Thursday, September 11, 2014

Throwback Thursday - Branches in April

I'm not trying to use Throwback Thursdays as a crutch but I've had limited studio time this week and the painting I'm working on has been a toughie! So here is one of my favourite paintings. I love this one because it began as an (unsuccessful) landscape and ended up taking on a life of its own. As I painted over my previous work I began to see it emerge as an abstract. At this point I followed my intuition and just thought about form, movement and colour. It taught me so much.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Detail of work in progress

This is a small detail of a work in progress. Hoping to finish tomorrow! 
And in other news "Joyful Rebellion" sold on the weekend. Always exciting when someone has connected with your work. Thanks so much to the buyer!
"Joyful Rebellion"

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Frisky Business

Fresh off the easel: Frisky Business!
20"x20" on gallery wrapped canvas.
For details please see the listing on Saatchi.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday couldn't have come at a better time because apparently I've forgotten how to paint! #feelingperturbed
This was a portrait I did in 2011 of a young Pierre Elliott Trudeau. 6"x6" / oil on canvas / sold

Monday, August 25, 2014

The Glass Flowers at the Harvard Museum of Natural History

Glass botanical models by the Blaschkas. Harvard Museum of Natural History.

Yes. The roots you see there? ALL. GLASS.* (see further

All the fine leafy fern bits? Glass!
One of my highlights from our camping trip was visiting the Harvard Museum of Natural History in Cambridge, Massachusetts. A few years ago a German friend of mine told me all about the glass flowers created by the insanely talented Leopold and Rudolph Blaschka from Dresden. The Blaschkas were unparalleled masters in glass model production. In the late 1800s the Blaschkas were commissioned by Harvard University to create botanical models for research purposes. What they created over the next 4 decades was truly remarkable. The Blaschkas never took on an apprentice and when the Leopold, the father, and later Rudolph, the son, passed away (in 1895 and 1939 respectively), so did their secret techniques. 
My son took some photos for me at the museum with his phone (which was permitted) but to truly see the exquisite detail of their work it would be best to type:  into your search engine. They are so exquisite and realistic I could not wrap my head around it. I went back out the doors and said to one of the staff:
So, the enlarged botanical details are glass? The ones laying beside the preserved (or plastic I thought) models?
Staff member: Nope! It's all glass.
To which I stupidly continued, Yes, but the branches and diseased fruit for example....

Staff member: All. Glass.
Me: The flowers, yes, but the roots and...

Staff member: ALL. GLASS. And you can take pictures. And people won't believe it. Everything is made of glass. I know. It's amazing.

From The Corning Museum of Glass (October 18, 2011): 
The Blaschkas eventually agreed to create a few plant models for Harvard. Another hurdle arose, however, for these first precious models were shattered in shipment. Always inventive, the Blaschkas ended up devising a mode of shipping so fail-proof that Dr. Goodale was quoted as saying that the packing of the flowers was “almost as wonderful as anything about them.”
...For 46 years, everything the Blaschkas made went to Harvard: nearly 850 sets of models, with more than 4,300 enlarged details, were commissioned.
Thank you Iris for introducing me to the incredible Blaschkas! 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

New sketches and an East Coast surprise!

Hi folks! So the past week and a half I was camping in New England, hence no posting. It was really relaxing and although I did not bring my paints I brought my sketchbook and got a few good sketches in. Here are my three favourites. The first two are from one of our campground in New Hampshire and the third is from a beach in Cape Cod. As we were touring about I hopped on FB at a wifi hot spot and saw that Kelley MacDonald was having an Open Studio Tour. Well, as luck would have it, we were driving right by Rhode Island on the last day of her tour so my family and I stopped in and completely surprised her! And I even met little Paco (just as cute in person : ) Sadly I couldn't fit the huge gorgeous donut canvas (you see behind Kelley) in our camper : ) but I did come home with this little gem:
"Sweet Trio" by Kelley MacDonald
Now I'm all rested and ready to get back to work!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Joyful Rebellion

"Joyful Rebellion" Because hey, who doesn't need that?
30"x30" on gallery wrapped canvas
For further details, please see this painting on Saatchi.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Branch Sketch #tbt

This is one of my favourite sketches from my art school days. I was cleaning up and spotted it in an old college portfolio. Memories!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Lake painting - done!

Finished! Details shown below. Coming up with a title. Happy weekend friends : )
Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas / 24x36 / $995.
Reference photo generously provided by John Kingma

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Progress of lily pads on pond painting...

What I got done today. Feeling HAPPY!
Listening to: Stars (over and over), Roxy Music and Leonard Cohen
Snacking on: a chocolate peppermint bar
Drinking: coffee
Reference photo generously provided by John Kingma

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

New works in progress

Yesterday I began a new landscape painting based on a photo by John Kingma, a friend of ours who was up north on vacation. It was a picture of a lake with lily pads and reflections. Now usually I work from life, and sometimes from my own photographs, but when I saw his picture with all that crazy stuff going on in the water I was dying to paint it. I asked and he said yes. Thanks John! So here is a picture of where I'm at. Early days but I can't wait to get back into the studio tomorrow!
Also, the other day I posted the very first strokes of a new abstract I'm working on. This is were it's at now. I still have loads of work to do. It looks crazy I know - a real mess of disjointed colour. But it will find its voice.

