For me, a day on the west coast of Vancouver Island is usually a grand adventure out on the trails, through the trees and across the beaches. And yes, more often than not, a rainy one too. But when the sun is shining, it is absolutely glorious!
Here is a miniature painting I did of a day spent on the beautiful west coast, titled: “Summer Shore” (measuring a tiny 1.75 x 4.25 inches in size), painted with acrylic on art board.
I’m very pleased to share that Peninsula Gallery in Sidney BC is opening their new show today! I have six miniature paintings in the show, along with many beautiful works created by several gallery artists. Here are the details below, and you are most welcome to visit the gallery or view the show online
As promised, our gallery’s door is officially reopening today
Saturday June 6 at 10am!
You can visit our gallery just as before, we allow maximum 8 people to be in the gallery at any given time, you can also watch a short video of a walk through of the gallery or browse through all new arrivals on our website on Event page.
Some of my tiniest miniature paintings, these eight little pieces were done for a show a few years ago, and when I can go out treasure hunting again, I hope to find more of these little antique frames. Each tiny painting measures approximately 2 x 1.5 inches in size, all are painted with acrylic on hardboard.
Painting the landscape in such a small format offers a good challenge technically, as well as visually. My hope is that each painting presents itself as a tiny portal to another place offering a glimpse, if you will, of something lovely.
These two miniature paintings are from the Englishman River area near Parksville BC, a terrific spot for a cool break on a hot day, or a hike in the woods. I’ve been working through a series of paintings featuring this lovely area, and “Englishman River” is a very similar sister painting to one I did in January.
I’d have to say that painting river rocks with moving water, or still water, in fact – any kind of water – is my favourite subject to paint. I’m looking forward to the beautiful parks in my area opening again so I can revisit these wonderful landscapes, both in the moment, and later in the studio.
Englishman River (5.25 x 1.5 inches) with coin for scale. Acrylic on art board.
Englishman River (5.25 x 1.5 inches). Acrylic on art board.
Englishman River Falls (5.25 x 1.5 inches), with coin for scale. Acrylic on artboard.
Englishman River Falls (5.25 x 1.5 inches). Acrylic on art board.
In this extremely challenging time, I’m deeply grateful more than ever to lose myself in a beautiful landscape, if only with my paintbrush for the time being. Over the last twenty years I have taken thousands of photos, always hoping for a few gems, to use as reference for my miniature paintings. And with the creation of each painting, I can again visit the place where I was first inspired to pause and enjoy the beauty of the landscape.
I hope that sharing these paintings will offer some little bit of joy to others as well, even if just a brief respite from the difficulties we are facing.
Forest Meadow (3 x 2 inches), acrylic on art board, with coin for scale.
Forest Meadow (3 x 2 inches), acrylic on art board.
Peaceful Shore (2 x 3 inches), acrylic on art board.
These two miniature paintings are a part of the 28th annual show: The Art of the Miniature XXVIII, presented by the Snow Goose Gallery in Bethlehem, PA. The show features an incredible selection of miniature artwork, and can be viewed on-line.
Spring is “springing” here on Vancouver Island, and the sun is shining through the window, a simple pleasure for which I am deeply grateful. And though I’m staying home these days, my imagination is free to wander and take my paint brush with it.
Last summer, I took a walk along the Englishman River Estuary, near Parksville BC, and found this obliging bench to sit on, and just relax, and enjoy the view!
“A Good Place to Sit” (2.25 x 3.5 inches), acrylic on art board. This miniature painting features the lovely Englishman River Estuary near Parksville, BC.
I’m pleased to share that my miniature paintings will now be available at Excellent FrameWorks – EJ Hughes Gallery! The gallery is moving into a new space located at 115 Kenneth St. in Duncan BC. You can also visit the gallery online to keep up with their latest news, shows and events. Looking forward to it!
Summer Walk (1.5 x 5.25 inches), acrylic on art board.
A Good Place to Sit (2.25 x 3.5 inches), acrylic on art board.
A Good Place to Sit (2.25 x 3.5 inches), acrylic on art board, with coin to show scale.
Sometimes I like to paint little people, or tiny creatures, into my landscapes. In this miniature painting titled “Tidal Pool”, the sharp-eyed observer will see that there are 10 tiny starfish lazing about on the rocks, some orange, some purple.
This painting is of a scene from Schooner Cove, near Tofino BC, on Vancouver Island.
“Tidal Pool” (3.5 x 2.5 inches), acrylic on art board.