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

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.  

July 04, 2016

Sherman Falls, 12x9 oil

Sherman Falls, 12x9 oil
This was painted at Sherman Falls about a month ago.  It'll be one of the paintings on show at the Dundas Museum, (dundasmuseum.ca), at the end of July, through the month of August.  The group that I paint with on Monday afternoons has been around for quite a number of years.  The participants have changed over the years and has every level of painter, from beginner to master level.  The fun part about having an annual show together is seeing the other artists' work, and the different approaches to similar scenes.    

June 28, 2016

Friend or Foe, 12x12 oil

Friend or Foe, 12x12 oil
A dandelion and a wasp, inspired by my painting 'Bee's Breakfast'.  I was going to put the wasp into 'Bee's Breakfast', but then I would have had to come up with another title.  I like that it has it's own painting now.  I think dandelions and wasps are probably in the same category of being unappreciated.  

June 21, 2016

The First Day of Summer, 16x8 oil

The First Day of Summer, 16x8 oil

I love the changes and beauty that every season has to offer, but there is something about the long hot days of summer that I find irresistible. This was painted on Monday June 20, the longest and hottest (so far), day of the year!   Painted on location on Valley Inn Rd, near the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington, Ontario.   Happy Summer Solstice!

June 17, 2016

After a Day in (the Country) Burlington, 24x24 oil

After a Day in (the Country) Burlington, 24x24 oil

It's amazing how wildlife has adapted to the urban setting.  My dogs have been sprayed by skunks more times than I dare to say.  They have chased many rabbits out of the backyard and have had a few encounters with groundhogs and possums.  This painting started out as most paintings do, an idea.  The idea was then submitted to the upcoming show called  'Urban and Rural'.  I love combining images that don't always seem to belong together, as in this one, a skunk smelling a bouquet of flowers.  This painting is in the current show at the Art Gallery of Burlington which is on until September 5.

June 09, 2016

One Egg at a Time, 16x16 oil

One Egg at a Time, 16x16 oil

When I was planning this painting I was feeling overwhelmed with daily timelines and looming deadlines, realizing that it can all be dealt with 'one egg at a time', (making a list also helps).