Dots and Dashes

Latest

Fireweed

I spent the summer touring Alaska by motorcycle. This year and last were a tough couple of years for forest fires, thousands of acres burned but much of it was so remote no suppression efforts were made. The year after the fire has been through the burn areas fill with fushia coloured fireweed, it’s a beautiful, colourful landscape . That’s what inspired this 9″x12″ oil on canvas board.

Fireweed hd final 1

An Epic Journey

I’ve been a bit negligent with the upkeep of this blog however for good reason, I put my art work on the back burner and devoted the summer to a long sought destination…the Arctic Ocean in Northern Alaska by motorcycle. It was an incredible journey to a unique part of the continent filled with warm people, cool temperatures and thousands of miles of gravel road adventures. I can’t help but think that some essence of Alaska will find it’s way into my paintings, for now here are a few pictures of the trip of my lifetime.

Salmom Glacier, 22 miles of ice winding through the mountains.
IMG_1505

Top of the World Highway, spectacular remote views.
IMG_1589

Near McCarthey, southeast Alaska, my campsite beside the glacial river.
IMG_1644

Top of the Atigun Pass after climbing off the north slope and leaving the tundra behind.<a
IMG_1935

Prudhoe Bay, end of the Haul Road north, where the cold winds blow in off the Arctic Ocean and the sun shines at midnight.
IMG_1911

Celebrating a trip to the Artic Ocean with a beer in Coldfoot Alaska.
IMG_1942

Pukaskwa November SOLD

A small oil capturing the change from fall to winter on the shores of Lake Superior, cold yet beautiful and it’s found a new home on the north shore.

 

.November wc_1254_edited-1

Shapes, sizes and Age

One of the attractions of life drawing is the variation of models that offer to pose for the group, all sizes, shapes and age make for a new venue on a regular basis. This model was exceptionally tall and slender and another opportunity to portray the human figure. The first 2 are the same pose just different media and technique.

Lindsay 3 hd

Lindsay 2 hd

Lindsay hd

Manatee Migration over Sanibel

We occasionally bump into pods of manatee while out in the kayaks, big, lumbering and a little shy, it’s always a treat to float motionless amongst them as they go about feeding on the sea grass. This is pen and ink with watercolour and a bit of a stretch on reality…I can just imagine them migrating like geese in formation above the gulf coast of Florida (Sanibel Island and the causeway), airborne blimps.

Manatee Migration hd

Crab Culture, Merit award, BIG Arts Founders Gallery, Sanibel Island

A couple of crabs from a different perspective, these guys walk funny, look funny and are fun to watch. Oil 9″x12″

crab culture hd

Two Palms – Captiva SOLD

Joined a plein aire paintout group at a small chapel located in a clearing just feet from the ocean on Captiva Island, a good mix of sun and shade led to this piece, a small 9″x12″ oil.

2 Palms hd