Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Dublin Bay

This is a commissioned painting that I did from an old photo. It is of my client's grandsons looking out their window onto Dublin Bay. I really prefer working from my own photos, I have more control, but sometimes it is not possible. This is a Christmas gift, and I am so pleased that my client really loved it!

16 x 20"  Oil on canvas

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Changable Weather

It is said that there are no more beautiful sunsets than those at Georgian Bay, which is part of Lake Huron. It is very popular cottage country.
I visited a friend's cottage this fall, and it was fabulous. The weather changed from moment to moment.

6x8" Oil on Raymar cotton panel.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Back in the Saddle

It has been a very long while since I posted to my blog, and I have missed it! Over the summer I bought a house, and as you can imagine it has been an extremely busy time. The house has required some work, not the fun decorating kind, but the basic necessary kind, like upgrading the electrical ( damn those insurance rules!). Just figuring out where stuff should go is a major thing. My next project is having my art space painted, so that I can get back to painting in earnest. I have a few commissions I am working on, and lots of ideas about what to paint. My most current painting is this:

"One For You and Two for Me"

This is a woman after my own heart! I think she made some healthy choices though! Looks like salady things on her plates. I would have added an eclair I think!
Oil on gesso board


Friday, July 6, 2012

Elora Art in the Yard

This year, for the first time, I will be participating in the Elora Art in the Yard Show in the picturesque and historic town of Elora on the Grand River. Here is a link for more info on the town:

It takes place this July 7th and 8th.

Gotta Go Round

My favorite kind of light comes in the early morning or at dusk, especially in the summer. I was at the   "Ex" last year in late August, and love the midway where I photographed the ferris wheel.

I am using a palette knife a bit more in painting lately. I really like the marks it makes.

11x14" Oil on canvas

$325 plus shipping

Friday, April 27, 2012


I am pleased with this painting because I didn't use my usual grid to paint it, and trusted my eyes to get the proportions right, something I have been trying to achieve for a while. Drawing is so important when laying down a painting, and all the things that advanced artists tell you to do are true! Stand back from the painting, go away and come back to it with "new eyes" and squint. Now I feel a little braver, and I will trust my eyes more!

8x8" Oil on Raymar cotton panel
(I love these things - they have the nice resistance of canvas, and because they are mounted on a solid panel they don't have the annoying bounciness of stretched canvas.)

Friday, April 13, 2012

Canada Goose

I am trying to simplify here, minimal detail. This is a small painting, and I am  looking for some images that might work in a much larger size.

6x8" Oil on Raymar cotton panel


Monday, April 9, 2012

Gulls on Ice

On several occasions this past winter (or what passed for a winter) when there was a thin layer of ice on a protected cove on Lake Ontario, I saw gulls standing on the ice. Sometimes, when it was sunny, there would be hundreds of them basking, preening, and hanging out together.


Thursday, April 5, 2012

Red Light

This is the main drag of the Junction neighbourhood in Toronto where I live.  At the twilight time of day just after the sun dips below the horizon, there is a wonderful light show combining the sky, streetlights and traffic lights. I am always struck by it, and is never exactly the same from day to day.

This is a study for a larger painting. I zipped through it fairly quickly (I love that), but then I decided that it needed a few more brush strokes. Big mistake. I ended up doing the sky over again! When will I learn to leave things alone!
I am happy with it now, but it was pretty good before I decided to "fix" it.

5x7" Oil on gessoboard
$85 plus shipping


Friday, March 30, 2012

Rural Morning

Driving through rural Ohio last fall in the early morning, I passed a quite a few barns that have me rubbernecking, and doing a few screeching to stops and backing up so I can photograph them. I do pay attention to the traffic, but there wasn't much, thank goodness. Looking at them makes me feel peaceful and still.

6x6" Oil on gessoboard

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Canada Geese in Spring

Canada Geese used to fly south in the winter, but since we didn't have one this year here in Toronto, the livin' was easy for these guys and gals. Even though they are more and more are considered pests, (no natural predators, lots of nesting places and food sources, and breed like crazy), I think they are gorgeous. I never get tired of looking at them, so naturally I wanted to paint them. I plan to do more.

6x6" Oil on gessoboard
$80 plus shipping

Friday, March 23, 2012


Early morning is my favorite time of day. It holds such wonderful potential.
This rural painting is from a photo that I took while driving through Ohio last fall. I live in a large city, so I love to drink in the countryside when I can.

6x8" Oil on Raymar  cotton panel
$95 plus shipping

Saturday, February 11, 2012


This is Marley, and energetic little dog I see at the park, sweet natured and has a wonderful, bold personality.

5x7" Oil on gessoboard

Thursday, February 2, 2012


This is my second painting of Avery, a Springer Spaniel in the creek where there is a wonderful dog walking park. It must have felt good on a summer day.

8x8" Oil on cotton panel


I saw Tia at the park the other day, and her winter coat is much darker that her summer coat as seen in this painting. Here she is swimming joyfully in Lake Ontario. She is a sweet dog who loves to dip her head into the water, and like most labs, is sure you have a treat for her.

6x6" Oil on gessoboard.


Friday, January 6, 2012


This is a painting I did for the the Reflections on Water Challenge at Daily Paintworks.
Because I haven't painted as much as I would like lately, I found myself struggling and being overly picky, which is  what I would like to get away from.

5x7" Oil on gessoboard

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Ruffled Feathers

Happy New Year!

This little gull was basking in the sun in the Atlantic ocean about a year ago of Hilton Head, S.C. Birds are so appealing, and all the colours of nature are so harmonious. I guess that is why artists have been attracted to it since they depicted animals and their relationship to nature on cave walls millennia ago. I'm no exception.
I love the reflections in the water. I struggled with it for quite a while before I got was I was after.

6x6" Oil on cradled panel