Monday, February 28, 2011

Wallace Mountain, Kluane, Yukon, Canada

Today I thought I'd add another painting to this entry for variety ; ) I painted this when we were in the Yukon. A personal favourite! I am happy with it because after spending a day laboriously painting some mountains the day before, and having it look, well,...normal and ho-hum, I was able to just let go and feel the mountain. I always get a thrill when I can paint what I'm feeling instead of what I'm seeing, you know? I have posted this one on my blog sometime in the past year and a half, but it's been a while. Once in a while I like to show some of my larger art from my website.

Running around...

No time for painting today because I had to drive to Ayr to bring this painting to AyrSpace for the show International Women Celebrate! I can't wait till the weekend when I will meet in person some of the artists that until now I have only talked with through our blogs. I would like to list everyone here but because I don't have a hard list in front of me, I am afraid of omitting someone(!) I will wait till after the weekend when I do a post about the show. 
"Impetus" / 24" x 24" / oil on canvas 

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Silver ink pot

A tough one for me. I thought I'd do a few paintings on materials in my studio. This ink pot proved a difficult structure to paint.
6" x 6" / oil on panel / $75

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Still spots open for painting this Wednesday at The Good Earth!

Unleash your creative spirit with food, wine and some oil paint! Come solo or bring some friends! Relax with some wine and snacks and dig into a painting! Various still life set-ups to choose from, all materials supplied and no experience necessary (truly!). If you've always wondered what it would be like to try oil painting, come and have some fun. Please contact The Good Earth to register at 905-563-6333 or
Two dates in March (one afternoon, one evening):
Wednesday March 2, 11:30am - 2:30pm 
Friday March 18, 6-9pm
Price: $55 + HST (cost includes food, wine and your art supplies) 

Friday, February 25, 2011

Monsters! (Ree and AGM (alien gingerbread man)

Well how can you not love these two? These are monsters made by my kids. Basically a one-day project. It included sketching, dying gauze in tea and learning to stitch on the fly. They are filled with lentils. 

Submission for "Present and Accounted For"

These are the photos I sent to Karen Appleton for her blog Present and Accounted For. Karen had a cool idea of a gift exchange project. She sent out these gift-wrapped boxes (empty and eager to see the world!) and asked in return that people photograph them and send the pictures back to her blog. Fun!  This present is sitting in front of a quincy (snow shelter) my husband and kids made and slept in this winter.  A week or so later we had another storm and the snow drifted into the entrance. It made a perfect spot to perch my little gift. We later shovelled out the drift and got to enjoy the shelter a week or so longer till it melted.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Ready for action - SOLD

Ran across an old box of pastels in my studio. The colours were bright, interesting and it was kind of thrilling! I know that sounds dweebish to many but I think it's one of the perks of the job (smile, contented sigh). 
Note: this painting had been called: Creamy oil pastels. Could not think of an interesting title so I went for the obvious. I asked for snappier title suggestions and THANK YOU to Jill who came up with "Ready for Action" : )
6" x 6" / oil on panel / $75

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Grace - SOLD

This is the last in this series - my flowers were real troopers but they're done. I think it might be my favourite.
6" x 6" / oil on panel / $75

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Love - SOLD

I'm painting a series of these - three I think. I just really like the colour combination. The rose is full and open, the petals almost ready to drop. If you ever wonder why this blue figures so prominently in my paintings it's because my table is a thick pane of smooth frosted glass. Sometimes I lay down colour cards or cloths, but I love the table top on its own. 
6" x 6" / oil on panel / $75

Monday, February 21, 2011

Peace - SOLD

It's just what I think of when I look at it. 
6" x 6" / oil on panel / $75

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Out of the frying pan... - SOLD

into our mouths! Friday we made homemade donuts. My nephew, sister and I had always wanted to try it and we decided on two kinds: yeast (raised) and crullers. Pictured above are the yeast. We iced them with a vanilla glaze, maple glaze, and chocolate icing. *YUM* The crullers were equally delicious : ) Kelley and Susan, I was wishing you were here to taste test! : )
6" x 6" / oil on panel / $75

yeast donuts with the holes
my nephew was frying...
my sisters beautiful handiwork piping crullers

Friday, February 18, 2011

What's left

Two foil wrapped caramel chocolates and one brown wrapper. I love a chocolate box : )
6" x 6" / oil on panel / $100 (includes free shipping worldwide)

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Chocolate love - SOLD

This is a piece of some DIVINE cake that one of my most favourite people made the other day : ) It is moist and dense with raspberry preserves and chocolate ganache filling. SO fantastic. It made everyone smile. That's the magic of really good food, yes? Thank you! xo
6" x 6" / oil on panel / $75

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Promise of spring - SOLD

These are the flowers I used in my class last week - some tulips and roses. I worked with a palette knife for this one. I enjoy mixing it up. Speaking of spring, tomorrow we're supposed to get unseasonably warm temperatures and even showers. In February! A little unusual but I'll take it : )
6" x 6" / oil on panel / SOLD

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

After dinner smile

Technically I had a lot of fun painting this. More fun than yesterday's rose. Those petals and folds got a little crazy. In this one, the plastic wrap and translucence of the hard candy were just plain FUN : )
I'm not one for suckers or hard candy but my kids like getting them after a meal at a restaurant. And I must fess-up to enjoying the chocolates that a few restaurants bring instead of suckers or mints. I know one place that even brings a brownie. Hmm...I wish more would do that! 
6" x 6" / oil on panel / $75

Monday, February 14, 2011

Desire - SOLD

I painted this today for the Daily Paintworks Challenge. It also fits nicely for the day! Unless of course you've had it up to *here* with all things Valentiney, then just pretend it's wilted and

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Fresh fruit tart

YUM. A fresh fruit tart. Definitely a nice shot of colour. Four months till strawberries are ready for picking : )
6" x 6" / oil on panel / $75

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Spring in winter

Yowza this one gave me a run for my money! Holy smokes. Perhaps I will paint more tulips this week.
6" x 6" / oil on panel / $75

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Uh-oh - SOLD

It had to end like this, don't you think? : )

When I took bites out of all these candies, they were really tough after sitting unwrapped for a week. Yummy. But I have to tell you, I didn't think I liked these candies but they weren't half-bad! I feel the Allsorts love : )

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Painting at The Good Earth!

Today was painting again at The Good Earth. Another bunch of wonderful people - and three from my past that I hadn't seen in a while - a very nice surprise! They all did great! I'm always so impressed with their willing and creative spirit : )

Hard at work
Finished pieces


Thanks to everyone who came and painted today and thank you to all at The Good Earth for such an inviting atmospere and snacks ; ) A lovely afternoon!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Monday, February 7, 2011

The Allsorts Royal Family Portrait - SOLD

The Duke and Duchess of Allsorts, House of Licorice, with their child.
6" x 6" / oil on panel / SOLD

Sunday, February 6, 2011

The Allsorts cousins

So I like to think of this one as another family - with their
6" x 6" / oil on panel / nfs

Money origami

Once in a while I like to share some different art forms on my blog. This is one of those posts. Yesterday my nephew showed me his cool origami t-shirt and pants he had made. *THE BEST!* Love them. So I asked him if he'd make me an outfit. I've been showing them off to friends ; ) And in case you're wondering, the pants are made of one bill, and can be completely unfolded, bill intact. Thanks Trav!