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)
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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 …

Friday, April 8, 2016

Cleopatra Eyes

Oil on Panel (10 x 8 inches)

Sometimes Coco’s eyes remind me of Cleopatra when she’s in the right light. She really has that "direct look" down pat!

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Mysterious Chocolates

Oil on Gallery Canvas (8 x 8 inches x 1.5 inches deep, sides painted dark brown)

It’s time for another box of chocolates …  I thought the light was hitting the chocolates in a mysterious looking way, thus the inspiration for the title of this painting.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Tulip Party

Oil on gesso panel (8 x 8 inches)

I love the way these tulips look like faces all peering upwards.  They looked like they were having a good time so I call this piece “Tulip Party”.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Tea for Three

Oil on gesso board (10 x 8 inches)

I love the look of these teacups - they make me think of cozying up with a warm cup of tea on a cold day.  When painting this, I was particularly interested in capturing the glow and the colours.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Mason in the Sun

Oil on gessoed panel (12 x 9 inches)

Again with the reflected light and transparent glass – I love working out the shapes and the confusion of the abstract bits that defy definition.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Coke Bottle

Oil on canvas (16 x 8 inches)

I have to say I had a lot of fun painting this old coke bottle.  The challenge of all the reflected light and colours and shape distortions was so enjoyable.  It was like painting an abstract within a realist painting.

Friday, February 19, 2016


Oil on gesso board (8 x 10 inches)
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Yes it’s time for another chocolate painting – I can’t get enough of them either eating or painting.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Island Fox

Original oil on gesso board (5 x 7 inches)

I think foxes are such pretty animals and the way they move about is quite interesting to watch.  The reference picture for this painting of a red fox in beautiful Prince Edward Island was taken by my good friend Morgan Palmer who captured some great images of this lovely creature as it roamed the land.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Belgian Chocolates

Oil on gesso board (8 x 8 inches)

I love painting chocolates.  I love the little details the chocolatier has put into the making of them, and since they disappear all too quickly, this is a record of the time they were there to behold, so perfect and enticing.

Friday, February 5, 2016


Oil on Canvas (16 x 20 inches)

One day Coco made herself comfortable on my work desk, on top of all my papers and open notebooks.  She looked like she was in the middle of deep and profound thought and although that was most assuredly not the case, the idea of it gave this painting its title.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Wild Rose

Oil on gesso board (8 x 8 inches)

I think I have a hankering for summer flowers – this latest is from a picture taken last summer when the neighbour’s flowers were at their height of display.  I can’t resist a bloom with lots of light and shadow, and the colour of this one was so vibrant it just needed to be painted. 

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Clementine Sparkle

Oil on canvas (16 x 20 inches)

What attracted me to this scene was the sparkle and glow of the sunlight being reflected through the crystal and onto the clementines and the counter.  I decided to make it a bit more abstract to really push the dots of colour in the bowl as well as in the shadows.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Reaching Up

Oil on stretched canvas (18 x 18 inches)

I love the vantage point of looking up into a leafy tree, through to the sky.  I enjoyed painting the contrast of the truly blue sky against the yellow leaves.