March 19, 2020

Strawberry on Top

Strawberry on Top, 6x6 oil
Here is the second in my series of cupcake paintings.  Luckily, none of the cupcakes used in these paintings went to waste; my husband can confirm that statement.   

February 27, 2020


Sprinkles 6x6 oil

I've never really thought much about cupcakes, especially the ones from the grocery store.  One day I decided to step into a local bakery, (Kelly's), that sells mostly cupcakes.  I was delighted to see a selection of some wonderful little gems that brightened my day and was inspired to start a series of little paintings.  

January 31, 2020

Winter's Palette

Winter's Palette, 12x12 oil

You can't help but feel happy on a crisp sunny winter day, when the ground is covered with a layer of white.  Those days only happen once in a while so I try to embrace them.  It's such a delight for the senses... listening to the sound of my boots crunching in the snow; noticing the long blue shadows stretching across the snow; standing quietly amongst the trees watching the little chickadees flitting from branch to branch; and feeling the cold breeze on my rosy red cheeks.     

December 16, 2019

Writer's Block - Sold

Writer's Block, 24x24 oil

I found this antique typewriter a couple of months ago and couldn't wait to start the painting that was brewing in my head.  It was a joy to work on this, and am pleased that it has gone to a good home.

October 31, 2019

Popeye’s Passion - Sold

Popeye’s Passion, 8x8 oil

The Burlington Studio Tour is happening again this weekend,  A yearly event that I’ve been participating in for 9 years now!  I’m looking forward to seeing all the people who come to visit during the weekend every year, as well as those who are new to the tour. It’s always a fun weekend!

Something new, few of my paintings, including ‘Popeye’s Passion’, will be for sale at Fairhome Interiors Pop-up Shop,, during the month of November.  The selection will change as paintings are sold.

Finally, I will be participating in the Work in Progress Show, at The Cotton Factory on November 17, 2-4 pm, (one day only event),, my third year in this event. I love the venue, such an interesting building!

So I’m going to be eating my spinach, getting my flu shot, (done), and trying to stay healthy as I look forward to all of these events. Looking forward to seeing you there :)

September 26, 2019

The Wedding Crashers - Sold

The Wedding Crashers, 24x24 oil

Every year my family and I would spend a week or two at a cottage up north in the Kawarthas.  While doing cottagey things like swimming in the lake or playing games, the hummingbirds would constantly be flitting around the feeder just outside the big cottage window.  When planning this painting I knew that hummingbirds were the birds that belonged in it.  I don't know if there is a traditional bird to represent love, happiness and family, but for me that bird is the hummingbird.     

September 25, 2019


Wallflowers, 18x36 oil
I keep acquiring chairs, some on purpose, some not.  These are the latter.  Every chair has a personality and tells a story.  I decided that before these chairs get put away for later use they needed to be the subject of a painting.  

August 20, 2019

Peas, Pods and Carrots

Peas, Pods and Carrots, 6x24 oil

I'm loving the orange and green colour combinations these days.  We've had so much rain this summer, my garden has never been so lush, (and overgrown).   I didn't grow these peas and carrots though, I bought them at the market.

In my vegetable garden this year I planted lettuce, green beans, peppers, jalapeƱos, basil, kale and zucchini.  Some of these have done better than others.  I discovered one of my dogs likes kale.  She ate two out of the four kale plants, so I dug up the other two and put them in a pot...on a table.  After a rough start the zucchini took off.  Once I started to harvest a few of the zucchini, my dog decided to check it out and started to eat the zucchini!  I had to watch her every time she went outside.  Unfortunately, one day my dog and I went to check on the zucchini and it was decimated, probably by the gopher that lives under the shed.  I think my husband was doing a happy dance in his head when I told him that the zucchini was gone.        

August 13, 2019

Summer Golden Beets

Summer Golden Beets, 12x12 oil

Love them or hate them?  I love to paint beets.  They have such quirky shapes and sizes.  When I'm done with them in my studio they are moved to the kitchen.  I have tried to cook them in various ways, but my most favourite way to eat them is in chocolate cake.    

