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!!


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)


...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....'


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,


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.


Monday, December 18, 2006


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



Tuesday, December 12, 2006


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


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........!