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Monday, June 25, 2007

Castles Made of Sand

Here I am building sandcastles at the beach. This a favorite summer past time. I have come to this place on and off for over 40 years. Sauble Beach, Ontario on the base of the Bruce Peninsula of Lake Huron is quiet and little changed in all that time. This beach has it all, sand dunes, a long gradual incline into the water and great rolling breaker during the storm. Spectacular sunsets in the peaceful evenings.

This is 5" x 7" oil on canvas.

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At 2:38 PM, Blogger Lori said...

You have winner here! Its perfect!

At 5:51 PM, Blogger "van Vliet" Art Blog said...

A few other comments from email. Thank you all for your continued comments. I value each and every one.

"Dear Gordon, the painting is great!!!!!!! Judy p.s. i'm sorry i couldn't
figure out how to send the blog."

"Wow !!! This is a real beauty!
Absolute wonderful!
I am impressed also by the size of it.
What size brush did you use?

"Hi Gordon,

This is by far my favorite of the paintings I have seen :-)

Thanks for keeping us posted.

Best regards,
$ Rosemary (and Bill)"

At 2:42 AM, Blogger Leslie Sealey said...

This is one of your best so far! The color, lighting, and good drawing all work together to make this a believable and interesting painting.

At 1:29 PM, Blogger "van Vliet" Art Blog said...

Lori, glad you like it. Maybe One day I will build some castles in Florida where the palm trees wave in the tropical breeze. :)

Leslie, thank you. You have named some of the goals that I strive for in my work. Fun too!

At 12:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gordon, this figure is very gestural and the treatment of the hand is especially masterful. The flesh tones are so convincing, even though it's from a photo. And the detail is beautifully done, even on this fairly rough canvas. It's wonderful. K. L.

At 12:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gordon...nice work... Love the feeling of light! Mike B.

At 12:32 PM, Blogger "van Vliet" Art Blog said...

Leslie - Thank you for coming by to give me your thoughts. I always appreciate hearing from you.

KL, thank you for your thoughtful comments. Your work is some I will begin to enjoy.

Mike B. - Thank you for your comment as well. I enjoy all your work everyday.

At 4:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gordon, You are really getting very good. Keep it up and I want your first real good nude. NOT OF YOURSELF..... See you soon. D.O.

At 4:32 PM, Blogger "van Vliet" Art Blog said...

Too funny Mr. D. I will endeavor to do that, and don't worry, I couldn't get too excited of staring into a mirror and painting that image. I would need a bit more inspiring view. :)

At 3:29 PM, Blogger Digital Scott's illustrationblog said...

Many great painting here, but I especially like this one. The man's shirt is very beautiful.

At 11:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love this one! Your work is more beautiful all the time. JB

At 11:33 AM, Blogger Shelly said...

You've been busy since my last visit! This is my favorite so far. Nice work!!

At 11:00 AM, Blogger Colette Savage said...

This painting gives me a true sense of how you feel about this very special place, and for me that's what painting is all about. Great job technically speaking, too.


At 8:05 PM, Blogger A Man Called Peter said...

Never knew you could paint so well Gordon, but then again, 40 years has gone by since your family and mine got together often.

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