Friday, November 7, 2008

Watchful and wise.

"Yes," said Owl, looking wise and thoughtful, "I see what you mean."

(Water colour on Bockingford - 26cm x 32cm)

Friday, September 26, 2008

Anarchist Mountain farm house

A couple of times a year we pass by this abandoned century old farm house near the summit of Anarchist Mountain, B.C.. Standing alone and not another building in sight for many miles, we have always thought it must be "packed" with ghosts from the past - if only it could talk.

(Acrylic on canvas - 30cm x 40cm)

Saturday, September 20, 2008

A morning stroll.

My interpretation of a picture by C.J.Vine. It appears to me that these geese are in the process of forming a "Clique".

(Acrylic on canvas - 28cm x 35cm)

Friday, August 29, 2008


Fifty-six years ago my wife and I were married in this church, Saint Mary's, Cottingham, UK. Painting this picture brought back many memories of years gone by, and the journey that brought us to Vancouver Island.
(Acrylic on Masonite - 36cm x 60cm)

Friday, August 22, 2008

Canada Geese.

The Canada Geese start their routine migration, although around these parts, many are starting to stay all year.
(Watercolour on Arches CP - 28cm x 38cm)

Friday, August 15, 2008


Now this is what I call a really detached home, even the leaves on the trees have become detached.
(Watercolour on Bockingford - 21cm x 28cm)

Friday, August 8, 2008

Full sail.

I painted this picture a couple of years ago, but thought it fit this week's Illustration Friday "sail" theme.
(Acrylic on masonite board - 24cm x 30cm)

Friday, July 18, 2008

Never enough!

No matter how much you feed them, some kids never seem to get enough. I've painted so many Herons, I think that's enough, at least for now!
(Mixed media, on Bockingford CP - 20cm x 30cm)

Friday, July 11, 2008

Saint Helens

Morning fog at Mount Saint Helens, Washington.
(Watercolour on Arches CP - 20cm x 27cm)

Saturday, July 5, 2008

A rose by any other name.

There is nothing sour about this rose "Double Delight", one of my favorites, the scent is one of the sweetest.
(Watercolour on Canson Montval - 22cm x 26cm)

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Batten down the hatches.

Running before a fierce gale in the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
(Watercolour on Arches CP - 19cm x 28cm)

Friday, June 20, 2008

A winter savings withdrawal.

My take on this week’s theme "Hoard". This little guy is the ultimate hoarder, although a lot of times he forgets where he put his stash!
(Watercolour on Bockingford CP - 24cm x 30cm)

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Cast away.

This old boat seems to have been forgotten in a backwater.
I took a photo of this boat on a visit to England some years ago, and always wanted to paint it. I am sure the boat is long gone by now, but it will not be forgotten by me.
(Watercolour on Arches CP - 27cm x 22cm)

Friday, May 9, 2008

Shocking weather.

My take on this week's Illustration Friday theme of "electricity".
(Watercolour on Arches CP - 18cm x 27cm)

Friday, May 2, 2008

From seed.

My thoughts on "Seed" - to think that this stump was once a seed, maybe 150 years ago.
(Watercolour on Montval 140lb CP. - 19cm x 26cm)

Monday, April 28, 2008

Wrinkles in the snow.

A back road in the Slocan Valley, situated in the West Kootenay area of British Columbia.
(Acrylic on illustration board - 17cm x 26cm)

Saturday, April 19, 2008

This could be the start of something big.

My interpretation of this week's Illustration Friday theme, "Primitive". I couldn't think of anything more primitive than the "Big Bang".
(Acrylic on illustration board - 18cm x 24cm)

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Patience, patience.

Our local Raptor seems to have failed again, so the Robin gets to live another day.
(Water colour on Arches CP 300 lb. - 20cm x 20cm)

Monday, March 17, 2008

Another Great Blue Heron.

This time on a piece of driftwood, picked up on the beach. I had attached this to the fence near our pond, hoping it would deter the other herons, but to no avail.
(Acrylic on plywood - 45cm x 80cm)

Friday, March 14, 2008

Home of heavy stone.

I was fascinated by the thought of the stories this abandoned cottage could tell, so I concentrated on the door and a window, to give a feeling of the people who lived there.
It must have been back-breaking work to build houses out of heavy stone - and without machinery.
(Acrylic on illustration board - 15cm x 20cm)

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Great Blue Heron

I love painting this bird, as it always looks so elegant. Goodness knows why I should have such a liking for them, as they are always dropping by our pond for a little goldfish lunch!
(Acrylic on illustration board - 22cm x 35cm)

Friday, March 7, 2008

Our little garden oasis.

A view of part of our garden - summer can't be too far off now.
My submission for this week's Illustration Friday theme "Garden".
(Acrylic on hardboard - 35cm x 40cm)

Thursday, March 6, 2008

A slow leap across the Humber.

During the early 1950's, I often used to travel across the Humber River in England on this ship, the P.S.S. Wingfield Castle.
This picture was painted in acrylics on Bainbridge illustration board (19cm x 29cm).
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