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.

Monday, September 08, 2014

Back to old favourites

6" x 6" Oil on wood cradled panel

When I started these small format paintings, I meant for them to be simpler with the emphasis on brushwork but I keep going back to trickier subject matter....ellipses for example.  I do like teacups so they do end up in my paintings quite often.  I'll post the painting when I'm sure I'm happy with the end result.

Saturday, August 09, 2014

The Sky on His Back

8" x 10" Collage

The quote is from Henry David Thoreau - "The Bluebird carries the sky on his back"  Do you think I could borrow this quote for my bluejay?  Different kinds of birds but still with the beautiful blue.
I am enjoying the series of birds but my next one might be a different subject.  I'm acquiring papers
and techniques that I'd like to apply to other images.  As with the others, I used hand painted papers and magazine clippings.

Time now to go back and take a look at my approach since the first one (the chickadee).  There are
elements about the simpler way I started them that I like but at the same time some subject matter simply needs to be handled with more intensity.  This bluejay with the black stripes for example.

Please email me with inquiries.  I will eventually place on Etsy but would be happy to answer any
questions you may have.  Not entirely sure whether I will mount this to a wood panel and still have
it frameable or use a mat and put it under glass.

Friday, August 01, 2014


...and here is my painting Jax from the last post.  Painted slightly larger than most of my recent work at 8" square.  I may continue this size format for awhile.  This painting is a little more loose from my previous painting and the size increase helped.  One more painting of a dog before I go back to my usual subject matter.  Now this next one may be more of a challenge as it is of a dalmatian who is no
longer around and either the spottiness will make it easier to paint or harder - I'll  find out soon.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Next on my easel....

Jax is his name .... I'm painting this one a little larger than the usual 6" x 6" and he is on canvas.
Want to get this one finished before I return to the collage series of birds.

A Doxie named Rocky

6 x 6 x 1.5 inches
oil on wood cradled panel

My niece's beloved doxie, Rocky.  I couldn't help but want to paint him as I've had four doxies of my own.  Unfortunately he succumbed to the dreaded doxie back problem at the age of four.  

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Robin Collage

8" x 10" 
collage on 3/4" wood panel

I am thoroughly enjoying this series and picking up techniques along the way.  Next up will be a 
Bluejay simply because I have some beautiful blue papers to use.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Cardinal Collage

I enjoy making textured and painted papers but don't seem to use them enough.  Having started this
bird series is the first time I am really using them in a way that justifies making more.  So all is good.
These are done on a card stock weight of paper but I'm thinking I may use the wood panels that I use
for the small daily paintings because the grain of the wood might be nice to use too.  I can see myself
adapting this newfound interest to the use of fabrics.  Something I've admired in art quilters but didn't think I'd get around to trying.  
Computer monitors vary quite a bit but for some reason the background green is more saturated than
my scan.  It's only when I bring it into this blog that is becomes a little too strong for my liking otherwise the original and the prints I'm making from it are a much nicer earthier green.
The original measures 8" x 10"