On the Pier at Burnaby Lake I paint an impressionistic painting of the scene before me, pushing colours and using a wide variety of brushwork that seems to dance with the accompanying instrumental music by Isaak Solomon.
I start this explained video about oil painting by mentioning some ways for artists to be inspired: such as walking in the woods or visiting art museums (like the Audain Art Museum in Whistler) and then paint the falls.
An exercise in painting outdoors, this 37 stroke painting featured in fast motion to music is a vertical 11 x 14 oil painting of a playful rendering of an evergreen on Cypress Mountain and Laika watches from behind.
In this fast motion video, I playfully paint a favourite beach she visited as a child- 3rd beach in Stanley Park. It happened to be the tenth anniversary of her dad’s passing and so I dedicated this one to him.
I take on painting the remarkable rock formation known as Siwash Rock ( Skalsh or Slhx̱i7lsh) by the Seawall at Stanley Park, in Vancouver. I start with an underpainting of thin colour then build an impressionistic oil painting.
At low tide I paint a wet in wet Plein Air painting of Siwash Rock in Stanley Park – featured in fast motion with instrumental music by Cambell and Green, one of my favourite songwriting composers from Canada.
An explanation of a 37 stroke oil painting of the rhythm of the trees and inlet at Port Moody. I explain the the use of various brushes, tone the canvas, and use as much of the brush to extend the paint, striving to depict the visual music felt on location.
In this Christmas video I try to take joy to each brushstroke in this 37 stroke painting on location in the snow. I use large and small brushes to express the Cypress Mountain Ski Area with oils on linen board.
In the spirit of Christmas with an elves I paint a 37 stroke snowy mountain scene. This fast motion video to instrumental music outlines various applications of oil colour on board at Cypress Mountain. Laika, my dog watches too.
I paint a colourful impressionistic painting in acrylic from an inspiration of moss on trees and patterns of roots and twigs at Lynn Valley in North Vancouver. In this 37 minute painting, I explain what I see and how the brush is responding to the colours and natural setting.
Painting on a bench beside Lynn Creek in North Vancouver, I use acrylic paint to express the scene in front of me. In this 37 stroke painting, counted with collected leaves, I discuss what I see and how I decide to express it on canvas.
Watch this waterscape painting in fast motion to music come to life on location at Lynn Creek. This is an example of a colourful, loose and limited stroke painting that I did as a creative exercise practiced on location. See if you’d like to try it.
In this longer version of the video at Lynn Creek, I explain how I use acrylic paint using various lines to express the landscape in front of me. My play of overlapping line and rhythms ends up being a colourful expression on location.
At the edge of Lynn Headwaters, with my new painting hat, I bring out some of my favourite art books and comment on the various artist’s use of line as inspiration for my own work which is featured in fast motion to music.
As I kayak into Cates Park I talk about how I may look at the landscape and would paint it; observing line and shadow patterns in the landscape. I show a little ink drawing as I discusses learning from exercises in my sketch book while enjoying the day outdoors.
The Burrard Inlet at Cate’s Park is the backdrop of this painting video where I was inspired to use a direct approach to painting with watercolors. Here I explain that watercolours are often worked from light to dark, and that one has to keep in mind the white of the paper for the light areas of the painting while painting around those areas. I shows how I adds forms including the distant hillside, trees and waves close to shore and put the last touches of evening glow into this on location painting.
In this 5 x 7 Oil of foreshore logs piled up by Finn Slough in Richmond I shares my insights and decisions on using certain colours while playing with lights and darks, often depicted with just a single brushstroke.
Watch how I paint a 5 x 7 colourful painting of logs piled up by Finn Slough along the Fraser River in Richmond. This fast motion video shows the painting process played out similar to that of the piano in the accompanying instrumental music. The playtime with Laika, my dog, is a good example of taking a break after doing a plein air study.
A heritage cottage in Belcarra is painted in fast motion using a limited number of brushstrokes. In just 37 expressive brush strokes I cover an 11 x 14 board with oils showing how a brush can be used to its full potential. Watch my painting technique played out with accompanying instrumental music by Cambell and Green.
An explanation of a limited stroke painting of a rustic cottage in Belcarra Park, British Columbia. In this 37 stroke exercise, I give an insight on how to apply oil paint in various ways using a variety of brushes while verbalizing the choices I makes in order to render the cottage quickly. This video includes closeups of the Bayside cottage that inspired this painting as well as the book I wrote with the Passionate Outdoor Painters “Between Cottages”.
This is a demonstration of mixing primary colours into a range of secondaries and earth tones on location at the Belcarra Cottages.This is the limited pallete I use in the Belcarra Cottage Painting video.
This video shows an example of my plein air set up with portable easel and lightweight pachode box. I mention that all you need is a few primary colours that include a bright Yellow, Magenta, Cyan Blue, White and Umber. I kayak in with all these supplies into Belcarra Park and set up on a rocky shore with Bear Face Rock watching.
.An abstract study in oils painted on Galiano Island is transformed into an impressionistic painting inspired by the ocean. I offer a few tips on painting over an existing painting using opaque paints as well as adding highlights and a bright horizon line in the distance of the seascape. I hope to encourages others to be part of the scenery in lovely British Columbia through my paintings.
An expressive 16 x 20 abstracted landscape painted in 37 minutes on location as a study in oils. The windswept seashore of Galiano Island was the inspiration for this colourful expression which outlines methods of painting intuitively using various brushwork, colours and even a rubber texturing tool. All these were used to practice skills in painting both with transparent and soft passages as well as bold opaque brushwork to make a colourful abstract expression. I critique my piece mentioning the good things I look for in my work: “Repeated Patterns, Colour excitement and surprises, rhythm in the brush stroke and some rendering of the place or emotion”.
This 15 Minute Video on location at Beautiful Belcarra Park shows the counting of 37 brush strokes using oils to paint a plein air study of a rock that looks like a bear face. I outline my painting process of this painting exercise; this time using shells from adjacent tide-pools to count my strokes. How I quickly paint the ocean’s waves is also shown. Heightening colour and pushing darks are the focus of this outdoor painting exercise.
This 11 x 14 Plein Air painting study of a rock that looks like a bear face is a playful expression with oils to music by Cambell and Green. This video shows an alla prima painting process in fast motion and is a good example of a quick limited number of strokes painting.
This video exemplifies how to paint spontaneously and purposefully in an exercise in outdoor painting as outlined by the late Robert Genn. Stones were used in counting brush strokes and the artist’s thought process and specific painting techniques and colours are explained.
This short video features a fast motion of a Plein Air oil painting done with limited brush strokes with accompanying guitar music. Painting techniques can be viewed in fast motion while an interesting painting of the forest comes to life in just 37 strokes.
Here is a Plein Air painting done in the limited time of 37 minutes as an exercise outlined by the Late Robert Genn. It is filmed on location at Cypress Mountain Hollyburn Trail with a short explanation of the process and several painting tips. Laika, my long-coat German Shephard makes her debute as well.