July 18, 2017

Rosy Red Radishes

Rosy Red Radishes, 24x12 oil

This painting was so much fun to paint!  I'm not a huge fan of radishes, but whether you eat them or not, radishes make a salad look amazing.  I like to think of them as salad bling.

July 11, 2017

Extra Large

Extra Large, 6x8 oil

There's a big old tree in my backyard that I have hung bird feeders and bird houses on.    Every morning I love to sit on my back porch, (now that summer is finally here), drinking coffee,  watching the birds come and go.  



July 06, 2017

Standing Alone

Standing Alone, 6x12 oil

I was inspired by this flower to play with colours.  I've kept all the colours fairly intense, resulting in a painting that has turned out to be quite graphic.  

June 27, 2017

Fresh Strawberries

Fresh Strawberries, 6x6 oil

There is nothing like the juicy sweetness of fresh picked strawberries.  Unfortunately they only last long enough to paint one small painting before they disappear, (into someone's belly, yum!).

June 23, 2017

Roadside Parking

Roadside Parking, 12x9 oil

June 15-18 was the first annual Parrsboro International Plein Air Festival.  Parrsboro is a friendly little seaside town on the Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia.  I was one of the 35 artists painting in this juried event.  We had specific boundaries to paint within every day.  Our blank canvases/boards were stamped on the back at the beginning of the event, (to be sure that everyone started with a blank 'canvas').    

This painting, 'Roadside Parking', is the first painting that I did.  It was a beautiful sunny day.  I managed to get two paintings done on the first day.        

June 06, 2017

The Last Peony

The Last Peony, 9x12 oil


The local Farmer's Market has started up this month.  Two weeks ago there were only a few stalls selling goods.  One selling mainly rhubarb, another last year's apples, and of course the one selling flowers.  Although my garden is full of flowers, my peonies are not even close to blooming.  I picked up a small bouquet of peonies, thinking how nice it would be to paint.  Time got away from me and now I only have one left, which won't last very much longer.

May 30, 2017

My Lemon Bowl

My Lemon Bowl, 12x12 oil

There are so many uses for lemons, so I know buying a few to sit on the counter as decoration will not go to waste.  Of course, since I have this beautiful still life, I can't help but paint it.    

May 23, 2017

Vine Ripened

Vine Ripened, 6x12 oil

There is nothing like a fresh off the vine tomato.  Although the tomato in the painting was store bought, I purchased my first tomato plant of the season yesterday.  I'm the only one at home who likes tomatoes, so one plant will probably do.    



May 16, 2017

Tulips on the Table

Tulips on the Table, 14x14 oil

Tulips are in bloom everywhere!  Although short-lived, their beautiful burst of colour enlivens the spirit, reminding us a new season of warmth and sunshine is on its way.

May 09, 2017

The Nap SOLD

The Nap, 36x24 oil

I have been avoiding posting this painting partly because I've been so busy getting ready for my current show, (Signs of Life), but mainly because I'm not sure what I should write.  Each painting that I do has many layers of thought about what I want to convey, but to have to put those thoughts into words is the tough part.  So I've decided not to write about this painting and tell you about my show instead.

Signs of Life is about how we go about our day leaving a trail behind us of what we did... a cup or book left on the table, laundry on the line, a toy on the floor etc.  I think it is a fitting theme for 'Mother's Day Month'.