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Driftwood

Driftwood

Recently I have been depicting scenes of driftwood piled up along the shores of the Sunshine Coast, using conte on laid paper to build up areas of varied tone while avoiding outlines around the shapes. This technique gives a glimmering, ghostlike effect ...
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Forest Scene

Forest Scene

This forest scene near Roberts Creek is painted in black and white gouache on paper prepared with quinacridone gold acrylic paint ...
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Sculpture in Van Dusen Gardens

Sculpture in Van Dusen Gardens

Chris Booth's sculpture at the west end of Van Dusen Gardens in Vancouver is called "Transformation Plant" and consists of a ring of stone slabs propped up by wood supports. As the wood rots, the slabs will gradually subside over several decades. Meanwhile the young tree planted in the centre ...
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Morning Coffee

Morning Coffee

Two people sitting at nearby tables at Granville Island Public Market, sketched from the balcony ...
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Dionisio Park Sandstone

Sandstone Galleries

The sandstone rocks on the shores of the Gulf Islands are eroded into wave-like forms, and also pitted with irregular holes. These natural sculptures offer an intriguing artistic subject, which I have explored with black conte pencils on student grade watercolour paper--not the best for painting, but great as a surface ...
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Endgame 2

Chess Endgames

The game of chess has plenty of visual drama, perhaps most of all when it reaches the endgame. The field is cleared for the final contest, but stalemate is always possible if a king is cornered and cannot move without putting itself in check. These two pictures show two of ...
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False Creek Houseboats

False Creek Houseboats

This picture was drawn outdoors on 22 April as part of an Urban Sketchers Meetup at Granville Island. Choosing a gap between houseboats rather than a single individual one, I used a soft graphite pencil (9B) on laid paper, varying the pressure to create darker or lighter tone. The triangle ...
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Dance

Watercolour abstraction

Abstract art suggests for most people a large oil or acrylic canvas, but a smaller work in watercolour  has possibilities too. I am working on a series of pictures that express emotional buoyancy with an outburst of coloured shapes leaping up against a colour-contrasted background. The shapes are created by ...
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Horse and Cart

Horse and Cart

This drawing, made with black conte pencil on laid paper, is based on a still I obtained from a 1907 movie of scenes from Vancouver and Victoria streets, filmed from a streetcar. This empty dray, for carrying bulk goods, crossed the tracks just ahead of the streetcar. The conte strokes ...
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