Study of Alice Reading in Bed

9 X 12'' oil on board


Yellow Shack in Winter Sun

11 X 14'' oil on board

Walking the local lanes by our place.


December Track, New Brunswick

9 X 12'' oil on board.



11 X 14'' oil on board.

A spot just by our place.
As the sun rose I could hear the guttural cracking of ice as it settled between the trees.


Cold Back

14 X 11'' oil on board

A view from the fire-pit behind our place in New Brunswick.
It's pretty cold at the moment so I had to wear many layers, and my choice of subjects were limited to where I could stand out of the wind.


 Last Light on Crescent.

12 X 10'' oil on board.


Doorway on a Square. Montreal.

10 X 12'' oil on board.

 It was such a mixed day. Sun, clouds, amazing wind. Amazing light.


 Vacation paintings.

Just returned from a Norfolk and Suffolk vacation in the UK for a couple of weeks. We returned via a few more days in Iceland...

 All 10 X 12'' (or reverse) except for the first which is 10 X 14'', and the second which is 10 X 8''.

Dunwich woods, Suffolk

Dunwich Heath, Suffolk

Walberswick Harbour boat, Suffolk

Kirkjufell Mountain, Iceland.

Lava Fields, Berserkjahraun, Iceland.

Main Street, Brancaster, Norfolk.

Holkham Woods, Norfolk.

View towards Olafsskardh from Lava field, Iceland.

Wells-next-the-sea, Norfolk.


Downtown Montreal

10 X 14'' oil on board.

Everywhere is really beautiful at the moment, but
 the bright orange roadwork paraphernalia really stood out.


Red Door

10 X 14, oil on board.

 We are pet sitting. This is the view opposite.
There is loads to paint around here, It's like a mini-vacation.


Riverbank Greenery

10 X 14'' oil on board.

Green Lane

14 X 10'' oil on board.


Purple Sands

9 X 12'' oil on board.

A scene from the immense landscape I've been working on for an amazing
 PC game called 'Kenshi' from Lo-Fi Games.


Illuminated House

20 X 16'' (50 X 40 cm) oil on canvas.

I will try to take some better photo's of recent work when my camera returns from the menders.


Afternoon Walk

14 X 18''. Oil on  canvas.


Shady Part of Town

9 X 12 '', oil on board.
It was too hot to stand anywhere but in the shade.


Dappled Houses

8 X 10'' (20 X 30 cm) oil on board.
 My first plein-air since quite a few weeks.
 I've been avoiding the crazy heat wave.
Seems it was the flying ant exodus today, too. They were all over me.


Last Light

20 X 16'' - 40 X 50 cm, oil on canvas.

Probably still W.I.P this, so I may update the image and remove this line at some point.


Buffet House

16 X 20''  (40 X 50cm), oil on canvas.

It's a poor quality photograph, as I wait for my damaged camera to be repaired.
 I will upgrade the image when I can.




14 X 18'' oil on canvas.


Mile End

20 X 16''  - 50 X 40 cm, oil on canvas

River Turns

18 X 14''  oil on canvas.

My camera got very wet in the rain so I am using a temporary one.
 The photo quality is a bit bad, maybe I will replace these images in the future.


 Yard Tree

20 X 16 '' (50 X 40 cm) oil on canvas.
I getting a bit more confident with these medium sized canvases


 House near McGill

50 X 40 cm (20 X 16'') oil on canvas.

02 06 2018

Montreal Houses

20 X 16''  (50 X 40 cm) oil on canvas


Waiting on the Steps

16 X 20'' oil on canvas


A couple of plein-air pieces from Saturday, as I followed a post-Winter river.

Just a couple of weeks ago there were no leaves on the trees and big patches of dirty snow-ice clung to the shadows.

Both 10 X 12'' (25 X 30 cm), oil on board.

A close up of the first one:


Window Shopping

18 X 24'', oil on canvas.

A slightly scaled up version of a section from a previous plein-air.


Garbage Collection

12 X 16'', oil on panel.


Statue in Parc la Fontaine, Montreal

10 X 8'', oil on aluminum panel.

 It rained a bit over the weekend, I only managed this one painting.


Downtown Neighbors

10 X 12'' oil on aluminum panel.

 Aluminum is an interesting surface to paint on.
 Very smooth, and after initially absorbing into the surface, oil paint dries very quickly.
I scratched the fine tree branches out with the back of a brush to reveal the metallic surface.


Main Street

9 X 12'' oil on board


Back Lane

16 X 16 in. Oil on board.

The trees in our area are chopped back quite heavily to make way for power and telecommunication lines.
split central tree is supplanted by it's industrial cousin, the evergreen beheaded..


Disassembly Line

14 X 28 in. Oil on canvas.

 This is based on an old plein-air from last summer.
 It was leant against the wall in front of me and over time I got more and more dissatisfied with the scrappy workmanship. I was going to paint over it to try and fix it, but eventually decided to make a new version instead.
 Then I realized I may as well scale it up whilst I'm at it.

Completed over the last couple of evenings using a couple of these daylight LED usb, rechargeable and portable clip on lights as my light source.


Quiet Day

12 X 9'' oil on board.

A pretty complex scene, a lot of backwards and forwards.
I see quite a few errors.


February Thaw

12 X 9'' oil on board.

 I sometimes try to use a Streetview application to choose a spot before I go out, to prevent wandering aimlessly with my backpack of gear, getting tired before I even start to paint.

 However the place I chose today, as usual, looked nothing like it did on the app.

 One problem being it was imaged in Summer-time, five years ago.

This place wasn't too far up the next street though.


Start of the Thaw

9 X 12'' oil on board.


Bungalows in the Snow

9 X 12 in. oil on board


Two paintings from the super cold snap we had  in Montreal this and last week.
The unusual size ratios are due to me having to snap off the bottoms of the panels so that I could fit them onto my easel.
It was too cold to paint really.
 I felt for my fingers inside my glove to put a tissue in, and couldn't tell I had hold of them.

Snow on an Ice Wall.

17.5 X 10 in. Oil on board.

From the Docks.

17.5 X 10 in. Oil on board.


Corner House

42 X 29.7 cm, oil on board.

I found this back-lit scene quite a challenge.


Suburban Sunday

10 X 20 in. Oil on board.

Finally managed to tidy up the piece from two posts back.
I decided to include it in this post so it's possible to switch between the two.
(Click on the picture to enlarge, then use L + R arrows on your keyboard)