March 31, 2014


Zorro, 8x8 oil
Here is my final and favourite of the 8x8 horse paintings.  I couldn't resist painting this one.  I love the foreshortening of the neck and the huge nose of the horse.  I smile every time I look at it.

In the future, (sometime), I would love to do larger paintings of horses.  It would be a lot of fun to head out to a farm with my paints and camera and spend time with these amazing creatures.  It's really hard to do them justice on a small canvas like this. 

March 30, 2014

Out to Pasture

Out to Pasture, 8x8 oil
I don't know if this horse was 'put out to pasture', but it seemed like a good title for this painting.   Putting a horse out to pasture seems like a kind thing to do to an old horse, but to put a person out to pasture has a negative connotation that the person is of no use anymore.  I love how some of these old expressions are still in use today.  Some interesting ones like 'having an axe to grind', 'counting your chickens before they hatch' or 'hitting the hay'.   If you're being literal not many people have axes in their homes, chickens in the yard or hay in their mattresses.

March 28, 2014

The Work Horse

The Work Horse, 8x8 oil
Seeing the strength and beauty of a horse hard at work, alongside a bustling street of shoppers and sightseers, makes me wonder why we chose the car over the horse.  The answer is obvious, but just imagine how life would be if all the garages were stables.  The air would certainly be cleaner and we would have beautiful gardens with all the fertilizer available...just a thought.        

March 27, 2014

East Coast Fog

East Coast Fog, 8x8 oil
2014, the year of the horse!  Over the next few days, I'll be posting a few of the paintings I've been working on this month.  Yes, they just happen to be horse related. There is a show coming up with the theme 'Year of the Horse', so I'm hoping to put something into it.  Painting horses is a new realm for me, so I've been treating it as I would a portrait or plein air, with careful observation.  I just hope I can do these beautiful creatures justice!

March 21, 2014


Elsewhere, 8x10 oil
This week's model was Norah.  She's an excellent model, whom I've had the pleasure of painting a few times.  This painting resembles her, but isn't an exact representation.  I really liked painting the beautiful red coat and the way her somber expression is in such contrast to it. 

It's officially spring now, yay!  It's been such a long, cold winter.  We even had rain instead of snow the other day.  I don't doubt that it will snow again, so my snow tires will stay a little longer on my car.  I am really, really looking forward to getting outside with my painting gear soon, without having to worry about frostbitten toes and fingers! Happy spring!

March 14, 2014

Kim - Sold


Once in a while, not quite often enough, I paint with a group on Tuesday evenings.  A model is hired and we paint portraits.  Painting people is something I enjoy probably the most out of all subject matter.  I can't say why, but I'm guessing it's because I really like a good challenge.  Kim Koren is a local singer/songwriter with an amazing voice and beautiful songs.  It was a pleasure to have her as a model.

March 12, 2014

Living in Paradise

Living in Paradise, 20x16 oil

A painting of one of the vast array of wildlife that I have been lucky to see while visiting Cootes Paradise.  I am thrilled to say that this painting has been selected to be in the upcoming juried show and auction at McMaster University called 'Naturally Connected'.   It's to create support and awareness for the Cootes to Escarpment Ecopark System. 

"Naturally Connected" McMaster Art Exhibit and Auction
March 21, 22 and 23
Togo Salmon Hall
McMaster University
for more information visit the 'upcoming events' page at:

March 04, 2014

Running Errands - Sold

Running Errands, 20x16 oil
I can't believe this winter!  All this snow!  In the past I've painted a few landscapes with snow, but this is my first cityscape with snow.  I chose to paint the pretty town of Dundas, although snow makes everything look nice.  The blanket of white hides everything below until a path is made.  The sound of the tires on the road becomes muted, at least until the heat from the cars melts the snow and turns it to a dirty slush, (that's the part I don't like).  My mind is starting to think about those beautiful warm days, when boots and warm jackets are a thing of the past; when the days are long, and all you have to worry about is ... sunscreen and mosquito repellent, (oh well, nothing is perfect).  Looking outside, the snow has been falling all afternoon, I'm wondering will spring arrive by the calendar date, or does 'mother nature' have another plan.  On the bright side, maybe I can get a few more snow paintings done before it all melts away.