in the meantime, you're getting revenue for a painting that could very possibly normally be sitting at home just waiting, gathering dust, and people who just don't have the money can enjoy beautiful art too.

I can see it would be scary though, unless it was rented to someone you know and trust or to someone who someone you know and trust can vouch for. I suppose a less scary version would be a sort of "rent to own" version. Either way, a contract would have to be made up to protect the painting, i would assume.

Anyway, anybody tried this? Any luck with this if you have? Any comments?

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Island Cove


Hi everyone,

Is anyone out there? Seems like the last episode of Corner Gas. Thought I would post my newest piece. It is my largest to date 36 x 48. Sure looks hudge in our small space!!

Jeffrey

Sunday, November 05, 2006

New Vancouver Village


HERE IS A FAIRLY RECENT PAINTING OF A NATIVE VILLAGE UP THE BRITISH COLUMBIA COAST.
ITS OIL/CANVAS 16X20

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Saturday mornings I paint with a group called Riverside Painters. We meet at the University of Westen Australia Rowing club to painr plein air around the river. No coordinator, teacher, committee, just painting with a collegiate review of our work afterwards. Today, the weather was very stormy so we painted indoors

This ala prima still life, "Flowers and Lemons" acrylic painting on 9"x12" (23x30cm) canvas sheet was completed in around 2 hrs. I had fun and think I achieved my aim. "colourful, joyful and dramatic"



I wonder how it would translate into a larger sized studio version

Friday, November 03, 2006

Daydreaming


Hello everyone,

This is one I did this summer. It is the third one of "vetch" that I have done. Sorta went off in a different angle here. I call it "Daydreaming".

Jeffrey

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

"COACH" BY DAVE SIMONS



Here is a great little painting by my brother Dave called "Coach". Maybe he can comment and tell us more about it. He had trouble posting it so he sent it to me.
Brian Simons

ON TOP IS THE FINISHED PAINTING OF "COACH" THAT DAVE SENT.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Old Mexican House


Hi, Brian.this is one that i did today.

YACHT MAYLANDS WIP

Oil paint on 24"x20" canvas stretcher. Started on location complketed in studio
Thanks for the suggestions. Here is the final version

Saturday, October 21, 2006



Hi Brian,

Well it looks like the blog is up and running with lots of interesting comments and pics. I'm posting an image of the painting I had in the Sidney Fine Arts last weekend.

I now have several paintings in the Morris Gallery on Burnside and Alpha. Of course I'm pretty excited!

I can see that you have been very busy creating wonderful new work.

cheers
Jeffrey

Friday, October 20, 2006

4 NEW PAINTINGS

"HERON" 16X20" OIL/CANVAS

"SNOWY LANE" 16X20" OIL/CANVAS
"WINIBEGO" 16X20" OIL/CANVAS
"FAIRFIELD SNOW #2" 16X20" OIL/CANVAS

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

POPPIES AT THE BACK DOOR


Acrylic paint on 18"x18" (45x45cm) canvas stretcher. Completed today from on location pen sketch and photograph

Interesting art stuff here

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Amber Hope's Martha Washingtons


This is about the only painting that i have done that i think i can post (i painted it in the summer). Lately i've been painting what some people might call "No-Brainer-Feel-Good" stuff in a simple folk-arty style - my user pic is a sample of that.

Now this one that i'm posting was quick and small (only 5x7 and painted with acrylics) but i think it's my favourite one i've done. Just thought i'd share at least SOMEthing! :-)

Sorry, i don't have a scanner, so there is a touch of glare on the upper left corner of the pic. Oh, and i plan on possibly changing the name to a red colour so it doesn't stand out so horrendously.

Winter Study


A little study that i did today.. 11x14 oil/board

BISQUICK

This is an oil painting I did last night called "BISQUICK"24x30". A still life of the kitchen counter from a photo taken a few years back

Saturday, October 14, 2006

SUNRISE YORK OIL 16x20 cm (6"x8")



Small plein air study in oils
Location York a rural town 90K West of Perth Western Australia

Friday, October 13, 2006

Coastal Study


An 11x14 oil/board study that i recently did for a demo.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

"PANDORA"

a SMALL OIL PAINTING OF A STEET SCENE HERE IN VICTORIA 16X20" OIL/CANVAS

POSTS WANTED

HI everyone, would be pretty exciting to see more posts from contibutors, either text or pics!!!!!
If your not sure how, just email me at: briansimons@hotmail.com for some help?

