Barkerville Blacksmith

Barkerville Blacksmith 20″ x 24″ oil on canvas  $1400.00
I’ve been working on this painting on and off for ages, and I finally put the finishing touches (i think) on it a few minutes ago. I was so anxious to share, I photographed it right away, and came down to the studio to upload it for y’all! If there’s anything that totally bugs you, or needs to be fixed…I appreciate and welcome constructive criticism, but for now, to me, I don’t see any doozies. That might change in a few hours, though, lol!
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“Miss Wendle~Barkerville” 16 x 20″ oil on canvas

Here’s another of the previously “undercover” Barkerville paintings. I really liked the challenge with this one. The wrinkles in her shirt, the lace of the curtains, and the wallpaper patterning all gave me quite the hassle, but overall, I’m pretty happy with the result, although the paint took on a weird sheen in the far left where the glare is. The photo has quite a glare on the left hand side from the sheen that’s not really there, though. I have to re-take all of my art photos now that I have the use of a good camera.

St. Saviour’s Anglican Church

“St. Saviour’s – Barkerville” 18″ x 24″ oil on canvas

Well, at this point my involvement in the Inside Barkerville project has been put on hiatus, my I now feel free to post some of the paintings I did for it. It consumed a lot of my time, and I finished a lot of work during that period. I am grateful for the experience, and the practice in illustration, but I doubt very much that I’ll go back to this exacting style of painting. Nevertheless, I did turn out a few good paintings, and this one was one of the most challenging. I don’t have much experience with buildings, and painting straight edges, and I am pleased with how it ended up.

Mr. Grimsby

“Mr. Grimsby” 8″x 10″ oil on canvas

This is one of the most memorable Barkerville characters, Mr. Grimsby. He does a great comedy skit at the waterwheel, as a miner selling his claim. I’ve had many laughs watching it. Dave, the guy who portrays Mr. Grimsby has been there since I was a child, and has one of the greatest, character-filled faces. I just had to paint him.

Barkerville Series in the Works

Frank at the King George 4″x 5″ value and color study

Well, I’ve decided I better come up with a “body of work”. I finally feel like my work is up to gallery standards, but so far I’ve been all over the map when it comes to style and subject matter. An important part of becoming professional is to develop a style, and a body of work to show to potential collectors and galleries, and so far I don’t have enough pieces that are related.

Last summer I was in Barkerville, this incredible old historical town near where I grew up that has been re-built to look like it originally was. My sister and I took a gazillion photos, and a few really nice people on Flickr gave me permission to use some of theirs for reference as well. It has great actors in period costumes that remain in character throughout the day. I want to pay tribute to this remarkable place, and the remarkable people who keep it going, by doing a series of paintings showing the people and the place. Sooooooo…….this will be my first “body of work”.

The King George Hotel is a great old building in Barkerville where you can actually spend the night in the historical townsite. This is the cat, Frank, who lives there.

Oh yeah…I almost forgot. We’re down to our last few days in Maui, and I have to pack up really soon. I won’t be able to post for a while, as it’s too late to start the new painting because the paint won’t be dry to pack it, and I’ll be en-route. I’ll be back in a week or two, as long as we still have some semblance of internet service when I get back to Bella Coola…sob…snow, rain, clouds, YUK!!