Friday, February 17, 2017

Fiddle Fraction

Oil on Panel (8 x 8 inches)

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)

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)

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)

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. 

Tuesday, November 1, 2016


Oil on gesso board (9 x 12 inches)

I 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 feathers.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Pom Pom Peony oil painting

Oil on 3/4 inch canvas (18 x 18 inches)

I love this kind of peony with the fluffy center contrasting with the outer petals.  The sunlight provided wonderful shadows as well as a nice glow in the middle.

Friday, October 14, 2016

We're Jamming

Oil on 3/4 inch streched canvas (16 x 20 inches)

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!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Polka Dot Cherries

Oil on Gesso Board (8 x 8 inches)

I 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.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Red '69 Cougar Convertible

Oil on Gesso Board (9 x 12 inches)
Not for Sale

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.  

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Big Box o'Chocolates

Oil on Canvas (12 x 16 inches)

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!

Monday, September 12, 2016

Cup of Cherries

Oil on gesso board (8 x 10 inches)

It 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.  

Friday, September 9, 2016

The Juggler

Oil on 1 1/2 inch gallery canvas (16 x 20 inches)

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).

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Worlds Away

Oil on canvas (12 x 16)
Not for sale

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”.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Antique Ford

Oil on gesso board (9 x 12 inches)

I was at an antique car show recently and saw this lovely old Ford shining in the sun and I immediately wanted to paint it.  Although I’m pretty sure the colour isn’t the original - I think the colour choices back then were either black or black, I thought the turquoise shade was quite attractive!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Orange Sunrise

Oil on canvas (18 x 24 inches)

Here is a painting of some clementines in a crystal bowl.  I decided to go a little abstract with the reflected light on the crystal facets and it ended up reminding me of sunrays, which inspired the title.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Coke Bottle Two

Oil on Canvas (8 x 16 inches)

So I thought it was time for another Coke Bottle painting.  I love painting transparent glass with lots of reflections and colours.  Enjoy!

Friday, June 10, 2016

Daddy's Girl

Oil on gesso board (10 x 8 inches)

The quintessential day at the beach with your little ones – in this case, Daddy and his little girl, searching for treasures along the shore.  Is there a better way to spend a sunny summer day?

Friday, May 27, 2016

Toss Up

Oil on gessoed panel (7 x 5 inches)

I wanted to work on a painting of hands because they can be tricky to do and I thought I would try a smaller study in preparation for starting a larger piece that I have planned.  Capturing the right position with all the wrinkles and lines in place made it both interesting and challenging.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Laughing Seashells

Oil on Gessoed Panel (10 x 8 inches)

It looks to me like the two shells in the middle of the jar are having a good laugh about something, which explains the name I chose for this painting.  I wanted to capture that sunny, summertime feeling when you've had a great day at the beach; swimming, gathering seashells and just relaxing in the sun.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Peony Glow

Oil on Canvas (18 x 18 inches)

Peonies are one of my most favourite flowers.  Beside the fact that I think they are beautiful, I love the challenge of painting them; to capture the velvety colours and the swirly petals as well as the sunny, fluffy stamens at the center.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Crooked Cabbage Smile

Oil on gesso board (8 x 8 inches)

I had been planning to do a painting of a savoy cabbage for a while now, knowing that I would enjoy the task of painting all the veining and the various greens throughout.  When I saw the DPW challenge to paint a vegetable, I finally got to it, but just about a week or so late … Here it is anyway.

Friday, April 22, 2016


Oil on gesso board (10 x 8 inches)

When I took the reference photo for this painting I thought Coco looked like she was getting an inspiration from “on high” with all the light bouncing off her fur and whiskers and her upward gaze.   In reality I’m guessing she was probably watching a fly on the wall …