Saturday, March 25, 2017

Golden Flute


Oil on Canvas (10 x 12 inches)

Once upon a time - many years ago, I played the flute … a little.  I took lessons for a couple of years and really enjoyed every minute of it, but as years went by the lessons and the flute were put away and sadly I barely remember any of what I learned back then. But I still have the flute and in recent weeks decided if I can’t play it anymore I can at least paint it. I loved capturing the reflected lights as well as all the interesting details. In reality the flute is actually a more common silver plate, but I decided to play around with the colours and painted it in gold tones to contrast nicely against the blue background.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Sunny Fruit Bowl II



Oil on 3/4 inch canvas (10 x 10 inches)

This is a re-working of a painting I had done a while back - I always wondered if the background was a bit too dark for the overall composition. So I worked on the lights on the fruit as well as adding in some lighter green/blue into the background.  I feel like the changes allow the painting to live up to it's title - "Sunny" Fruit Bowl.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Punch Buggy Yellow


Oil on panel (9 x 12 inches)
SOLD

There’s something about a beetle car that makes me want to paint it.  This one was basking in the sunshine at an antique car show and it caught my eye right away.  I think it’s all the curvy lines that makes it an interesting subject for me plus the nostalgia that they seem to radiate.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Roman Garb


oil on 3/4 inch canvas (12 x 24)

This painting is based on a photograph taken by a friend of mine while on holiday in Italy.  I loved painting the folds of the “fabric” and all the light and shadows. 

Friday, February 17, 2017

Fiddle Fraction


Oil on Panel (8 x 8 inches)
SOLD

I think musical instruments not only make beautiful sounds but can also be beautiful pieces of art in and of themselves.  I noticed this violin at an antiques fair last summer and although it obviously wasn’t a prized Stradivarius or anything remotely similar, its shape, colour and potential all called to me in chorus.  I knew it would make a great subject.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Rose Teacup II


Oil on 3/4 inch canvas (10 x 10 inches)

A new version of a painting I did a while back.  Though I was happy with the original, after some consideration, I felt that it needed an extra layer of highlights and some minor adjustments, so I finally went ahead and did that.  I’m really happy with the results, so sharing it here.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Stacked Stripe Teacups


Oil on Panel (10 x 8 inches)

I love these striped cups and the way they reflect in the light.  Always a challenge to paint the gold that runs along the coloured stripes too!




Sunday, January 8, 2017

One Winter Morning


Oil on 1 3/4 inch stretched Gallery Canvas (20 x 20 inches)

This painting was based on a scene I woke up to during the first winter that we lived in our current house.  That winter was a particularly cold one, ushering in the phrase “polar vortex”.  Despite the bitterness of the temperature, everything seemed to come to life with the light pulsing through the naked trees and scattering itself into hundreds of glowing diamond pieces across the backyard.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Cherries in Hand


Oil on gesso board (8 x 8 inches)

This is likely the last of the cherry paintings for a while since they won’t be available for at least the next few months.  I wanted to combine the intricacies of the hand with the shiny cherries and this is what I came up with.  Another highly enjoyable experience.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Coke Bottle III


Oil on canvas (8 x 16 inches)
SOLD

Once again, I find myself drawn to the vintage coke bottle as a subject.  Subtle changes in lighting can alter how the whole image appears.  In this case, I opted for lower light which gave the cast shadow a soft glow.  I have a lot of fun working with all the little abstract bits and pieces that go into making this kind of painting!

Friday, November 4, 2016

Pink Stripe Cherries


Oil on gesso board (8 x 10 inches)
SOLD

I’m still enjoying painting cherries even though the season here has long gone.  In this painting I was able to combine the fun of painting the reflected light and golden highlights along with the challenge of the cherries themselves. 

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Masquerade


Oil on gesso board (9 x 12 inches)
SOLD

I found these masks at a garage sale this summer, which was fortunate because I had wanted to do a painting of “fancy” masks for a while.  I liked the challenge of capturing the shiny parts of the trim and the sparkles on the masks, as well as the texture in the feathers.


Thursday, October 20, 2016

Pom Pom Peony oil painting


Oil on 3/4 inch canvas (18 x 18 inches)

I love this kind of peony with the fluffy center contrasting with the outer petals.  The sunlight provided wonderful shadows as well as a nice glow in the middle.

