Sunday, 22 May 2016

Weekend Studies, Painting Play

I am at my cottage for the weekend - a 'long' holiday weekend (Victoria Day) and though the weather has been mostly sunny and pleasant, it has not been conducive to outdoor pursuits because that kind of weather in this part of the world brings out the dreaded, biting, black fly.  So - I have spent some time indoors playing with images and visual ideas using some markers and a limited palette of gouache paints (it's all I have with me).  In no particular order, here are the resulting studies that may become larger, acrylic paintings on canvas. Time will tell.

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

There is Nothing Like 'A New Day'

A New Day
24" x 48"  - acrylic on canvas  - $500

It's funny how some images stay with you. The inspiration for this landscape was a photo I took many years ago from the window of my car as we sped along a two lane road towards our cottage in the Haliburton Highlands of Ontario. I have used this landscape as a starting point for several paintings, basically varying the format (canvas shape) and palette. What I really like about this work is how I painted the lower foreground 'land' forms - with very deliberate strokes of colour that suggest long grasses, but are much more interesting and dynamic. 
We are heading to our cottage in Haliburton this weekend for what we Canadians call the'Victoria Day' holiday weekend (celebrating the birthday of Queen Victoria), and the unofficial start of cottage life and summer!!!!  Be safe and enjoy it wherever you are.

Monday, 9 May 2016

A Dog Called Freddie

12" x 12"   acrylic on canvas   sold
This is Freddie, a lovely 3 year old golden retriever whose portrait was commissioned as a birthday gift.  
He was a very photogenic fellow and I like to think his retriever exuberance is evident in the pose and intensified palette. 

Saturday, 7 May 2016

Happy Mother's Day!

In honour of Mother's Day - two paintings I did many years ago of our daughter Caroline  -  my favourite model and the best kid ever1 Have a wonderful day.

Saturday, 23 April 2016


Beach Babes
10" x 10"  acrylic on canvas  

I have been in Florida for several months now and am about to head north and home to Canada. I don't spend a lot of time at the beach when here, but have done so this week,  soaking up some sun in order to face the cool spring temperatures at home.  I painted these pears a few days ago, and thought they too needed some sun.

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Sunday, 13 March 2016

Flower Garden 'Colour Pop'

Colour Pop
24" x 24" - acrylic on canvas - $350
After painting numerous landscapes this winter I needed a 'subject' break. I went through my photos of flowers and found one that suggested interesting possibilities for abstraction. It was essentially a garden of multi-coloured flowers. I knew that I did not want to paint the individual blossoms, stems and leaves so tried to suggest something more ethereal with a high key colour palette, circular shapes and a variety of edges, which together produced a good sense of visual rhythm over the canvas surface. I did draw into the paint once it was dry, with a yellow 'inktense' crayon, but the lines are subtle. I enjoyed the break, and will explore and experiment with these ideas again, but not right now! Have a wonderful weekend.