April 30, 2013

Mom & Dad

Mom & Dad, 18x24 oil
Well here's the portrait of my parents that I have been working on over the past few weeks. I've noticed that the photo is distorted so I'll have to re-take it. I'm very pleased with it... I hope they like it too.
Friday May 10 is the Hamilton Art Crawl.  The group that I paint portraits with on Thursday nights will be having a show for the evening and my husband Andy Griffiths will be the musical entertainment.  I think it'll be a fun evening!  If you happen to be in town, it's at 175 James St N, 3rd floor, Hamilton, Ontario.

April 29, 2013

First Position

First Position, 24x12 oil

Back to basics for my daughter. I asked her to pose for me in her old beat-up ballet slippers. She was into ballet for years and was a beautiful dancer.  You can tell she was a ballet dancer by the way she moves so gracefully.  When she gave it up and moved on to other interests, everything was packed away.  We searched everywhere for her pointe shoes without success, probably packed away in a box somewhere with various costumes. 

April 25, 2013

Shelling Beans - Sold

Shelling Beans, 6x6 oil

I'm back! Not that I went anywhere, I just haven't had much time to paint lately. One time-consuming yearly event is mainly to blame...taxes.  Gathering receipts and all that pertinent information that suddenly has become very important.  I'd rather be painting!!! Maybe that's why I chose to paint these fava beans, somehow they remind me of counting pennies.

April 16, 2013

Princess Point in April

Princess Point in April, 8x8 oil

Yesterday was a beautiful day to be painting, or hiking or come to think of it, anything outside.  The day was mostly a bright haziness. I started following the trail further than I usually go and found this great spot just off the path.  Looking at a few nearby trees, I could see they were covered in buds, yay! It really is spring! Although I didn't paint any, there were a few ducks swimming around, and geese walking along the paths. I also saw a few swans on my way.  Until the leaves start emerging, my spring paintings look like they could be autumn paintings.  I'm really looking forward to seeing the colour green!

April 11, 2013

Simply Sweet - Sold

Simply Sweet, 4x4 oil

I found these amazing strawberries the other day.  I thought they would be great with some chocolate, but after tasting them, decided that they really didn't need anything at all. 
Today is the first day of the silent auction at the Dundas Valley School of Art.  It runs until Saturday April 13. The live auction is on the evening of the 13th.  I'll be heading over there sometime to see all the wonderful work that is on display and perhaps bid on a painting or two.  It's really a popular event.  I went to it last year to check it out and headed home with a few pieces of pottery.  Some of my artist friends who have been submitting work into this auction every year told me that I should give it a try.  I did, and have 4 pieces of art in it this year!  It's great exposure for the artists and 50% of the sales goes to help fund the school.

April 10, 2013

Pieces of Pear

Pieces of Pear, 4x4 oil

I'm really having a lot of fun painting these 4x4 inch panels.  Currently I am working on a larger portrait of my parents together (18x24), so painting these little panels gives me a refreshing break.

April 09, 2013

Juicy Goodness

Juicy Goodness, 4x4 oil

I had this orange sitting on my desk for a while. It was looking a bit tired and not too appetising. But to my surprise, when I sliced it open it was so juicy and sweet. Probably the best orange I've ever had!  I suppose there is a lesson to be learned here.

April 08, 2013

Snack Time

Snack Time, 4x4 oil

I was about to eat this apple, but thought it would make a nice little still life sliced up horizontally like this. A perfect subject to paint on my new 4x4 painting panels that I picked up the other day.

April 02, 2013

Missing You Already

Missing You Already, 12x8 oil

Wish I could say this is a plein air painting, but the wind is blowing outside and snow has been falling off and on all day.
Whenever I go anywhere, there are images that I see that capture my eye and my heart. On the lucky days I'll be out there with my paints, but a lot of the time I just have my phone or maybe my camera. I have so many photos filed away on my computer with images that I would have loved to paint, but are long forgotten.  I started digging through them today, and painted this scene that was captured last summer during my holidays in Newfoundland.

April 01, 2013

March Paintings 2013

March Paintings 2013

Well here is my collection of paintings for March.  Hopefully with spring here, warm weather will arrive soon and I'll be able to paint outside more often...en plein air!