Sunday, October 08, 2006

A RECENT PAINTING



a small oil painting 16x20" of coastal islands up the British Columbia coastline

Friday, October 06, 2006

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

CHIEF BABA-KINGCOME INLET


Here is a little acrylic portrait of the Chief of Kingcome inlet!
His name is Baba. He is a much loved and respected Chief.

ANOTHER KINGCOME INLET PAINTING


Here is another painting from Kingcome Inlet

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

NEW MEMBERS

Warm welcome to 6 new members: Joanne Bowden, Bruce McDonald, Anna Curtin, Irene Buck, Jan and Mona! Thanks for signing up and if you wish to post something, click on the "Blogger" logo at the top of the blog, sign in and "add post" from the dashboard. You can also comment on any of the existing postings by simply clicking on the "comments" link under each and adding your own comment! This is YOUR blog , please feel free to use it. Brian Simons

Monday, October 02, 2006

"WINTER THAW"


Here is a small painting I did recently from photos I took when it snowed here in Victoria a few years ago. It's oil/canvas 16x20"

Wood's Interior - Mosquito


Acrylic, 9x12", canvas. Tiny winged beings were so bad I folded up after thirty minutes.

KINGCOME INLET


Here is another small painting, this time an acrylic I did when I was visiting a native village called Kingcome Inlet on a fijord up the BC coastline in August. It's a small 9x12 sketch of part of the village. The is another oil sketch of the village on the homepage of my website: http://www.briansimons.com

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Thanks for the invite, Brian


Thanks for the invite to your blog, Brian. R. Bruce Macdonald, www.rbmacdonald.net

SMALL OIL PAINTING


Here is a small oil painting I did a few days ago of a scene in Victoria. It's 9x12" oil on canvas. I'm doing some more work in oils this last while and I like the feel of this one!

JEAN IVES SHOW

IF YOU LIVE NEAR VICTORIA, PLEASE CHECK OUT JEAN IVES SHOW AT THE UNIVERSITY OF VICTORIA. SHE IS ONE OF THE ORIGINAL STUDIO 1050 PAINTERS AND HER WEBSITE LINK IS ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THIS PAGE. SHE PAINTS MOSTLY SCENES OF THE SOUTHERN VANCOUVER ISLAND AREA. WELL WORTH SEEING! BRIAN SIMONS

UVic Show


Taking an opportunity to flog my upcoming show at UVic, in the McPherson Library Gallery. It runs from October 13-November 13. Check out the catalogue on my site, www.jeanives.com - feedback welcome!
I've done 28 new pieces since the end of April, this one of Chatham Island being one of them. Learned much from Brian.

MORE NEW CONTRIBUTORS

WELCOME TO AUDREY, SAM, PARKER, JEAN IVES, HUGH LOVE, SCULPTOR AND SKETCH!
THANKS FOR JOINING THIS BLOG. IT IS NOT REQUIRED, BUT MIGHT BE HELPFUL IF EVERYONE COULD COMPLETE THEIR PROFILE AND ENTER THEIR NAME FOR DISCUSSIONS PURPOSES...NOT MANDATORY THOUGH!
THANKS FOR ALL THE WONDERFUL ARTWORK POSTED HERE! PLEASE FEEL FREE TO JUST POST A COMMENT, QUESTION, OR ANYTHING ELSE, IF YOU DON'T HAVE PICS.
THIS IS VERY EXCITING BEGINNING...THANKYOU. BRIAN SIMONS
OOPS! 2 MORE NEW MEMBERS, GLEN AND AMBER-WELCOME!
www.briansimons.com

Fall Colors - WIP


On the Going to the Sun road last weekend, Glacier Park, west side. Acrylic, 36x36"

Great Idea, Brian!



Did this plein air sketch, 12x16", last June. Thought about reworking it, but did a whole new one instead. Final painting is on top, 17x29". Some fine pictures here alreay!