Thursday, 17 August 2017

FEATHERS AND FLOWERS

6 x 6 inch oil
on 1/8th inch thick gesso board
$80.00

Another day of relishing my painting journey. I went to an art opening last week and one of my favourite artists Grant Leier was showing his amazing work.  He inspired me to just enjoy colour and flowers and anything goes!!


Monday, 14 August 2017

FEATHER FIASCO

6 x 6 inch
oil on 1/8th inch thick gesso board
$80.00
Another chickadee just had to be painted.  I don't see any around my feeder lately, they are probably feasting on all the fresh berries...we are too. 

Sunday, 13 August 2017

LOVE TAKER

6 x 6 inch oil
on 1/8th inch thick gesso board
$80.00

I am really enjoying painting these big birds on the small panels. I have been underpainting the panels and leaving more colour exposed than I usually do. Just more ways to experiment with a painting.


Friday, 11 August 2017

THRILL SEEKER

6 x 6 inch oil
on 1/8th inch thick gesso board
$80.00


I have painted this bird before, this time I enlarged the image so it is a completely different perspective. I love how the eye turned out,simple yet effective.

Thursday, 10 August 2017

FRANKIE a.k.a. THE NUTTER

6 x 6 inch oil
on 1/8th inch thick gesso board
$80.00

This little darling lives here in Qualicum Beach and a friend of my took the photo. I was in a mauve mood while I was painting, one of my favourite colours.


Wednesday, 9 August 2017

MR. TANAGER

6 x 6 inch
oil on 1/8th inch gesso board
$80.00

Primary pow...the colours that you see on some small birds are just amazing. So interesting that the  body of this bird is so bright and is such a contrast against the subdued wings.  I love nature!!!


Tuesday, 8 August 2017

LOOKER

6 x 6  inch oil
on 1/8th inch gesso board
$80.00

The more I paint birds the more I love to paint birds...even choosing the background colours is exciting.


Sunday, 6 August 2017

SUP?

6 x 6 inch oil
on 1/8th inch gesso board
$80.00

I  used  dark blue and purple transparents for the underpainting of this bird. I really like how the other colours pop against them.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

RAVISHING ROMNEYA

6 x 8 inch oil
on 1/8th inch gesso board
$95.00

Another borrowed photo from my friend Amber.  Years ago walking down to the beach I spotted my first romneya poppy, it was so large and swaying in the wind, I couldn't get over its wild beauty.


Monday, 31 July 2017

FANCY MAN

6 x 6 inch oil
on 1/8th inch gesso board
$80.00


This is my daughters friends dog who was rescued when he was a pup. He is just so handsome, I had to him. Everyone can relate to a black labs personality.

Sunday, 30 July 2017

SASSY SHASTAS

6 x 8 inch oil
on 1/8th inch gesso board
$95.00

I borrowed the photo for this painting from a friend of mine, these lovely shasta daisies had planted themselves in her yard a couple of years ago.

Saturday, 29 July 2017

ON THE LOOKOUT

6 x 6 inch oil
on 1/8th inch gesso board
$80.00


I was originally going to paint a very subtle background...then something happened and an abstract appeared...I love creativity.

Friday, 28 July 2017

Cow 178 TWINKLE TOES

6 x 6 inch oil
on 1/8th inch gesso board
$80.00
The angle that I took this photo with the head looming large above the tiny cow feet...fun to paint.

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Cow 177 SOMETIMES SHY

6 x 8 inch oil
on 1/8th inch gesso board
$95.00

This cow was standing away from the rest of the herd happily chewing on grass through a hole in the fence...just chilling.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Cow 176 YOU AGAIN?

6 x 8 inch oil
on 1/8th inch gesso board
$95.00

The wonderful thing about painting is you are the master, deciding colour, size,background,subject, composition and on and on...I love adding a beautiful lavender to my cow, just because I can. 