Monday, July 21, 2014

The Tempest

I think ; ) 
I almost had this completed for the Toronto show but didn't quite make it. Now I think it's done. I'll sit with it a wee bit longer to be sure. It's 16"x20" on gallery wrapped canvas. Detail below. 
And today I have a question for you. Do you have a favourite piece of art in your home? Do you view it differently over the years? Just curious. I was thinking of this quote by Canadian author Robertson Davies: 
“A truly great book should be read in youth, again in maturity and once more in old age, as a fine building should be seen by morning light, at noon and by moonlight.” 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

50% Off Sale ends Sunday night!

Hi folks! There are still great deals in my 50% off Studio Sale. Sale ends Sunday July 20th, end of the day. Prices from $82 and up. All original paintings. Message me if there's something you'd like : )
Tomorrow - back to work!
 Rocks No. 3, $107
 Old Pear, $400
 Tangle, $292
Troy Field, $98

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Fresh Possibilities + More Sale Selections - ends Sunday!

Beginnings! Liking it so far. Where will it lead...

And Sunday July 20th is the last day of my 50% off Studio Sale. If you're looking for something to brighten a space - from small to a large statement piece, take a look! I have everything from small (extremely affordable) paintings to larger statement pieces. Quirky (the painting with the hidden Goddess) to Canadian (Happy Moose. Check out his smile). Feminine Plane is a plane tree I painted that appeared to be dancing.
Here are a few to whet your appetite : )

Thursday, July 17, 2014

More paintings available at my 50% Off Studio Sale

More paintings available at my 50% Off Sale ending this Sunday night (July 20th). Studio is in the Niagara Region, Ontario. You can come to my studio to pick-up but I ship everywhere! 
To view more click HERE. Happy Shopping! 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Sale Spotlight

Select paintings from my 50% Off Sale. sale closes Sunday night.
Four Old Friends, 30"x40", acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas, $487
Rocks No.3, 11"x14", acrylic on canvas, $107
Magical Wood, 20"x24", acrylic on canvas, $292

Monday, July 14, 2014

Huge Studio 50% off Sale - One Week Only

Okay! Let's do this! Beginning today until the end of the day Sunday July 20th I am holding a huge 50% off studio sale. This sale is comprised mainly of landscape paintings although there are a few figure and still life pieces included. 54 paintings to choose from! Prices range from $65-$500 depending on size. I took all the photos last week in a sunny spot outside my studio and have arranged all the paintings on one page with title, size and price listed underneath each piece. Click HERE to be directed to the paintings for sale.
Now for the nitty-gritty: If you would like to purchase a painting and live within driving distance from my studio, let me know when you'd like to swing by and pick-up your painting! I can take cash, cheque and credit cards through my Square reader. For those that will need paintings shipped, when you choose a painting I will take it to the post office the next day to calculate shipping costs and then make a PayPal invoice. Pretty straightforward :) If you have any questions about any piece, send me an email. I'm happy to answer them. Hopefully this time next week I'll have more space in my studio and you'll have original art on your walls! Happy Shopping!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Upcoming 50% Sale + Studio Clean-Up

After I came home from the Toronto Outdoor Art Expo this weekend and unpacked all my paintings, I began a major studio clean-up. I've come to the conclusion that I have WAY too many paintings. They are stacked two or three-deep along the edges of the room, hung on walls and...well...I need more space. It's getting hard to work! When you are always painting, you accumulate a lot. And they are not doing me any good gathering dust in my studio! They would look much better in your home : )  So very soon I will be having a 50% off sale on most of my older landscape works (that I love, but either haven't exhibited or have not sold at a previous exhibit). Stay tuned!

Monday, July 7, 2014

The Love of Art is Alive and Well at the Toronto Outdoor Art Expo 2014

This weekend I exhibited at the fabulous Toronto Outdoor Art Expo (TOAE) at Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto. TOAE is the largest and longest running juried outdoor art exhibition in Canada. The quality of work was top-notch and I was proud to be part of it. 
The many conversations I had with the people that came through my tent proved that the love of art is alive and well in Toronto! I met one couple who lives in Ottawa and travels to Toronto every year specifically for this show. 
I sold some paintings, discovered exciting new artists and saw lots of cute pomeranians (just one of those things : P) A huge thank you to my helpers for the weekend: Sandra, Sheri and Harry. I could not have done the show without you. And thanks to my friends who let me bunk at their place so I didn't have to drive back and forth each day. To all the new people I met who had such kind words, to my friends who came to see me, and to those who purchased paintings, a very warm, deeply felt THANK YOU!