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,

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.

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,

January (16x16)

I can’t get enough of black backgrounds at the moment. I keep thinking of different critters/ colour combinations to try out. Everything just seems to pop next to the shiny black and it gives it such impact. 

Delilah (20x20)

Delilah is done ✅. She’s based on my favourite chicken photo that I’ve painted several times. Funny how I can paint the same photo over and over and I always struggle with the same parts.Apparently I need to do things many, many, times before I learn (damn you chicken feet). I actually put Delilah aside during the Christmas rush, and it was only recently that my studio “roomie” pointed her out and suggested I get back at it.I’m pretty grateful for the nudge to get her done and reminder to tackle those pieces even when things get rough.

Sheepers (24x24 available)

Sheepers (24x24 available) It was great to reconnect with some of the pieces I had been working on before Christmas break, including Sheepers.I’ve had this painting around for at least a year (playing around with the layers and trying to achieve that woolly look”). I finally think I got it!Let’s hope my next one doesn’t take as long.

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Cindy Lou (12x12)

Cindy Lou (12x12 Xmas commission) Painting bears for me is the equivalent of getting a pep talk from a good friend. I’m comfortable painting them and almost all of them turn out (I wish I could say the same for moose). Yet I never get bored because there’s always room for experimenting, and no limit to the expressions you can create.This sweet girl kept things positive while working on some other tricky pieces this Christmas.

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Victor (24x12)

I’m long over due in sharing Victor with you.  He reminds me of all the pelicans I see visiting at our family cabin in Manitoba. I can’t remember any pelicans from when I was younger but there seems to be lots now.  Although I’m never been this close enough to get the “stare”. It’s the kind of look that seems to follow you around the room.  

Chloe

Chloe (20x20)I don’t think I’ve ever been so happy to have a commission picked up. This has been my hardest piece yet. Yellow and gold dogs have always been tricky for me, but this one seemed extra tough.The photo was backlit (so her face was in the shade and some of her body looked way darker then she was in real life).We also want to capture the beach in the background since the family had so many happy memories with Chloe there. And, I wish I knew why, some paintings come easy and flow together (my favourites) and some are more of a struggle, where I feel like I’m playing chess with the canvas. Thankfully, I think I won this one, and I’m very happy with the results. I hope her family is happy too

Nick (8x8)

Nick (8x8, available). I’ve been playing around with using black gesso as a base layer and I’m loving the results (especially with the green background colour).  I’m interested to see how it compares with other backgrounds (and subjects like cows, ravens and bears). 

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Victoria (8x10)

Victoria (8x10, available $225)I’ve been experimenting with my process by using black as a base layer. I love the dramatic impact it has and how it makes the colours just pop. I think also the black and white of the chickadee looks great against the vibrant turquoise background.