Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Kitten Napping

My first watercolour in a while and  I had to review how to upload it here.
I miss my cat Feather. This one in the painting seems to have the same cuddle factor.
I'll try to paint a ginger kitten today inspired by another picture on an old calendar I have. Wish me luck.

Friday, January 9, 2015


Seriously, the last time I made a post to this blog spot was in 2012 and now 2015 is practically here. That's one long sabbatical from serious painting.
I find myself with time on my hands these days after splitting from my partner of 20 years. Perhaps it is time to paint.  Perhaps?

Monday, May 28, 2012

Paintings For Purcell Mountain Painters Show at Pynelogs

Just finished up a two week show at Pynelogs. Which included all my Purcell Mountain Painter friends.

These Jungle Fowl didn't sell but I liked painting these colourful birds.
Acrylic on board. 6x8

This dancer from Mexico, caught in the sunlight, also caught a buyers eye and she sold. Thank you to the purchaser.

Oil on board 6x8

Spring has Sprung in my yard and the Crab tree is bright with bloom and so fragrant that I have to linger under it at least 10 minutes a day and just breath in and listen to the hum of the bees.

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Sunday, April 15, 2012

More Cows

Blue Moo
What have I been doing all winter? Finally got around to painting and look what I came up with more cows. I haven't quite finished this one yet but am posting a preview

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Thursday, December 1, 2011

More Coy Cows

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Cow Calf Combo
6"x8" Oil on Canvas board.

I don't think  these cows had as much personality as the first ones I painted so it was more of a struggle to paint them. They were more leery than curious or coy.  I also painted this one even smaller than the last  so the detail got a bit hard to create. I like painting small but maybe this was too small for this subject. I take the photos of these painting our side and since the weather is particularly dull I might try re photographing this painting when the weather smartens up.  I still have lots of pictures of cows so I will paint more in the future.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

What's Up?

What's up?
 8"x10" oil on board

Fun with colour and shape. These two ornaments weren't these colours at all but I wanted to paint them this way for fun.
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Monday, November 14, 2011

Coy Calves

8"x 10" oil on board

These curious calves were not really coy, more in your face curious.
They were fun to paint on this snowy day.
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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Bob's old army truck.

6"x 6" oil on gesso board

This old truck with it's bumps and faded paint still looks tough and strong. It was backed into a hay shed but it looked like it wanted to escape. I haven't quite finished painting it. It needs a few highlights but I need to look at it for a couple of days to do the last tweaking.
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Sunday, October 23, 2011

I've been lazy very very lazy

It's fall and the leaves beg to be painted and all I've done is this little watercolour.
I need to sketch more. My goal for this week is to get sketching again and show you the results of practice.
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Thursday, October 13, 2011

To Golf or to Paint

I'm sitting at the computer in my studio and wondering if I should take advantage of this beautiful fall day and go golfing. Only trouble is it's only 6 degrees out and  the clouds are coming and that's when the temperature drops.

Yesterday I spent the day at Pynelogs minding the Purcell Mountain Painters show. Not too many people around but a few. It is always fun to watch people look at your paintings and see how much time they actually spend at any one painting. You really do have to achieve that wow factor to get their interest for even a few seconds as they scan a room full of paintings. 

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Thank You

Thank you to all who attended my show at Pynelogs. I was very pleased at the results as I made some sales and enjoyed the feedback at the reception. It is a little scary to put your work out to the public. But all of you have been supportive and it inspires me to continue to paint and learn.
As you may know the Purcell Mountain Painters, which I belong to, are having their show at Pynelogs until October 16  so some of my paintings are still hanging. Please drop by to see the work of my fellow painters this week we love your support and comments and for some it is one of the few times  their work is on display.

So far the pieces of art that sold were: Green Tractor, Red Barn, Autumn Pink, Scarlet Apple, Orange Panel Van. and Birch. Thank you.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Recent Paintings

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Pynelogs Cultural Center Invermere Show

You are invited to my up coming show at Pynelogs
  September 20 to October 2.

 The Artists Opening event is Wednesday September 21 from 7-9pm.
There will be snacks and a cash bar.

It has been fun and a lot of work to put this show together, needless to say I haven't been blogging but I have been painting since the workshop I took with Carol Marine earlier this summer. 

