Monday, November 27, 2017

Flower Girl

Watercolour on paper, (14 x 11 inches)

I painted this watercolour a few weeks ago but neglected to post it.  At that time I was working on the theme of flowers and hair and will likely explore more of this subject in the months to come.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Bubble Meditation

Oil on gallery canvas (1 1/2 inch deep), 8 x 8 inches

When the temperature begins to drop I find a hot cup of tea even more comforting.  It's so nice just to slow down and just contemplate the bubbles!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

The Mason Gang

Oil on canvas (20 x 20 inches)

My latest mason jar painting - I keep coming back for more!  The nuances of the light shining through the lettering, the changing hues of the bottles and the reflections of the bottles on the shiny surface were fun and challenging details to capture.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017


Oil on canvas, 24 x 24 inches

I have continued on with my exploration of abstracted florals, and this is my latest offering.  I liked the way the petals in the center are unfurling, thus the title "Emerge".

Monday, October 16, 2017


Oil on 3/4 inch canvas, 20 x 24 inches

Here is another of the abstracted florals, this is probably more recognizable as floral, but also more fluid like an abstract. I thought the petals seemed to be stretching like we do when just waking up, thus the title "Awaken".

Thursday, October 12, 2017


Oil on canvas, 30 x 24 inches

A couple of years ago I had painted a few small scale abstracted floral paintings, and always meant to explore that theme futher, but on a larger scale.  Finally got a chance to do that and this is the first of three that I completed along that theme.  

Friday, October 6, 2017

Mason Jar Trio

Oil on canvas, 16 x 12 inches

My latest ball jar painting, with a Canadian Star!  I love the variety of mason jars that are out there and it's always fun to discover new ones at the antique markets.  

Wednesday, October 4, 2017


"Redhead"  watercolor on paper, 8 x 8 inches

This is the last watercolor from my 30 in 30 efforts of September, one which didn't quite make the deadline.  And while I didn't come anywhere near the goal, for me it morphed into focusing more on the challenge of seeing where I could go using the watercolor medium for the first time in about nine years.  I wondered how the work I had done in oils during the previous years would influence my watercolor style and technique.  I did start out wanting to be more abbreviated and loose in my style but in the end moved more towards attention to detail (I seem to love the details).  In this piece, I wanted to play up the strands of hair and highlights and see where that took me.  Also, I loved portraying all the subtle colours present in a head of red hair. So, I'm happy with what I did manage to get done in September, even if falling well short of the goal of 30 paintings.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Peony in Watercolor

"Peony", watercolour, 8 x 10 inches

I’m still exploring watercolours during the month of September and decided to revisit a subject I painted in oils a couple of years ago (in a much larger format) just to see how I would handle it in watercolour.  It turned out very similar to the first one – I had intended to have more variations of the pinks into blues. I think it turned out okay, but I still have more experimenting and exploration to do …

Friday, September 15, 2017

Italian Vista

Watercolour on paper, 5 x 7 inches

I’m continuing to challenge myself by working with watercolours after a 9-year absence from them, and adding in the further challenge of doing a landscape, of which I have probably done twice before in my artistic endeavours.   I find the greenery tricky to pull off, as well as resisting the urge to paint every little detail in the whole scene – which isn’t very practical on a 5 x 7 inch image!  

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Ripe Heirloom

Watercolour on paper, 5 x 7 inches

This is my latest little watercolour for the month of September.  The subject is a beautiful heirloom tomato grown by my father-in-law, who was gracious enough to gift us with a few of them from their garden after my own first attempt at growing tomatoes yielded four very pathetic golf-ball sized pretenders! 

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Sunny Starfish

Sunny Starfish, Watercolour, 5 x 7 inches

Here is my latest little watercolour for the 30 in 30 challenge.  It took a lot of restraint for me to not go too deep “into the weeds” to try and bring out every detail – that is also part of what I am trying to challenge myself with this month.  I wanted to try and keep it fairly simple but still have enough interest to make it worth painting. 

Friday, September 8, 2017

Roman Face

Watercolour, 5 x 7 inches

A little section of a larger sculpture that was photographed by my daughter and her boyfriend while on holidays in Rome last year. 

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Green Abstract (Comfort)

Watercolour, (7 x 5 inches)

I am continuing to explore my floral-inspired abstracts and this is the latest study that I completed.  I liked how it turned out so I may try it out in a larger scale oil painting in the weeks or months to come. For now, this little piece will be my latest (and overdue) installment for my 30 in 30, which is already downgraded to 27 in 30 – I got distracted by the long weekend! 

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Beach Road

Watercolour on paper, (5 x 7 inches)
Not for Sale

The picture I used as a reference for this painting didn’t actually have water in it – there was a bend in the road and the view beyond was originally more greenery and trees.  I thought it needed something else, so it became a beach!  

Friday, September 1, 2017

And now for something (almost) completely different

"Beach Walk", watercolour, 4  5/8" x 6 5/8" (inches)
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For the month of September I will be participating in the “30 in 30 challenge” on Leslie Saeta’s blog.  So, in theory, I will be posting a painting every day both here on my blog and on the 30 in 30 Blog as well.  This is a challenge that Leslie has offered up twice a year for the last few years now, and I am finally attempting to take part!  I’m not promising that I will actually post a new painting every day, but I will challenge myself to at least paint a lot more frequently and hopefully get close to that goal.
But for the first time in over nine years, I will be doing some of that work using watercolours, just to change things up.  Still, some of the work you’ll see will be oils, but hopefully a lot will be watercolours like today’s painting  ...change is as good as a rest.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Friday, June 30, 2017

Peonies in a Vase

Oil on 3/4 inch canvas (30 x 20 inches)

My love affair with peonies continues, but I so wish they could stick around longer than just a couple of weeks, though I guess if they were here all summer, we might take them for granted.  I love the way they look and smell and since the time they have with us is so short every year, the next best thing is a painting of them ...

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Fairlane Fans

Oil on 3/4 inch Canvas (24 x 18 inches)

I love the look of the vintage Ford Fairlane and was lucky enough to grab a shot if this beauty in full sunlight.  My favourite part was the reflected images in the shiny chrome – what a beauty!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Circle of Shells

Oil on Panel (12 x 12 inches)

I have been wanting to paint a shell picture again for a while and this set up gave me the opportunity to really focus on all the interesting bumps and colours on each of the shells.

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)

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.