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.