Carter (12x9)

I wish we had some red cardinals on the west coast. I would be so thrilled to see one (I may be turning into a bird geek ...). Sometimes it feels odd to be painting an animal that’s not local but I couldn’t resist this guy (plus red is my favourite colour to paint with). I’m trying to get ready for the upcoming busy Christmas season and next month’s Christmas Refresh Market. Are there any other wee birds (or critters) that you’d like to see me paint?

Tammy Faye (24x24)

Tammy Faye got a facelift. I think it’s one of the dangers of a small space studio with everything so handy, and within reach. The next thing you know you’re “tweaking” a painting that you thought you finished over a year ago, but then go a little overboard. One stroke turns into a whole new background. I think it’s an improvement though and changed the whole “feeling” about her. She looks more softer now (to me). Which do you prefer ?Tammy Faye is also on display @greenolivesquamish for the rest of the month as part of ArtWalk if you’d like to check her out in person,

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the original Tammy Faye

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George (12x 16)

This guy is full of personality - especially with his super bushy eyebrows. Originally his background was black, then while teaching I used him as a demo to paint a rusty background (on a whim) and I’m so glad I did. I think it really works! Gotta love when that happens,

Jesse James

Another piece inspired by our holiday here on Gambier Island. We have a clever raven who stalks our property. Anytime we leave, he swings by our outdoor kitchen looking for anything he can steal.He can easily “tap” a circle to cut open most cardboard boxes, and seems to have a love citronella candles. He has also stolen packs of LEGO, dog food, marshmallows, and lots of garbage, but has a distaste for cucumbers. I debated about calling this guy asshole (as he’s lovingly referred to by husband) but settled on Jesse James.

Marshall (12x12)

Meet Marshall. He’s my first painting I completed in my new studio at our cabin on #gambierisland . Someone once told me that it’s good luck to have a rooster at the entrance of your home -I’m hoping he’ll bring me good luck here in the studio (and open to any other “lucky” suggestions),

Lola

Lola (8x8) available. I have several goldfinches who come and visit my backyard. They always brighten my day, and I find them so entertaining to watch.They stand out so much compared to the other birds - I can’t help but wonder if they have little personalities and what it would be like to be the bright, little yellow bird amongst all the beige juncos and wrens. They certainly make my day, and even painting them will always cheer me up.

Autumn

Autumn (8x8) available,I seem to be on an English Robin “kick” these days. I used only want to paint birds I’ve seen in real life because I felt like I was somehow cheating otherwise. But these guys are so darn cute and orangey reds are my favourite to paint with. I should also mention my ten year old daughter suggested she should be named Autumn since she had all the colours of the fall. The fact my daughter wanted to name her makes me like her even more,

Earnest (12x12)

Introducing... Earnest (12x12 available). I appreciated everyone’s name suggestions for this “earnest 😉” fellow - but Earnest seemed pretty fitting.On some paintings names just seem to come right away - other times I just come to a blank.Plus I’ve painted over 400 pieces. That’s a lot of names,

January Flowers

I’ve had this one finished for a while but haven’t shared it with you yet. I’ve started to post it a couple of times but always stop because I’m unhappy with the photo.There’s always too much sun that cause glares or it’s too dark with shadows. The gloss I use makes the paint colours super vibrant but it’s a pain to try and photograph (at least for this amateur photographer)

Highlands Cubs (40x30)

This sweet bear family was picked up today. It will always have a special place in my heart.The reference photo is from one of my sons’s school books and this one just reminds me of what it feels like to be a mother. Plus, I couldn’t be happier with the balance of loose brushstrokes vs. capturing the details in the characters of the little cubs.

March On (12x12)

Happy first day of March!March is one of my favourite months. Not only is it my birthday month, but it’s also the start of spring. Even with a few snow patches - it always feels good to put January & February behind me (and know that sunshine and flowers are fast on their way).

Pearl (20x20)

International Polar Bear Day is organized by Polar Bears International to raise awareness about the impact of global warming and reduced sea ice on polar bear populations.


The day encourages people to find ways to reduce their carbon output, such as by turning down their thermostat or driving less.

 

The day has also been used to encourage the installation of energy efficient insulation in houses.

Donovan

I always love painting roosters. They always have such attitude and character.  And I think I did an amesome job choosing his name!  This guy totally puts a smile on my face too!

Charisse (12x12)

I love this little chickadee, especially with the bold black ground (my new favourite background). I’ve also been “playing “ with little white highlights around the eyes of my little birds to try and make them stand out a little more - I think it really “draws the viewer in”. Plus I think it adds to their cute little character.

Turq

We are on our way back home after a wonderful holiday in Barcelona and getting ready to face some colder temperatures (and very grey skies).It seemed appropriate to share this very Canadian fella who’s been hanging in my studio. I love his bright and cheery background,