Saturday, September 29, 2012

It's Fall and I Love It!

Fall means so many good things.  Apples and pumpkins and falling leaves and all those wonderful colors.  I took this image last year at this time and was longing to paint it and was just able to get around to it this past week just in time for the once a year studio tour (happening right now!).  This one is my favourite of the small formats.  It has the type of brush stroke I've been trying to acquire.
Apples on Blue
6" X 10" stretched canvas

Friday, September 28, 2012

Getting Ahead

Here is a preview of my latest project!  The 2013 calendar will have a sampling of the "daily" paintings I've been working on, printed on a beautiful satin finish cardstock at 5" x 7".  The photo above shows the images displayed side by side but I will post more photos of the actual calendar soon.

The original March and October paintings are still available at $90 for October and $75 for March.

Available here, payable through Paypal or through my Etsy shop. (soon to be added).  The calendar will be $20 plus shipping.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Bowl full of cherries....

Cherries on Blue Cloth
6" x 6" x 1.5" Oil on Wood 

Although the cherries are certainly the subject of this painting, I've had it in mind to introduce more fabrics into my paintings.  I've seen beautifully rendered textures and patterns in oil paintings and I may start taking photos with that in mind.   Always wanted to paint cherries with all their little reflections and the delicious reds...........done!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Hudson Sketchbook 2013 Calendar

I've always wanted to create some calendars with my art work and this one came together as a by product of the fabrics I've been designing from sketches I've done in and around my home town of Hudson on the Lake of Two Mountains (half way between Montreal and Ottawa).  I enjoy the view across the lake as I drive home and am always inspired no matter what season or weather.  I've had this one printed on a cotton twill, finished the edges and added a dowel for hanging.  I'm enjoying this application of art to fabric

The second image below was designed for the Nichoir Bird Rehabilitation centre we have here to help raise funds to build a proper new facility.  Also
printed on cotton twill and finished as the one above.  If interested, please
email me.  The price is $20 plus shipping payable through Paypal and 20% goes
towards the centre.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012


I was asked by a friend of my son's to paint this painting from a photograph taken at her friend's wedding a year or so ago.  It was a very busy photograph with people in the background and these photographs are not usually suitable subject matter for oil paintings but I'm always up for a challenge.  The format is small at 6" x 8" but the only way to know whether I could do it was to just get started.

My beginning was pleasant enough and moved along and I was encouraged to continue.  The second photo is at 95% finished and I've decided to let it sit for a day or so but I'm already itching to correct and finish it.  I'd like to make the brushstrokes in the background less busy, lighten the bride's shoulder, finish the mother's hairline and a touch more on the glasses.  I'm so happy with the results so far and grateful to this friend for the opportunity to discover the things which I thought beyond my abilities.

And my title?.......a mother's hand and the gesture speak volumes but especially that I have just discovered that the mother in this image has just recently passed away.

Saturday, September 08, 2012


These little unassuming birds inspire me.  Last year I had made the necklace in the second photo.  Silver and my handcrafted glass bead dangles from a

copper focal piece that contains a resin filled bezel with a photo of this 
chickadee.  The painting was just completed yesterday.  I think it translated well in both mediums.  Simple enough to be reduced to a tiny size for the jewellery piece and fun to paint the 6" x 6" canvas of this chickadee on a snowy branch.