Monday, June 30, 2008

Here's number 2 in this series I'm trying. 18x24" acrylic. C&C welcome as always.


This one done today 16x20" oil/canvas...comments welcomed. Brian

Lovers walk [redone]

24x30 Acrylic on canvas. Still some working to do on the ropes. What do you think needs to be done Brian? C&C Welcome.

Sunday, June 29, 2008


Did this one as a little demo at a workshop this weekend from a picture I took of one of my Boston Terriers.16x20" acrylic/canvas. Comments welcomed. Brian

snow scene

today i thought i would try a little palette knife painting.
It forces me to be loose and forget all the details,

Saturday, June 28, 2008


This is a 12x16 oil that i did today using a picture i took
the other day on a rural road

Friday, June 27, 2008


Another quick 14x18"oil/canvas this afternoon. Comments welcomed! Brian


Here's a quick little painting 25 min. 14x18"oil /canvas....its not trying to be the real thing, just a painting. Wanted to see how loose i could get.
Comments welcome. Brian

Thursday, June 26, 2008

City Rain

This is a 16x20 that i did today


A bit tighter than usual but I'm happy with it. 16x20" oil/canvas. Comments welcomed. Brian

Hello From Berlin!!

Hey Fellow Boggers,

Turns out I will be able to see what you are all up to. Can't keep a good (wo)man down!!Boy there sure is some beautiful work. Elliot, cool aerial. There was no intension on my last post, I saw the picture and loved it, decided to paint it, simple really, didn't mean to start so much controversy. I've thought about doing an aerial, in fact I took some shots from the plane over the Britsh country side, but we'll see if I ever do it. Ralph, nice painting, I feel you are making some good you? Dave, love the canyon, as Brian mentioned the distance is so intriguing. Brian I thought the farm wasn't dead at all, I really liked it. It reminded me of October with a couple of hit's of unexpected colour. Really liked sour grapes...nothing sour about that, I also really liked yellow apples, I thought the green colours were stunning. I liked the abstract quality in all of them.

I have been checking out Miro, Lichtenstein, Picasso, Munch, Klee, Pollack,Mondrian, the list goes on and on. Funny though so far nothing has really done it for me. It's been great going through with my husband, as he asks really good questions about art, (one's I can't answer) there are so many different approaches. I find so much of the art here is so intellectual. If the artist needs to explain it (rather than the viewer feeling it) I find it very unapproachable and way too heady. The paint, I swear, these days are so much better quality. A lot looked muddy and dull, except Miro. It's funny, in the past the painting I did was always abstract, I do like it. But if I go abstract Brian, would you still let me post on the blog? I have been taking lots of pictures. I found this subject matter which is very abstract in the way I crop the photo, and quite unlikely. Very much about composition, hope to start on a little series, as soon as I get home, I'll keep it to myself until then. I just got to Berlin, London was great, I look forward to all the galleries here, as I have heard they have a world class collection. I'm in good spirits (considering I'm not painting) and view everything I do and see to further my "studies" as a painter. Glad to see all your work. Over and out. Julie

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Fishing Boats

this is a 16x 20 oil , that i did today


this is a dud (16x20" oil/canvas)that I just about painted over, but started playing with the paint a bit and kind of liked the results.
Comments welcomed. Brian

New growth

24x30 Acrylic on canvas. Finished today. C&C Welcome.
New growth for a better world!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Here's an 18x24" acrylic. Would really appreciate some C&C.


This one done this afternoon..16x20"...oil/canvas ...a bit of knife work done on this..comments welcomed , Brian

Sunday, June 22, 2008


This one done this afternoon 24x48"oil/canvas. Wanted to work in a narrower value range and try to capture a bit of the mood on this grey aftenoon....Suggestions welcome. Brian

View from the North Rim

This is a 24x30 oil that i started last nite and finished today
Thanks for looking

Saturday, June 21, 2008


Did this one this morning 24x48"oil/canvas.......Comments welcomed! Brian

Beach Play

Can't believed i squeezed one in. Hope i don't regret it tomorrow., it's late. This is 14X18 acylic I concentrated on how many brush stokes. I like the graphic vibe, limited palette, although it could look unfinished.

Friday, June 20, 2008


This is one that i did today 16x20 oil
Thanks for looking


Another one today, this a little bigger 24x48" oil/canvas. Comments welcomed...Brian

Dusk redone

18x24 Acrylic on canvas. Because of all your suggestions I redid this one. Thank you for your help.

