|The Bounty, 24x20 oil|
December 13, 2016
December 06, 2016
December 03, 2016
|One a Day, 24x30 oil|
I am super pleased with this painting, 'One a Day'. Every time I look at it I smile. Shiny, fresh beautiful apples, just washed, sitting on a tea towel, so simple. but says so much. It stirs up wonderful memories of picking apples as a child, or my mom's fantastic apple pies.
November 29, 2016
November 21, 2016
|Season of Sprouts, 24x12 oil|
November 18, 2016
|Then There were Five, 12x6 oil|
A special treat! I love the brightly coloured macaron cookies! They're not only fun to paint, but each colour is a different flavour, combined with a complimentary favoured creme in the middle. It's hard to just have one.
November 14, 2016
|Food for Thought, 12x12 oil|
November 09, 2016
|Passion for Persimmons, 12x6 oil|
Many of you were asking about upcoming shows. I have two more shows coming up this year, one is at a private function in Guelph on November 23, and the other is at the Good Earth Food and Wine Co. in Beamsville, where my art will be up for the month of December.
November 04, 2016
November 02, 2016
|Please Hang Up and Try Your Call Again, 24x12 oil|
Here is my latest painting, (I love that old black phone!), just in time for the studio tour. November 5 & 6 is the annual Burlington Studio Tour, artinaction.ca. This is my 5th year in the tour and it looks like it's going to be a great weekend. I will be in my own studio, along with a stained glass artist, Siobhan Lynch, and a printmaker, Alison Sawatzky.
October 12, 2016
October 11, 2016
|Fading, 12x12 oil|
October 07, 2016
October 05, 2016
|Pumpkin Season, 12x12 oil|
Thanksgiving is here already in Canada. Before I cook up these little pie pumpkins, I thought I should paint them.
Here is an update of ongoing and upcoming shows this fall. One show that is on now until October 29, 2016 called Flights of Fancy. A fun show of all winged creatures:
During the first weekend in November there is the yearly studio tour in Burlington. It's always a good show with such a variety of art, something for everyone. You can find info and the map at artinaction.ca/index.html .
Finally for the month of December my art will be on the walls of Good Earth Food and Wine Co., goodearthfoodandwine.com .
I am also represented by Art Etc. at Burlington Art Gallery, as well as The Art Gallery of Guelph.
October 03, 2016
|Erica at Home, 18x24 oil|
September 30, 2016
|The Kids, 18x12 oil|
If you want to catch the show, it's on until October 5, 2016:
September 28, 2016
|In the Studio, 16x20 oil|
September 26, 2016
September 22, 2016
|Erica, 16x16 oil|
September 14, 2016
|Daydreams and Butterflies, 12x18 oil|
This is a painting of a wonderful little girl I met during one of my recent shows. Somehow, even at such a young age, she exudes personality.
Yesterday I posted the invitation to my upcoming show. Did you manage to spot the error? I don't know how many people had seen it, or how many times I scoured it for mistakes before I posted it, and still the mistake went unnoticed. So here it is again, can you spot any errors? I hope not because there was only one and it's not there anymore :)
September 13, 2016
I'm excited about this upcoming show that Carol Sanders and I have been preparing for. I love painting people. I feel that if you take all the challenges of painting still life as well as painting en plein air, they will never equal the trials and triumphs of painting people.
Over the next week or so, as I put the final brush strokes on the almost finished paintings, I will try to remember to post them after I take photos.
August 26, 2016
|The Old Houses of ile aux Marins, 10x8 oil|
I've just spent the last couple of weeks on holiday with my husband. We drove across eastern Canada and flew over to St Pierre et Miquelon from Halifax, Nova Scotia. Luckily we have family in St Pierre who are always willing to give us a tour around the island. We took the boat from St Pierre to ile aux Marins a few times as well, where I managed to squeeze in time to paint. We were extremely lucky with the weather having only a couple of the typical maritime foggy, rainy days. I only wish we could have stayed longer.
July 28, 2016
July 19, 2016
|Day Trip, 24x12 oil|
Last weekend I took this painting, (not quite dry), to show and sell at the Guelph Art on the Street Show. It was carefully placed on top of the boxes in the car for the hour long drive. It was a gorgeous day...not too hot, a nice breeze blowing, the sun shining... perfect. There were a lot of people enjoying the day, and purchasing art. I could not have asked for a more perfect day. In fact some one had offered to purchase this painting but was trying to haggle with me to lower the price, hmmm. While packing up at the end of the day I had placed this painting on the roof of the car to keep it out of harms way. I'm sure it was dry to touch by then, but didn't want to chance it. After unpacking the car and putting some things away I realized that I didn't have this painting!!! The last place seen was on top of the car. Can you believe it? I knew better than to put the painting on the car but was tired when packing up and completely forgot about it. I don't know how far we traveled before it flew off the car, but I doubt it would have survived without being damaged.
Live and learn.
