Oils and Acrylics
Oil painting on canvas. This is a portrait of my wife before we married. She is also an artist specializing in landscapes. The trees behind here are a rough representation of the province of Quebec, placing her where Montreal would be.
This pen and ink of a tall ship was originally created for an ad for CP Ships. if you look carefully at the second column of flags, the CP logo is proudly flying. I tried a different kind of cross-hatch as I felt the criss-cross didn't lend itself to the era. I used a modified spider web as the crosshatch. 18x14 on illustration board.
My wife gave me some fairly expensive Prismacolor coloured pencils for Christmas and I was itching to use them. Our daughters and their friend Andrea posed by a driveway light and I turned it into a lighted orb. The red is an acrylic wash. 15x15 Coloured pencil and acrylic on board.
My wife was holding our grandson as he was taking a bite out of a pear. His expression looked mischievous, I loved the character he was displaying. The original is 18x24 on canvas, acrylic. I have included a small video of this painting's progression. (Still to be loaded).
This is the photo I used to create the painting of my grandson. Note the marks on the bridge of his nose...
When employees of Canadian Pacific reached retirement age, I was called upon to create a portrait for their retirement gift. 16x20 acrylic on illustration board.
This painting is still uncompleted, I found the stonework interesting enough to put on the site. When completed, I will upload the finished work. I must have re-worked the stones about 4 times. 36x48 egg-tempera, oil and acrylic on masonite.
My daughter Tara found extreme joy in horse-back riding. There was a spring show for the parents and the ladies wore some translucent ribbons in their hair. Tara had such a soft touch with her horse that I really needed to capture it. 26x40 acrylic on water-colour board.
When Tara was only 6 years old, she enjoyed watching Daddy paint. As any child will show, they want to be somehow involved with the painting process because, well, painting is fun! I prepared a board and had her paint a scene. I then photographed her and proceeded to do a painting of her painting her picture. Still unfinished, 36x48 oil, acrylic, alkyd on masonite.
I am fascinated with how to render not only wood grain, but varnished wood grain. I have this fellow waiting for someone on a bench under a street light. Sort of a "Waiting for Godot." 24x36 oil on canvas.
My friend Cathie had such long hair, I really wanted to capture it. Her hair had elements of red, so I wanted the whole painting to capture that lovely red feeling. 24x36 oil on canvas.
The original photo of Cathie I used for the painting.
There was an 80's artist I liked named Patrick Nagel. His colours were flat, almost cartoony. I was curious if I could capture the look. 18x24 acrylic on canvas.
Some good friends of ours, Jack and Chris built a house on the side of a mountain overlooking Quebec's "Lake of Three Mountains." We were invited to stay the weekend. My wife, Christine, was reading a book in the sun. With the reflecting water and the calm atmosphere, I was planning on catching the mood. The water, though you can't see it in a photograph, has blue/green interference paint, meaning it changes colour when you walk by the painting. 16x9.5 acrylic on watercolour board.
While my wife was growing up, she had a couple of pomeranian dogs. When her last one passed on, I was asked to do a painting of "Bo-Bo" for her parents. 12x12 acrylic on illustration board.
My good friend Gary and his wife Judy passed the magic number 30 for their wedding anniversary. I wanted to do this portrait of them. 24x36 oil on canvas.
This is the source photo of Gary and Judy. I take pride in my ability to capture the person I'm painting.
A gift to my parents' 40th wedding anniversary, I painted the tiger while my wife, Christine, painted the backdrop. It was an enjoyable experience collaborating on a single piece. 24x36, oil and acrylic on masonite.
My wife Christine and I went to Italy in late 2014. I was taken aback how beautiful the frescoes were, so I wanted to emulate the technique. I love painting detail and I fought my instincts to take this to photo-realism. Oil paint (purchased in Italy with colours made only in Italy) on crackle paste on canvas board. 12"x12"
This commission was for a painting of two siblings and their dog. This was a fun challenge as fur has its own challenges. 36"x24", oil and acrylic on canvas.
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