Sunday, 30 December 2012

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.

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Cold Front

This is the first of three small paintings for our upcoming Christmas Show.  I painted this little guy in w/based oil because I can get a softer look than with acrylic.  8x8 SOLD

Gone South

Where all the lucky snowbirds go...  

This is 9"x12" acrylic on canvas. $150.00
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Celebration Red

Poinsettia season is coming up.  I know they come in a variety of colours, but red is still my favorite.  This painting is 8x24.   I quite enjoy the challenge of painting on odd sizes of canvas.  SOLD

Friday, 17 August 2012


I really enjoy painting water. Each province has its own beauty.  You can never go to far in British Columbia before you stumble on a perfect scene like this one. SOLD

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Back Road

I took this picture heading towards Gibsons down Gower Point Road.  The light was just terrific and I really enjoyed working on this painting.  SOLD

Asian Influence

Finally finished this dahlia painting.  I used my favorite Oriental vase - I've used it a number of times in paintings.  And the fact that I paid $5.00 at a sidewalk sale, makes it even better!

This is 24"x24" on deep canvas.  $600.00  SOLD
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Saturday, 28 July 2012

After the Rain

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

Friday, 27 July 2012


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

Friday, 4 May 2012

Shadow Play

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. SOLD

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Songbird Special

I took this photo in a friend's yard last year, and had great fun painting it.  I love bright, happy colours.  Reminds me of summer.  I'm still waiting for spring!

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Red, White and Blue

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 :} SOLD

Friday, 13 April 2012

Spring Rush

I find moving water quite exciting to paint.  Rocks, too, for that matter.  You can actually work a lot of colour into water, particularly the shady areas.  

Saturday, 7 April 2012

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

Thursday, 5 April 2012


I really enjoy painting birds.  Wrens are such cocky little guys.  After a cold, wet winter, it's nice to hear the birds chirping outside.  Maybe, just maybe, we've got Spring.  SOLD

Monday, 26 March 2012

Tranquil Afternoon

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.  SOLD

Friday, 2 March 2012

Ferncliff Illusion

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.

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Happy Valentine's Day

I'm off to Saskatoon for a few weeks.  Will post more when I return.

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Lilac Wine

Lilacs are another of my favorite flowers.  I've been listening to the new Susan Boyle CD, and there's a lovely version of  'Lilac Wine'...hence, the title.

10"x10" acrylic on deep canvas

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Cat and Mouse

A little game of cat and mouse.  The kitty is fast, but the mouse is faster.  Good thing, or it might be a different tail.  SOLD

7.5" x 13" w/colour on Arches cold press paper

Sunday, 29 January 2012

Sunny Afternoon

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 

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Aw, Nuts

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! SOLD

11x15" w/colour on Arches cold press paper

Saturday, 14 January 2012

Reaching Out

This is my latest arbutus painting.  These trees are such fun to paint, and paint them, I do :]  SOLD

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Lemon Sky

Lately, I'm getting bolder with my skies...painting on a smaller surface gives you the ability to take a few chances.  It's certainly giving me more confidence with colour in larger paintings.  SOLD

Monday, 9 January 2012

Ring In Spring

Finally got all the paintings together for the new show that starts tomorrow.  Now I can concentrate on some of the larger paintings I've been itching to paint.