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.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Tin Wis - Calm Waters

I painted this in response to one of the Daily Paintworks Challenges, painting with only rectangles and each being a different colour. I did not submit it to the challenge as I didn't really follow the rules all that well:)

I really enjoyed painting with a different technique. I have wanted to paint some of these photo's for a couple of years but kept putting it off as the colours that inspired me also intimidated me. I am quite happy with quite a few areas on this little painting and will probably touch up a few once dry enough.

This painting was painted from a photo my husband took while staying at Tin Wis Resort in Tofino, BC, Tin Wis means "calm waters".

Monday, July 25, 2011

One Tree

I was painting last night to some music (One Tree by Mishka) for the Daily Paintworks Challenge and this little tree popped out. It still needs some TLC once it's dried a bit, I really loved the soft colours and edges and the calm mood.

I used Winsor Newton w/s oils and they are terrific, very soft and buttery and do not seperate or get gummy when you thin with water. The other  w/s oils that I have painted with are very sticky and don't accept much water to thin them out before they start to gum up and seperate.

There seems to be alot of debris that got mixed into this painting, I was using a old wash cloth to wipe my brushes as I had run out of my blue disposable shop towel that are so handy to have around, so I'll have to try to pick that out!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011


I did not have a lot of spare time tonight so I just did a quick little study of the coin, only had about 20 mins or so but it was fun.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Good morning Marble

I jumped right into this painting this morning before I even got dressed, thus the title:) I love Saturdays, a nice change from the 9-5 Monday thru Friday!

This is my first complete start to finish oil paint only painting (at least that I can remember). I have been playing with oils for about three months now on and off again (mostly off) I usually block it all in with acrylic first as I find it difficult to not make the colours into "mud". This marble isn't the greatest, I had a few areas that started to get muddy on me and I will be working on them once this paint is dry, sure is fun to work with oils as they are very forgiving.

I used Lucas water soluable oils and I find that when I use water to thin the paint it starts to gum up so I bought some Liquin and that worked just great, a little harder to clean up though. I just used some linseed oil to get most of the Liquin/paint off and then Murphy's oil soap for the final clean up. I placed an order yesterday for some Winsor Newton w/s oils and can hardly wait to try them, I also ordered some walnut oil alklyd from M. Graham and Winsor Newton slow dry medium for acrylics, I have alot of materials to play with......just need to schedule the time in.