Thursday, June 12, 2014

Petawawa Point Winter Afternoon

I have photographed this painting before and my camera always makes the blue too saturated. The  digital image is still bluer than the actual painting but I thought I would post it anyway.  Thanks for the really nice comments on previous posts from B.C.  I lived on Vancouver Island and in Burnaby for a few years and love to hear from folks on the west coast.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

More Winter Sketches

  Winter Sunset - Saar's Lane

Overlooking the Ottawa River

Birches Awaiting Spring

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Saar's Lane - Studio Painting

Wow! I apologize for any strange paintings or parts of paintings that my email subscribers may have received early this morning.  I took some photos of a few paintings with my iPad and tried to use the images to do a blog post.  Not good.  Even though I used the photoshop application on the iPad I could not resolve the resizing issues, and I noticed the photos were cropped by blogger.  If anyone out there uses their iPad and has some suggestions I would love to hear them.
The image above is my tried and true Lumix camera and Windows Live gallery tools.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Snow Sketches

More studies of snow and trees on our property through various windows of our house.  It was -25 degrees outside so I took the easy way out and painted indoors.  The really bright coloured ones were meant to be underpaintings but I did like the effects and just left them as loose sketches.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Brilliant Sun

A view from my kitchen window on a brilliant sunny day.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Winter Sketches

Snow Fields near Saar's Lane

Colour underpainting

From my Kitchen window - using the previous colour study as a reference.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Point Petawawa


A summertime view of one of my favourite locations on the Ottawa River -  where the Petawawa River flows into it.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Saar's Lane

Last autumn found Marina and  I painting on Saar's Lane not far from her house.  The sun was setting behind the rolling landscape and we did one last small painting of the day.  This remains one of my favorite outdoor sketches, both for the looseness of the brushwork and the freshness of the colour.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Finchley Road

It's been quite a while since I have posted on my blog; I have been painting all this time but have not been happy with the way my paintings have looked after I photographed them.  I continue to experiment with different set-ups but have returned to using my Lumix camera with the paintings set up on my painting easel using natural daylight on a sunny day with the light coming in from my north windows.  This particular painting was done last fall while out with my friend Marina as we cruised the "Roads of Renfrew County" looking for painting spots.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Fresh Tomatoes

This is a very quick sketch using lots of thick paint.  I felt like piling on the paint yesterday - after I did all kinds of housework and baking and kept myself from painting for several days with the multitude of mundane tasks I saddled myself with.  It is so freeing to paint quickly and not be so attached to the final result.  It looks a bit messy to me as I have not attended to all the details, but it also looks strong and determined.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Back Lit Apples

Marina and I painted these lovely apples on Monday in her studio.  She suggested the back lighting for the still life which I think turned out wonderful.  Backlighting is something I rarely think of doing and I that is one of the great things about having someone to paint with on a regular basis - they really open your eyes to possibilities that exist.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Wild Crab Apples

I found these wild crab apples while I was visiting with my Mom in Markdale last week.  I was out driving around on the back roads of Grey County looking for a place to do an outdoor painting.  It was an absolutely gorgeous day, but for whatever reason I could not seem to choose a place to set up my easel. I found the crab apple tree growing in the ditch so I pulled over and filled up a bag with these delightful little apples. I ended up driving home and setting up a still life outside at my Mom's.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Apples in a Green Bowl #2

It's been a long time since I last posted on my blog - I am glad to be back.  These apples were given to me by one of my patients and not only are they beautiful and exciting to paint, but they are natural and not sprayed - so delicious to eat.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Apples and Pottery

This will be my last post for a few days as I start nights tomorrow.  I am always glad to go back to work after I have been off for a week but I really miss having time to paint.  It's just working all night and sleeping all day and I don't have the energy to paint.  I am going to try and do a bit of drawing, though, during some of my breaks at work.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Turquoise and Red

Today I went to a luncheon with 7 other artists to honour one of our group, Sharon Sullivan, who is moving from her house on the Ottawa River to an adorable apartment in Ottawa.  She is looking forward to spending more time with her family and will be closer to shopping, groups of like-minded individuals and in the city mix.  She is a very fun person to be with and I know she will liven up her new apartment building.  The painting is one I did last week before my 12 hour day shift.  It took me until now to get it photographed and ready to post.  I love the combination of red and turquoise - very soothing and exciting at the same time.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013


This painting was done a few weeks ago and I am finally posting it today.  I have been very busy with my new job and I am suffering from "spring fever". Both previously mentioned conditions have reduced my time at the easel and computer.  At least that is my excuse.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Orange Slices

Wow! Spring is finally here, at least for a few days. It has been above freezing for a couple of days in a row.  There were lots of new challenges with this painting - the glass plate, the orange slices, and I really had to fiddle with the edge between the pink and the pale grey on the background, so it wasn't so hard.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Turquoise vase

The days are getting longer, the sun is brighter, and I can feel the energy increasing in the environment.  But the last days of winter are bittersweet - I love the crisp beautiful winter landscape and being out in it - on the other hand shovelling snow, driving on icy roads, cleaning snow and ice off the car after work at midnight after an evening shift are getting real old!  So spring, come on in.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

February Brights

This will be my last post for a few days as I now change from my artist mode to my nurse mode .  I'm working the next few days so will not have time to paint.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Pink Callas

More cloudy, snowy February days.  Flowers are needed!  The same flowers as the last post but I made the paint thicker and juicy.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Calla Lilies

I worked very hard on this painting to get the shadows the right value.  Matching values from life and mixing them is a challenge central to representational art, but darned hard if you ask me!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Green Glass and Apples

I spent most of today inside, it was another grey day in Ontario.  I enjoyed using lots of bright colour which actually brightened my mood and inspired me to go for a walk in the woods near our house after my painting session.  Yay colour.