Friday, April 13, 2018

A New Old Start

Two posts back, I showed a work-in-progress photo of this painting.  As much as I was happy with it, the little pewter bird bothered me and I have since painted in out.  Because of the placement, I think it still needs something; maybe a fallen leaf or petal would be enough.  But for now, I am busy creating a few new paintings for a Spring art show next week.  I did like the paisley background, although I favour the left side more than the busier right side.

I thought it would be a good idea to use that paisley background again and now I'm wondering why!?
I think it will work out in the end but because of the lighting of the current painting, the paisley pattern is darker and I still have the problem of the dominance of the pattern asserting itself in the wrong places.  Since I have artistic license, you would think that I could solve the problem, but most likely not until I finish it as it is and then decide.

Backgrounds have taken up more importance lately in my painting.  I love the fact that there is still so much more to learn.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

A New. Year, a New Start!

I neglected this blog these last few months and I miss it.  This painting was a much larger format 30" square and I loved having a painting that I could indulge in.  These last few years I have been painting small daily paintings measuring 6" x 6".  So time management did get away from me!
I will post the other paintings from the latter part of 2017 in the next week and hopefully will be
here more frequently as 2018 is shaping up to be a very busy year. 

Thursday, August 24, 2017

On My Easel

Roses and Perfume
12" Square
Oil on Canvas

I had to try this subject in oil as I had enjoyed painting it in gouache.  This time though, I thought I'd challenge myself and include an orange paisley patterned pashmina as the background.  So far so good....


Acrylic on Paper
12" x 19"

Our local garden club has a flower exhibition every July and this year invited local artists to
exhibit along with them.  The theme was Fashion so I created this one using whatever was blooming in my garden (not my strong point) and some perfume bottles I had always wanted to paint.  I should really call this one "L'Air du Temps" after the perfume.

There is a slight haze in the lower left corner as I photographed this already in it's frame with glass.

I had forgotten how much I enjoy using gouache and or/acrylics on paper and plan on using this more often.

Interestingly, when I previewed this post, I realized the rose is from the same yellow rose bush and that I had painted a few years ago and which is in my banner at the top of this blog.

Monday, August 14, 2017


6" x 8' Oil on wood cradled panel

A recently completed portrait of Lucy.  A soon to be delivered gift to her master whom she adores.

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Two Blue Teacups

Two Blue Teacups
10" square
Oil on Wood Cradled Panel

This is a 10" square oil painting I finished for our local Spring Art Show.   It was one of several teacup paintings I painted and is now on its' way to a gallery to find a new home.  

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Spring Art Show

Black and Silver brought Gold
10 x 12 Oil on wood cradled panel

I am pleased to say that one of my entries into this year's Sprint exhibition won Best in Show!
I have been enjoying painting reflective surfaces lately so my collection of metallic tea cups became
the centre of interest.  Painted in oils on a collaged background, I am most happy with the results.

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Never Enough Daffodils

Well April started with a snowstorm and ended with Daffodils.  Those flouncy, brilliant flowers that bring such a ray of sunshine into our homes are wonderful to paint.  They have such a distinctive
profile.  I chose to paint this version in oils on a papered background on a wood panel.