Friday, 30 December 2016

Back Alley Colour

This is another scene from my trip to Saskatoon.  I never realized how much fun it would be to paint alleys!

This is an acrylic painting, on an 8x8" deep canvas.  SOLD

Monday, 26 December 2016

Winter Song

This is another little chickadee for our winter show.  He's a happy little fellow who doesn't seem to mind the snow.

This is a 6x6" acrylic painting on deep canvas.  SOLD

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Crisp Morning


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

Winter Red

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

Winter Blue

This is one of several little 6x6 paintings for our winter show at the gallery.  Somehow they all ended up being of chickadees...probably because they're such cute little birds.  SOLD

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Early Snow

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

Rocky Cove

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

Gone Fishing

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

Full Bloom

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

Dappled Shade

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

Boat House

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

Endless Summer

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

Evening Song

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

Evening Calm

A little 9x12" acrylic on stretched canvas, painted when I was in a reflective mood. 

Monday, 8 February 2016

Silent Forest

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

Autumn Two Step (2)

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

Autumn Two Step (1)

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