Friday, December 12, 2014

One More Cat

I came across this cat on an adoption site I think.  It is just the right type of photo that makes for a good painting.  This was the initial block in and now all that is left is finessing the brush strokes.


6" x 6" x 1.5" Oil on wood cradled panel

I do enjoy painting white animals.  Both Dallas of the last blog entry and Keghan of this post were done this week and were lovely to do.  The same can be said of black.  There are a lot of colours involved in painting black and white.  The challenge is to start with a depth that allows the final
punctuation of pure white or pure black to be effective.

Saturday, December 06, 2014


6" x 6"
Oil on wood cradled panel

Dallas belonged to our Fire Chief, a neighbour, a friend.

Ronin and the Red Door

6" x 6"
oil on wood cradled panel

I knew when I saw this photo of my nephew that it could make a good reference for a painting.
However painting a portrait that included plaid on a 6" x 6" canvas was maybe a little ambitious.
Head size is less than 1.25" high so I tried my best to get a good likeness.  Will stop now and not
overwork.  Just letting it simmer for a bit and will decide what's left to tweak.

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

A Good Start

I should have known that getting a likeness on a surface this small (6x6) would be a bit of a challenge but it's more than just the face, it's the body language too.  The head is about 1 1/2" high so I just kept telling myself to keep it simple.  I've since painted the (plaid!) shirt and the jeans so I have only the red door to finish.  My daily paintings sometimes do take a bit more time but the light is not the best to paint by right now so I'll finish this one up in the morning.

Woodland Wreath

One of the Christmas cards I designed this season.  And I have ideas for many more but there is only so much time left.  At least I know I enjoyed making these enough to continue with into the new year.  

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Some Cheering Up

November needs some cheering up.   Thanksgiving and Halloween have come and gone and the leaves are down.  But taking out my watercolors brightens things up considerably.  These are the new
projects I have this year.  Maybe it was growing up in the sixties when illustration was in it's heyday,
but I have just reconnected with my love for illustration and paper projects.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Jessie II

On my easel today.  I've been busy with collage and sketches but felt uneasy about not having
painted lately.  So today I fixed that.  Jessie needs the final touches still especially the eyes.  I start
by painting the eyes as a point of reference for the rest of the painting but the final touches are
saved for last.  

The Busy Season

The same sketches that I had printed to fabric are being used on a new card line that I've been
working on.  I've been painting with paper these days!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Just a little water-colour...

I've been working on a series of watercolors for a greeting card line and this is one of them.
Just having fun with the watercolors for now until the next phase, using them to integrate into a
line of bespoke greeting cards.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Teacup with Lemon

I knew once September rolled around that it would become incredibly busy.  Usually in a good way.
It's time to set up more still life groupings to carry me through the winter.  So hopefully my next
paintings will reflect the coming season (my favourite).

This is, once again a small format oil on wood cradled panel measuring 6" x 6" x 1.5" deep.