Thursday, September 29, 2011

Indian Summer

Indian Summer 30"X30" Oil on Gallery Wrapped Canvas, painted on the sides.

I do love the colors at this time of the year. When the sun shines on those leaves they shimmer.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011


Atmosphere 11X14 Oil on Canvas $150

Monday, September 26, 2011

Mac Donald Duo

Mac Donald Duo 24"X 12" Oil on Canvas $432

Sticking with the tree theme these are two beautiful Poplars by a canal that we often walk our dog. They seem almost regal in their height and I paint and sketch them often.

Sunday, September 25, 2011


Lakeshore 10"X12" Oil on Canvas $125

This painting is mostly done with a palette knife so the paint is fresh and thick.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Early Colors

Early Colors 14"X11" Oil on Canvas $150 Sold

I am working on a few large oil paintings and with this one I thought it a good idea to try my color scheme on a smaller painting first. I like the softer side of this painting.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Flower Flurry

Flower Flurry 10"X10" Acrylic on Gessoed Watercolor Paper $100

In this series of bouquets I am working to make the composition pleasing and the flowers a color surprise. I think I have a nice balance of darks and lights and a few little surprises :)

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Bouquet II

Bouquet 2

10"X10" Mixed Media, Acrylic on Gessoed Paper $100

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Fall Bouquet

Fall Bouquet 10" X 10" Acrylic on Gessoed Paper $100

Monday, September 19, 2011

Bouquets Revisited

Bouquet III 10X10 Acrylic on Gessoed Paper $100

I have decided to revisit my bouquet series. Most of the bouquets are created from imagination. I do also have some very good artificial flowers to draw on (so to speak) to see what combinations I can come up with. Flowers are wonderful because I don't have to name them and I can play with color and move things around at will. I can even tear up the paper and use that in another painting. That is the beauty of acrylic.

I do love my oil paints but every now and then I like to throw a tantrum of sporadic color to see what will happen.


Sunday, September 18, 2011

Busy Sunday

Its been a very busy weekend. I like to post something to my blog so I thought you might enjoy this sketch. The sketch is done using crayons and watercolor pencils. I love the intense colors.

I used this sketch to do a small oil that I posted a little while ago. I am also working on a large 40"X 30" painting in this theme. We'll see how that goes.




Saturday, September 17, 2011

Valley View

Valley View 8"X 10" Oil on Canvas

This is an intuitive landscape meaning that I start with a few strokes of paint and create a landscape of my imagination. It could be so many places that I have been.


Friday, September 16, 2011

Early Morning

Early Morning 11X14 Oil on Canvas
Its coming to that time again when the clouds and mist will roll in and cover the mountains. I do love all the seasons and am thankful for living in an area where there is differentiation between them.
This morning when I awoke at my usual hour it was dark for the first time this fall but the reflection of the morning light and the darkness of the house were such a beautiful contrast through the window that I went looking for crayons to record the color notes. So the challenge was to turn off the lights to look at what inspired me and then to turn the lights back on to grab the crayon. Then back off to make the notes on my paper. If the neighbours were watching they must of thought that I had a morris code going.

Happy Fall everyone.

Thursday, September 15, 2011


Stargazer 10"X8" Acrylic on Canvas $100 Sold

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Green Tea

Green Tea 10"X10" Acrylic on Gessoed Paper SOLD

I did this painting to enter into a show entitled "Beverages". I had thought it would be fun to play with abstracted compositions so I played the circles and squares off each other. I thought it to be a nice contrast.

I used to do a lot of this sort of thing and every now and then I think it is a good exercise to go back and revisit techniques and see how they may change.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Summer Combustion

Summer Combustion 14"X11" Acrylic on Canvas $150 Sold

This is another painting done while visiting Marion in the hospital. Her room has a beautiful large window that brings beautiful light. It's a nice place to sit and work while Marion sleeps.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Morning Light

Morning Light 8X10 Oil on Canvas $100

This painting is from Cortes Island. I wandered the beach early in the morning. The light was wonderful and there were beautiful rocks protruding from the sand.

Thursday, September 8, 2011


Hillside 10X8 Oil on Canvas $100

Instead of getting up in the morning and doing the daily sudoku puzzle I am now getting up and painting while the household is sleeping. It gives me an opportunity to look at what I've done the night before in a different light.

The photo of this painting is taken in morning sun. In the house the colors are richer.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011


Impact 8X8 Oil on Canvas $100

With this painting I used the same colors that I was using for the flowers. I rather like this combination so I am trying them on on various paintings.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011


Grouping 8X10 Oil on Canvas $100

Continuing on my flower theme this is a nice fresh little painting.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Summer Garden

Summer Garden 12X10 Oil on Canvas $125

It's that time of year when I am constantly jumping out of my cards taking photos of flowers. Even at the hospital they have a glorious display of Echinacea. It will keep me cheerful in the rainy months of winter.

Sunday, September 4, 2011


Twosome 12X10 Oil on Canvas SOLD
This is about breaking the rules. I think it worked out well.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Just for You

Just for You 12"X10" Acrylic on Canvas

I painted this one for my niece Alene. I had done a similar painting which she loved. It sold before we had the discussion so here it is on canvas.

I enjoy doing these. They are fun, bold free and loose. I actually sat in Marion's hospital room working on this for hours yesterday while she slept. I was scratching away at it and worried that it would bother her. When she was finally awake she told me it helped her to sleep. So there you go. Paint with purpose and love all in the mix.


Friday, September 2, 2011

Manning Park

Manning Park 11"X11" Oil on Panel $100

We took two of our grandchildren camping last weekend. This is a field sketch from the campground. If you are familiar with the area it is the Mule Deer campground. It sits right on the river.


Thursday, September 1, 2011

Let the Sunshine in


Let the Sunshine In 8X10 Oil on Canvas $100

I am back to painting again and thought this painting was a cheerful start. I do love color, warmth and texture. This painting would fit a standard frame.

I have taken this time off to be with my best friend and painting buddy while she has been in 3 different hospitals. She is now in the very best of the three (Abbotsford Palliative care unit) and when I visit we sometime sit and paint and plan and scheme for more painting. I am putting the link to her blogspot here if you wish to look at some of her fabulous work.

Marion's spirit and strength is a great inspiration to me and as we move through this journey together I am sure that I will learn and grow in leaps and bounds.