Realistic Paintings page 2 of 2
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I live on a small gulf island on the Pacific west coast of Canada just north of Sidney BC. There is always something with my view and after 20 plus years, I've never seen the water or sky look the same twice! Richly colored sunrises and sunsets, tremendous winter storms, calm lake-like waters, passing boats or pods of orca whales.
Naturally I like to show this wonderful place to the world with my paintings and sometimes it's just best said using a realistic style of painting.
Description & Pricing
Original acrylic paintings on gallery wrapped canvas $ as marked
giclee on 28x38 gallery wrapped canvas $439 (enhanced with acrylic)
giclee on 16x20 gallery wrapped canvas $195 (enhanced with acrylic)
limited edition giclee on paper, 16x20 double acid-free mat $99
Original acrylic on canvas paintings are made with the best artist grade, light fast pigments available and can be hung in brightly lit areas. The painting extends over to finish the edges so framing is optional. My 30 x 40" originals weigh a mere 2 1/2lb (less than a cup of coffee) so hanging is simple and easy using conventional picture hooks.
Please note that as some of the image is on the edge, the face dimensions are reduced accordingly. 30x40” = 28x38” and 18x22” = 16x20”
Original paintings always look more impressive in real life than on the internet. Your satisfaction is important to me. If you are not completely happy with your purchase, I will naturally refund 100% of your sale.
Acrylic giclée prints on canvas look very similar to original paintings and are the best type of reproductions available today. They have a waterproof acrylic finish and a special mirrored edge treatment that simulates the painted edge of the original works so are ready to hang as is.
Giclees on paper are supplied with a double acid free mat and foam backing board. All you need is a common 16x20" frame.
Mat options are:
silver gray with dark blue inner mat - nice traditional look. A mid to dark colored frame looks best
dark blue on dark blue - dramatic and bold look, very powerful. Best with a light colored metal or wood frame.
white on white - traditional gallery choice, classy and elegant. Goes with all decors. Best with a mid to medium dark frame.
Long Beach on Vancouver Island is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike. This forest located between Ucluelet and Tofino is a typical example of the rain forests in this region. Early morning fog often begins the day along this part of the coast then quickly "burns off" before the morning ends. It is a quiet and most inviting time.
Streaks of sunlight filtering through the branches invite the viewer to follow along this pathway and to the beach a short distance away.
Hollyhock is a wonderful retreat centre on the picturesque coast of Cortes Island, BC (near Campbell River). It hosts a number of personal development workshops throughout the year although may folks come just to enjoy the peace and tranquility.
There are many places on this large acreage to rest or just find some precious quiet time for yourself. This chair and arbutus tree is on the beach which has a view of the Coastal Mountain range in the background. After studying the finished painting for a long time, I decided to call it "No Cell Phones". Aaaaah, wouldn't that be nice if only for a weekend!
I've always lived near the ocean in the Victoria area and have a never ending appreciation for the way of life it offers. Vessels like the Melville, Santa Rita and the Sea Span Rocket are great examples of real working boats. Their designs and on board equipment reflect a no-nonsense approach to their business, earned from many years of experience.
Nearly everyone visiting Victoria BC discovers the "Inner Harbour" because it frames the famous tourists destinations of the Empress Hotel and the Parliament buildings. This waterway becomes the "Upper Harbour" when it crosses under the Johnston Street bridge. The viewpoint is from the Canoe Club looking towards Vic West. In the distant far left is the Songees condo development.
There are many wonderful scenic trails along the rugged coast of Vancouver Island. Mystic Beach located off the road between Jordan River and Port Renfew on the south coast is one of the best. A beautiful quiet and easy walk along a wide soft and leafy path makes one quickly forget about the rat race.
Chloe is a classic british bulldog- a face full of wrinkles, protruding teeth, saggy jowls and real attitude! Enough looks to make even the toughest bugler think twice!
Beneath the intimidating facade, is a cute happy-go-lucky puppy who is friendly, alert and bubbly. We took many photos of her to catch this bright side (a few shown above).
However her disdain for being restrained for the camera invariably resulted in a Churchillian scowl lacking only a stubby cigar! None of the resulting 20 or more photos were "perfect" but that's where the art comes in. I perked up the ears and opened up her right eye (left in image) to put Chloe in one of her better moods.
Needless to say if you've ever been to LaManzanilla Mexico, you will know of Scottie! A fabulous all around guitar player who is everywhere! Weather playing relaxing solos for the dinner crowd, screaming out 60's rock at Palapa Joe's or jamming' with someone he hardly knows, he is in his element.
Scottie lives in Powell River BC and spends the winter in this remote west coast town.
