Friday, July 24, 2015

What's painted in the kitchen, stays in the kitchen....

Whenever I finish an oil painting I gravitate to a different media not unlike cleansing the palate (pun intended).  I'm not as familiar with water-colour but creating these illustrated recipes has been a great learning tool.  I've created a small library of individual kitcheny items and sweet and savoury foods and assemble them digitally into illustrated recipes.  I've just posted a few in my etsy shop.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Bougeureau and Tea, Freesias and Me

14" square
Oil on Canvas

I had been painting small formats for the better part of the year, that I felt I needed to work a little larger and pulled this image from my files.  I've always liked painting an image within a painting
but Bougeureau is a hard act to follow!

Thursday, July 09, 2015

Some of my favourite things.....

These peonies were left from our backyard wedding and were the most spectacular I had ever seen.  I photographed them for days hoping to have at least one image I could paint from. (I think I do).  The chickadee is a collage from a series started last year.  I picked it up again and have created a few more.  Each time, I marvel at how much I learn when I work in a series.  My santos doll doesn't have to have a purpose.  She has an air of grace and beauty.  I have great plans for her.   The portrait of the little girl I just couldn't part with.  Her intense gaze pulls you in. 

Wow, I just realized this is my 400th post!

And Sable was her name..........

This little sweetie, now departed but oh so loved.

Oil on wood cradled Panel
6" x 6"

Sunday, July 05, 2015

End Result

I created a toile* style fabric with sketches of my home town and was pleased to see the end result
of one of our local residents have her chaired upholstered in it.  I have sewn many pillows from this fabric but it's the first upholstered piece I've seen....and I'm thrilled!
*toile de Jouy |ˌtwäl də ˈZHwē|
nouna type of printed calico with a characteristic floral, figure, or landscape design on a light background, typically used for upholstery or curtains.ORIGIN originally made at Jouy-en-Josas, near Paris.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

A Trio of Geraniums

A Trio of Geraniums
12" x 24"
Oil and Collage on Wood Panel

I've always wanted to pair collage with oils as I mentioned in one of my previous posts.  I'm excited to do more like this.  Maybe it's finding unexpected patterns and textures peeking through here and there.

Friday, June 26, 2015

White Geraniums in Silver

8" x 10"
oil on wood panel

Remember my previous post about painting geraniums?  Well I may have been a little premature.
Painting white geraniums without the best lighting conditions did present more of a challenge.  I do enjoy painting white flowers because of the nuanced colours that appear when painting anything white.  But my photographic skills were not up to par and it was rather difficult to ad lib colour so although I'm satisfied, I'm not thrilled.

And now summer begins....

I haven't been posting much lately but that's about to change.  Spring was all about preparing for a two day outdoor craft market.  Only this time I was part of the organizing team as well as a participant.  We prayed for good weather and that's exactly what we got.  It was amazing!  On to the
next weekend........a wedding at home in the garden!!  Two major events one week apart but many weeks in the planning.  Again, prayed for good weather and that is exactly what we had. (In a season that has had a roller coaster of a weather pattern too!)

We had the food part catered and thought we'd make our own dessert table but enough is enough!  We used a fantastic bakery to provide us with mini pies.  They are called Rustique Pies and that is what they specialize in.  Cutest little individual pies and tarts as well as a variety of baked bars, meringues and every type of home style baked goodies.  

Now when it came to the wedding cake, I decided to try what has become wildly popular, the "Naked Cake".  When told about this by my daughter (who is a wedding photographer) I was highly skeptical.  But just browsing through Pinterest was enough to convince me.  Leaving the cake "au natural" with just a filling/frosting in between the layers and then garnishing the cake with fresh flowers and fruits seemed right up my alley.  I do have a tendency to live dangerously (in the kitchen) and made this for the first time for the wedding.  It was an almond flavoured cake and went together beautifully but if I had it to do again I would've made sure the imprint from the cooling rack was disguised.  Something I didn't notice until I looked at these pictures!  More flowers would've done the trick.  But if that's the worst that could've happened, then I am extremely grateful!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015


Who would've thought geraniums with their little florets would be so appealing to paint?  The clusters that make up one flower would seem daunting.  But each little distinctive flower that make up the whole are so simple that I've returned to painting these several times over.  This time I wanted to try a little collage for the background.  This one is not finished yet but I think I will try a few more like this and perhaps add my drawing first so I can place the papers more strategically.

12" x 24"
Oil on wood panel with collage