January 31, 2013

The Gathering, 24x12 oil SOLD

The Gathering, 24x12 oil
Day 30, 'The Gathering' of food for preparation, the gathering of paintings in 30 days, the gathering of people doing and watching this challenge! It's been a great experience to be a part of this gathering. I will definitely continue painting daily, therefore I will be posting regularly, but some paintings will require more than a day to paint, so the postings won't always be every day. I will be taking my weekends off though, (mostly). Thank you for being a part of this with me; I really have appreciated your comments and encouragement. 

January 30, 2013

One More for the Road, 6x6 oil SOLD

One More for the Road, 6x6 oil
$75 cdn
Day 29 a little treat. A fun little painting, playing with the different tones of the inside of the box. My second last painting for the challenge!

January 29, 2013

Afternoon Light, 8x8 oil

Afternoon Light, 8x8 oil
Day 28, I painted what's sitting on my window sill. So far it's managed to stay alive, despite my neglect. Ivy is a bit more forgiving than most plants, (I'm guessing).
Two more paintings to go and the 30 day challenge is complete! So what shall I paint next...?

January 28, 2013

Sweet Hearts, 8x8 oil

Sweet Hearts, 8x8 oil
Day 27 already! I've gotten into such a routine, that I am thoroughly enjoying painting every day, (although I would like my weekends back). I really appreciate reading your thoughts and opinions ... painting is such a solitary practise.
This painting has me thinking of Valentine's Day. We've run out of all our home baked Christmas goodies, so it's time to re-stock with some heart shaped, sugar laden cookies to help us get through the grayest month of the year!

January 27, 2013

In Hot Water, 6x6 oil SOLD

In Hot Water, 6x6 oil
$75 cdn
Day 26, I painted a monkey tea infuser. I just couldn't help myself! I found this at the market yesterday and I had to buy it. I like to paint teacups and I have a little monkey collection. It was destiny!

January 26, 2013

On the Chopping Block, 8x8 oil SOLD

On the Chopping Block, 8x8 oil
Day 25, shallots. Continuing with the farm theme, I went to a 'Winter Market' today and among other things, I found some shallots. I wasn't planning on painting them, but when I poured them out of the bag, they looked so playful with their twirly ends, I thought I would give it a go.

Here is a photo of the painting in progress.

January 25, 2013

The Strut, 6x6 oil SOLD

The Strut, 6x6 oil
Day 24, I painted a rooster. Painting farm pictures brings back fond memmories of when I was a child. My Grandparents used to have a small farm in what is now pretty much the centre of a busy city, (Mississauga, Ontario). My family lived in Toronto; it was such a treat to drive out of the city to visit them.

January 24, 2013

Morning!, 6x6 oil SOLD

Day 23, grapefruit! I was at a bit of a loss as to what to paint today, then I saw the grapefruit. The deep pink colour of the flesh was gorgeous. The unfortunate thing was that I had to find something else to eat!

Five Flavours, 6x6 oil SOLD

Day 22, a package of candy. I started with a partially opened package of Life Savers Candy, that I thought would make a nice little painting.  Then I had the idea of displaying every colour of candy in the package. Well of course I had to open the whole thing before I was able to find every colour! So this is what I ended up with.

January 22, 2013

Done for the Day, 12x6 oil SOLD

Day 21, a pair of skates. These skates can say so much, depending on how they are placed on the floor. With the laces all twisted, and the skates leaning over, it makes me think of a child who is tired after a fun afternoon of skating. The skates are dropped by the door and forgotten until next time.

January 21, 2013

Following the Stream, 8x8 oil

Day 20 started off as a plein air painting, but it started to snow. I quickly took a few photos, so I could finish it at home, and packed up my gear. This is a painting of a beautiful spot in Ancaster, Ontario. With the big rocks and boulders, the stream, trees and surrounding hills you could easily forget there is a bustling city 10 minutes away!

Seeking a Fortune, 8x8 oil

Day 19, a teapot and fortune cookies are the subject matter. I found this old teapot at a flea market and we seem to always have fortune cookies around. Everyone takes a fortune cookie after the meal and the leftovers never get opened. Perhaps there's bad luck in opening more than one.

January 20, 2013

The Boat to Nowhere, 8x8 oil SOLD

Day 18, I painted en plein air in North Bay, Ontario. Luckily it had stopped snowing long enough for me to get this little painting done. I'm not too sure if this ferry boat is in use during the warmer months but it's certainly not going anywhere soon. It's on Lake Nipissing. There were a few fishing huts, and snowmobilers on the lake and in the distance I could see the Manitou Islands. Wish I could have stayed there longer.