August 09, 2019

Making Wishes

Making Wishes, 5x7 oil

In early July I bought a bunch of peas in pods from the local market.  I was sitting on the back porch, (my favourite place to be in the summer), making my way through the bag of peas, separating the peas from the pods.   The sun was still bright in the sky even though dinner time was quickly approaching.  I noticed how the pods resembled the wish bone from a turkey if placed just so.  Needless to say, dinner was a bit late.  Although I didn't finish the painting that evening, I had a good start.

June 17, 2019


Asparagus, 12x18 oil

Asparagus, in season now!  

It doesn't matter where you live anymore, whether something is in season or not, most items are grown somewhere in the world and available at your local grocery store all year long.  I love when something is grown locally and in season, not only for the cost savings but for the freshness and taste, not to mention the smaller carbon footprint.  It makes me wonder what would actually be available at the grocery store in the dead of winter if we just relied on our local farms.  

June 05, 2019

Just Garlic

Just Garlic, 24x12 oil

I love garlic!  I cook with it all the time. and is an essential when I make guacamole.  I was inspired to paint the beautiful colours of these garlic heads but I had to paint them quickly, before they were needed in the kitchen.

May 09, 2019


Breezeless, 12x12 oil

These hummingbirds are having a hard time finding a breeze today, or do they think it's a large flower, hmmm.

May 07, 2019

Still Brewing - Sold

Still Brewing, 18x12 oil

Every year I feel like I'm holding my breath until the weather changes from cold winter days to warm spring showers.  When the grass becomes a deep rich green and buds start to appear on the trees.   I'm pretty sure I saw a wren the other day, and a robin has made a nest on and behind the wreath on my front door, (we've started to use the side door now).  All these signs are so reassuring that the world is as it should be...but sadly we know that it's not.  I heard in the news about how fast so many species are going extinct.  Every where I turn I am hearing about the environment and the ever increasing natural disasters.  They say that if we act now we can stop these changes.  I really hope our governments are listening.

April 02, 2019

The Old Dustpan

The Old Dustpan, 12x16 oil

I found this old dustpan while clearing out my mother's house.  It's a little worn out but still functional.  I love that it's not made of plastic.

March 22, 2019

The Weight of Peppers - Sold

The Weight of Peppers, 12x18 oil

Happy Spring!  It doesn't look much like spring on this dreary March day, but the birds are singing outside and I know there must be things happening in the garden because the dogs are now bringing dirt and muddy paws into the house.  I know it will snow again, maybe a few times before the unofficial beginning of spring/summer in mid May.  Until then I will be planning what I'd like to plant in my garden and try to keep my floors reasonably clean, (if that is even remotely possible).  

March 13, 2019

Catching No Mice Today - Sold

Catching No Mice Today, 12x16 oil

A cat in gloves catches no mice.  There's an upcoming show this spring at the Art Gallery of Burlington with the theme of myths and legends.  I chose this old myth mainly because I wanted an excuse to do a painting of one of my daughter's beautiful tabby cats.

January 25, 2019

The Chicken or the Egg

The Chicken or the Egg, oil, 24x36 inches

I love this old vinyl and chrome chair.  Certainly a remnant of another day and world.  The chicken however, is making a come back.  Some cities are even allowing people to have a few hens in their backyard.  I would love to have a few chickens, except that it would make planning a holiday a lot more work than it already is, especially since I have two dogs to care for as well.    

January 16, 2019

Mandarins - Sold

Mandarins, oil, 8x6 inches

Happy New Year!

This little painting was inspired by the mandarin's brightly coloured skin and leaves.  Colours like that can only be found in the grocery store at this time of year.      

