Thursday, November 19, 2015

Intuitive painting.

I really enjoy painting and have pretty much always painted in a realistic style but a couple of years ago I was introduced to intuitive painting. I have never been so happy or free while painting as I am when I paint intuitively. It is very liberating to smear, dab, spray and let paint run with not much though to an outcome or how much the paint or canvas cost (this canvas is 4 feet x 4 feet and cost me $16 to make). Just pick a colour and a spot and let it fly!

I have had a few "failures" while painting intuitively but you know,,,, I just gessoed over top and started a new one, cost maybe a dollar or two, price of a cup of coffee at most. I am not sure I always learn something when I paint this way but then again, for me it is more about the moment and the feeling than what is left on the canvass. That is the hard part, allowing any outcome and not judging it good or bad but more so how it felt, did you loose yourself in the process, were you able to relax and unwind?

For me it is always more about the energy that I want to communicate onto the canvas with paint, hard and soft edges, gradations and sudden colour changes. Contrasts in colour and colour harmony, it is all so interesting how it flows together and to just let go of what we think painting is or should be and just allow it to be whatever you need or want it to be.

I am gearing up to teach some workshops locally in the new year and plan also to have some online tutorials and meet ups to go over some of the techniques and ways to prepare to be able to just let go and leave the rules checked at the door. Instead to tap into intuition and allow it to flow and dominate the painting session.

The only close up pic I have with my sweet grandson who loves to paint with his Nana.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Wednesday, October 7, 2015


Here are a couple of my Inktober drawings. I have missed a few days but as I am studying for an exam in 8 weeks I decided I would just take the pressure off and just allow myself to participate however I can.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Adult colouring pages: Koi fish.

I am turning a few sketches into pdf colouring pages, I thought if people can benefit from the mindfulness of colouring why not. It also give me some subjects to hone my inking and illustrations skills.

Here is the link,  Adult colouring page of koi fish.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

I just finished an owl study, my first attempt with prismacolor coloured pencils. I really liked using all the different greys instead of shading with graphite.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Floating island over burnt forest.

I did not plan this painting but as it developed I tried to keep colour to a min except to accentuate certain aspects. For example the bit of blue sky peeking through and the vegetation on the island,
both symbolizing hope. Hope you enjoy it.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Japanese wave.


This was a lot of fun but I did find it difficult. I did follow a computer generated tutorial to get most of this blocked in, in my sketch book.  If your interested I am posting almost every day on Instagram and I really like how easy it is and the interaction with other is a awesome feature. Here is the link to my account

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Sunset Floating Island

I have been working on some fantasy type art for the past 6 months and have really been enjoying the freedom of painting in this style. I think in this fast paced world, escaping to one of these islands seems like a nice reprieve.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Summer Pear.

This is one of the few paintings I made time for this summer. Pretty sad that painting is something I love to do but I have not been disciplined enough to make it a regular practice. I am working at replacing some not so productive habits with some regularly scheduled painting time and see what I can produce

Monday, May 13, 2013

Balloons, clouds and rocks.

I painted this for my grandson for his room, using this challenge rules. This was a fun painting! I have been watching some videos by Tim Gagnon on painting clouds so it was fun to experiment with some of the tips I gleaned from his YouTube videos.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Pear on the rocks

Well I did not feel like painting, so I got out my coloured pencils and fine point marker and went to town in my sketch book. I really enjoyed getting lost in the meditative and slightly mundane actions of cross hatching and shading.

Some times getting started on a painting seems like a huge chore but picking up my sketch book and a couple of coloured pencils feels more light hearted and not quite so daunting.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Red Pepper

This is the first semi successful painting I've worked on since this fall. I have not done myself any favours by not painting regularly and I will be dedicating part of  my day hopfully everyday to painting.

This red pepper was all done in acrylic but I would like to go in with a touch of oils here and there where I had trouble blending the colours. I love the way oils feel and the natural glow that comes from them but it seems a tad bit easier to jump into a painting session with acrylic, I think it's because I am more familiar with them and they dry so quickly that I can apply glazes and build up the painting quicker.

Anyway now that I have a game plan lets see how well I can stick to it!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

10 Minute Pears

This is my response to the Daily Paintworks weekly challenge, to set a 10 minute timer and paint what you can in that time. I had a lot of fun with this challenge and learned a lot too! I will admit that three of the pears were over the 10 minutes, but not more than 5-7 extra minutes and usually for the background and shadow.

A very worthwhile exercise and I hope to remember to practice this again.

Monday, October 10, 2011

October Pears

I had a flat of pears given to me by my neighbor and upon my daughters suggestion, painted a bowl of them. This painting was a little more complicated than most of my still life set ups up till now. I was quite happy that I was able to paint all the pears in the bowl with just a quick sketch in an under painting. This photo turned out a little darker than the original and I hope to find the time tomorrow to correct it.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Tofino Beach Value Study

This was my response to the Daily Paintworks Challenge this week. I sure enjoyed leaving colour out of the equation, as this photo is one I've wanted to paint for sometime but the colours in this sunset were a little intimidating. Now that I've done the value study I feel a little more confident about approaching this in colour.