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Posts tagged “oil painting

Lines (an Abstract Painting Series)

This small series from the autumn of 2012 was an exploration of mark making into the wet surface of an oil-painted canvas:


“Marks”, oil on hardboard, 30 by 30 cm, 2012


“Fall”, Oil on canvas, 46 by 46 cm, 2012


“Lines in a Field”, oil on hardboard, 30 by 30 cm, 2012


“Spirals”, Oil on canvas, 46 by 46 cm, 2012


“Maxwell”, Oil on hardboard, 61 by 61 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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Auvergne (Painting Series) – part 1

The creation of my first painting series (a group of works based on a common theme and style), was an important point for my artistic development. In August of 1984 I attended a “Painting in France” course put on by Paul Deggan (in conjunction with¬† Capilano College in Vancouver). I and three other students stayed at Deggan’s home / art studio in the small, medieval village of Montaigut-le-Blanc in central France (the Auvergne region). For three weeks (after a week in Paris) we explored and painted this picturesque village (with it’s old chateau,¬† a church and village walls) and surrounding rural areas.

The paintings in Part 1 of this series blog post are works that were painted “en plein air”, right there looking directly at the scene.


“Countryside View from Chateau” Oil on canvas board 45 x 56 cm


“L’Eglise”, oil on canvas board 33 x 41 cm


“In the Field”, oil on canvas board, 28 x 41 cm


“Arch in Montaigut-le-Blanc” – oil on canvas board, 38 x 56 cm

A number of other paintings were created as part of this series but they were done after the trip, back in the studio, from sketches and reference photos. These other paintings are featured in part 2 of this blog.