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Mountains (a Series – Part 2)

In this part 2, I share more mountain paintings, a few more from the Banff region with a couple more based on reference photos from when I cycled the “Golden Triangle” in May of 2010.

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“Sun Play II”, oil on hardboard, 41 by 30 cm, 2009

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“Mountains Over Vermilion River”, oil on hardboard, 30 by 41 cm, 2010

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“Mountain’s Edge”, oil on hardboard, 51 by 61 cm, 2009

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“On the Ridge”, oil on canvas, 46 by 46 cm, 2010

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“Rocky Mountain Serene” oil on canvas, 23 x 30 cm, 2009

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untitled, oil on hardboard, 20 by 30 cm, 2009

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Mountains (a Series – Part 1)

Living in the Canadian province of Alberta, the Rocky mountains have always been nearby and not an infrequent subject for my art (although not nearly as much as I would like). In this 2-part blog post I will share my take on mountains as subjects for landscape paintings.

All of the works in this “Part 1” were painted in August 2009 when I spent a week at the Banff Centre.

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“Twisted Stone”, Oil on hardboard, 30 by 41 cm, 2009

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“Mountain Mystery”, oil on canvas, 61 by 41 cm, 2009

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“Long Shadows on Tunnel Mountain”, oil on hardboard, 30 by 41 cm, 2009

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“Bow Valley from Tunnel Mountain”, oil on hardboard, 41 by 30 cm, 2009

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“Sun Play (Banff)”, oil on hardboard, 61 by 51 cm, 2009

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“Banff Evening Solitude”, oil on canvas, 51 by 76 cm, 2009


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


Night Train (a Series)

This painting series was a bit unique for me. It had a common theme in terms of the subject matter – all of the images were drawn from what I saw (and captured with photos) during the night while on a train between Edmonton and Vancouver in November of 2007. What was unique for me was the use of oil pastel on a number of the works, and oil paint on a couple of larger ones.

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“Rolling Through the Night”, oil on canvas, 41 by 51 cm, Nov 2008

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“November Rockies Dusk”, oil pastel on paper, 23 x 30 cm, 2009

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“Passing in the Night”, oil pastel on paper, 23 x 30 cm, 2008

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“Night Siding”, oil pastel on paper, 23 x 30 cm, 2009

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“Dawn Arrival”, oil pastel on paper, 23 x 30 cm, 2009

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“Supporting the Dawn”, oil pastel on paper, 30 x 23 cm, 2008

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“Morning Train into Vancouver “, oil on hardboard, 61 x 71 cm, 2008


Riverdale (a painting Series)

In the early 1990’s I did a series of paintings of the Riverdale community, in Edmonton’s river valley.

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“Tree Frog Press”, acrylic on hardboard, 30 by 41 cm, 1991

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“Bird Bath”, acrylic on canvas, 61 by 51 cm, 1992

One of the most distinguishing features of the community at the time was the large, undeveloped tract of land that belonged to the historic Little Brick factory,  By the end of the decade those fields would be redeveloped to look like suburbia, but at the time it lent a rural charm to this area, just a kilometer from downtown.

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“Old Brickyard Field”, acrylic on canvas, 51 by 61 cm, 1992

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“Old Brickyard Road” acrylic on canvas, 51 by 61 cm, 1992

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“The Little Brick House”, acrylic on hardboard, 28 by 36 cm, 1991

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“The Rink Shack”, acrylic on canvas, 51 by 61 cm, 1992

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“Sun on 92nd Street”, acrylic on hardboard, 36 by 38 cm, c. 1992

A decade and half later I would revisit this series with a few more paintings of the community:

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“Summer Morning on 91st Street”, oil on hardboard, 51 by 61 cm, 2008

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“Riverdale Garage (winter sunlight)”, oil on canvas, 41 by 51 cm, 2008


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 – 2010 (a Painting Series)

Although landscapes are a theme I have always painted, there are periods when they become a particular focus. In around 2010, I developed a new series of landscapes from my home province of Alberta. Most of these again depict the prairies and parkland that dominates the central region of the province. I was painting primarily with oils during this period and this series was painted in the studio.

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“Vanishing Prairie”, oil on hardboard, 31 x 41 cm, 2010

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“Beside the Highway”, oil on canvas, 23 x 30 cm, 2010

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“August Prairie and Sky”, oil on canvas, 76 x 51 cm, 2010

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“Flat Prairie Horizon”, oil on canvas, 41 x 51 cm, 2010

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“Prairie and Forest”, oil on canvas, 45 x 61 cm, 2010

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Prairie Exit”, oil on canvas, 51 x 41 cm, 2010

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Prairie Gold”, oil on canvas, 46 x 61 cm, 2010

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“Prairie Hay”, oil on hardboard, 30 x 41 cm, 2010

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“Prairie’s Edge”, oil on hardboard, 30 x 41 cm, 2010

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“Sheltered Prairie”, oil on canvas, 41 x 51 cm, 2010

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“Through the Trees”, oil on canvas, 41 x 51 cm, 2010


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


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