Wednesday, 18 October 2017
Nothing like painting an arbutus to put me in a positive frame of mind! Plus, I mixed up some beautiful acrylic colours for my paint box...like getting a whole new set of crayons to colour with.
This is an 8x24" acrylic on canvas. SOLD
Monday, 2 October 2017
I've been away moving my mom from Saskatoon to BC, so I have a bit of catching up to do.
This spring we had three Goldfinches flitting across the yard to use the bird bath. Bright notes of colour. A real pleasure to watch.
This is a 6x6" acrylic painting on deep canvas. SOLD
Wednesday, 3 May 2017
Monday, 13 March 2017
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.
This is a 6x6 acrylic on deep canvas. SOLD
Sunday, 26 February 2017
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
Friday, 10 February 2017
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 :}
This is a 9x12" on stretched canvas.
Monday, 6 February 2017
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...
This is a 10x10" acrylic on deep canvas.
Tuesday, 3 January 2017
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.
This is a 10x10 acrylic painting on deep canvas.
Monday, 2 January 2017
This is from a photo I took one wintery day in Porpoise Bay Provincial Park. It was a fairly complex painting, but I really enjoyed the challenge, and I'm pleased with the result.
This is a 16x20" acrylic painting on deep canvas.
Friday, 30 December 2016
Monday, 26 December 2016
Sunday, 11 December 2016
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
Wednesday, 30 November 2016
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.
This is a 24x8" stretched canvas.
Saturday, 26 November 2016
Wednesday, 23 November 2016
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
Tuesday, 1 November 2016
I was happy with the outcome of this painting, especially since I've been rather slow getting back to the easel. It's always nice having something new hanging in the gallery.
This is a 15x30" acrylic painting on stretched canvas.
Saturday, 15 October 2016
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 painting is 24x36" on stretched canvas.
Monday, 11 July 2016
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.
Friday, 22 April 2016
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.
Sunday, 10 April 2016
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 18x24" acrylic on deep canvas.
Sunday, 20 March 2016
This is a cheery little scene you might find anywhere along our coast. Foxgloves, dandelions, arbutus...and lots of water, of course. SOLD
This is 24x8" format I normally use for my hummingbird scenes, but the arbutus seems to fit right in.
Tuesday, 8 March 2016
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
Friday, 19 February 2016
Monday, 8 February 2016
This is another of the Haida Gwaii totems. I like the way the dappled sunlight shines on the totem. I wonder how many people have passed this way? If only the forest could speak.
This is on an 24x18" stretched canvas. SOLD
Wednesday, 13 January 2016
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.
24x18" on stretched canvas.
Thursday, 7 January 2016
This is the first of a diptych that I painted as a wedding gift for my daughter and new son-in-law, Rob. It's a happy painting for a very happy occasion!
24" X 18". NFS
Wednesday, 13 May 2015
You can never have too many hummingbirds. They're zapping around like crazy outside. I figure once in a while they need to take a break, too.
This is an 24x8" stretched canvas. SOLD
Thursday, 2 April 2015
Still enjoying painting hummingbirds in the garden. I haven't seen any yet this spring, but I know they'll be here in no time. Meanwhile, lots of robins in the garden.
This is a 24"x8" stretched canvas. SOLD
Wednesday, 25 March 2015
I've been away from my easel for a while, and I'm relying on some old favourites to get me back in the groove...namely, arbutus and hummingbirds (though not in the same painting).
12x24" acrylic on deep canvas.
Monday, 9 February 2015
I haven't been at my easel as much this past year. I hope to rectify that soon. Meanwhile, this little hummingbird puts me into a summer frame of mind.
This is an 8x24" acrylic on stretched canvas. SOLD
Sunday, 4 January 2015
Friday, 5 December 2014
Friday, 21 November 2014
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.
Saturday, 15 November 2014
Saturday, 1 November 2014
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.
This is a 14x11" on stretched canvas.
Wednesday, 24 September 2014
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!
Wednesday, 17 September 2014
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.
Thursday, 21 August 2014
Tuesday, 22 July 2014
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
Friday, 20 June 2014
Thursday, 5 June 2014
Summer time, and BC is the place. This is a cottage overlooking Georgia Strait, in Roberts Creek on the beautiful Sunshine Coast. Hope I've captured the warmth of the day. SOLD
Thursday, 22 May 2014
This is a 24x36 acrylic on stretched canvas. I took the picture on one of those glorious autumn days when some of the leaves are turning colour. I thought the blue boats set them off nicely. SOLD
Wednesday, 7 May 2014
Friday, 25 April 2014
Wednesday, 16 April 2014
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
Friday, 4 April 2014
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 a 24x36 stretched canvas.
Friday, 28 March 2014
This is an 18x24 acrylic painting on stretched canvas. SOLD
Tuesday, 4 March 2014
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.
This is a 20x24" acrylic on stretched canvas.
Tuesday, 18 February 2014
And just for the heck of it, this is what the hummingbird diptych looks like. I would love to see some flowers and hummingbirds...I think we've had our share of rain this February. I know spring is just around the corner, but apparently there's a few puddles to work through, first. SOLD