Thursday, August 11, 2016

Antique Ford


Oil on gesso board (9 x 12 inches)

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)

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)
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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?

Friday, May 27, 2016

Toss Up


Oil on gessoed panel (7 x 5 inches)

I wanted to work on a painting of hands because they can be tricky to do and I thought I would try a smaller study in preparation for starting a larger piece that I have planned.  Capturing the right position with all the wrinkles and lines in place made it both interesting and challenging.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Laughing Seashells


Oil on Gessoed Panel (10 x 8 inches)
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It looks to me like the two shells in the middle of the jar are having a good laugh about something, which explains the name I chose for this painting.  I wanted to capture that sunny, summertime feeling when you've had a great day at the beach; swimming, gathering seashells and just relaxing in the sun.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Peony Glow


Oil on Canvas (18 x 18 inches)
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Peonies are one of my most favourite flowers.  Beside the fact that I think they are beautiful, I love the challenge of painting them; to capture the velvety colours and the swirly petals as well as the sunny, fluffy stamens at the center.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Crooked Cabbage Smile


Oil on gesso board (8 x 8 inches)

I had been planning to do a painting of a savoy cabbage for a while now, knowing that I would enjoy the task of painting all the veining and the various greens throughout.  When I saw the DPW challenge to paint a vegetable, I finally got to it, but just about a week or so late … Here it is anyway.


Friday, April 22, 2016

Inspiration


Oil on gesso board (10 x 8 inches)
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When I took the reference photo for this painting I thought Coco looked like she was getting an inspiration from “on high” with all the light bouncing off her fur and whiskers and her upward gaze.   In reality I’m guessing she was probably watching a fly on the wall …

Friday, April 8, 2016

Cleopatra Eyes


Oil on Panel (10 x 8 inches)
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Sometimes Coco’s eyes remind me of Cleopatra when she’s in the right light. She really has that "direct look" down pat!


Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Mysterious Chocolates


Oil on Gallery Canvas (8 x 8 inches x 1.5 inches deep, sides painted dark brown)
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It’s time for another box of chocolates …  I thought the light was hitting the chocolates in a mysterious looking way, thus the inspiration for the title of this painting.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Tulip Party


Oil on gesso panel (8 x 8 inches)
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I love the way these tulips look like faces all peering upwards.  They looked like they were having a good time so I call this piece “Tulip Party”.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Tea for Three


Oil on gesso board (10 x 8 inches)

I love the look of these teacups - they make me think of cozying up with a warm cup of tea on a cold day.  When painting this, I was particularly interested in capturing the glow and the colours.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Mason in the Sun


Oil on gessoed panel (12 x 9 inches)

Again with the reflected light and transparent glass – I love working out the shapes and the confusion of the abstract bits that defy definition.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Coke Bottle


Oil on canvas (16 x 8 inches)
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I have to say I had a lot of fun painting this old coke bottle.  The challenge of all the reflected light and colours and shape distortions was so enjoyable.  It was like painting an abstract within a realist painting.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Bonbons


Oil on gesso board (8 x 10 inches)
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Yes it’s time for another chocolate painting – I can’t get enough of them either eating or painting.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Island Fox


Original oil on gesso board (5 x 7 inches)
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I think foxes are such pretty animals and the way they move about is quite interesting to watch.  The reference picture for this painting of a red fox in beautiful Prince Edward Island was taken by my good friend Morgan Palmer who captured some great images of this lovely creature as it roamed the land.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Belgian Chocolates


Oil on gesso board (8 x 8 inches)
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I love painting chocolates.  I love the little details the chocolatier has put into the making of them, and since they disappear all too quickly, this is a record of the time they were there to behold, so perfect and enticing.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Introspection


Oil on Canvas (16 x 20 inches)

One day Coco made herself comfortable on my work desk, on top of all my papers and open notebooks.  She looked like she was in the middle of deep and profound thought and although that was most assuredly not the case, the idea of it gave this painting its title.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Wild Rose


Oil on gesso board (8 x 8 inches)

I think I have a hankering for summer flowers – this latest is from a picture taken last summer when the neighbour’s flowers were at their height of display.  I can’t resist a bloom with lots of light and shadow, and the colour of this one was so vibrant it just needed to be painted. 

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Clementine Sparkle


Oil on canvas (16 x 20 inches)

What attracted me to this scene was the sparkle and glow of the sunlight being reflected through the crystal and onto the clementines and the counter.  I decided to make it a bit more abstract to really push the dots of colour in the bowl as well as in the shadows.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Reaching Up


Oil on stretched canvas (18 x 18 inches)

I love the vantage point of looking up into a leafy tree, through to the sky.  I enjoyed painting the contrast of the truly blue sky against the yellow leaves.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Cup of Peonies


Oil on canvas (12 x 24 inches)

Another peony painting from an abundant floral season several years ago.  I wanted to capture the low lights on the teacup and the way the petals were affected by the indirect lighting, which is a little different from bright highlights and dark shadows to which I am usually drawn.  

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Peony in the Sun


Oil on 1 1/2 inch gallery canvas (18 x 24 inches)

This was a big beautiful peony blooming large in the sun.  I loved working with the light and shadow contrasts and trying to capture the intensity of the colours in the shadows.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Tick Tock Alarm Clock


Oil on gesso board (5 x 7 inches)
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Old clocks are such interesting subjects.  For me what made this fun to paint was  the challenge of painting the numbers, as well as the metal and glass reflections.