Casa Maguey know locally as Helga's House, is a wonderful place in LaManzanilla Mexico. Full of tropical flowers and colorful architecture, it is an inspiring place to visit. Painting subjects are everywhere!
A short boat ride from our home is Moresby Island. It is a near pristine piece of paradise and a favorite place for Patti and I to picnic. One special element of this location is the shore is only about 100' of this skinny mound looking east or west!
The area has many trails, most leading to or along the waters edge which are mostly used by the resident sheep.
There is a raw uncluttered beauty to a Japanese rock garden that evokes a sense of piece and tranquility. I wanted to convey the same uncluttered beauty with this coastal scene, so resisted the temptation to add trees and birds or a passing watercraft.
The deep foreground colors and distant light, invites you in. This painting will add space to a small room or be a wonderful accent to a larger space.
Just north of Port Hardy and part of the famous "inside passage", this fishing camp is located in one of the most pristine natural areas of the world. Ardent fishermen often arrive by float plane to enjoy some of the best salmon fishing around.
Inspired by a sea side pathway near Cordova Bay this painting captures a glimpse of the local garden beauty Victoria is famous for. A small bench invites you to rest a spell and admire the view of the distant gulf islands.
LaManzanilla is a picturesque sea side town located about a 4 hour bus ride south of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Quietly fabulous, after a month long holiday Patti and I were smitten by the beautiful beach, friendly people and the small real Mexican restaurants and shops just seconds from our door. Within days it seemed we knew so many kind folks that we felt we had been going there for years!
This wonderful home punched on a natural outcrop of rock is Helga's house, who offers rental accommodation. When I saw this beautiful home bathed in warm sunlight, I was drawn to it like a moth. As I drew closer, the old wooden fishing boats begged to be included. Then I noticed one of the boats was even named Victoria! That did it.
One of the "most fun" restaurants in LaManzanilla Mexico, Palapa Joe's is well known for it's music. The Lounge Lizards in the painting- (Dan on the harmonica and Willy on bass guitar- who is also the proprietor) can be enjoyed jamming together several times per week. Every two weeks they have Open Mike where amateur and professional musicians on their vacation can join them for some impromptu fun. Old rock, to jazz, to country, Celtic and folk. Anything goes!
Before I start a new painting I always first ask myself- "why am I wanting to paint this?" That frees me up to choose an appropriate style. The loose informal attitude of the Lounge Lizards jamming inspired me to create this piece in a visual style that mirrors that feeling.
This is my second painting of the trail to Mystic Beach. One just wasn't enough, it is too beautiful! It is located off the road between Jordan River and Port Renfew on the south coast of Vancouver Island and is one of the best walking trails around. A beautiful quiet and easy walk along a wide soft and leafy path makes one quickly forget about jobs. I particularly liked the inviting sunlit area in the distance set against the dark and noble old growth forest. A not too inviting winter storm smashed down dozens of giant Fir and Hemlock trees recently, paving the way for new growth of light-loving fauna.
The day I took the original photos, a young couple were having a formal wedding on the beach. We actually followed the white clothed bride-to-be and her formally dressed father along the path for a while. A poetic charming mixture that echoed the forest trail itself.
Fishing boats leaving port for a day of fishing.
Long Beach is a wonderful pristine ocean setting along the rugged west coast of Vancouver Island BC
Watching the eagles come home for the evening. Knapp Island near Swartz Bay BC
Two old fishing boats on the shore near Sidney BC
30" x 40" acrylic on canvas, $ sold
(prints not available)
This is a hidden gem of a park-like setting in Sidney BC. I fell in love with this place as soon as I saw it and I think Rembrandt would have loved it too for all the wonderful golden light.
The area is actually called Resthaven and I knew immediately that would have to be the paintings name.
30" x 40" acrylic on canvas, $ sold
(16x20 prints available)
BC is filled with numerous streams and rivers which are forever changing. Fall can be particularly nice as the various deciduous trees speckle the landscape and waterways with gold and red. They tend to pile up along the river edges and banks creating rich outlines of glorious color.
River Gold was inspired by Goldstream Park near Victoria.
Sunset painting near Sidney BC
This painting has a wonderful blue tint that is tranquil and restful. A great piece for the office or den.
The original watercolor was selected to be on the front cover of Images Of Canada. It has an easy to look at balance of warm earth tone leaves set against complementary gutted blues and greens of background foliage.
This looks great with a cherry or oak frame.
This is an original watercolor inspired by the fishing fleet at Fisherman's Wharf in James Bay, Victoria BC. It was done with a spontaneous gesture style to mirror the chaotic sky full of ships masts and complex rigging.
With conventional matting the painting would become a standard 16x20 so could be easily framed.