“The Saloon Awakens”

“The Saloon Awakens”

This digital painting started as a concept idea I had of a cowboy in town for the Saloon opening up. Created in Procreate 5.2 and with the Apple pencil, it used about 11 brushes, 10 layers and 12-14 hours work. This painting accompanies the other two in my western series.

“Silent Knight and Friend”

This digital painting started as a concept idea I had of a Knight with his trusty Wolf in front on his castle grounds. Created in Procreate 5.2 and with the Apple pencil, it used about 17 brushes, 22 layers. This fantasy painting was once again a concept I had based on a dream I had.

“The Forest Surprise”

This digital painting combines my interest in old buildings and old growth forests. It was created using 2-3 reference photos for inspiration.

I used Procreate 5.2 and Apple pencil. This 18” X 24” image took 7 hours and I used 13 brushes designed for foliage. I also experimented with layer styles and blending. I painted custom green /blue water for the mill and waterponds.

Recent Painting — The Japanese Sentinel

“The Japanese Sentinel”

This digital painting started as a concept idea I had of a stream in Japan, watched over by a stone monument. I used a couple photos for reference. Created in Procreate 5.2 and with the Apple pencil, it used about 14 brushes, 16 layers and 13-15 hours work.

Japanese gardens are one of my favourite themes to paint. The lush foliage, the combination of stone, waterfalls, moss, trees and twisted tree trunks and bark make them fun to paint.

The Sentinel I based this on was on the stone monument but I added the tree above it as a last minute addition to balance the painting. The tree was based on a picture I took of an Arbutus tree from my hometown of Victoria, BC. The waterfall was placed on purpose to flow from top right diagonally across the image but tie-in with the stone monument.

Fall Artists Update – Nov 20, 2021

“Japanese Garden Of Plenty”

This garden digital painting was inspired by 4 different reference photos. The image was created in Procreate 5.2 and with the Apple Pencil. I used over 34 different brushes, when I normally use half as many. This image took about 12 hrs of digital painting. It’s about 17” X 17” in size. This was started about 14 months ago. When it started snowing today, I ended up finishing.

** I have been resurrecting old paints that I started a while ago and finally finishing them. This is why I paint cowboys one minute, then old cars, and then Japanese gardens.

“Jerry Garcia Lives Again”

I painted this digital painting for my brother David. He has always been a huge fan of Jerry Garcia, of the band “The Grateful Dead”. Painted in Procreate 5 with Apple pencil, I spent about 11 hrs on this using textures and custom brushes I built in the brush editor.

I started with 3 different concepts of Jerry based on images of Jerry in concert settings over the years. The images I used for simply reference images to get a sense of the character and personality of the singer / creative artist that Jerry was. Again, this was a challenging but fun painting to create!

“Spectacular Open Road Memory”

This image was painted digitally from a picture a friend posted recently. The car was wonderful and I painted it in a mountain setting (background). The car itself is placed (in my painting) on a salt flat. This car is a 1929 Dusenberg Model J. I started with a photoshopped image brought into Procreate 5.2, using Apple pencil. Its got 12 layers of texture, uses both watercolour and oil brushes. An experiment to say the least.

“Rocky Westcoast – Gulf Islands”

This sketch started yesterday morning and finished last night at midnight. This  digital painting (created in Procreate 5.2 and Apple pencil) was inspired by my many trips to Piers Island as a child and teenager in Victoria, BC. The trees in this image were quite new, but the old growth forest was in the background.

This image is 11” X 17” in size, about 23 layers of detail and used about over 25 different brushes. Fun to paint!

“Rocky Westcoast – Gulf Islands”

This sketch started yesterday morning and finished last night at midnight. This  digital painting (created in Procreate 5.2 and Apple pencil) was inspired by my many trips to Piers Island as a child and teenager in Victoria, BC. The trees in this image were quite new, but the old growth forest was in the background.

This image is 11” X 17” in size, about 23 layers of detail and used about over 25 different brushes. Fun to paint!

“Forgotten Relic” – Squamish, B.C.

This painting was inspired by a photo my younger brother (David Currie – Artist) took in Squamish, B.C. this fall. Based on his photo I painted this rendition of the old car, hidden away in the bushes. This painting was created in Procreate 5.2, using some of the new brush features. I used 100% watercolour brushes on this painting.  It was made up of about 32 layers and is about 16” X 16” in size.

This image will go well with my old car paintings that I have recently created. I plan to make prints and some canvas special editions. Thanks to David for use of his reference photo. Visit his site at www.CurrieArtworks.com 

New Sheriff In Town — New Artwork

This painting was started 2 months ago and was created in Procreate 5 with Apple pencil. It is 16” X 24” in size and took about 16-18 hours to complete. I used 4 different reference photos. The hardest part was painting the Sheriff on the horse. The brushes used were all custom texture brushes that I bought and collected since about January 2021. In order to create good looking paintings, a big part is the brushes you use. I have a series of paintings in this “Western Series” that I hope to complete soon