And a daze is what I'm in...we've been staining the sundeck and parts of the house for the last two weeks. Not as much fun as painting on canvas, and I'll be a happy camper when we're done. So, keeping it simple with daisies.
The hummingbirds are back in full force. This is just a perky little painting showing one at rest. I took a photo of a hummingbird hovering by the red tulips on the sundeck yesterday. Well, by the time I got my camera it was gone, of course, but I got a picture of the tulips and the light, so will keep that idea for later. SOLD
I have been somewhat remiss with uploading my files. I see further changes have been made to the blog. Sigh, I do wish they'd leave things alone once I've figured them out. Anyway, this is for our 5 Mile Challenge at the gallery. This was a picture I took of Chapman Creek, and I quite liked the way it turned out. This is a 20x20" canvas, which was a nice size to work on. I really will be more diligent and post my new paintings.
Hope everyone had a good Christmas. We did, and looking forward to a quiet New Year's Eve...then an active new year painting!
I've been working on a number of large paintings for the 2013 season. I am toying with buying a bunch of 5x7 and 6x8 canvasboards and doing more of the almost daily paintings. I'll seriously put this on my list of New Year's Resolutions. I've rather missed the small paintings. The struggle was coming up with new subjects, so this time I may focus on something like still life or floral.
Something to think about. Wishing everyone a happy, healthy, and prosperous new year.
I've always wanted to paint Molly's Reach, and this was for a challenge at the gallery. Not a lot of light because it was a rainy day. This took a while, and I had fun with the windows which show reflections of the diners. Next time I'll paint Molly's from a distance. SOLD
This is the sketch for After the Rain. There were so many straight lines in this painting...I don't like straight lines. Plus, it was a rainy day photo, so not much light, etc. I couldn't have managed all the lines without a graph.
Had a great time visiting my parents in Saskatoon. Now it's time to get some painting in. Been a busy summer so far. Lots of fun things to do, not the least of which is taking back control of my garden. It's gotten totally out of hand with overgrown perennials, chickweed, and clover. We've had some lovely, sunny weather and everything is growing like gangbusters. I understand better what indeterminate tomatoes are, as mine are close to 6' tall, I wish my sunflowers were as nice! SOLD
These terracotta pots were fun to paint. The shadows are a bit deeper in the painting. I couldn't quite match the colour in my program, but you get the idea. It reminds me of a hot summer day, with a bit of green relief.
The seeds I planted last week are breaking through the soil, but spring and summer seem a long way off, yet. It's still cool in the Pacific Northwest. Figured painting a few flowers would brighten the day. Worked for me :}
Took a photo of this little girl on Davis Bay beach. Davis Bay has the nicest beach around - actual sand instead of rocks. This little girl had her eye fixed on this big old seagull heading her way. Always a lot of activity there, and lots of good poses to capture. SOLD
This is a really neat old wooden boat I took a picture of in Gibsons Harbour. I thought it would be interesting to paint on an old bumpy canvas...what I didn't realize is that boats have lots of straight lines, and straight lines don't work really well on a bumpy surface. Anyway, it was fun and just a little challenging. Love the red and green...the little yellow sailboat and the blue bumper don't hurt, either. Bright and cheery, just the way I like them.
I'm running a bit behind here with my small works, but there's a new show on the 26th at the gallery, and I've been working on some larger pieces. Hope to get back on track soon, and not de-rail again :}
Landscapes are fun, and heaven knows we have enough beauty in B.C. to choose from. But, during the rainy season and with dreary winter edging into spring, my first love is still painting flowers. I have a nice selection of dahlias in the garden that friends have shared with me, or that I got at Dahlias Galore, which is an amazing place to visit during dahlia season. I've taken a ton of pictures of their flowers....rows and rows of glorious dahlias. This year I must sneak another plant or two into my garden. SOLD.
As a kid I loved horses. Still do. I remember taking the bus from one end of Saskatoon to the other, just to get to a stable. It took a long time, but the horses were worth it. This picture was taken near Abbotsford, on a warm, sunny afternoon. SOLD
I don't paint a lot of watercolour, but occasionally get in the mood. This little guy was definitely fun to paint. The background looks a little pinkish, but isn't really. He and I have something in common - we both love hazelnuts!
Well, with the old computer crashing, getting a new laptop, figuring out the photo editing program, (not to mention Christmas), I've fallen a bit behind with the daily paintings. I've also been working on some larger pieces for the show in January, which is just around the corner. Hmm, ever the optimist, there is a hint of spring in the air.
Majestic birds, and we have a lot in our area. Sometimes they swoop so low over the yard, I worry about our cat. Earlier this year an eagle swooped up a mongrel toy poodle in Sechelt, but luckily dropped it on the grounds of a nursing home. The puppy is fine now, and has a new home. They call her 'Miracle May". SOLD
My computer crashed :[ so I haven't been able to post any new paintings. I have a new laptop, so hopefully I'll be back on track and posting soon. Question - why on earth do they have to change the placement of keys? My cap key is now my \slash key, my delete key is now pg dn. Very frustrating.