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The “2012-08” Series

In August of 2012 I started a small series of large canvases. This series  of abstract paintings were all done on 91 by 121 cm (3 x 4 feet) canvasses. I used generous amounts of gel with the acrylic paints for think, juicy textures. The color palette was restricted to the primaries, plus black and white.

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“2012-08-01” acrylic on canvas, 91 by 121 cm, 2012

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“2012-08-02” acrylic on canvas, 91 by 121 cm, 2012

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“2012-08-03” acrylic on canvas, 91 by 121 cm, 2012

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“2012-08-04” acrylic on canvas, 91 by 121 cm, 2012

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“2012-08-05” acrylic on canvas, 91 by 121 cm, 2012

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“2012-08-06” acrylic on canvas, 91 by 121 cm, 2012


West Coast Trees (Painting Series)

In my previous blog post I shared a series of my landscape paintings of scenes from Canada’s west coast.  Again, these were painted around 1992, in fact these paintings were intermingled with the more open coastal scenes done during the same period.

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“Candles in the Rain”, acrylic on hardboard, 51 by 61 cm, 1992

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“Red Trees”, acrylic on hardboard, 36 by 38 cm, 1992

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“Red Path and Trees (study)”, acrylic on hardboard, 51 by 61 cm, 1992

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“In the Darkness Grows”, acrylic on hardboard, 36 by 38 cm, 1992

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“Together”, acrylic on canvas, 51 by 61 cm, 1992


West Coast (a Painting Series)

In around 1992 after visits to Canada’s west coast (particularly the Gulf Islands), I produced, perhaps my favorite series of paintings. This collection featured trees(and/or driftwood), shorelines and often active skies. My works at this time may show signs of influence from the paintings of Emily Carr.

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“Bending to the Sky”, acrylic on hardboard, 61 by 61 cm, 1992

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“Windswept”, acrylic on hardboard, 51 by 61 cm, 1992

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“Red Leaning”, acrylic on hardboard, 12 by 15 cm, 1992

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“Waiting on Island View Beach”, acrylic on canvas, 61 by 76 cm, 1992

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“Turning Sky”, acrylic on canvas, 61 by 61 cm, 1992


Earth Light Tapestries Series (part 3)

This blog post shares the last eight works of my 24-piece Earth Light Tapestries series of paintings. The first 16 pieces were shared in Parts 1 and 2 of this blog post.

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“Earth Light Tapestry XVII”, acrylic on hardboard, 24 by 24 inches (61 x 61 cm)

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“Earth Light Tapestry XVIII”, acrylic on hardboard, 24 by 24 inches (61 x 61 cm)

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“Earth Light Tapestry XIX”, acrylic on hardboard, 24 by 24 inches (61 x 61 cm)

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“Earth Light Tapestry XX”, acrylic on hardboard, 24 by 24 inches (61 x 61 cm)

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“Earth Light Tapestry XXI”, acrylic on hardboard, 24 by 24 inches (61 x 61 cm)

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“Earth Light Tapestry XXII”, acrylic on hardboard, 24 by 24 inches (61 x 61 cm)

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“Earth Light Tapestry XXIII”, acrylic on hardboard, 24 by 24 inches (61 x 61 cm)

The 24th (final) piece in this series was completed in July 2007, about 8 months after the start. About half of the series formed a solo exhibition at the Gallery at Milner (Library in Edmonton) in November of 2009.

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“Earth Light Tapestry XXIV”, acrylic on hardboard, 24 by 24 inches (61 x 61 cm)


Earth Light Tapestries Series (part 2)

In this blog post, I present the middle third (pieces 9 – 16) of my 2006/7 Earth Light Tapestries series of abstract paintings. (The first 8 pieces are shown in Part 1 of this blog post)

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“Earth Light Tapestry IX”, acrylic on hardboard, 24 by 24 inches (61 x 61 cm)

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“Earth Light Tapestry X”, acrylic on hardboard, 24 by 24 inches (61 x 61 cm)

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“Earth Light Tapestry XI”, acrylic on hardboard, 24 by 24 inches (61 x 61 cm)

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“Earth Light Tapestry XII”, acrylic on hardboard, 24 by 24 inches (61 x 61 cm)

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“Earth Light Tapestry XIII”, acrylic on hardboard, 24 by 24 inches (61 x 61 cm)

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“Earth Light Tapestry XIV (The Sun King)”, acrylic on hardboard, 24 by 24 inches (61 x 61 cm)

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“Earth Light Tapestry XV”, acrylic on hardboard, 24 by 24 inches (61 x 61 cm)

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“Earth Light Tapestry XVI”, acrylic on hardboard, 24 by 24 inches (61 x 61 cm)

The final group of paintings from this series can be seen in part 3 of this blog post.


The Earth Light Tapestries Series (Part 1)

The non-representational (abstract) painting series which I called “Earth Light Tapestries was my largest and most deliberate series. I began the series in late 2006 and finished in early 2007. A dozen pieces from this series were exhibited in a solo show at the Milner Library in Edmonton in November of 2009.

From the start, I set out with the goal to paint 24 pieces, each which would be 24 by 24 inches (61 x 61 cm) in size. I used acrylic paints with the intent to be experimental with textures and additives. The “earth” in the series title refers to the “earth” pigments (ochres, umbers, sienna, etc.) that dominated the colors through this series.

