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.
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.
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.
A couple of crabs from a different perspective, these guys walk funny, look funny and are fun to watch. Oil 9″x12″
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.
Pukaskwa National Park on Lake Superior has a variety of beaches, some piled high with driftwood, some pebble beaches and some with multi coloured brown sands. This beach was made up of copper coloured sand which gave it a warm glow as the shadows lengthened. Oil 9″x12″
An oil 48″ x 30″, sunset over the trees with the last rays just catching the fields of grass. The focal point is the field of poppies leading into the distance so little detail went into the barns perched over the valley.