July 12, 2016
July 06, 2016
|Still Brewing, 8x8 oil|
July 04, 2016
|Sherman Falls, 12x9 oil|
This was painted at Sherman Falls about a month ago. It'll be one of the paintings on show at the Dundas Museum, (dundasmuseum.ca), at the end of July, through the month of August. The group that I paint with on Monday afternoons has been around for quite a number of years. The participants have changed over the years and has every level of painter, from beginner to master level. The fun part about having an annual show together is seeing the other artists' work, and the different approaches to similar scenes.
June 28, 2016
|Friend or Foe, 12x12 oil|
A dandelion and a wasp, inspired by my painting 'Bee's Breakfast'. I was going to put the wasp into 'Bee's Breakfast', but then I would have had to come up with another title. I like that it has it's own painting now. I think dandelions and wasps are probably in the same category of being unappreciated.
June 21, 2016
|The First Day of Summer, 16x8 oil|
June 17, 2016
|After a Day in (the Country) Burlington, 24x24 oil|
June 09, 2016
|One Egg at a Time, 16x16 oil|
When I was planning this painting I was feeling overwhelmed with daily timelines and looming deadlines, realizing that it can all be dealt with 'one egg at a time', (making a list also helps).
May 31, 2016
|Free Run, 36x12 oil|
May 28, 2016
I believe the first weekend the Kingston Rd Art Fest will be happening and we'll be at Colbalt Gallery. The second weekend we'll be at both locations, with the Friday evening being the reception.
May 27, 2016
|Bee's Breakfast, 24x24 oil|
I've noticed that one of the first flowers to bloom are the dandelions. A beautiful sight in mid spring when there are still no leaves on the trees, and no other colour around except for their bright yellow flowers. A comforting sight, letting us know warm weather is on it's way.
May 20, 2016
May 16, 2016
|Roots, 48x24 oil|
There has been so many changes to the food that we consume every day compared to what our ancestors used to eat. I believe part of the goal was to make hardier plants that will withstand pests (by covering our food with poison), or processing foods to last longer on the shelf (to the point of removing all of the nutrient value). The need to eat whole natural foods is a basic human necessity that seems to have been forgotten by the large corporations. I am glad to see that there is a growing trend, at least here in Ontario, for people to purchase organically grown food from small family farms.
May 03, 2016
|Sweet, 12x12 oil|
April 29, 2016
|The Arrangement, 12x12 oil|
Yay spring! Although I don't think of Chrysanthemums as spring flowers, the garden centre had 'potted mums' in an array of pinks, yellows and whites, along with tulips, daffodils and all the other flowers that emerge in the spring. Mother Nature's eye candy!
April 15, 2016
|Juicy, 12x12 oil|
April 08, 2016
|White Tulips 12x12 oil|
March 29, 2016
|For the Love of Flowers, 8x8 oil|
On March 18 I returned to Canada Blooms to spend the afternoon painting again. I am happy to say the trip to the show wasn't nearly as eventful as it had been the first time. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to paint there again! It took me ages to figure out what to paint, (there were so many wonderful choices), but I was drawn to this display. I believe it won second place in it's category, but in my humble opinion, it deserved to be in first place.
March 28, 2016
|Dancing Flowers, 8x10 oil|
Here is my painting from March 16, painted at the Canada Blooms Show in Toronto.
The long story:
On March 16, (a cold and rainy day), I headed to Toronto to paint at Canada Blooms. I had to stop and pick up a coffee on my way to the train station of course, making me miss the train I was hoping to catch. It was still fine because I had planned to get to Toronto a bit early to check out some of the show before starting to paint. Well, with my luck being the way it is, over the loud speaker there was an announcement that the train will be 10 minutes late, and then another announcement that it was cancelled. When the next train finally came it got me to the show just in time to set up and start painting, at least I made it in time for that. Upon arriving at the show there were all sorts of booths selling various items and services promising to 'enhance' your garden/home life in some way, so I wasn't disappointed that I had no time to look around, but when I entered the horticultural part of the show there was so much to explore and amazing displays all done with plants and flowers that I couldn't wait to explore. There was a wonderful display of gerbera flowers with a very large gnome. It would have been fun to paint the gnome, but the true attraction for me were the flowers. I love gerberas! So after I finished painting, I ended up staying at the show until late in the evening to check out some of the beautiful displays.
March 02, 2016
|It's been A Long Day, 18x24 oil|
I'm always looking around for things to paint. Stopping in shops to perhaps find a piece that I can include in a painting. Sometimes I'm lucky, but more often than not there is nothing that inspires me or the cost doesn't merit the purchase. Who would have thought I should find something in my own house; there's an idea! Over the years my family has acquired a few items from various relatives, (mainly my husband's parents). You get so used to these things being around that you actually stop seeing them. The piece that I used in this painting has been in my studio for the past few years, usually with a small plant or two on top.
February 25, 2016
February 08, 2016
|The Red Barn, 12x6 oil|
One day last month while I was doing the 30 paintings in 30 days I had gone out to paint en plein air. Since it didn't fall into the subject of painting food related items and my 'before and after' theme, I chose not to use it as one of the paintings in the challenge. So in reality I could call it 31 paintings in 30 days challenge.
This was painted on location in Dundas, Ontario. It was such a beautiful day!