Saturday, December 12, 2009

My latest piece, "Yard Arm". I really like this piece as I enjoy painting detail and I never realized how much. I have often tried to paint very loose and suggestive, but it never felt quite right. I need to see in order to paint. I guess I don't have a great imagination. Regardless, I am pleased with the way it turned out, especially the sail. Thank you for looking~~!

7" X 10" (unframed)
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Saturday, December 5, 2009

My latest piece......"-30c Alberta Sunrise"......I am really enjoying doing these little landscapes. I can't believe I didn't try them sooner as they are so much fun! I am starting to understand how to depict nature's little treasures and I especially love doing skies. I can certainly see how to improve on them; but, unlike before, I don't expect to master them overnight....I think, for now, I'll just enjoy the journey~~! Cheers

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Sunday, November 29, 2009

A little piece I painted first attempt at sea spray. Overall, I'm pleased, especially with the sky. Although I captured the scene as I saw it, I had to tone down the sea spray a bit as it was distracting the eye a bit too much. The spray in the actual photo was much higher and larger. I really love this new technique I've discovered for doing rocks....I could sit and paint rocks all day~~! In this particular piece, I tried adding in some grey rocks. Something I had never done before. I'm pleased with the way they turned out. I'm really having a great time with these little seascapes. Thanks for looking.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

This is my latest piece, just completed today....I think I am finally starting to get the upper hand with landscapes. I don't find them so intimidating anymore. I really like the boats and the reflections in the foreground and I especially love the pink bouy~~! Now, on to my next piece.


I just wanted to try my hand at a little landscape since I am trying to get away from florals. I learned a new technique to paint the rocks...this is my first attempt with this technique..I will definitely be using it again. Peggy's Cove Nova Scotia.

6.75" X 9.75" (unframed)
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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

I'm having so much fun~~! I'm really trying my hand at different subject matter and this little piece only took me 2.5 hours. I learned a new technique for the stonework and it allowed me to whip through that area fairly quickly. I think the whole key here is the shading.

10" X 7" (unframed)
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Monday, October 19, 2009

Hi everyone, just wanted to update as I haven't been blogging lately.....I decided that after fourteen years of painting that it was time to reinvent myself artistically and experiment with new subject matter. Of late, I have been trying my hand at landscapes and animals and for the first time in years, I am really enjoying the painting process. I'm much more relaxed !
As well, I've discovered some new brushes and techniques that I've been able to incorporate into the process. I hope it won't be too long before I'm comfortable enough to share. :)

Thursday, August 27, 2009

I took the summer off to enjoy a few trips with my family... My husband and I went to Quebec to visit family and my son and I went camping for a week in August....hence the inspiration for my latest piece....."Wildfire". I was inspired by the campfire to create this piece as I wanted to capture the blue and yellow flames as they rose into the dusky sky.
The bluish bits are not light reflections...they are interference acrylic and part of the piece.
I was able to create this piece very quickly and it seemed to just flow. I was very relaxed and really enjoyed the process. A bit of an encaustic piece. Enjoy~~!

Monday, May 25, 2009

This piece is simply titled "Dahlia". I really love large blossoms and dahlias offer layers and layers of magnificent petals. The many faces of my beloved dahlia blossoms. I really love the off-center composition and the addition of yellow. I think the layers were well captured and really draw your eye. Enjoy and thank you for visiting~~!

10.5" X 14.25" (unframed)

Monday, May 4, 2009

I am sooooooo excited~~~!.......Last Friday, May 1st, was the opening night for the CASNS Annual Juried Show being held at the Nova Scotia Public Archives.....There were several awards being given including the Mayor's Award and awards for specific categories.....I had three pieces accepted into the show. I'm excited to say that I won the award for the Floral Category. What a wonderful surprise~~! There were 145 entries and the judges chose 97 amazing pieces to be accepted into the show. There are some truly talented people in our group~~!

19" x 23" (framed)

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

A simple, elegant little lady, but what a cool profile~! This piece, titled, "Stillness" was completed in the style of a silk painting. I really love that orangey-red colour....a nice compliment to the turquoise leaves. My poppies are just starting to sprout up and pretty soon I will be honoured with their colourful show.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

More Alstroemeria....I know! I guess I went through a bit of a faze. Your have to admit, the flower is quite unique. This piece, simply titled, Alstroemeria, was sold at an auction at the Holiday on the Harbour Christmas Charity Ball in Halifax, 2008. I really think the yellows and pinks compliment each other very well here.


Tuesday, March 24, 2009

This piece, titled "A New Season" was done as a watercolour with ink & wash. I wanted to incorporate the ink element as a way of conveying more detail. I especially like the detail in the ribs of the watering can. I think they really make the piece. This painting has been professionally framed and is ready to hang.

11" x 13" (framed)

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Often times, when I am in between pieces, I have the urge to just paint. Rather than start another piece, I will sometimes create little pieces just to satisfy my "craving". This is one of those pieces. The title is "Little Ones". I really like the soft, ghosted area in the background and the complimentary green and pink. It's a fairly small painting, but still quite effective.

5" X 7" (unframed)

Monday, March 16, 2009

I am very grateful to be expressing through art! I can explore every aspect of my imagination, add form and substance to my ideas and present to the world my individual interpretation of the reality that surrounds me. Although I see reality as everyone else does, through imagination, I can embellish and embroider upon that reality to create a richer tapestry. I am often fearful of that next stroke, but I have to keep reminding myself that the fear of ruining what I have done thus far will keep my work from ever being more than it is at that moment.
I am on a "voyage of discovery"~~!

"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes".
-Marcel Proust (1871-1922)

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

This is the second piece that was purchased by the law firm Boyne Clarke in 2008. The piece is titled "Hot Pink" and is an interpretation of the flower Alstroemeria. I can't say that I am particularly fond of Alstroemeria, but I really enjoyed painting the piece and am pleased with the execution. My favourite watercolour paint is permanent magenta and I took full advantage of its beauty here.


Tuesday, March 10, 2009

This piece, titled "Bohemian Burst" was sold at the ASRS at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in 2008. I absolutely love dahlias and especially like the possibility of incorporating my love of photography into my pieces. This piece was purchased by the law firm, Boyne Clarke, in Dartmouth. Actually, how I found this out, is quite interesting. Boyne Clarke occupies several floors in their office building and one day I was visiting my lawyer on the 7th floor. As I was leaving and taking the elevator, the elevator doors opened on the 6th floor. My mind was elsewhere, but I just happened to glance at the walls behind the receptionist and I couldn't believe it......there on the wall was not one of my paintings.........but two~~! My lawyer had purchased the two pieces for the reception area and hadn't made the connection that the artist was one of their clients. I couldn't thank them enough for their support.


Monday, March 9, 2009

This piece, titled "Economy Shoe Shop" was completed for a group show at the ASRS at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in Halifax in 2005. The piece was sold at the show to a local collector.