Experimenting With Colour

It was a nice fall day last year and I was admiring the trees near our house and taking a few pictures when this old panel van passed me and I was able to snap a picture.  I didn’t alter the colour of the vehicle; I swear it was the same colour as the  leaves. I tried to capture the shadows using a nice soft complimentary blue.

This is the original picture.  I think  I made the sky shape more interesting. and featured the van a little more. This is one of the paintings for my up coming show.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Carol Marine Workshop

Sixteen wonderful ladies (not kids Carol) joined together  at the begining of July to participate in a Workshop given by the internationally recognized still life painter Carol Marine . She did a fine job of encourging us to paint more.  I really feel like I need to get down to work. Yet here I am working on my blog. Well it has been quite a while and the subject mattered strayed from it's original intent which was to document one womens journey in the painting world.
I will blog more I promise.
And soon I will blog  about Carols workshop because I feel so inspired. That is definetly how a workshop should make you feel. I am doing this short up date so that the ladies that I met will see that I intend to stay sort of current and they will find something new here when they check in.
Carol gave us so much information about how she paints and markets herself  that I am overwhelmed with ideas and don't want to spend too much time just yet on this blog but will post some pics soon from the workshop and of current work.
I was in very good company too  these two ladies also have blogspots so check them out. Sharon Williams  andCheryl Quist

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Hilton Head South Carolina

Here in South Carolina the living is easy. We are at Harbour Town at the Marroitt  practically in the shadow of the famous lighthouse beside the number 18th. green of the Sea Pines Harbour Town golf course. We played the Sea Pines Ocean course leaving 'the' Harbour Town course for the PGA Tour Professionals. Also the $200.00 cost put it a little out of my range. It was a fun course even thought there is water on 10 of the 18 holes.  I managed to stay out of it and scored a respectable 98, two over my handicap.
Did I mention there are alligators on the course. I discouraged Jim from reaching into the water to retrieve balls. Another reason to stay out of the water.

 We have been biking on the labyrinth of trails here,discovering many interesting areas of the Island. The trails snake through the forests of Spanish moss draped trees, its so lush compared to the desert . Like night and day.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

It's January in California

Windermere Loop Road in the Fall

Towards Whitetail Lake

Here are two paintings that I did just before leaving home. I hope to get around to photographing some works from California but  golf seems to get in the way. We are having fun catching up with everyone and the weather has perked up so we are all outside more. Next week we are off to Sedona for a couple of days of hiking. It should  be cooler there but I am looking forward to seeing Sedona red rock with a dusting of snow. Did I just say I was looking forward to snow? This cold I have is worse than I thought. I must be delusional.

Friday, December 10, 2010

The wonders of computers

I'm dictating to my computer to enter this text into my blog.  The wonders of computers never cease to amaze me.  This thing can type 100 times faster than I can and if I can learn how to make it recognize my voice correctly it will be a lot easier to enter text into my blog. Once in awhile he gets mixed up.  The example of typing he instead of it is just an example.  Perhaps it was my pronunciation and more than likely it was so if you can put up with a few mistakes and recognize that it may be my pronunciation and not the computer we will get along just fine and I can enter lots text.

Well as usual I'm wasting time trying to learn how to use this computer and not getting down to paint so I better be off now to start a new painting.

Monday, December 6, 2010

December in the Mountains

Winter has arrived in the Columbia Valley and I marvel at the beauty of snow.
I put up the Christmas tree early to get in the spirit. The smell of a wild Douglas Fir fills the house. After getting back from Sedona and getting back into painting with oils November zoomed by.

Mount Chisel Oil on board

My little surgery went well and not only can I see better I look 10 years younger. Well maybe.....
I was surprised I didn't end up more black and blue but it wasn't worse than going to the dentist. Now to get back to painting and ready to go south.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Ok so Sedona up date never happened.

Ok so I have been busy painting and trying to get my notebook so it links to stuff not so easy for a old mind.

Elk on 17th.

We have lots of Elk on the front greens these days. IMG_0168IMG_0172
Hope they don’t come through our yard .
Trying to figure out how to use my new notebook with all the windows 7 features