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.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Lemons and Daisies

Today I thought I would experiment  a little bit with some different colour harmonies using the same setup I used a few days ago.  It was very interesting to see what worked and what didn't as I moved things around and used different objects.  I was happy with the final result in the painting but I failed to capture the subtle whites of the daisies in the photograph.   It seems to be an art itself, that of taking digital photographs of paintings and presenting them.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Lemons and Lilies

It has been cold and cloudy for weeks so I thought it was time to bring on the colour.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Apple and Cup

This little painting I did in response to the non-dominant hand challenge on Daily Paintworks.  It was more fun than I ever could have imagined.  Using my left hand to paint really slowed me down but made me look hard at what I was doing.  My hand was a little shaky and weak but somehow the brush strokes came off strong looking.  I will definitely try this technique again.  I have been painting and drawing quite a lot during January but have not posted much - due to the winter blahs I think.  Now that spring is much closer I intend to share more of my work.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Green Cup

This was last week's sketch with Marina.  At first I wasn't happy with the painting, then I realized that the sense of light was really quite pretty, so with a little judicious cropping the image is not too bad.  The drawing could be better and the shadow is missing from the apple but I love the green/pink colour harmony and decided to post it on the strength of that.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Doodle # 3

I have had a great week searching Google, Pintrest, and lots of blogs, finding the most amazing drawings.  It has opened up a whole world of artists whose works are so creative and enchanting.  Thanks to Carol Marine who suggested the challenge and who mentioned Zentangle which was the beginning of my new obsession.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Doodle # 2

Another flight of fancy.  I am enjoying Carol's challenge of doing something new for 2013 - Drawing with black ink on white paper with no direction in mind is so enjoyable - the hand, heart, and mind mingle freely and go were they will.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013


This is my entry to this week's Daily Paintworks challenge.  The challenge was to try something different and new for 2013.  Carol Marine mentioned Zentangles in the challenge so I went to Google and looked it up and found a whole world of people who do this fabulous doodle art.  I had a great time just 'doodlin'.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Tangerines and Blue glass

This painting started out featuring a new honey pot I received for Christmas: unwittingly as I moved things around setting up the composition I moved the honey pot completely out of the picture!  I am enjoying getting back into the studio a couple of days a week now that the holidays are over.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Apples in Marina's Green Bowl

I was inspired by the painting Marina did yesterday of apples in some bowls and decided it would be right for today.  We had such a great afternoon of painting.  I enjoyed the shiny brilliance of  the red apples and the reflecting surface of the bowl.  It was also a great inspiration to see all of the artists on Leslie's blog - especially those of the "Smartists".