Wednesday, June 30, 2010


Maya finished.

A friend of mine, Caroline, another dog walker, walks Maya every day.
Maya often sits before me, giving me her most appealing smile, in the hopes that I will give her a cookie!
Another story about Maya to come...

6x8" Oil on Raymar panel


Tuesday, June 29, 2010

On the Easel Today

  • This is a sequence of photos of how I often work.In the first photo, I have divided the reference photo into a grid of 4, and then sketched in onto the panel in charcoal.
  • In the second photo, you can see I have sketched in the image using thinned oil paint which is a combination of burnt sienna, and ultramarine blue.
  • The dog has started to take shape, and I will finish the painting off later today.

Monday, June 28, 2010


Avery is a Springer Spaniel I see on my dog walks. She was chillin' in the creek. I'm told she has collections of things in a special spot in the basement of her people's house. You know, sticks, tennis balls, and various dog toys.

6x6" Oil on masonite


Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Back Door Sunrise 2

Another brilliant sunrise that I saw as I let Jade out into the back yard.

16x16" Oil on canvas

Monday, June 21, 2010

Queen and Dufferin

 This is a corner of Toronto where a lot of construction is taking place (one of the areas of Toronto where a lot of construction is going on!). The road is being straightened out, and it will be much easier to go north and south on Dufferin.

4x8" Oil on canvas

On Deck

I just love the curves of horses, especially the athletic dressage horse. This is at a dressage show in Palm Beach in Florida.

6x8" Oil on cotton panel

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Museum Piece

This is an adult sized vase in the Grand Hall of Whitehall, the home of Henry Flagler which is now a museum in Palm Beach, Florida. Carrère and Hastings designed the entryway to be the largest and grandest of any room in a private home built during the Gilded Age. I visited the museum in February, and was drawn to this piece. As for the painting of this, it was challenging because of the different reflective surfaces in the room; gilding, porcelain, marble, and various light sources.

10x14" Oil on canvas

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Carousel Horse

I did a version of this in a different format. I love the image and the colour. It is so wonderfully old fashioned, and it is a ride I would have no trouble getting on. I really enjoyed painting the gilt frames around the mirrors - for me it required a lot of conscious layering of dark and light tones. It was quite technical.

9x12" Oil on canvas

Monday, June 14, 2010

Back Door Sunrise 3

The second in a series of paintings that I did from a smaller study.

16x16" Oil on canvas

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Backdoor Sunrise 1

I have done a few small back door sunrise paintings. I sometimes notice (before my coffee!) the miracle happening in the sky when I am letting my dog out in the morning. I did 3 larger versions of the 6x6" paintings on 16x16" canvas. I thought I needed some larger paintings for drama at the art show I was recently in.

16x16" Oil on canvas

Friday, June 11, 2010

Blue Chevy

Continuation of my fascination with classic cars, and my love of skies.

10x10" Oil on canvas

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Green Pontiac

I did a similar painting in a horizontal format last year. I guess I was not finished with this baby yet. This time it is square and on canvas.

10x10" Oil on canvas

Post Riverdale Art Walk

Me on the right and my dear friends Jim and Marilyn

Part of my display in the tent
The Riverdale Art Walk turned out to be a wonderful success. I sold quite a few of my small paintings, and got a lot of very positive comments. I was nervous as a long tale cat in a room full of rocking chairs in the days leading up to this, my first large juried show, but now that I am an old hand at it, bring on more!! I have applied to some other shows, so wish me luck!