December 03, 2018

Baking Day - Sold

Baking Day, 12x12 oil

This year has been a crazy one for me, with so many highs and lows!  Anyone who has had the pain and pleasure of caring for an aging parent, and ultimately dealing with their passing will know the time, energy and emotional toll it takes.  The high of seeing my eldest daughter marry the man who complements her in every way has brought so much joy and happiness.  The cherry on top this year is that I have recently been elected into the Ontario Society of Artists.  What a roller coaster of a year!

I have finished all the shows that I will be doing for 2018.  I would like to thank everyone who came  out to see and\or purchase my work, you make my world turn.  Considering the few shows I have done this year, I have had amazing support by you!  Also, thank you to those who follow me on line, hopefully one day we will meet at one of my shows.    

November 05, 2018

Great Expectations - Sold

Great Expectations, 6x8 oil

I recently painted this little robin.  It came to visit my husband and I at an outdoor cafe in Scotland this past summer.  It will definitely show up in a few more of my paintings.    

I usually try to post my paintings before they are sold, but I haven't been very good at posting on my blog this year, although I have been pretty good at posting on Instagram, (my favourite public space at the moment),  at, or on my Facebook page,  

Recently, (as in this past weekend,) it was the Burlington Studio Tour,   Thank you to those who came out to visit me!  I always love to meet those who like my art, it is such a pleasure and an honour.  You have made this year's tour the best yet!  

September 19, 2018

Small Paintings

    Here are a few small paintings that I've done while working on larger projects over the past few
    months.  The paintings with the red dots are sold.

August 14, 2018

The Coffee Cluck - Sold

The Coffee Cluck, 24x18 oil

This painting was started last year, (November 2017), as my work in progress piece for the 'Work in Progress' Show at the Cotton Factory in December.  I was finally ready to get back to it this summer and here is the completed painting.  You can see the work in progress below.  I'm looking forward to being part of this year's Work and Progress Show this coming autumn 2018, details to come.

July 20, 2018

The Flock

The Flock, 36x12 oil

Occasionally, (and to my dogs' delight), I have the pleasure of caring for a couple of little finches.  The little birds have a lot to say as they flit around their cage.  Their movements are so expressive and fun to watch that I was inspired to sketch random scenarios.  This is one that I chose to develop into a painting.    

May 15, 2018

Fruit Salad

Fruit Salad, 30x24 oil

This painting was started a few months ago, but was put aside to work on a few other pressing things.  Finally it's done!  It couldn't be finished at a better time, with the cherry trees in bloom and everything around bursting with bright green leaves.  Happy Spring!

March 27, 2018

Chedoke Golf Club

Chedoke Golf Club, 12x9 oil

I abandoned all my on going projects, grabbed my gear and headed out to paint yesterday.  The sun was calling.  It's warmth beamed through my car windows.  Unfortunately it wasn't warm enough to leave my paint stained down jacket behind.  I could have painted the rolling hills of the golf course, but was enamoured by the stairs on the side of this building.  Perhaps next time I'll paint the famous stairs that head up the side of the escarpment; well known to the locals for getting some great  exercise.

March 20, 2018

Mandarins and Limes - Sold

Mandarins and Limes, 36x18 oil

The calendar says spring has arrived!  A new season with new expectations, at least regarding the weather.  Instead of saying 'it's a warm winter day', now we'll say 'it's a cool spring day'.  Spring means freshness, opening the windows, letting the crisp clean air flow through the rooms, pushing the stale winter air out.  When I placed the mandarins and limes on the bright white cloth I immediately thought of how fresh it looked and how, for me, it looked like spring.        

March 13, 2018

Beginnings - Sold

Beginnings, 18x36 oil

I painted 'Beginnings' in response to the upcoming show The Journey, at the Art Gallery of Burlington this coming April.  My thoughts were on my daughter's upcoming wedding this spring, and my niece's two young children.  While thinking about all the scary, but wonderful beginnings a person takes in their life, I receive a call from my sister that our father is being rushed to the hospital, (yet again), and only last week having arranged care and meals for our mom.  It's a sobering thought that every journey comes to an end eventually, sometimes very smoothly, and sometimes with a lot of bumps in the road.  

