Sunday, March 13, 2016

A New Adventure

This one was inspired by my son who loves to get outdoors and is planning on hiking and skiing to the summit of Mt Washington on Vancouver Island this month. Here is the link to the auction for A New Adventure.

Mellow Fall Trees

I had fun painting this one as the painting style is loose with some beautiful colours and tonal ranges. Fall is one of my favorite seasons. This is the link to the auction for Mellow Fall Trees .

Monday, March 7, 2016

I liked painting this one as there is no evidence of humans, no balloons, kites or sails. It seems to emit a calmness that I can relate to.

If you are interested in purchasing this painting here is the link to the auction for Tree Island .

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Lazy Summer Day

I am having fun with thinking up nostalgic themes for my floating islands, and really like how they look in a series. I do plan on painting some larger works soon as I finish up a commission for a cd cover, which I am super excited about.

Here is the link for the auction for Lazy Summer Day

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Sailboat Island

This is my favorite floating island so far. I just love the idea of having an island all to myself and being able to pick and just float away into the calm sky.

Here is a link to the Daily Paintworks Auction.   SOLD

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Fall Breeze Floating Island

I really enjoy painting these floating islands and giving them their own theme and personality. Here is a link to the Daily Paintworks auction Painting Auction

Sunday, January 24, 2016

My new Daily Paintworks site and auction.

I have just started using Daily Paintworks to sell my paintings and have set up an auction for this little gem SOLD. Come on over and check it out if you are interested Staar Caswell Daily Paintworks .

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 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. SOLD

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