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Monday, 24 July 2017

DIRT

6 x 6 inch
oil on 1/8th inch gesso board
$80.00

I took the photo of this pig at a farm in Errington close to where I live, he had just finished rolling in the mud and was just a little startled when he saw me taking photos.
 

Sunday, 23 July 2017

WHERE TO NOW

6 x 8 inch
oil on 1/8th inch gesso board
$95.00

The deer are everywhere right now, they pick and choose which garden they will go to next with a keen eye for the delicate new buds...they so enjoyed the fresh growth on my favourite hydrangea that is displayed on our deck. I guess I will wait for flowers until next year...sigh.


Saturday, 22 July 2017

Friday, 21 July 2017

6 x 6 inch
oil on 1/8th inch gesso board
$80.00

I decided while painting that this little birdie needed to be in the trees surrounded by leaves.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

FASHIONISTAS

6 x 8 inch oil
on 1/8th inch gesso board
$95.00

My favourite turquoise vase has been doing double duty with all the amazing flowers that I have been buying,  and then of course painting.


Wednesday, 19 July 2017

LOVING YOU

6 x 6 inch
oil on 1/8th inch gesso board
$80.00

This is the image of a content dog...went for my run, got a few pats on the head, laying in the sunshine, it is a perfect day.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

UNCONDITIONAL

6 x 6 inch oil
on 1/8th inch gesso board
$80.00

My friend was scrolling down her photos showing me everything happening in her life, I spotted this little sweetie and couldn't resist painting that wonderful adoring look.


Saturday, 15 July 2017

GOOD MORNING

6 x 8 inch
oil on 1/8th inch gesso board
$95.00

 I left my house very early one morning in search of some cows to take pictures of...I think I was too early.  I decided to take pictures of the trees near the pasture that had the most beautiful morning light shining through them.  I couldn't wait to get home and paint.


Friday, 14 July 2017

EASY-GOING

6 x 6 inch oil
on 1/8th inch gesso board
$80.00

This little bird photo had a solid background which is impossible for me to paint, I went with different pale greens and turquoise.

Thursday, 13 July 2017

SUMMERS DANCE

6 x 6 inch
oil on 1/8th inch gesso board
$80.00

Another day of daisy painting, this one is actually quite abstract.  I started this painting by blocking in transparent very lightly and then just kept adding little bits of colour.


Wednesday, 12 July 2017

SUNDAY SWEETHEARTS

6 x 6 inch
oil on 1/8th inch gesso board
$80.00

These daisies self seeded under my Japanese maple a couple of years ago, I thought they looked so lovely in my green vase.


Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Cow 172 PERFECT MORNING

6 x 6 inch
oil on 1/8th inch gesso board
$80.00

Another sweetie from our Parker road, just hangin by the fence. I kept this painting quite light, a very sunny morning.

Monday, 10 July 2017

RUNNING SUNFLOWERS

6 x 8 inch oil
on 1/8th inch gesso board
$85.00

I am so thankful for our Qualicum Beach market, there is an absolute array of wonderful flowers, this weeks pick were these amazing sunflowers from Ocean Breeze Garden and Goods co.


Sunday, 9 July 2017

Cow 171 EVERYTHING'S GOING MY WAY

6 x 6 inch
oil on 1/8th inch gesso board
$80.00

This cow painting came together quite quickly.  I spent time looking at the photo for a couple of days so I had a really good idea how I was going to approach it. 

Saturday, 8 July 2017

ELSA'S LILIES

6 x 6 inch
oil on 1/8th inch gesso board
$80.00

My friend Elsa has a stand at our Saturday market, she grows the most amazing flowers, last week her lilies were calling to me...so were the cherry tarts that my family love so much...yummy.  


Friday, 7 July 2017

SERENITY NOW

6 x 8 inch
oil on 1/8th inch gesso board
$95.00

This is a borrowed photo from a friend, the setting is right in her back yard, I love how the light gently hits the trees. The more I paint landscapes the more I want to paint landscapes.


