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.

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.