February 26, 2018

Farm Swallow - Sold

Farm Swallow, 8x8 oil

A client asked me to do a painting of a swallow.  I did some research and found out that barn swallows are becoming endangered because the old barns are being replaced with newer, more efficient buildings.  Hopefully these swift little birds will be able to adapt before it's too late, there are still a few old barns out there.  

February 07, 2018

Hidden Valley in Winter

Hidden Valley in Winter, 14x11 oil

It's been some time since I've been outside to paint.  Monday was a beautiful sunny day.  I grabbed my paints and winter gear and headed out.  I managed to get most of this painting done on location, but ran out of white paint rather quickly.  Here is the painting after finishing the white parts in my studio.  

February 02, 2018

The Keeper - NFS

The Keeper 16x16, oil

Throughout this year there will be themed shows in the Fireside Lounge, at the Art Gallery of Burlington.  During the month of February the theme is the human figure.  I chose to focus on painting an elderly hand.  Luckily I had a wonderful model, my mom.    

January 30, 2018

Earl Grey - Sold

Earl Grey 6x6, oil

Here is a simple little still life and a great little exercise in observation.

January 16, 2018

The Swallow and a Fly - Sold

The Swallow and a Fly, 8x8 oil

The Swallow and a Fly, sounds like it could be a children's story.  When I'm deciding what to paint and planning my composition, I tend to imagine a story and my painting is capturing a moment in it.  

January 09, 2018

A Party of Pomegranates

A Party of Pomegranates, 8x8 oil

I find the hardest thing to do after the holidays is getting back into a routine.  Doing 'a painting a day' is a great way to get back into a steady routine.  Unfortunately, this January I have too many things on the go to even consider getting a painting completed every day, so here is my painting of the week, a much more reasonable goal :)    

December 19, 2017

Packaged with Care - Sold

Packaged with Care, 12x16 oil

If you've ever had to get packages sent off in time for Christmas, you'll know that timing is crucial.  I always start with good intentions, but trying to wrap my head around shopping for Christmas gifts early is difficult.  Perhaps it's a Canadian thing, but I find it easier to get into the spirit of Christmas when  I have to bundle up with 3 or 4 layers of clothing, walk around streets and markets filled with other shoppers, carrying my thermal mug of foamy coffee, while armed with a big tote bag that gradually fills with special treats and gifts.  My point is, there are six days until Christmas and I'm heading to the post office today to send off the final few packages, surely to arrive well into the new year, (heavy sigh), and no real excuse.

Have a wonderful Christmas, and thank you for following my artistic journey,
Helen :)


November 29, 2017

A Cinderella Story - Sold

A Cinderella Story, 18x24 oil

When I purchased this old chair, it was sitting outside a furniture store with a price tag tied to it, flapping in the wind.  To me the tag said 'save me'.  Although the chair was 'imperfect', all I saw were possibilities.

November 21, 2017

Anticipation - Sold

Anticipation, 12x12 oil

Guess what's inside the package?  I'm the worst person at Christmas time!  If there's a present under the tree for me, I will definitely try to peek into it.

October 31, 2017

Little Visitor - Sold

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    

October 20, 2017

Patience - Sold

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 - Sold

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      

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 - Sold

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 - Sold

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.


August 15, 2017

Still Life - Sold

Still Life, 12x9 oil

I love this old black phone.  I had it sitting on a table for a little while, (in my house), and it seemed to make itself right at home.  At any moment it might have rang, or so it seemed.  Most of us have now opted for mini computers that we carry around in our pockets.  Is there still life in these charming phones or are they truly a thing of the past.

August 10, 2017

Love - Sold

Love, 14x11 oil

Here is another painting to add to my continuing theme of 'Salad Bling'.  I was washing a basket of a variety of fruit when this cherry and plum seemed to be instantly attracted to each other.  I think they make a great couple.