Monday, August 31, 2015

Wheatley River Cow

Oil on panel (8x8 in)

While in PEI this summer we stayed with our good friends in Wheatley River and passed by this field of cows pretty much every day when we were out and about.  This lovely gal was good enough to stay put for a few seconds while I snapped a few photos of her.  The landscape was bathed in sunshine and the mood was leisurely and relaxed, just like this contented cow.  

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Chasing Gulls

Oil on panel (8x10 in)

Again, while on recent vacation, I saw this beach scene with a young child chasing after the ever-present seagulls, which I had to paint.  It’s good to be young.

Friday, August 28, 2015

The Garden Gate

oil on canvas (10x10 in)

This painting is based on a neighbour’s garden gate.  The knocker caught my eye as I was walking by, and although I thought it might be very challenging to execute (it was), as usual, it was a very enjoyable challenge.  It seems for me that the beginning of almost every painting starts out like a mystery as to how I will ever be able to approach the subject and capture what I want to capture about it.  I’m happy with how this turned out and that I managed to get to the end of the mystery …

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Basilica Angel

Oil on Gessoboard (6x6 in)
Not for sale

On my recent visit to Charlottetown, PEI, Canada, I had the opportunity to visit the beautiful St. Dunstan’s Basilica which is right downtown Charlottetown.  The church graciously allows photography during visiting hours, and so I was able to take a reference shot of the lovely angel font at the front of the church.  I took some artistic liberties since in reality, the angel is not golden but a white alabaster.  

Tuesday, August 11, 2015


Oil on Gallery Canvas (8x8 in)

My son had left his sunglasses lying around and when I spied them I thought they’d make a great subject for a painting, and made a mental note to do that.  The next day he told me he was heading out for the weekend to a friend’s cottage, so I grabbed the sunglasses and took a few reference photos to get me started with some ideas before he left with them.  Good thing I did, because when he got back at the end of the weekend, it turned out that he’d left the sunglasses behind somewhere, never to be seen again.  

Monday, August 10, 2015


oil on canvas (8x8 in)

On vacation I came across this scene that sent me back to my own childhood.  Memories of playing for hours in the sand and beachcombing for all kinds of treasures; shells, sea glass, pretty rocks, all the while trying to avoid the seaweed and jellyfish that also dotted the very interesting landscape.  I can still smell the salt water and feel the ocean breeze …