Friday, July 31, 2015

Latest Collage One of my Fav Subjects

If I am going to paint a bird, chances are it will be a Chickadee or Misanges as they are called in French.  This one is my latest collage on wood.  Snippets of maps, wrapping paper and hand painted papers were used.

10" x 10" x .75"
collage on wood panel
with raised border

Friday, July 24, 2015

What's painted in the kitchen, stays in the kitchen....

Whenever I finish an oil painting I gravitate to a different media not unlike cleansing the palate (pun intended).  I'm not as familiar with water-colour but creating these illustrated recipes has been a great learning tool.  I've created a small library of individual kitcheny items and sweet and savoury foods and assemble them digitally into illustrated recipes.  I've just posted a few in my etsy shop.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Bougeureau and Tea, Freesias and Me

14" square
Oil on Canvas

I had been painting small formats for the better part of the year, that I felt I needed to work a little larger and pulled this image from my files.  I've always liked painting an image within a painting
but Bougeureau is a hard act to follow!

Thursday, July 09, 2015

Some of my favourite things.....

These peonies were left from our backyard wedding and were the most spectacular I had ever seen.  I photographed them for days hoping to have at least one image I could paint from. (I think I do).  The chickadee is a collage from a series started last year.  I picked it up again and have created a few more.  Each time, I marvel at how much I learn when I work in a series.  My santos doll doesn't have to have a purpose.  She has an air of grace and beauty.  I have great plans for her.   The portrait of the little girl I just couldn't part with.  Her intense gaze pulls you in. 

Wow, I just realized this is my 400th post!

And Sable was her name..........

This little sweetie, now departed but oh so loved.

Oil on wood cradled Panel
6" x 6"

Sunday, July 05, 2015

End Result

I created a toile* style fabric with sketches of my home town and was pleased to see the end result
of one of our local residents have her chaired upholstered in it.  I have sewn many pillows from this fabric but it's the first upholstered piece I've seen....and I'm thrilled!
*toile de Jouy |ˌtwäl də ˈZHwē|
nouna type of printed calico with a characteristic floral, figure, or landscape design on a light background, typically used for upholstery or curtains.ORIGIN originally made at Jouy-en-Josas, near Paris.