Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Pink Peony Heart

Oil on Canvas (8x8 in)

This is another close-up of one of my favourite flowers, the peony.  My neighbour had a particularly nice crop of them this year and was kind enough to let me snap some reference photos of them while in bloom.  I love to work at capturing the light and shadow contrast as well as the subtle colour variations within the petals.

Friday, September 25, 2015

How Sad is that Doggie in the Window?

Oil on Gessoed Board (10x8 in)

While on a recent visit to Old Quebec City, we were walking down one of the many narrow cobblestone streets and came across this scene of a lonely looking hound, peering out the window, oblivious to all the people milling by.  He seemed to be looking for something; perhaps his master was overdue, thus his look of longing.  With the wonderful contrast of the dark interior against his golden fur, I just had to turn it into a painting.

Friday, September 18, 2015


Oil on Cradled Birch Panel (6x6 in)

You can just tell that the temperature of the water is not to his liking.  Didn’t stop him from bravely venturing in and enjoying the beautiful ocean.  Definitely cooler than pool water.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Harley's Nose

Oil on Gessoboard (8x8 in)

Another Harley portrait, this time from above, with her happy little face panting in the warm sunshine.  I liked this vantage point for the painting because it’s often how we see our pets, looking up at us in unrestrained affection, or in hopeful anticipation of a treat.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

A Proud Canadian

Oil on birch panel (10x8 in)
Not for sale

Harley is an adorable gal, the much-loved pet of friends of mine.  She didn’t care too much for having her picture taken, so again, it was a challenge to get a good reference picture to use for this painting.  But she tolerated me for a bit as she gazed out from the cottage deck on to the river below.  Alas, the moment was fleeting and she soon turned her attentions to other things, having something much better to do than to pose for the paparazzi.