Wednesday, 5 July 2017

DISCO FEVER

6 x 6 inch
oil on 1/8th inch gesso board
$80.00

I look forward every year to our local market, especially for the flowers that our wonderful farmers devote so much of their time to growing. I chose 3 amazing sunflowers to bring home, they have so much personality and movement.  The name just popped into my head...I think I was listening to Donna Summer.


Monday, 3 July 2017

SASSY SALLY

6 x 6 inch
oil on 1/8th inch gesso board
$80.00

Whenever I paint  a bird I seem to be a little giddy upon completion...they are just so darned cute.

Sunday, 2 July 2017

LITTLE MOUNTAIN

6 x 8 inch
oil on 1/8th inch gesso board
$95.00


Little mountain is above the town of Parksville not far from where I live.  We are surrounded by trails on this island all with their own beauty. 

Saturday, 1 July 2017

PEACEFUL

6 x 8 inch
oil on 1/8th inch gesso board
$95.00

Another photo that my husband took when he was out walking Gracie.  This area has so many amazing views depending on which trail you take, we never tire from walking here, I even once saw a bear...amazing.


Friday, 30 June 2017

Thursday, 29 June 2017

GIRLS NIGHT OUT

6 x 6 inch
oil on 1/8th inch gesso board
$80.00

More roses from Jewels garden, she just moved into her new house and was so thrilled to see all the roses. I had to make my way through a  prickly garden to get the coral rose...it was so worth  it.


Tuesday, 27 June 2017

SWEET SUMMER

6 X 8 inch
oil on 1/8th inch gesso board
$95.00
These beautiful roses are from my friend Jewel's garden, the lovely orangey yellowy colours looked amazing with my turquoise vase.  I am finding that when you are painting flowers with layers of petals you just need to suggest the shape without getting too busy with your paint strokes.

Monday, 26 June 2017

Sunday, 25 June 2017

OH SO PINK PEONY

6 x 8 inch
oil on 1/8th inch gesso board
$95.00


These amazing peonies were a gift from my friend Leigh, I have never painted peonies before so it was a little bit of a challenge...all the layers of petals. i am really pleased with the outcome.

Saturday, 24 June 2017

BIRD HEAVEN

6 x 6 inch
oil on 1/8th inch gesso board
$70.00

This painting turned out much brighter than I had intended.  I think it was because of the beautiful weather outside.

Friday, 23 June 2017

BOLD PERSONALITY

6 x 6 inch
oil on 1/8th inch gesso board
$80.00

I have had this photo for quite some time, today it spoke to me.  I kept the brush strokes really loose and messy for this painting. Whenever I paint something red I always addd fuchsia pink, it just seems to give just a little more definition and interest.


Tuesday, 20 June 2017

BREATHTAKING

6 x 8 inch
oil on 1/8th inch gesso board
$95.00

This painting is from a photo taken off of Laburnum road just outside of Qualicum Beach, one of our favourite places to walk.  There is a long trail and if you follow it until the end there is a beaver pond which is just magical, the trees that they busily chew on look like great big sharpened pencils.


Monday, 19 June 2017

Sunday, 18 June 2017

THE LOOKOUT

6 x 8 inch
oil painting on 1/8th inch gesso board
$85.00

This is the view at the top of the CPR trail which is on Vancouver Island just outside of Qualicum Beach. 

Thursday, 15 June 2017

REDHEADS

6 x 8 inch
oil on 1/8th inch gesso board
SOLD

I was driving home a couple of days ago when these amazing poppies caught my eye, they were on the side of the road swaying in the breeze. I usually don't use a a lot of red in my paintings so these were really fun to paint for a change.


Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Monday, 12 June 2017

UNASSUMING

6 x 6 inch
oil on 1/8th inch gesso board
$80.00

There are always a couple of robins standing around just below our plum tree, it seems in the morning they are really busy. I used a very limited palette for this painting trying to just focus on my perception of the true colours of the bird.