September 28, 2016

In the Studio, 16x20 oil

In the Studio, 16x20 oil

Most people that I know have a passion for something.  The lucky ones even get to make a career out of it.  This is a portrait of a friend of mine, Teresa Seaton.  There are many ways I could have described her in a portrait, but they all would have included her art somehow.  She is a stained glass artist.  This is not a painting of what she does for a living, it is of who she is, .

September 26, 2016

Fancy Dress, 12x36 oil

Fancy Dress, 12x36 oil

There is nothing more fun than the world of make believe.  Dressing up and pretending the  impossible.

September 22, 2016

Erica, 16x16 oil

Erica, 16x16 oil

I've been so busy painting that I haven't had time to take photos until today.  Erica is one of the paintings that will be in the upcoming portrait show starting tomorrow evening.   I've only just finished this painting today, so it's going to be tricky to get the wire on the back.  It'll probably stay wet for another day or two; the only downfall of oils.  

September 14, 2016

Daydreams and Butterflies, 12x18 oil

Daydreams and Butterflies, 12x18 oil
This is a painting of a wonderful little girl I met during one of my recent shows.  Somehow, even at such a young age,  she exudes personality.  

Yesterday I posted the invitation to my upcoming show.  Did you manage to spot the error?  I don't know how many people had seen it, or how many times I scoured it for mistakes before I posted it, and still the mistake went unnoticed.  So here it is again, can you spot any errors? I hope not because there was only one and it's not there anymore :)

September 13, 2016

Painted Faces

I'm excited about this upcoming show that Carol Sanders and I have been preparing for.  I love painting people.  I feel that if you take all the challenges of painting still life as well as painting en plein air, they will never equal the trials and triumphs of painting people.

Over the next week or so, as I put the final brush strokes on the almost finished paintings, I will try to remember to post them after I take photos.    

August 26, 2016

The Old Houses of ile aux Marins

The Old Houses of ile aux Marins, 10x8 oil
I've just spent the last couple of weeks on holiday with my husband.  We drove across eastern Canada and flew over to St Pierre et Miquelon from Halifax, Nova Scotia.  Luckily we have family in St Pierre who are always willing to give us a tour around the island.  We took the boat from St Pierre to ile aux Marins a few times as well, where I managed to squeeze in time to paint.  We were extremely lucky with the weather having only a couple of the typical maritime foggy, rainy days.   I only wish we could have stayed longer.       

July 28, 2016

Call Waiting, 12x12 oil SOLD

Call Waiting, 12x12 oil

I know some people still use the old phones, although I'm not sure if the old dial system would still work.  I found this one in an antique shop.

July 19, 2016

Day Trip, 24x12 oil

Day Trip, 24x12 oil
Hitching a ride on a paper airplane!  As I was drinking my coffee on the back porch, watching the birds fly here and there, this is what I imagined could happen.  

Last weekend I took this painting, (not quite dry), to show and sell at the Guelph Art on the Street Show.  It was carefully placed on top of the boxes in the car for the hour long drive.  It was a gorgeous day...not too hot, a nice breeze blowing, the sun shining... perfect.   There were a lot of people enjoying the day, and purchasing art.   I could not have asked for a more perfect day.  In fact some one had offered to purchase this painting but was trying to haggle with me to lower the price, hmmm.  While packing up at the end of the day I had placed this painting on the roof of the car to keep it out of harms way.  I'm sure it was dry to touch by then, but didn't want to chance it.   After unpacking the car and putting some things away I realized that I didn't have this painting!!!  The last place seen was on top of the car.  Can you believe it?  I knew better than to put the painting on the car but was tired when packing up and completely forgot about it.   I don't know how far we traveled before it flew off the car, but I doubt it would have survived without being damaged.  

Live and learn.

July 12, 2016

Safe Crossing, 12x24 oil SOLD

Safe Crossing, 12x24 oil

Why did the chicken cross the road?

I'm sure that chicken had his reasons why, what really matters is that he did it safely :)

July 06, 2016

Still Brewing, 8x8 oil SOLD

Still Brewing, 8x8 oil

Recently, while sitting on my back porch, I realized just how many different kinds of birds visit the feeder on a regular basis.  This little guy I believe is a nuthatch.   It reminds me of a woodpecker the way it walks up and down the tree trunk, but is much smaller.