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
$85.00

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. 


Sunday, 11 June 2017

BIKINI BOD

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

I find the simpler you start with these little bird paintings the better they are.  Sometimes I get carried away and want to add every little detail, but all you need to do is suggest details on the painting...less is more.


Saturday, 10 June 2017

PET PORTRAIT

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

This is a commission I did for a family who wants to have a memory of their lovely senior dog.

Friday, 9 June 2017

BALANCED

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

These little chickadees seem to be the star or our yard. They come in groups to check out the bird feeder and hang off of it like little acrobats.  They are so wonderful to paint.

Thursday, 8 June 2017

THE GALA

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

This is a painting of another vase borrowed from my neighbour, she also filled it with some greenery from her garden and then I added the white azalea from mine...nothing like working together. 


Wednesday, 7 June 2017

I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW

6 x 8 inch
oil on 1/8th inch gesso board
$95.00
This painting is from a photo my husband took on one of his hikes, it is on the cpr loop which is between Qualicum Beach and Port Alberni.  I am really enjoying doing landscapes, the ever-changing scenery is such an inspiration.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Monday, 5 June 2017

Cow 170 TENNIS ANYONE?

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

This is another cow from Parker road where we go to run our dog. She was very curious, as my husband was feeding one of the other cows grass she walked right up as if to say what about me? Her nose was my very favourite thing to paint.

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Cow 169 I'M THINKING

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

I needed some cow inspiration a few days ago, so I drove over to Parker road and there by the side of the fence was this beauty.

Saturday, 3 June 2017

WESLEY RIDGE

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

My husband is doing some serious hiking as he is on his way to Nepal, this is a photo he took. I just loved how the flowers were front and center making such a statement.


Friday, 2 June 2017

BRITISH COLUMBIA BEAUTIES

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

The lilacs just started blooming so a cut a couple from the garden and added them to the rhododendron bouquet....ahhhhh.


Thursday, 1 June 2017

PURE BLISS

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

I never tire of seeing  rhododendrons blooming, my favourites being the purples and pinks...deliciously beautiful. I find flowers a perfect subject to paint, there is so much movement and the rainbow of colours is one big garden party.


Wednesday, 31 May 2017

RHODODENDRON BOUQUET


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

So the tulips were looking pretty sad after being my subject for a good week of painting, I headed out to the garden and clipped some rhodos and lilacs...they are in full bloom and amazing.  I loved the rich purples against the deep blue of the burleigh vase.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Monday, 29 May 2017

THE BURLEIGH VASE

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


Ok, when you have spectacular tulips in an amazing blue Burleigh vase you just have to paint them over and over...again and again.

Sunday, 28 May 2017

ALWAYS SASSY



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


Tulips are such an ever-changing flower once placed in a vase, the transformation every day gives you another painting subject...definitely my favourite flower.

Saturday, 27 May 2017

AFTER THE WEEKEND

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

Ok, when you have spectacular tulips in an amazing blue Burleigh vase you just have to paint them over and over.

Friday, 26 May 2017

GLORIOUS

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

My neighbour lent me this beautiful vase, my tulips looked so beautiful with their bright pinks against  the dark cobalt blue of the vase.

Thursday, 25 May 2017

THE GATHERING

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

These  tulips are from Vertgen farms who have a stall at our Saturday market.  To say these tulips are spectacular is an understatement. I absolutely loved painting these beauties.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

BIRD DAY

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

It is bird weather here...finally they get to come out in all there glory and enjoy the lushness surrounding them. The foliage is in a hurry to bloom now that we have sunny days so there just seems to be a lot more action in our nature.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Cow 167 HEART HEAD

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

I enjoy painting black animals more and more. I love using different subtle colours to accentuate the highlights, on this beauty I used blues,mauves with a little bit of green just because.

Monday, 22 May 2017

FRONT YARD VIEW

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


There is nothing I enjoy more than sitting out on the deck enjoying my garden.  The rhododendrons are in full bloom and they are spectacular.

Sunday, 21 May 2017

BIRD HANGOUT

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


This beautiful rhodo is just outside my office window, it is the main hangout for all of the birds as the feeder is just above.

Saturday, 20 May 2017

MY HEAVEN

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

I have to say that Vancouver Island is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen, and I am lucky enough to live here. 

Friday, 19 May 2017

TULIP BALLET

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

Another painting of the marvellous parrot tulips. Every day I take more photos as they open more and make another painting for me, I love how they just dance amongst themselves.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

WILD SMILES

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


 Vertgen farm had the most amazing choice of flowers at the Saturday market, my favourite were the Parrot tulips.  I headed right home to put them in my go to vase and started painting

Monday, 15 May 2017

SWEET TWEET

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

This little bird was fun to paint, I loved the branch with the two blossoms, it added so much more interest.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

ALL HER GLORY

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


 There is nothing more beautiful than the flowering cherry tree especially when it is set against the most stunning  greens in their finest at the beginning of spring, and just when you think nothing could be more beautiful, you see the crystal blue sky peeking through...inspiring nature. 





Tuesday, 9 May 2017

SPRINKLES

6 X 8 inch
on 1/8th inch gesso board
SOLD

This is a commission, I absolutely loved painting Sprinkles, beautiful colouring.  Sprinkles was a Christmas gift for a nine year old girl, she was over the moon.

Sunday, 7 May 2017

THESE BOOTS ARE MADE FOR WALKING

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

This is a commission I did for a friend who is a little bit obsessed with her boots.  I really enjoyed painting these beauties.


Saturday, 6 May 2017

WORTH THE WAIT

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

I adore anemones, always one of the last flowers to bloom in the garden but so worth the wait.

Friday, 5 May 2017

LOVING LIFE

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

This photo is borrowed from my dear friend who was thrilled to see the first spring flowers in her area.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

SPRING AHEAD

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

I painted this little lovely with very loose strokes, my favourite parts of this painting are the top of the birds head with the blue highlight and the eye...I love painting birds.


Thursday, 27 April 2017

SPRING IS HERE

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

This was a lovely little bird to paint, I added the flowers in celebration of spring...today was a magnificent day in Qualicum Beach.


Workshop with Eumni Conacher





The last two days have been spent in a work shop with Eumni Conacher.  Since I always paint small this workshop was focused on large work.  It is always great to work outside your box, so going from a 6 x 6 inch painting to a 3ft by 3ft painting was a little daunting.  It was a wonderful excersise in just letting go.



Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Monday, 24 April 2017

Cow 164 PRINCESS LEIA

6 x 6 inch
oil on 1/8th inch gesso board
$75.00

This beauty just has the most wonderful gaze. I chose softer colours but then added a little more punch to the background, I pulled out my Ice Blue which just glides over the other colours and gives them the most wonderful soft shadows.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Cow 163 THE PROM QUEEN

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

Whenever  I do a run on painting cows I always completely enjoy it.  Each cow is so different from the next from their colouring to their curves...all good.

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Cow 162 ABOVE SUSPICION

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


This cow just looks like there is only good in her. I enjoy using rust and magenta together, they are a wonderful compliment to each other.