The pieces were just given numerical titles (in roman numerals) corresponding to the order in which they were created.

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“Earth Light Tapestry I”, acrylic on hardboard, 24 by 24 inches (61 x 61 cm)

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“Earth Light Tapestry II”, acrylic on hardboard, 24 by 24 inches (61 x 61 cm)

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“Earth Light Tapestry III”, acrylic on hardboard, 24 by 24 inches (61 x 61 cm)

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“Earth Light Tapestry IV (Windy City Sand Storm)”, acrylic on hardboard, 24 by 24 inches (61 x 61 cm)

The “sand” reference in “IV” comes from the texture which was created by the mixing a fine sand into the paint and gel media.

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“Earth Light Tapestry V”, acrylic on hardboard, 24 by 24 inches (61 x 61 cm)

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“Earth Light Tapestry VI”, acrylic on hardboard, 24 by 24 inches (61 x 61 cm)

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“Earth Light Tapestry VII”, acrylic on hardboard, 24 by 24 inches (61 x 61 cm)

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“Earth Light Tapestry VIII”, acrylic on hardboard, 24 by 24 inches (61 x 61 cm)

The rest of the pieces in this painting series are presented in Parts 2 and 3 of this blog post series.


Alberta Landscapes (Painting Series, Before and After 2010)

In my previous blog post I shared my Alberta landscape paintings from the particularly busy year of 2010. In this post, I share my landscape works from a couple years before and after that year.

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“Red Deer Field and Trees (study)”, oil on hardboard, 20 x 25 cm, 2007

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“Canola Fields I”, oil on canvas, 51 x 76 cm, 2008

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“Canola Fields II”, oil on canvas, 76 x 51 cm, 2008

(See the previous blog post for Alberta landscape paintings from the year 2010)

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“North Saskatchewan River”, oil on canvas, 61 x 91 cm, 2011

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“Storm Approaches” acrylic on hardboard, 61 x 91 cm, 2012

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“Dark Treeline”, acrylic on canvas, 61 x 91 cm, 2012

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“Bend in the North Saskatchewan River”, water color on paper, 10 x 15 cm, 2012


Alberta Landscapes – 1990 (a Painting Series)

In the late 1980’s and early 1990’s the subject matter of my painting  was primarily landscapes, and more specifically the prairies, parkland and foothills of central part of Alberta.

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“Approaching Prairie Storm”, acrylic on canvas, 61 x 91 cm, c. 1989

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“Central Alberta Summer Horizon”, acrylic on hardboard, 61 x 41 cm, c. 1989

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“Central Alberta Landscape”, acrylic on hardboard, 46 x 61 cm, 1992

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“Red Deer College”, acrylic on canvas, 91 x 121 cm, c. 1989

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“Restless Foothills”, acrylic on hardboard, 41 x 61 cm, 1991

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“Road to the Rockies”, acrylic on canvas, 61 x 91 cm, 1991

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“Rolling Prairie with Fence”, acrylic on canvas, 61 x 91 cm, 1991

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“Southern Alberta Foothills”, acrylic on canvas, 51 x 91 cm,  1991

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“Thunder Cloud”, acrylic on hardboard, 20 x 25 cm, c. 1990

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“Stripey Fields”, acrylic on hardboard, 41 x 61 cm, 1988


Whales Atrium (a Painting Series)

One of my weirdest (and by weird I mean quirky and fun) painting series was the abstract group of paintings that I did in 2010 and which I called “Whales Atrium”*. In this series I played around with various acrylic media and additive in a very exploratory and undirected way. Other than the lack of any direction other than to experiment, the common element to the 12 paintings in this series is the size – all works are on 30 by 30 cm (12 inch) hardboard panels.

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“Eggman”

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“English Garden”

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“Ga Joob”

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“I am He”

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“If the Sun Don’t Shine”

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“I’m Crying”

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“Penguin Singing”

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“See How They Fly”

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“See How They Run”

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“Sitting on a Cornflake”

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“Smile Like Pigs”

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“The Joker Laughs”

Don’t try to read too much into the titles of these works, they were largely an afterthought.

* I am still waiting for someone to “get” the significance of this series title. Let me know if you think you do.


Auvergne (Painting Series) – part 2

In Part 1, I shared some plein air paintings I made during a 3 week stay in a small village in the Auvergne region of central France. I was captivated by the area and it continued to be an influence on my painting for years. Not only did I paint while there but I also sketched and took many photos. These references and my memories inspired these paintings:

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“Montaigut” oil on hardboard, 61 x 41 cm, c. 1986

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“Steve Painting in Field”, acrylic on hardboard, 46 x 61 cm, c. 1986

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“Evening Stroll Back to Montaigut”, acrylic on canvas, 51 x 76 cm, c. 1988

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“Auvergne Landscape”, acrylic on hardboard, 46 x 61 cm, 1984 AoM

There are a few other paintings I have done of rural France that I count in this series, although I can’t be sure the scenes are from my 1984 visit to Auvergne or from another of my two trips to France during the eighties.

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“Country Road”, acrylic on hardboard, 41 x 30 cm, c. 1985

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“Maison dans la Campagne”, acrylic on canvas, 46 x 30 cm, c. 1986

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“Red Roof in French Landscape”, acrylic on hardboard, 30 x 46 cm, c. 1988