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 ...
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
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.
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.
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.
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
Oil on 1 3/4 inch stretched Gallery Canvas (20 x 20 inches)
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.
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.
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!
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.
found these masks at a garage sale this summer, which was fortunate because I
had wanted to do a painting of “fancy” masks for a while. I liked the challenge of capturing the shiny
parts of the trim and the sparkles on the masks, as well as the texture in the
I love capturing the look of reflected glass with light
shining through and in this piece I wanted to work with multiple layers of clear glass. With these mason jars, the lettering was
probably the most fun aspect to paint, especially where the distorted letters
are showing through the glass in front of them. Thanks for viewing my work!
love the challenge of working with reflective surfaces and thought it would be
fun to try that out with polka dots (I love polka dots for some reason). It was tricky painting all the little white
reflected dots as they grew smaller and smaller in the silver bowl. The cherries were challenging as they usually
are, but I was happy with the overall result.
When my husband was a much younger man, he bought himself an
old 1969 Cougar convertible which he felt quite proud to own. Unfortunately he had to sell it again only a
short time later in order to help fund his education. Whenever he spots a similar one on the road
he is quick to point it out to me and reminisce about the one he once owned.
Recently at a vintage car show, he saw one that was the same year as his, and
took a few pictures of it. Unbeknownst
to him, I used those photos to secretly work up a painting of his beloved
convertible which I kept hidden away until his birthday. I’m happy to say that he was genuinely
surprised and delighted.
Chocolates are one of my favourite subjects (both to paint
and to eat), and I’ve done smaller paintings of this subject but this time I
wanted to go bigger. I think you can’t
go wrong with more chocolate!
seems this year was a bumper crop of cherries and they looked and tasted
delicious! Cherries are a challenging
subject to get the colours right and to capture the reflections on their shiny
surfaces. I filled one of my favourite
teacups with them and placed it on a beautiful piece of Chinese silk fabric
that I had been wanting to paint. That
added the extra challenge of rendering the reflections of the silk on the
underside of the saucer.
I started this painting with the idea of working further on
hands as a subject since they can be a challenge. I wanted to have lots of light and shadow
interplay both in the hands and in the wrinkles of the t-shirt. My husband kindly served as the model for the
reference shots and as I worked through the painting, it also became a bit of a
tribute to him as he is often seems to be juggling his life to accommodate the
demands of family and work. And yes, he
can actually juggle (a little).
My son first picked up the guitar when he was about 12 years
old. I remember many times over the years seeing him
sitting on the edge of his bed quietly strumming with that faraway look in his
eyes. I knew at some point I would paint
that image, but only got around to it now, so many years later.
This past winter, a couple of days before he was leaving for a two
month trip to India, he took the time to let me get some reference shots of him
for this painting. Again with that
faraway look in his eyes, likely thinking about the trip ahead of
him, he really felt to me to be “worlds away”.