February 28, 2013

Peas and Carrots, 10x16 oil SOLD

Peas and Carrots, 10x16 oil
$250
Peas and carrots are such common vegetables, that it's easy not to see them as anything but part of your next meal. Yet they are so vibrant in colour and have interesting shapes. Walking through the produce section of the grocery store can be very inspiring, imagining how each item would look in a painting, never mind how it would taste in a meal.

February 27, 2013

The Dory, 8x10 oil SOLD

The Dory, 8x10 oil
$150
Here is another painting from my holiday last summer, (I think it's my last one).  My niece's husband, in St Pierre, resurrected this old fishing boat. It took a lot of hard work to restore it, not sure if it's seaworthy yet though. It certainly looks like it is!

February 26, 2013

Gray Day, Hidden Valley, 7x5 oil

Gray Day, Hidden Valley, 7x5 oil
The forcast said the only day this week that would be sunny was Monday.  Great, gear all set to go, but the skies were still gray.  Thinking the sun will break through at any time, out I went.  Set up my easel, still no sun, hmmm.  Well since I was there and all set up, might as well start painting, you never know...  Painting is done and still no sun.  Pack up and head home.  Unpack my bags, clean things up and 'voila!' out comes the sun!!!  Ah, well, another day.

February 25, 2013

Ample Apples, 8x8 oil SOLD

Ample Apples, 8x8 oil
Anybody looking for apples in my house lately would have had a hard time finding them, unless they thought to look in my studio of course!  It's the go to fruit when running out the door.  There may be three other kinds of fruit sitting in the fridge drawer but it's the apples that they want.

February 22, 2013

My Friend John, 8x10 oil

My Friend John, 8x10 oil
$150
Usually on Thursday evenings I meet up with a group of artists to paint a model. Last night our model was my friend John Layton. He is a wonderful folk singer songwriter. His performances always put a smile on my face! He is also a glass artist, creating beautiful little animal figurines.  A truly talented man.

February 21, 2013

Plate of Peppers, 8x8 oil SOLD

Plate of Peppers, 8x8 oil
A playful painting of peppers. When I was at the grocery store the other day, I was looking around for things that I would be interested in painting as well as eating, (and with any luck a good price!)  The peppers happened to fit the criteria so I picked up a bunch.

February 20, 2013

The Lighthouse, 8x8 oil

The Lighthouse, 8x8 oil
$125
When in Newfoundland, the landscape cannot be ignored. The rocky hills battered by the wind and ocean make the buildings seem so fragile and temporary. This painting is a plein air painting from my holidays last summer.

February 19, 2013

Fisherman's Houses, 10x8 oil SOLD

Fisherman's Houses, 10x8 oil
 
The wonderful days of summer.  Last summer my family and I went to my neice's wedding in St Pierre & Miquelon. If you've never heard of this place, it's off the coast of Newfoundland, but is not part of Canada, it's a little piece of France.  I love going there, especially with my paints, because everywhere you turn is a painting.  I painted this on the little island called 'Ile aux Marins'.

February 18, 2013

Be Mine, 6x6 oil SOLD

Be Mine, 6x6 oil
$75
I know it's not Valentine's Day but I wanted to paint this cupcake before it was demolished. Now all that remains of it is this painting. My daughter thoroughly enjoyed it.  Just for the books, I don't really care to eat cupcakes, I just like the way they look...really!

February 15, 2013

The Tracks in Welland, 7x5 oil

The Tracks in Welland, 7x5 oil
$75
Yesterday I happened to be in Welland, Ontario. I did this quick little plein air painting of a few dormant trains, (so I thought). Luckily I had painted most of it before an engine came along and took some of them away.

February 14, 2013

The Gibson, 6x6 oil SOLD

Happy Valentine's Day! This painting is for my Valentine, Andy. He loves his guitars.

February 13, 2013

The House Next Door, 8x10 oil

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The House Next Door, 8x10 oil
$150
One of my favourite destinations for a summer holiday is Eastern Canada as well as St Pierre & Miquelon. Last summer my family and I headed out east for a wedding. This painting was started sitting at the kitchen window of a house that we were renting in the city of St John's, Newfoundland. The colourful houses seemed to be crammed into place, up and down the hill that leads to the harbour. I thoroughly enjoyed my stay there and would return in a heartbeat!

February 12, 2013

Playing with Hearts, 6x6 oil

Playing with Hearts, 6x6 oil
$75
I picked up a little bag of jellybean hearts from a Laura Secord store, with the intention of giving them as a gift. First though, I thought I should paint them, all wrapped up with a pretty red bow. I tried all sorts of compositions, but it just wasn't working for me. Off came the bow and out came the jellybeans, so much for giving them away now, so I started playing with them, yum!

February 11, 2013

After the Snowfall, 8x8 oil




I love snow. It absorbs sound and the world becomes a quiet peaceful place. It covers everything in a blanket of white and creates the feeling of warmth and togetherness.

Snowmen start to pop up everywhere and the hills become high traffic zones with tobaggans flying down them. The recent snowstorm brought us a good amount of snow!



February 08, 2013

A Good Read, 8x8 oil

A quick little sketch of my daughter. At home for the day because of a snow storm, she catches up on some reading. The snow keeps falling outside, muting the usual sounds, except for the sound of a shovel scraping the frozen ground.
I painted on paper meant for oil paint, although it looks just like watercolour paper. It's quite different than what I'm used to. I'll have to try it out a bit more to decide if I like it.

February 07, 2013

Red Red Radishes, 5x5 oil SOLD

Red Red Radishes, 5x5 oil
$50
Beautiful bright red radishes. I don't eat them very often, (not a favourite of mine), but I do love their bright red colour. Which reminds me, Valentine's Day is a week away!

February 06, 2013

Sweet Temptation, 8x8 oil SOLD


Sweet Temptation, 8x8 oil
$125
Here it is, not even the middle of February, and I'm thinking of having breakfast on the back porch. I guess I'll have to wait a while still. Although according to the groundhog, we're supposed to have an early spring.

February 05, 2013

In Bloom, 12x24 oil

In Bloom, 12x24 oil
Every day I walk into my studio and am surrounded by, I'd say, at least a hundred paintings. I think once in a while I'll share one with you.
I love Gerbera Daisies! The thick hardy stems and the brightly coloured petals just seem to brighten the day.
I painted this one to put into a show in November, but by the end of the day (of the deadline date), it wasn't dry. I ended up putting another painting into the show, 'Off Duty' which is actually the first post that I ever made on my blog.

February 04, 2013

Preparation, 6x6 oil

Preparation, 6x6 oil
$75
My first painting of February was painted to go along with one I did in January, 'All About the Dress'. This painting reminds me of when I was a young girl I used to like to watch my father prepare for the day.  The ritual of shaving and washing, the smell of soap and the fresh crisp clothing. I first posted this painting without the shoes. It was my intention to put the shoes in right from the start, but I had to borrow a pair from a friend and add them in later.

February 01, 2013

30 Paintings in 30 Days

Here is a compilation of all my paintings from the 30 day challenge. It's fun to see them all together, which reminds me, I still have to finish Day 3 painting. The next step is to do all the grunt work of painting the edges of the canvases, finding frames for the plein air panels and attaching the wires for hanging. My work is never done, sigh.
I am looking forward to next week! A new week and a new month of paintings! I like the idea of making a compilation of the month's paintings. It's a nice review of what I have done. I think I will do this every month!
See you next week!
Helen