September 30, 2015

Thank you Taproot!

I'm happy to say that I made another drawing for Taproot Magazine! I'm always impressed with the great people that put this magazine together and I'm pleased as punch to be included! They asked me to do a custom drawing to accompany a poem on the final page of the current issue which is themed "Folk". 

The poem "When We Gathered to Stock Up on Light" by Kyce Bello is about making candles by hand from bees wax. It's a really beautiful poem and I was happy to dream up an image to match it's charm and warm Autumn feel.

If you come across a copy of Taproot in your local book store or if you have a subscription, check out the final page for a peek at my drawing :)

Thanks again Taproot!

September 24, 2015

A fall tradition...

At our house, peeling apples is a Fall tradition. We have several old apple trees in our yard, one of which is very prolific, and I peel a lot of apples this time of year! Apple sauce, apple crumble, apple sauce cake, and of course plain sliced apples are staples for us. I get into a good rhythm peeling apples and can do it quite fast now. I've tried all sorts of contraptions to peel apples with little success - our imperfect, often bruised apples don't lend themselves very well to these devises. I always end up going back to my favourite paring knife and sit myself down in front of the tv to peel for a while.

And so this work inspired my painting for the week. I'm definitely feeling the change in the weather and ended up with a soft grey blue background similar to the cloudy skies we've been having.  And my paring knife... I thought I may as well put it in there too since it's part of what I do. The apple peel was lovely to paint - love the strong reds dappled through the fresh light greens of the skin and the apple itself was all sorts of beautiful creams with the shadows from the cut flesh. I love making those complex (or in other words, muddy) colours.

I call this one "Peeling a backyard Gravenstein". It's 8 x 10 inches and I used acrylic paint on canvas panel.

From my backyard to yours, enjoy!

September 18, 2015

The kids are at school...

...and the house is still. It's funny how it's so much easier to paint when nothing is moving around me! Today I was lost in the curves of a long curling apple peel. It was lovely.

September 15, 2015

It's starting to look like Fall in here!

This past week I've been picking zucchini, baking applesauce cake and drying beans.... yes, the season is definitely changing. I've been enjoying the crisp mornings and cleaning up the veggie garden, but I hate the feeling of my cold fingers in damp gardening gloves...sigh. Best to stay in doors a little bit more - I need to start a new painting anyway. I haven't done an apple yet this year...

September 05, 2015

Cherry tomatoes

For weeks I was watching the cherry tomatoes slowly ripen on the vines in my veggie patch and looking forward to snacking on them out doors as I worked in the garden, or picking them for dinner salads. Who doesn't love a juicy sun warmed little tomato? I started this painting two weeks ago with that enthusiasm in mind... now I'm quite sick of the darn things! My vines were loaded this year and we've been eating them every day... every single day... and well, you know how it goes.

But they were fun to paint. I wanted to capture the passage of time in this painting and that in gardening, like many things in life, one must wait for good things to come. The tomatoes will ripen when they're ready, and there's not much I can do about it, but wait.

I call this painting "Waiting patiently for the cherry tomatoes". It's a small piece, only 5 x 7 inches and is available in my shop ($65 USD). I used acrylic paint on canvas board.