Friday, June 26, 2015

Coco in Repose

Oil on gallery canvas (8x8 in)
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This is my cat Coco who is not often cooperative when I attempt to get reference photos of her.  This time she seemed content to “vogue” for me on the chair.  This particular pose provided lots of light and shadow contrast which I really enjoyed painting. 

Friday, June 19, 2015

Clouds In My Coffee

Oil on Canvas(10x10 in)

I found this little cup and saucer at a flea market and knew that the hobnail details would make for an interesting and challenging painting.  I hadn’t noticed it when I took my reference photos, but the coffee was reflecting the sky from the nearby window, thus the title, Clouds In My Coffee.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Stratford Swan II Alpha

                                            Oil on Canvas (10x10 in) 

Same Alpha swan from the Stratford, Ontario visit I mentioned yesterday.  This time he was heading back down the Avon River to order all the other swans around, in case they forgot who was the boss.  Nonetheless he was lovely to behold and definitely a great painting subject, cooperative or not.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Stratford Swan I (See Ya Later)

                                                  Oil on Canvas (9x12 in)  

I spotted this swan during a recent visit to Stratford, Ontario, a pretty little town about a one and a half hour drive west of Toronto.  This fellow made it clear that he did not want his picture taken and motored away along the Avon River at breakneck speed.  I managed a few pics anyway, and here is the resulting painting.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Floral Abstract I

Oil on canvas (9x12 in)   

This piece was inspired by a beautiful peony that was blooming in a neighbour’s yard.  I usually stick to a realist style, particularly with flowers since they are so beautiful on their own, but I decided to push it to the abstract so I could exaggerate the lines and colours to push them further.