Friday, May 30, 2008

Ducks in Winter

This is an 18x24 oil/canvas.
Thanks for looking

Pacific Splendor

This is a 20x24 oil/canvas that i did yesterday
Thanks for looking

Monday, May 26, 2008


This is a little "demo" painting done during a workshop this last weekend. 16x20" acrylic.
Comments welcome. Brian

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Seascape 2

This is a very quick excercise,i painted this in 15 min over another painting,
i used a palette knife for the lighter notes, This excercise forces me to
rely more on what i see and not what i know, Thanks for looking


Hi Brian,

This is an older one. Hopefully new on the way soon! Hope you are well.



This is a 12 by 16 oil on lineen that i did yesterday.
I did some palette knife work on this one
This is an 18x18" acrylic of our friend Jason. He directs the Gospel Choir at the university here (which Page is in). I plan to leave it as a value study... partly because the colors in the photo weren't good anyway. I did it once in acrylic--it was ok. I tried it again in oil--muddy, messy, disaster. Then this one again in acrylic.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Mountain Pass in Spring

This is a 16x20 that i did tonite
Thanks for looking

Dreams Down Drain

Did this yesterday 16X20 oil. This was more about the metaphor, than a pretty picture, I'm not all over it, not sure how beautiful one can make a lane and drain.....not me anyways. But I couldn't resist the white picket fence and a drain in the same shot, and thought i would give it a go. I may go back in when it's dry, and Blue it up a bit, and try to get it a bit "grittier"


Thursday, May 22, 2008

This is a still life I painted in a class I am taking at our local university. It certainly is not "Brian Simons" style; but it was what I was required to do. It took me a long time to finish but I am happy with it, ail things considered ,including the subject matter which I did not choose..

I an quite pleased with this one especially condering how quickly I painted it.
I am pleased with how this turned out. Brian was a huge with this one.


This one done this afternoon 30x36" oil....comments welcomed. Brian

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

New Growth

Heres todays. A shot I took a couple of weeks ago. This stage lasted about 2 days and was gone. 30X36 acrylic


This one is a study done in one color (olive green). I like it at this point and don't know if I will continue with other colors or not. 30x30" acrylic/canvas
Comments welcome....Brian


this is a little 16x20" oil done yesterday from a photo of the beach area in south Victoria.
Comments welcomed...Brian

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Here is a little (12X14) oil I did today. It really captured the mood of the evening I had this long weekend. Was scare to death to paint after a week, don't know why. I just got into all the muted colours.

Study in greens

this is an 18 x24 oil that i did today
thanks for looking


Tried to stay loose on this one, as I tend to "work" too much and get too much detail. Made myself stop and leave it alone. Help welcome. Sanda

Summer Herbs

Hi Brian,
I wanted to post a few of my older ones. Hoping for inspiration to begin anew! Sanda


This is an older one. First attempt at glass. Sanda

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Street Vender

This is an 18x24 that i did today
Thanks for looking


this one done today 30x30" oil/canvas. I went downtown and got some pics of a street market and this is painted from one of the pics. Messy but fun! Comments welcome....Brian
This is an 11x14" acrylic I just did. It was a commission from a family member for a gift. I didn't like the picture, but I'm trying to make the best of it. ANY help would be welcome!

Thursday, May 15, 2008


this one done today, a bit messy but had lots of fun doing it. 30x30" oil/canvas....thanks for looking and comments welcome. Brian

Wednesday, May 14, 2008


Here's what I did today. This is a view I've studied everydaywhilst in the tub. I decided to finally paint it. Drag everything into that bathroom.....all white, bit of a fiasco, but fun. Oil 20"X24"



This is an 11x14 oil
thanks for looking

Country Barn

24x30" acrylic on canvas. C&C welcome.

Hi everyone! Nice to see all the new paintings and everyone so enthusiastic and having fun! Brian is a great motivator and teacher. He is also my teacher and has helped me enormously with my paintings. Thanks again. Brian. Here is a painting I did yesterday. Still a few retouches to do.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

I was inspired by Brians flowers. Decided to start painting over some existing paintings, so I needed to lay the colour on thick. I didn't do a value study. Might be a bit "globby" but it was fun.

Buying Vegtables

this is a 16x20 that i did after work today.In this one
i tried to create form with color and brushwork rather
than rendering and painting between the lines
Thanks for looking


...this one done this afternoon...30x36" oil/canvas....a bit messy don't know if I'm done yet, but will look at it later. Thanks for looking...comments welcome....Brian

Monday, May 12, 2008


Another one this afternoon. Wanted to try a still life, haven't done one in quite some time.
Comments welcome. 16x20" oil/canvas ...........Brian


did this one this morning, a bit tight but whatever...16x20" oil/canvas. Comments welcome. Brian

Sunday, May 11, 2008

This one was too big and too complicated for me. 16X20 I took the picture this morning, the light was incredibly strong. I don't like working from pictures, I can't see the colour, and they come out like mud. I feel this is a start, I may try to rescue it when it dries in a couple of weeks. I prefered the value study and I am glad I have it as reference to use if I decide to go back in.


Commission 5'x6'

This is a large commission i just completed for a house in Tucson.
Thanks for looking


A quick little one done today, boy it went fast after all the big ones.
Comments welcome, Brian

Saturday, May 10, 2008

First post in a while

Hi Brian, this is the painting I was working on when Elliot was painting me. I'm not quite finished but since you were patiently waiting to see something from me I thought I'd post it now and get some advice before I finish up. I'm not crazy about my bushes in the front, the top deck on the left doesn't read so well and the window frames look a little un-painterly. If you or anyone else have any suggestions they would be more than welcome!

This is a little 12x12" (acrylic). Not sure if the dark "frame" in the composition works or not, but with all the contrast it was fun to do.

Friday, May 09, 2008

This is a bigger study, not done, but as far as I can go without the oils getting muddy. May revisit it intwo weeks when it's dry :) A still life, which I like because the colour is so much easier for me to see. I do the value study in acrylic. This one is 16X20 the smallest canvas I had on hand. It's called Black and Blue.....good name hey Brian? I find it a touch stiff not that beautiful, but a valuable study.

Hi all,

Elliot and Brian

Ok I did another little study. I didn't touch my set up, yes elliot it was my first still life, and my first time using oils, which I am really having fun with. They are both tiny at 9X12

The first one which you have seen was done at night with a strong halogen light shining on it, super easy to see all the different colours. The second one which I did this morning had a diffused overcast light. It was more difficult to see all those colours, but rather the "local" colour. I have not yet put in the slight shawdow which feels almost non existant, what you see is the slight reflection. But it is amazing to see them side by side, so totally differant, both beautiful in there own way.

Thursday, May 08, 2008

FALL TREES (reworked)

Yes, this is the same painting that was here but only reworked, felt it had too much yellow and I was thrown off with the values , which in the photo are fairly close. Anyways, I'll give this one a rest for a while and then look at it again....36x60" oil/canvas. C&C welcome, Brian

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

First attempt at plein air. I thought it was very difficult. The painting seems wierd to me--any help?

Swans Taking flight

A 16x20 Acrylic I painted yesterday, in an old frame I found on ebay.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008


This one done today 30x36" oil/canvas .... a bit messy, but had this toned canvas hanging around and thought I'd try this. Comments welcome. Brian

Monday, May 05, 2008

Wisteria Vine

A 12x16 acrylic that I am not quite done with. I had difficulty with this one because there was not a great deal of difference in value between the vine and the stone wall on the left. As Page has told me, sometimes photos are flawed. I think the photo was taken on a cloudy day. But I loved the composition so much I had to try painting it. Suggestions welcome, Brett