This painting hangs in the Great House of Duke's Plantation

Friday, March 16, 2012

Goodbye for another year, from My Bajan Gallery

Well dear friends its time for mamma and I to return home to Canada.  But,  before we go, I decided to post these two pictures from within my gallery.  Thank you to all our dear friends who have visited our gallery, and enjoyed tea with us and talked about art and life and whatever else.  I also thank the purchasers of my Bajan art. I have seen them hanging on the walls of homes in Barbados and feel honoured to think that you should join my family of art friends.

And, for the many people who visit this website, I thought I would end this winter's stay in Barbados by showing you a couple of walls within our Gallery to give you an idea of how nice one of my works would look on your wall.

Lynda and I welcome visitors to our gallery - but  visits are done by private arrangements, after we are contacted by email  and we have talked on the phone.  This makes the art experience personal.

In 2013,  I will be taking students who paint in acrylics, and even going out into Barbados, to paint on location.  Sounds like fun? Send an email to arrange for a place. My price in Canada is $25 per session but this is subject to change.

Until then - with all our best wishes

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Rocks in the Soup Bowl

This painting catches the power of the wind and sea along the Atlantic Coast of Barbados.  The Soup Bowl is the part of the Atlantic near the village of Bathsheba.  This is another painting in my style of integrating land and sea.  Barbados is a small island, and life on the land is interdependent on the surrounding Atlantic and Caribbean seas.

$1,000 US
$2,000 Bds

Caribbean Sunset

The setting sun lights up this mount with its golden hues. Is it St Lucia, or Dominica, or another Island paradise?
This little watercolour touches the heart of those who have an intimate knowledge and love for the the beauty of the West Indies.

gloss finish - no need for glass
$120.00 US
$240.00 Bds

Free Spirit

I had fun painting Free Spirit. If  you take a good look at it, I will walk you through the mechanics of what makes this painting interesting.  First of all, take a look at the sky in the left side.  It flows into the trees and if you follow the movement you will eventually come to the tree trunk on your left side. Let your eye go down the trunk, and into the roots and into the shadows.  If you look up the waterline you will return to the sky.  See how I painted this as a great circle.  

Now look at the little boy who sits on top of the boat.  I have arranged the people standing in a triangle below the boy and this is like an arrowhead which points in his direction.

This is another story painting.  Its called Free Spirit, but whatever story you think lies behind this work is yours for the making.

stretched canvas
$1,000 US
$2,000 Bds

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Old Sugar Factory

This old abandoned sugar factory caught my wife's fancy and she asked if I would paint it for her.
It was a challenge for I didn't wish it to look as grim as it appeared. Deterioration, ruined equipment, rust and decay was everywhere. So, with a little magic I gave it a higglety pigglety appearance and added some colour to the mix to give it some vitality.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Bringin in da Cane 2

Bringin' in da Cane, is the story from the Barbados of long ago. Here we see a cane worker, taking his, donkey pulled wagon of cane, down Cherry Tree Hill to the Morgan Mills, plantation windmill.
If you enjoy art, you will enjoy some of my techniques in this work.  Go ahead, follow the line of sunlit grasses from the top of the knoll into the painting. The reddish tones on the right come to an end with donkey driver who wears red trousers.  I brought the sunlight down from the right side of the work and dropped it onto the road around the donkey cart.  Cherry Tree Hill is one of Barbado's visual highlights.

size: 24x30
stretched canvas
$1,000 US

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Napolean's Head Atlantic Coast, Barbados

This local formation has several  names; Napolean's Cap, Napolean's Hat and even Napolean's Head.

Speaking personally, I opt for the last name. The small cropped picture on the right gives good reason to see why this is likely the most accurate name of the the three.

 The mount, is located along the Atlantic Coast of Barbados, near Barclay's Park. 'The Head',  is painted in violet, ochre, cadmium orange, burnt sienna, and titanium white.  All in all, it blends into a beautiful visual celebration of colour.

stretched canvas
$1,000 US
$2,000 Bds

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Gone Fishing

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Gone Fishing counts among my best watercolours.  Its fluid and lively and full of local colour.

framed and matted
gloss finish - no glass needed
$120 US
$240 Bds

Shoulder to Shoulder

Shoulder to Shoulder is one of the most photographed scenes in Barbados.  Its located in the soup bowl of Bathsheba.

This little watercolour is full of energy.

framed and matted
glossy finish - no glass required
$120 US
$240 Bds

Home is Where the Heart Is

Sad is the heart of the Caribbean emigrant who leaves behind an old mother and travels abroad to a cold northern country.  Here we find the old one, returning from visiting, or from the Christian Mission Church or from shopping at Eddy's in Speightstown.

gloss treated
framed - no glass needed
$120 US
$240 Bds

There Was a Crooked Man

This playful little watercolour comes framed and in finished condition.

$120 US
$240 Bds
glossy coated surface, glass not needed.
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St. Albans Church, Reed's Beach. 2012

St Alban's Church, Thunder Bay, Barbados
14.5" x 30"
Sorry, but this work has been sold.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Hurry Home Baby

Go ahead - create the story behind this painting.  I enjoyed painting this work for it traces its beginnnings to a watercolour I did a couple of years ago.  This work has everything the watercolour lacked. It has dramatic lighting, colour, strength and a good story to make it complete.

size 18x24
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Price: $600 US - this painting is getting a lot of attention.
$1,200 Bds

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Spinnakers Aflame

Spinnakers Aflame
All sails set as these two sailboats catch the trade winds and ride the Caribbean waves.  The beauty of full blown colourful spinnakers warms the heart of every sailor at heart. This work drips with water.  Look at the sky.its like looking through wet glasses.

framed with glass
$120 US
$240 Bds