Monday, May 15, 2017

Purple Sky

"Purple Sky" 30 x 40" oil

I haven't posted for quite a while so thought I would share a recent large piece. I combined two reference photos for this one- one for the sky and one for the landscape. The challenge was to make the colours harmonious.
This painting will go with me to the Calgary Stampede Western Art show in July.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Aspen grove

Golden Grove 24 x 36" acrylic

This painting is another one on hardboard panel. I painted most of it with a lot of drippy, wet, textural techniques. Scraping occurred for some of the grasses. Then I used more controlled brush strokes where needed for the negative shapes, tree trunks and foliage.

It was the light and pattern of the image that made me want to paint it. Right now we are so starved for sunshine. Nice to experience it in a painting, if not real life....

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Mural assistant

Alan and I are busy working on a mural for the BC Farm Museum here in Fort Langley. This is panel #3. When I go to work on it alone, Havi comes along to keep me company. So far I'm really enjoying working on this scale and figuring out how to handle each image. Alan is the mural expert, so it's good to have his guidance. We're doing six 4 x 8 foot panels and they will be revealed on June 17th.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Studio Dog

Years ago I read on Bob Genn's newsletter that he recommended artists get a dog to keep them company in the studio. Bob was very attached to his dog and took her almost everywhere. I lost my beloved australian shepherd, Blue, back in May of this year. I never thought I would find another dog that I could connect to like Blue, but 6 weeks ago, Havoc came into my life.

Havoc belonged to my youngest sister, Barb, who died tragically in a car accident almost 2 months ago. Barb left behind 4 border collies- Havoc was the only male and was the daddy dog to several litters of puppies.

I didn't think I could handle a border collie- we live in a townhouse and I have seen how ramped up border collies can be from my years competing in dog agility. However, I knew that Barb would be so  happy if I gave one of her dogs a home, so I decided to try. Havoc came into our house and has brought nothing but joy. He is kind, loving, calm, sensitive and very, very smart. He is also fun and a bit of a goof. He makes me get outside every day,  take time to play and is always ready with a hug if I need one. He has helped immeasurably in my grief around losing my sister.

The postscript to this story is that all four dogs have found wonderful homes. My artist sister, Suzanne, took Truly- the baby mama to Havoc's puppies. Suzanne and her husband, David, have found Truly to be every bit as special as Havoc. We get the dogs together regularly and they are always delighted to see each other.

So the studio has a comfy dog bed in it and I am never working alone anymore. I feel very blessed...

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

What to leave out

"Forest Giants"   24 x 30" acrylic

This is the latest one off the easel. It was painted on panel and my goal was to stay as loose as possible. A lot of the mark making was done with the chewed up brushes that I created with an exacto knife. I spent a lot of time on some areas and painted other areas in minutes. Of course the areas that I painted quickly are the ones I like best.

I'm finding this technique somewhat hit or miss. Maybe that's the risk of painting loose and fast- either you make a mess or you do something exciting.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Edge of the Meadow 30 x 40" acrylic

This painting just won 3rd place at the Federation of Canadian Artists 75th Anniversary show. I was very honoured for my piece to be recognized amongst an amazing collection of paintings. The show finishes on Sunday, Oct 2nd but can be seen online at

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Plein Air

We spent Friday and Saturday painting with a group of invited artists on Cypress Mountain in West Vancouver. The event is called "Painting on the Mountain".

The weather was glorious and we really enjoyed the experience. I did four paintings- my three favourites are here .The top two are 11 x 14 and the bottom one is 8 x 10.  Plein Air seems to be the latest craze around here lately- more and more events are springing up. I want to do more of it- I think it's the best skill sharpening tool around.  Not to mention the fun of painting with others in a beautiful setting.

The paintings from the weekend will be on display through the Harmony Arts festival this week- in a tent near the Ferry Building Gallery.