Thursday, September 21, 2017

Peony in Watercolor


"Peony", watercolour, 8 x 10 inches

I’m still exploring watercolours during the month of September and decided to revisit a subject I painted in oils a couple of years ago (in a much larger format) just to see how I would handle it in watercolour.  It turned out very similar to the first one – I had intended to have more variations of the pinks into blues. I think it turned out okay, but I still have more experimenting and exploration to do …

Friday, September 15, 2017

Italian Vista


Watercolour on paper, 5 x 7 inches

I’m continuing to challenge myself by working with watercolours after a 9-year absence from them, and adding in the further challenge of doing a landscape, of which I have probably done twice before in my artistic endeavours.   I find the greenery tricky to pull off, as well as resisting the urge to paint every little detail in the whole scene – which isn’t very practical on a 5 x 7 inch image!  

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Ripe Heirloom


Watercolour on paper, 5 x 7 inches

This is my latest little watercolour for the month of September.  The subject is a beautiful heirloom tomato grown by my father-in-law, who was gracious enough to gift us with a few of them from their garden after my own first attempt at growing tomatoes yielded four very pathetic golf-ball sized pretenders! 

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Sunny Starfish


Sunny Starfish, Watercolour, 5 x 7 inches

Here is my latest little watercolour for the 30 in 30 challenge.  It took a lot of restraint for me to not go too deep “into the weeds” to try and bring out every detail – that is also part of what I am trying to challenge myself with this month.  I wanted to try and keep it fairly simple but still have enough interest to make it worth painting. 

Friday, September 8, 2017

Roman Face


Watercolour, 5 x 7 inches

A little section of a larger sculpture that was photographed by my daughter and her boyfriend while on holidays in Rome last year. 

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Green Abstract (Comfort)


Watercolour, (7 x 5 inches)

I am continuing to explore my floral-inspired abstracts and this is the latest study that I completed.  I liked how it turned out so I may try it out in a larger scale oil painting in the weeks or months to come. For now, this little piece will be my latest (and overdue) installment for my 30 in 30, which is already downgraded to 27 in 30 – I got distracted by the long weekend! 

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Beach Road


Watercolour on paper, (5 x 7 inches)
Not for Sale

The picture I used as a reference for this painting didn’t actually have water in it – there was a bend in the road and the view beyond was originally more greenery and trees.  I thought it needed something else, so it became a beach!  

Friday, September 1, 2017

And now for something (almost) completely different


"Beach Walk", watercolour, 4  5/8" x 6 5/8" (inches)
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For the month of September I will be participating in the “30 in 30 challenge” on Leslie Saeta’s blog.  So, in theory, I will be posting a painting every day both here on my blog and on the 30 in 30 Blog as well.  This is a challenge that Leslie has offered up twice a year for the last few years now, and I am finally attempting to take part!  I’m not promising that I will actually post a new painting every day, but I will challenge myself to at least paint a lot more frequently and hopefully get close to that goal.
 
But for the first time in over nine years, I will be doing some of that work using watercolours, just to change things up.  Still, some of the work you’ll see will be oils, but hopefully a lot will be watercolours like today’s painting  ...change is as good as a rest.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Friday, June 30, 2017

Peonies in a Vase


Oil on 3/4 inch canvas (30 x 20 inches)

My love affair with peonies continues, but I so wish they could stick around longer than just a couple of weeks, though I guess if they were here all summer, we might take them for granted.  I love the way they look and smell and since the time they have with us is so short every year, the next best thing is a painting of them ...

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Fairlane Fans


Oil on 3/4 inch Canvas (24 x 18 inches)

I love the look of the vintage Ford Fairlane and was lucky enough to grab a shot if this beauty in full sunlight.  My favourite part was the reflected images in the shiny chrome – what a beauty!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Circle of Shells


Oil on Panel (12 x 12 inches)

I have been wanting to paint a shell picture again for a while and this set up gave me the opportunity to really focus on all the interesting bumps and colours on each of the shells.


Saturday, March 25, 2017

Golden Flute


Oil on Canvas (10 x 12 inches)

Once upon a time - many years ago, I played the flute … a little.  I took lessons for a couple of years and really enjoyed every minute of it, but as years went by the lessons and the flute were put away and sadly I barely remember any of what I learned back then. But I still have the flute and in recent weeks decided if I can’t play it anymore I can at least paint it. I loved capturing the reflected lights as well as all the interesting details. In reality the flute is actually a more common silver plate, but I decided to play around with the colours and painted it in gold tones to contrast nicely against the blue background.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Sunny Fruit Bowl II



Oil on 3/4 inch canvas (10 x 10 inches)

This is a re-working of a painting I had done a while back - I always wondered if the background was a bit too dark for the overall composition. So I worked on the lights on the fruit as well as adding in some lighter green/blue into the background.  I feel like the changes allow the painting to live up to it's title - "Sunny" Fruit Bowl.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Punch Buggy Yellow


Oil on panel (9 x 12 inches)
SOLD

There’s something about a beetle car that makes me want to paint it.  This one was basking in the sunshine at an antique car show and it caught my eye right away.  I think it’s all the curvy lines that makes it an interesting subject for me plus the nostalgia that they seem to radiate.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Roman Garb


oil on 3/4 inch canvas (12 x 24)

This painting is based on a photograph taken by a friend of mine while on holiday in Italy.  I loved painting the folds of the “fabric” and all the light and shadows. 

Friday, February 17, 2017

Fiddle Fraction


Oil on Panel (8 x 8 inches)
SOLD

I think musical instruments not only make beautiful sounds but can also be beautiful pieces of art in and of themselves.  I noticed this violin at an antiques fair last summer and although it obviously wasn’t a prized Stradivarius or anything remotely similar, its shape, colour and potential all called to me in chorus.  I knew it would make a great subject.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Rose Teacup II


Oil on 3/4 inch canvas (10 x 10 inches)

A new version of a painting I did a while back.  Though I was happy with the original, after some consideration, I felt that it needed an extra layer of highlights and some minor adjustments, so I finally went ahead and did that.  I’m really happy with the results, so sharing it here.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Stacked Stripe Teacups


Oil on Panel (10 x 8 inches)

I love these striped cups and the way they reflect in the light.  Always a challenge to paint the gold that runs along the coloured stripes too!




Sunday, January 8, 2017

One Winter Morning


Oil on 1 3/4 inch stretched Gallery Canvas (20 x 20 inches)
SOLD

This painting was based on a scene I woke up to during the first winter that we lived in our current house.  That winter was a particularly cold one, ushering in the phrase “polar vortex”.  Despite the bitterness of the temperature, everything seemed to come to life with the light pulsing through the naked trees and scattering itself into hundreds of glowing diamond pieces across the backyard.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Cherries in Hand


Oil on gesso board (8 x 8 inches)

This is likely the last of the cherry paintings for a while since they won’t be available for at least the next few months.  I wanted to combine the intricacies of the hand with the shiny cherries and this is what I came up with.  Another highly enjoyable experience.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Coke Bottle III


Oil on canvas (8 x 16 inches)
SOLD

Once again, I find myself drawn to the vintage coke bottle as a subject.  Subtle changes in lighting can alter how the whole image appears.  In this case, I opted for lower light which gave the cast shadow a soft glow.  I have a lot of fun working with all the little abstract bits and pieces that go into making this kind of painting!

Friday, November 4, 2016

Pink Stripe Cherries


Oil on gesso board (8 x 10 inches)
SOLD

I’m still enjoying painting cherries even though the season here has long gone.  In this painting I was able to combine the fun of painting the reflected light and golden highlights along with the challenge of the cherries themselves.