May 28, 2015

Something new... finally!

I must admit, it's hard to find time to paint when the garden is exploding with life outside my door! I've been digging in the dirt a lot, planting veggies, weeding and making room for more plants. But a couple days ago I pulled out my acrylic paints and thought I'd try something new - different paint, looser approach, expressive background... but still plants! It was fun to paint and good to play with thick goopy paint, after doing watercolours for so long.

I've painted the hot pink peonies I planted last year. How can you not love peonies? These bright beauties were bobbing their big heads and stopping me in my tracks every time I passed them!

Hope you're enjoying your garden on these warm days too!

The peonies are here again
This painting is 5 x 7 inches and is available in my shop ($40).
It is acrylic on canvas board.

April 09, 2015

Ahhh.. Spring!

There's so much beauty and sunshine out there that I'm feeling a bit exhausted! Pulling weeds and heaving compost might have something to do with it too.

I often paint in the evenings and this week I've been in a trance of swooping petals. This is what happened... my magnolia painting. I was hoping to capture the magnolia as a celebration of Spring, and to enjoy it's movement, grace and excitement for this amazing time of year.

I call it "The magnolia was most joyous in Spring."

I hope you're enjoying Spring too :)

The magnolia was the most joyous in Spring.

(11 x 14 inches, watercolour on paper)

March 27, 2015

A magnificent tree!

The magnolia is one of my most favourite trees. And lucky me, I've got a friend with an absolutely huge one growing in her front yard! I headed over there with my camera to take some shots for a new painting and even climbed up on some of those lovely twisting trunks. I can't remember the last time I climbed a tree! It was great fun and now I have a new subject to paint and get lost in....

March 18, 2015

Two paintings at the LOOK Exhibition!

I've been so pleased to be part of a local exhibition where I have two leaf paintings on display! Yes, my leaves have left our little house and are galavanting downtown! It's a huge show with over 400 pieces of art in every medium and style you can imagine. Lots of fun!

The LOOK Show is on now and continues until the end of the week, so if you're in Victoria, check it out in the Bay Centre downtown, on the third floor!

February 16, 2015

Painting pears...

There hasn't been anything very inspiring growing in my  garden this week, so I decided  to paint a subject that's an old favourite of mine - pears. I found these three varieties at the grocery store and was quite happy to be immersed in their lovely shapes after a busy week last week. 

And I'm not sure why, but my old style of painting with acrylics has come through into my watercolour painting with this one. I used to paint with acrylics and used a "dabbing" brush stroke a lot. I guess old habits die hard, and it was just a matter of time for my dabbing to appear in my watercolours. I like how it turned out and it felt... good.

As I was dabbing away, these three pears certainly turned into three ladies standing together, each with their own colour, shape and shadow. It reminded me so much of all the wonderful female friendships I've had over the years and how important they are at every stage of life.

I decided to title this one: Friends stand together.

The original painting has sold, but I have 
prints, bags, phone cases, pillows etc. available in my Society6 shop.

February 12, 2015

Movie land...

Well, it really did happen. 
Our house was taken over by a movie crew for a day! It was really fun and so interesting to watch. 

I didn't know that many people could fit inside our little house, let alone all the equipment!

And here is our Canadian home, with an American flag outside and movie lights shining through our front window. It was quite a day!

February 04, 2015

Thank goodness for best friends!

Look what my best friend helped me put together today! Isn't it sweet? I've been in a bit of a whirl getting the house ready for a special event, and my window planters weren't coming together at all (apparently dead irises aren't very welcoming). So my dear friend arrived at my house and within no time she had dirt on her hands as she helped me put together two of these planters with cyclamen and snowdrops. Whew! Check that off the list! Thank you so much T!

And the special event coming tomorrow morning? A movie is being filmed in our house! It's kind of crazy, but it's true. It's not a Hollywood Blockbuster or anything, but it's still a movie...  and these window boxes better make the cut!

January 21, 2015

Have you seen them?

..the camellias are opening for us.

Yes, the buds are starting to open on the camellias around the neighbourhood. If you're having a dreary winter day and need something hopeful, look out for them. Camellias are a wonderful plant - glossy leaves and lovely rose-like blooms in late January, but they won't last long. Enjoy them! I will be!

"The camellias are opening for us"
(8 x 10 inches, watercolour on paper)
This painting is available in my shop!

January 11, 2015

The fern...

...was quietly enjoying the rain.

I suppose this one is a bit of a self portrait with that title! I must admit, this painting was much more challenging than I thought it would be. I actually had planned to do two fern fronds, but erased the second one after I had spent a while struggling through this one. Ferns are so beautiful in their structure and their simplicity, but they don't have a lot of density, grit or deep shadows to really dive into and paint! I still like it though, and I did love all the rain we got this week.

This painting is available in my shop!
(6 1/2 x 10 inches, watercolour and coloured pencils on paper)

January 06, 2015

Getting back at it!

It feels good to get back to some normal routines this week! I've started a new painting... ah painting. It's like an old friend. I've been craving some green lately so I clipped a couple of fern fronds from the front yard and thought I'd give them a try. Now I'm tucked into the den doing a few more late night washes of green. I've always loved the quiet of January!