August 15, 2017

Still Life

Still Life, 12x9 oil

I love this old black phone.  I had it sitting on a table for a little while, (in my house), and it seemed to make itself right at home.  At any moment it might have rang, or so it seemed.  Most of us have now opted for mini computers that we carry around in our pockets.  Is there still life in these charming phones or are they truly a thing of the past.  

August 10, 2017

Love

Love, 14x11 oil

Here is another painting to add to my continuing theme of 'Salad Bling'.  I was washing a basket of a variety of fruit when this cherry and plum seemed to be instantly attracted to each other.  I think they make a great couple.

August 01, 2017

Little Sparrow

Little Sparrow, 6x6 oil

I've been trying to paint the different varieties of birds that have visited my backyard this summer.  The sparrows are the regulars.  They've been here ever since I put the first bird house up.  I think of them as my wild backyard pets.

July 25, 2017

Lemon Zing

Lemon Zing, 30x10 oil

When summertime rolls around and farmer's markets pop up everywhere, I can't help but be inspired by all the beautiful fruits and vegetables.  I've started a series of paintings with the theme called 'Salad Bling'.  

July 18, 2017

Rosy Red Radishes

Rosy Red Radishes, 24x12 oil

This painting was so much fun to paint!  I'm not a huge fan of radishes, but whether you eat them or not, radishes make a salad look amazing.  I like to think of them as salad bling.

July 11, 2017

Extra Large

Extra Large, 6x8 oil

There's a big old tree in my backyard that I have hung bird feeders and bird houses on.    Every morning I love to sit on my back porch, (now that summer is finally here), drinking coffee,  watching the birds come and go.  



July 06, 2017

Standing Alone

Standing Alone, 6x12 oil

I was inspired by this flower to play with colours.  I've kept all the colours fairly intense, resulting in a painting that has turned out to be quite graphic.  

June 27, 2017

Fresh Strawberries

Fresh Strawberries, 6x6 oil

There is nothing like the juicy sweetness of fresh picked strawberries.  Unfortunately they only last long enough to paint one small painting before they disappear, (into someone's belly, yum!).

June 23, 2017

Roadside Parking

Roadside Parking, 12x9 oil

June 15-18 was the first annual Parrsboro International Plein Air Festival.  Parrsboro is a friendly little seaside town on the Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia.  I was one of the 35 artists painting in this juried event.  We had specific boundaries to paint within every day.  Our blank canvases/boards were stamped on the back at the beginning of the event, (to be sure that everyone started with a blank 'canvas').    

This painting, 'Roadside Parking', is the first painting that I did.  It was a beautiful sunny day.  I managed to get two paintings done on the first day.        

June 06, 2017

The Last Peony

The Last Peony, 9x12 oil


The local Farmer's Market has started up this month.  Two weeks ago there were only a few stalls selling goods.  One selling mainly rhubarb, another last year's apples, and of course the one selling flowers.  Although my garden is full of flowers, my peonies are not even close to blooming.  I picked up a small bouquet of peonies, thinking how nice it would be to paint.  Time got away from me and now I only have one left, which won't last very much longer.