Thursday, June 19, 2008


This one done in 15 minutes over top of another painting...painted from a photo I took this year on the way back to Victoria from Seattle. I loved the mood , wind and wake of the ferry. 16x20"oil. Comments welcome. Brian


A little one done today from a photo taken on a recent trip to Quadra Island. 16x20" oil/canvas. Comments welcomed. Brian

Something new

Hello my good fellow bloggers,

I am posting 2 of my four latest paintings that I have been reluctant to post. The reason being (as mentioned to Elliot) is that I find it harder to not hear anything at all, than to hear "I don't like it" I am a very keen student, and inlight of the fact that I would like to take as little time as possible to get from A to B I would like to propose a slightly new twist on this forum. Of course I only suggest this for my own work, as I don't pressume others feel the same way as I do. I trust that we all want to support our fellow painters, and we all want only the very best for them, so it is with this trust that I propose the following(Again for my paintings only, but anyone can feel free to adopt)

I would like it if you (as the viewer) would comment on three things that you don't like, aren't working, respond to negative, can't stand, make you want to throw up, think is amateur, looks unfinished, plain ugly, you get the idea. Don't hestitate to consider the delicate wording, it's a first response type of excersise. ( I am not my paintings so not to worry) Only then can you say something positive, and only one thing. Brian, as this is your blog, I hope you will set a fine example for those who follow. My hope in this excersise is to get some real feed back, not all dressed up. Start some diologue. I think one is just as vunerable posting their paintings as they are in giving honest remarks, but I also trust that you all want to see me improve. The unfortunate thing is I am leaving for a month, and until I get back these are the two I have (Mind you I could really put out the honesty barometer, with a few dogs I have deep in my pile) Let's see how this goes first. I'll save the dogs for another post!! For those that don't want to participate I completly understand. But for me life is too short. Thanks in advance!! Julie

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Roof Tops

Ok Gang, here is the new and improved, thanks to all the excellant comments!! The blog is certainly more exciting. Most of all I am thrilled with the formatting, thank you for the information. I'm not even a teckie so I'm quite pleased with myself!! I understand that the "corrections" might not be as prominent as some might wish, however I am done with this one. The size is 36X18 Acrylic

This is a small (11x14 I think) acylic I did on location in about 45 mins.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Roof Tops

This is a 16x20" acrylic. There are things I really like about it, but there seems to be something or things not working... just not sure what. I don't know--maybe I've just fussed with it too much.

Sunset on the beach

This is an 18x24 oil
comments welcome


18x24 Acrylic on canvas. Done today. C&C Welcome.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Crayons to Perfume

Blue Moss

I've had computer problems at home, so I've barely been on the blog in the past couple weeks. I have been painting some though. This is a 16x20 acrylic done from a picture a friend sent from Israel. C&C welcome!

Sunday, June 15, 2008


Another small one done earlier today 16x20" oil/canvas ..comments welcomed. Brian


A little one done this afternoon..16x20" oil/canvas Comments welcomed, Brian


This is a 12x16 portrait in oil

Marina at Dusk

This is a little 9x12 oil that i did this morning
Comments welcome

Saturday, June 14, 2008


Did this little one tonight..was moved by the expression on the womans face. 16x20" oil/canvas...comments welcome. Brian

2 Lambs

This is a 16 x 20 figure study that i did
this evening, thanks for looking

homeless 2

Did a figurative workshop today,here is this morning's demo i did
for the class with a closeup showing some brushwork,its 18x24
Thanks for looking

Friday, June 13, 2008


Did this one tonight, 16x20" oil/canvas. Comments welcomed . Brian

Super excited

Hey Brian I'm super excited to get my paintings, I'm thrilled to be the proud new owner of Out To Pasture!! And RR#2 Thank you so much!! There are definatly advantages to being on the blog. Its kinda like seeing the spring collection at Christmas!!Happy Happy painting!!

Thursday, June 12, 2008


Another one today taken from a photo I took in Seattle...painted this before but wanted to try doing it again using only 2 colors, purple and yellow with white.....16x20" oil/canvas...comments welcome. Brian


Did this this morning, not sure how I am with it yet...16x20" oil/canvas , comments welcome. Brian

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

So thrilled I scored some time to paint tonight. Quit a major commitment. Was dieing to do something looser, after all those tight studies, and Brians inspiration. It could probably be worked more but I dont feel like it. 16X20 acrylic (1 1/2 hours)


a 16x20" oil done this morning from a photo taken on Quadra Island. Comments welcome. Brian

Color reflections (study)

18x24 Acrylic on canvas. Done today. Excuse the glare. C&C Welcome.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008


This one done tonight 16x20 oil/canvas from a photo. Comments welcome. Brian


a little 16x20" oil /canvas done earlier today with water soluble oils...a bit pasty to use but I enjoyed trying it.
Comments welcome. Brian

Monday, June 09, 2008

East Coast

Thought i would try a scene from the east coast.
This is an 20x24 oil/canvas