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04-27-2015, 01:27 AM
I live in a strange town that is half olde England and half raw America. This painting shows part of the schizophrenia: it is part of a hiking trail that winds through the town, that is in parts just a rough path; but with little shots of civilization thrown at it. ("Nature, but not too natural as that would be impertinent.")

These steps, for example, are lit by old globe lampposts that always make me think of the entrance to Narnia -- and I feel as if I will step into another world when I take them up up up to Roslyn Avenue. I took a photo a couple of weeks ago when the blossoms were still going strong and had to try and capture The Narnia Steps.

That is not a faun on the park bench.

18 x 24" on canvasboard

C&C welcome & helpful.


Charlie's Mum
04-27-2015, 06:04 AM
Wow Colin, I can't help but think how far you've travelled since joining us! Technique, style - all ways artistically!
I like this impressionistic piece - really good comp and nicely painted.

04-27-2015, 07:19 AM
A beautiful painting of a lovely spot, well executed......and I like the fact that you included Howard sitting on the bench....:lol:


04-27-2015, 07:30 AM
Nice one Colin. I like reading your descriptions and giving us a look into your world. I think it is a lovely spot that I would like to visit.

04-27-2015, 08:18 AM
I agree with all of the above!

04-27-2015, 09:26 AM
Very nice, Colin.

You have a lot of good things going on there.

04-27-2015, 11:00 AM
Very nice!

chammi kaiser
04-27-2015, 11:46 AM
Goodness Colin, you are just getting better and better. I really like the colours and brush strokes in this one.

04-27-2015, 09:04 PM
Thanks Maureen - I am very humbled - All of your Paint A Longs and sage advice have been most helpful and I appreciate greatly the support. :)

Well thank you 'Blue - very kind. But that is not Howard unless he took a quick hop across the continent three weeks ago.

Patti - I told you to stop into town when you went through BC on the way to Alaska. Next time, hang a left at Montana and go due West til you hit Puget Sound. There's a Washington State Ferry from Anacortes to Sidney thru the San Juan Islands and then you arrive in Sidney, very close by us. Or scoot over the border and sail over via Tsawassen through the Gulf Islands.

Thanks Cindy! Thanks Cliff! Thank you Michelle. :wave:

Thank you Chammi - glad you like it.

04-28-2015, 01:49 PM
Colin...wow!! Very nice!!

04-28-2015, 06:30 PM
Nice work! Two of our sons live in Vic. When we were down last year for a visit, I took a photo of the Robert Bateman Center and I notice it has 5 globes on the lamp post. I also took enough paint subject photos to keep me painting until the cows come home...and we don't even have any cows!

Margaret 59
04-28-2015, 11:22 PM
Good one Colin!

04-28-2015, 11:54 PM

04-29-2015, 12:39 AM
Thanks Susan, Jon, Margaret and Msoshu. I appreciate you guys taking a look.

04-29-2015, 06:21 PM
Great craftsmanship. Love the colours x You got to love old england.

04-29-2015, 09:04 PM
Thank you, Joe. Yes we love old England here and are sometimes accused of being "more English than the English".

04-30-2015, 06:20 AM
I really like the pink and orange light

05-01-2015, 01:36 AM
Thank you very much Marion.

05-02-2015, 12:11 PM
Your work is really developing nicely, Colin!
I really like this one (where is the fawn hiding if that's not him on the bench??

05-03-2015, 11:11 AM
Thanks April. No faun, unfauntunately. :)

05-04-2015, 09:55 AM
Absolutely love this Colin! Love the leaves, the sky, and the path. Really nice work!

05-04-2015, 09:30 PM
Thanks a lot Darren.

05-04-2015, 09:47 PM
Colin: I love the broken color in this. Great job.

05-05-2015, 12:22 AM
Derek - hey thanks a lot!

05-05-2015, 12:26 AM
lovely and i do see the old posts.

05-05-2015, 07:33 PM
Great color work!, Well Done, Colin!

05-05-2015, 07:37 PM
Colin where's the lion??

05-06-2015, 12:45 AM
Thanks Jock and Eric.

April the artist is a Leo. :D

05-06-2015, 01:25 AM
Good job Colin. I am into the world of dragons, magic and other fantasy.

05-06-2015, 09:39 PM
Thanks a lot George. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe was a favourite read of mine at age 10. I still like a good fantasy novel. Guy Gavriel Kay is a current favourite.