October 31, 2017

Little Visitor

Little Visitor, 6x6 oil

Recently I've been seeing a few of these little birds flitting around my backyard.  They are quite tiny with very short tail feathers.  I looked them up, (of course), and found out that they're wrens.  Apparently bluejays prey on them, and there's a fairly large bluejay population around here.  I'm guessing the wrens are just visiting and will be moving on soon.  

Coming up this weekend, November 4 and 5, is the Burlington Studio Tour.  If you're in the area come by and say 'hi'.  You can see all the artists and the map at www.artinaction.ca    

October 20, 2017

Patience

Patience, 24x24 oil

I just finished this painting.  As I sit here trying to remember why I chose to paint this painting, my mother's face pops into my head.  I know that she waits for me (and my sisters), to call her rather than calling us.  Although I don't think of her as a crow or raven, more like a robin, (I love robins).  I like the look of the black bird on the black phone, creating one unit, one message... perhaps a reminder.  

October 04, 2017

The House in the Middle

The House in the Middle, 6x12 oil

Saturday, September 30 was 'Culture Day' in Burlington.  I spent the afternoon with a few other artists painting en plein air in the neighbourhood behind the Art Gallery of Burlington.  It's always fun to paint amongst other artists and see how everyone interprets what they are seeing.  

Today is exactly a month away until the Burlington Studio Tour, (November 4 & 5, 2017).  I will have new paintings available as well as my plein air paintings, (unframed and framed).  I love being a part of this tour, seeing familiar faces and meeting new ones.  You can see all the artists on the tour and view the map at www.artinaction.ca.        

September 26, 2017

Dappled Farm

Dappled Farm, 9x12 oil

Some of my favourite places to paint are farms.  Yesterday I painted at Myers Apple Farm.  Although the weather was extremely hot, finding a spot in the shade with a bit of a breeze made all the difference in the world, (and a bottle of water by my side).  

September 19, 2017

Sitting on the Line - Sold

Sitting on the Line, 5x5 oil

Now that it's mid September, I'm starting to think ahead towards my next show, (Art in Action Burlington Studio Tour).  I have a few small canvases and boards sitting in my studio waiting to be put to use.  So far I've done a few tiny paintings of chickadees doing birdlike things, (among other things).    

September 12, 2017

The Babbling Brook, Lowville Park

The Babbling Brook, Lowville Park, 8x8 oil

Yesterday I went out to paint in Lowville.  A pretty little village that is part of the city of Burlington.  The stream that runs through Lowville Park will soon have salmon travelling along it's meandering path, dotted with fishermen along the banks.  Yesterday you would have found artists dotted along it's banks, capturing the beauty of the day, no salmon yet.    



August 29, 2017

Ready for Chopping

Ready for Chopping, 12x12 oil

The end of summer is here!  I spent last week at a cottage that my family and I have gone to occasionally over the past 20 years.  I brought all my painting gear, thinking I would spend some time painting the beautiful scenery.  To my surprise, I only managed to do one painting, (not of the scenery).  I did manage to read a whole book, swim in the lake every day, and play some fun games with my family.  

I'm spending this week getting ready for Labour Day Weekend.  I will have a tent set up at the Distillery in Toronto for 4 days! (Sept 1-4, 2017).  
Hope to see you there!