Still hopeful that spring is just around the corner. The crocuses are blooming, the forsythia is getting ready, but it is still wet, windy and on the cool side. Promises for sunshine and warmer weather next week, so maybe we'll see this little guy in a tree...somewhere, maybe.
Back in Arbutus Land...this is a cheery little arbutus painting with wildflowers. We have an abundance of wildflowers in the summer, although on close inspection they might be mistaken as dandelions and weeds. Ever the optimist....
This is an 8x24" acrylic painting on stretched canvas. SOLD
This is another happy little back alley scene. I say 'happy' because that's what colour does for me. When I dream the scary dreams are always in black and white.....happy dreams are in colour. Just set me loose with a box of crayons and I will colour your world :}
There were definite signs of spring....walking through Davis Bay and my garden, snowdrops were poking their little heads out. Sigh...now we have six inches of February snow. Oh, well, I painted something with Valentine's Day in mind, and hopefully the snow will be gone in a few days and we'll be back to that lovely rain. I hope my snowdrop hasn't been squashed. There's one that pops its little head up in January, the rest follow suit in February. Huh. Snow...
I can remember scenes like this when I lived in Saskatoon and Edmonton. The weight of the snow pushing the branches down...running outside to shake the snow off the bushes, and getting awfully wet in the process.
Birds notwithstanding, I have painted the odd winter scene. I find it difficult to wrap my brain around a large scene, but smaller paintings seem to be manageable in 20 or 30 minute increments. This is an arbutus on a crisp, chilly morning.
This is a 24x8" acrylic painting on stretched canvas. SOLD
Another little chickadee painting for our Christmas Show at the gallery. I've actually started a couple of larger landscapes, but time to sit and paint large pieces isn't happening right now. So, chirpy little birds it is.
This is a 6x6" acrylic painting on deep canvas. SOLD
I've always loved colouring poinsettias. Every Christmas mom would give us a Christmas colouring book. Lots of holly, snowmen, angels and poinsettias. Poinsettias were the best. Guess I still get to colour them.
I was in Saskatoon this fall, and we had an early, surprise snow. It didn't last that long but I grabbed my cell and took some pictures of back lanes. We don't get snow that often on the Sunshine Coast, so I (almost) welcomed the chance to walk through the slushy snow :} Almost...
This is a 10x10" acrylic painting on deep canvas. SOLD
It has been a while since I've been at my easel. Finally managed to finish this scene from a photo I took in Pender Harbour some time ago (well, a few years ago). Felt more comfortable doing this painting in oil. I was happy with the end result. I've done the block-in on several other paintings and looking forward to spending a lot of time at my easel this fall and winter. Where on earth does the time go?
This has been hanging around the studio for some time. It just needed a little work to complete, so I finally dragged out my oils and finished it. I put it in a black drop-in frame which provides a nice contrast to the colourful roses.
This is a 16x16" oil painting on stretched canvas.
This is a photo I took last October from Porpoise Bay creek looking outwards. Lots of good views in the Provincial Park. The thing that caught my eye was the small blue pond reflecting the overhanging leaves, and just a bit of the sky. I also liked the dappled shade on the gravel bed.
This is an acrylic painting on 24x30" stretched canvas.
Sometimes you stand at your easel and the painting just seems to paint itself. Everything just flows from the brush to the canvas. This was not one of those paintings, but I was pleased with the end result anyway. I took the photo in the summer on the beach in Roberts Creek. I liked the shadow thrown on the boat house...the yellow canoe caught my eye, as did the colourful windsock, and the little yellow weathervane on the roof.
This is another 9x12" landscape with subdued evening colour. Everything's so pretty in the early evening when you have that soft pink light. And there's almost a hush in the air. Well, it felt like that to me. I went a bit poetic with the titles of these last two paintings, but, what the heck...SOLD
This is the other half of the diptych. Together they make a nice set, I think. I took the picture many years ago near Stony Plain, Alberta. It was a warm autumn day, and when I took the photo I figured some day it would make a painting...or in this case, two.
Back to work on a few BC landscapes. We had almost two weeks of lovely, sunny weather but now we're back to wild, woolly and wet. It gets dark very early these days. Glad I took a lot of photos so I can make good use of some down time.
This is a 15x30" acrylic painting on stretched canvas.
I'm rather behind with my posting and my painting, but will catch up now that summer is behind us and we're facing the rainy November season. Mind you, for the 1st of November, it's a glorious day out. This is a photo I took of a young girl at Katherine Lake. Lots of paintings to come from just one lovely day at Katherine Lake.
A good friend of mine went to Haida Gwaii this summer and took a ton of photos for me. I'm looking forward to making that trip myself one day. You talk about an area steeped in culture...well, this is it!
Here is another painting of Secret Beach, only looking away from the beach. I loved the cast shadows on the driftwood and the way the sunlight lit up part of the meadow. It was a pleasure to paint. This is for our next show at the end of the month. This is a 30x30" and I really enjoyed the larger format. I took a lot of photos this particular summer day, and I'm looking forward to painting all winter long.
One of my
paintings, Last Call, was featured in
the book of lecture transcripts of Her Highness Princess Takamado held at the
Osaka University of Arts, Japan.Consul
of Canada, Mr. Matthew Fraser was invited to lecture about Canada and its
culture. Of course, the entire book is in Japanese, but the pictures are pretty. SOLD
I'm busy painting the studio, so not much time for any other painting. I finished this little guy for the new show. We had some nice wave action at Davis Bay when I took this photo - just right for a boogie board. This young boy was making the most of the water. Bit of a cheeky lad. SOLD
I have these amazing Casablanca lilies in the perennial border, and I've always wanted to paint them. I enjoyed playing with the shadow colours, and loved the way the petals curl on the flowers. These were actually quite challenging, particularly since most of the large canvas is white, but think it came together quite nicely. Wish I could have captured their amazing scent!
This is another spot at Katherine Lake, just a bit beyond the place where I did the previous painting. The water lilies and the reflection in the water caught my eye, and all those lovely brambles in the water. A warm, sunny day. I can almost hear the insects humming.
This is an 18x24 acrylic painting on stretched canvas. SOLD
This was an absolutely lovely day we spent at Katherine Lake last summer. This is a little offshoot pond with grasses, reed, water lilies and even a few resident turtles, although I didn't see any when I took my photos. Still, good memories, and lots of good photos to translate into paintings.