January 18, 2013

Collecting Shells, 6x6 oil

Day 17, I chose to paint shells.
A new layer of snow is on the ground and here I am painting shells! I'm thinking of how a lot of the people who are also involved with Leslie Saeta's 30 paintings in 30 days, are in completely different climates than I am. I think that it's so amazing that we can all be joined together from all over the world.
Yes I do love winter, as long as there is snow and sun, I'm happy!

January 17, 2013

It's All About the Dress!, 6x6 oil

Day 16, I painted this pretty blue dress. This dress was purchased at a thrift store for Halloween a few years ago. It reminds me of when my daughters were little, one of their most favourite things to do was to play dress up. There would be endless fashion shows of lace and tiaras.

Who's Setting the Table? 8x8 oil SOLD

Day 15, I'm half way there! I love the way these bright colourful plates look all stacked up, sitting on the tablecloth. The challenge in this painting was certaintly the plates through the bottle of water.

January 16, 2013

The Forest, 6x6 oil SOLD

Day 14, I can't believe I've been painting every day for two weeks. What a wonderful way to start the year off! I found it really tough in the beginning but now it's just routine. After the 30 days are over I think I'll take the weekends off, so I'll be refreshed for a new week of painting. Todays painting was inspired by my daughter asking me questions about my global footprint, as I was putting away a few remaining decorations from the holidays.

January 15, 2013

Fresh, 6x6 oil

Day 13, tulips! Continuing with the theme of the upcoming season, I was at the store the other day and couldn't believe there were tulips already on display. Tulips don't last too long so you really have to enjoy them when they're fresh! So of course I had to paint them right away. They have already changed so much since I started this painting.

January 14, 2013

Blue Skies, 6x6 oil SOLD

Day 12, a cupcake! The recent warm spell, (January thaw), had me thinking of sunny days and picnics, and you can't have a picnic without cupcakes!

January 13, 2013

All In a Row, 24x12 oil SOLD

Day 11. Wow I'm finally done! I couldn't help but paint this arrangement! I knew it would be a long haul. These cups keep appearing in my paintings, so I thought that they deserved to be the feature of this painting.

January 11, 2013

The Sheriff, 6x6 oil

Day 10, I painted my dog Keefer. Yes, I have two dogs. He is straight forward, kind and strong, our watch dog. When I give him food, he eats, when I tell him something, he listens, (with a tilt), and he is always at my heels. One of his special talents is walking up stairs backwards when he's carrying a toy that is too large for him. His very favourite thing is getting a treat.
That's my dog Keefer.

Lady Lu, 6x6 oil

Day 9, I painted my dog Luci. She's a spunky little dog who knows what she wants. She's as agile as a cat, (and as finicky as one), but so friendly, she loses all pride. Her prized toy is her ball that seemed to appear in our backyard one day, and is at her happiest when she's chasing it! The only thing she'll bark at is a cat. That's my dog Lu.

January 10, 2013

Catching Up, 8x8 oil SOLD

Day 8, These buttery little gingerbread men were given to me at Christmas time. Dressed so modestly in their unfrivolous attire, they were put aside for chocolates and cakes, patiently waiting for a moment like this.

January 09, 2013

Two of a Kind, 8x8 oil SOLD

Day 7 painting of clementines. These beautiful orange fruits are so attractive with their bright green leaves. They disappear so fast in this house I had to hide a couple so that I could paint them!

January 08, 2013

Heading Home, 8x8 oil SOLD

$125 SOLD
Day 6, I headed to Dundas, Ontario.  I love going to Dundas! Although it was cold, it wasn't as cold as Gravenhurst was the other day. There are some wonderful shops downtown and the main street has a lot of character. It's a pleasure just to browse the shops and stop for a coffee.

January 07, 2013

Work in Progress, 6x6 oil SOLD

Painting #5. I use this old hammer all the time. I'm not too sure what the rounded end is for though.

January 06, 2013

Sweeter than Honey, 6x6 oil SOLD

Day 4 Painting. My favourite jam! I even like the jars. They're the perfect size to use in my studio.

January 05, 2013

Plein Air Painting, Gravenhurst

For painting #3 I started a plein air painting in Gravenhurst. After about an hour into the painting it started snowing and my feet and hands were freezing. So this is as far as I got before wimping out and packing up. Hopefully I'll be able to finish the painting using a photo, (in the warmth of my studio). There was a sign not too far away that said "Beware of Bears" which made me worry just a little bit, although I think they would be hibernating.

January 04, 2013

Clean & Dry, 8x8 oil

Day 2, my pretty little teapot. I found this teapot while shopping for Christmas presents.


January 03, 2013

Cruising, 8x8 oil

Cruising, 8x8 oil
Happy New Year!
Here is my first painting of 2013!
After a relaxing holiday with way too much food, much too little exersize and lots and lots of sleep, I am ready to plunge into another year of painting! In fact I have taken the challenge of 30 paintings in 30 days. It's going to be tough but I'll do my best!