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)

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)

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.