Friday, October 14, 2016

We're Jamming


Oil on 3/4 inch streched canvas (16 x 20 inches)
SOLD

I love capturing the look of reflected glass with light shining through and in this piece I wanted to work with multiple layers of clear glass.  With these mason jars, the lettering was probably the most fun aspect to paint, especially where the distorted letters are showing through the glass in front of them. Thanks for viewing my work!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Polka Dot Cherries


Oil on Gesso Board (8 x 8 inches)
SOLD

I love the challenge of working with reflective surfaces and thought it would be fun to try that out with polka dots (I love polka dots for some reason).  It was tricky painting all the little white reflected dots as they grew smaller and smaller in the silver bowl.  The cherries were challenging as they usually are, but I was happy with the overall result.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Red '69 Cougar Convertible


Oil on Gesso Board (9 x 12 inches)
Not for Sale

When my husband was a much younger man, he bought himself an old 1969 Cougar convertible which he felt quite proud to own.  Unfortunately he had to sell it again only a short time later in order to help fund his education.  Whenever he spots a similar one on the road he is quick to point it out to me and reminisce about the one he once owned. Recently at a vintage car show, he saw one that was the same year as his, and took a few pictures of it.  Unbeknownst to him, I used those photos to secretly work up a painting of his beloved convertible which I kept hidden away until his birthday.  I’m happy to say that he was genuinely surprised and delighted.  

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Big Box o'Chocolates


Oil on Canvas (12 x 16 inches)
SOLD

Chocolates are one of my favourite subjects (both to paint and to eat), and I’ve done smaller paintings of this subject but this time I wanted to go bigger.  I think you can’t go wrong with more chocolate!

Monday, September 12, 2016

Cup of Cherries


Oil on gesso board (8 x 10 inches)
SOLD

It seems this year was a bumper crop of cherries and they looked and tasted delicious!  Cherries are a challenging subject to get the colours right and to capture the reflections on their shiny surfaces.  I filled one of my favourite teacups with them and placed it on a beautiful piece of Chinese silk fabric that I had been wanting to paint.  That added the extra challenge of rendering the reflections of the silk on the underside of the saucer.  

Friday, September 9, 2016

The Juggler


Oil on 1 1/2 inch gallery canvas (16 x 20 inches)

I started this painting with the idea of working further on hands as a subject since they can be a challenge.  I wanted to have lots of light and shadow interplay both in the hands and in the wrinkles of the t-shirt.  My husband kindly served as the model for the reference shots and as I worked through the painting, it also became a bit of a tribute to him as he is often seems to be juggling his life to accommodate the demands of family and work.  And yes, he can actually juggle (a little).



Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Worlds Away


Oil on canvas (12 x 16)
Not for sale

My son first picked up the guitar when he was about 12 years old.  I remember many times over the years seeing him sitting on the edge of his bed quietly strumming with that faraway look in his eyes.  I knew at some point I would paint that image, but only got around to it now, so many years later.  This past winter, a couple of days before he was leaving for a two month trip to India, he took the time to let me get some reference shots of him for this painting.  Again with that faraway look in his eyes, likely thinking about the trip ahead of him, he really felt to me to be “worlds away”.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Antique Ford


Oil on gesso board (9 x 12 inches)
SOLD

I was at an antique car show recently and saw this lovely old Ford shining in the sun and I immediately wanted to paint it.  Although I’m pretty sure the colour isn’t the original - I think the colour choices back then were either black or black, I thought the turquoise shade was quite attractive!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Orange Sunrise


Oil on canvas (18 x 24 inches)

Here is a painting of some clementines in a crystal bowl.  I decided to go a little abstract with the reflected light on the crystal facets and it ended up reminding me of sunrays, which inspired the title.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Coke Bottle Two


Oil on Canvas (8 x 16 inches)
SOLD

So I thought it was time for another Coke Bottle painting.  I love painting transparent glass with lots of reflections and colours.  Enjoy!

Friday, June 10, 2016

Daddy's Girl


Oil on gesso board (10 x 8 inches)
SOLD

The quintessential day at the beach with your little ones – in this case, Daddy and his little girl, searching for treasures along the shore.  Is there a better way to spend a sunny summer day?