Archive for August, 2009

Espresso Cup


Oil on Linoleum  13″x 13″ This is a quick study of a very shiny espresso cup in a very strangely lit setting.  It is very rough and I didn’t try and hide my brush strokes in the least.  I like the effect of the linoleum showing through in the background, even though it was unintentional. […]

Woodcut Prints


I was looking at some japanese woodcuts a while ago and tried my hand at doing some simple prints. The amount of detail and accuracy which woodcut artists can achieve is incredible. I spent quite a bit of time trying to depict simple objects in one colour, and had limited success.  Some very intricate prints can have […]

                                                Here is a series of small 5″x 6″ oil paintings that are almost entirely  composed of shades of black and white.  Painting in this style is quite interesting and presents some challenges. Because […]

Oil on canvas 15″x 19″ This is an old painting that I rediscovered today. It was inspired in part by the styles of Van Gogh, especially the cross-hatched backgrounds.  Oil paints have much more depth than any acrylic I have seen or used.

35″x45″ Acrylic on canvas This work is composed of  588 squares created by palette knife. I based the design on a detail of a previous painting.  It was really hard to maintain the regularity  of the squares, but I think I did a decent job. Application could have been easier if paper was used instead of canvas.

I have always been fascinated with the art of Bonsai, so I decided to give it a try.  I found 2 small Japanese Maples in the garden and planted them in a Bonsai pot I happened to have around the house. Trees grow really slowly, as I quickly found out, so I decided to add grass as […]

Pastel Squares


Just experimenting with shades of red and yellow. Used metal pallet knife for application. Trial for large painting. Acrylic on Board 17″x 22″