Sunday, August 20, 2017

Artisan Coffee - Art talk August 22

This was painted with coffee for an art talk with the Eagle Valley Brush and Palette Club at the Sicamous Public Library on August 22 from 1 pm to 2 pm. This talk will showcase the various art done within this club. My portion of the talk will be on painting with coffee and oil painting. If you are in the area and interested, please join us. Paintings will be on display in the library until the talk for everyone to enjoy and have an idea what will be on the itinerary.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Sweet Bunch - Grape Escape Series #6

"Sweet Bunch"
#6 in Grape Escape Series
9" x 12"  Oil on canvas board

The reference photo for this painting is from a picture Joan Keating took on her travels. I loved the contrast of the warm browns and reds with the cool blues. Painted as another great diversion from the flood watch on Mara Lake.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Winesome - Grape Escape Series - #5

#5 in the Grape Escape Series
10" x 8" Oil on canvas board

Not only does my friend Joan Keating help me with names for this series, she also sent me some photos she has taken on her travels. I used one of Joan's photo's for this painting. I loved the contrast of the red vines and leaves with the green leaves and of course the dark fruit.

I am not sure if these are grown for wine or eating but they sure looked good.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Sun Kissed - Grape Escape Series #4

Sun Kissed
Grape Escape Series #4
10" x 8" Oil on canvas board

I am still using the photo reference from Kathy's gifted calendar of her gardens. I enjoyed using Caribbean Blue in this one as it is my new favourite colour.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Fire Skies

"Fire Skies"
8" x 10" Oil on canvas panel
# 20002817

I was driving back from Salmon Arm B.C. almost at Sicamous. The skies were so vividly coloured I had to pull over at the rest stop just before Sicamous and take some photos of the lake beside the highway. It was breath taking! I painted this the next day while being host at Gallery 150. I did not enhance the colours at all, it was spectacular.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Fruit Of The Vine - Grape Escape Series #3

"Fruit Of The Vine"
Grape Escape Series - #3
 20" x 24" framed
# 20031717

This large painting just flowed. I used very different colours for the background and really enjoyed the peaceful feeling both painting it and as a finished painting.

I painted this while handling potential flooding in Sicamous B.C. I think that is why it feels peaceful, it took my mind off pumps, high water, sand bagging etc.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Bountiful - Grape Escape Series #2

20" x 29" Oil on board, framed
Grape Escape series #2

This large painting was done from a calendar that Kathy Kean put together for her overseas family. I used one photo of grapes from her garden as a reference. It is great having friends helping with this art journey. Thanks Kathy for the artful calendar and Joan for great titles!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Vine Ripe - Grape Escape Series #1

"Vine Ripe"
Oil on canvas board   10" x 8"

We were almost flooded in Sicamous B.C. this spring. I was on "pump duty" making sure all the pumps were working and minimal water was coming in. Kathy Kean had gifted me a calendar she made for her overseas family of her beautiful garden. She had a photo of grapes hanging on a metal fence and this is my rendition. I was talking to Joan Keating saying that I needed names for a series of grape paintings I was doing and could she send me some names. Her husband came up with the name of "Grape Escape" and just like that I had a perfect name for my series. Painting this series was both a mental and physical break/escape from all the flood work. Thanks Kathy, Joan and Ross! I gave this painting to Kathy as a gift.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Fleurs de Feathers

"Fleurs de Feathers"
Acrylic and paper on canvas   10" x 8"
Framed    #20015717

Lois Mollard came from Armstrong to the Eagle Valley Brush and Palette Club to show us how to build up an acrylic painting using acrylic based pastes. I had a lot of fun trying the pastes after painting a very vibrant under painting then using pastes on top for a background texture. I also incorporated paper collage. It was very strange painting over the rough texture but I liked the effect. 

Friday, July 14, 2017

High Water

"High Water"
Pastel  8.5" x 10"  Matted in wood frame
 I entered this painting under "Pastel" in The Armstrong SpallumcheenArt Gallery 29th Annual Ribbon Show running from July 6 until August 5 2017

I was painting this while on flood watch in Sicamous B.C. It is an abstract that contains the logs I was using as a boom, our house and the water forever creeping forward and covering land; nature against manipulated nature.

This painting is my last entry into the show. The Eagle Valley Brush and Palette Club are on a road trip to see the show, out for lunch then a talk on how they jury the show and the criteria they use. A stop in Enderby to visit the gallery there, then home, what fun and laughter ahead.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Self Portrait 2017

"Self Portrait 2017"
11 1/2" x 11 1/2" watercolour on paper
matted and framed

It is amazing the feedback I get when I post my yearly self portrait. Usually I hear that it doesn't look like me as it is to stern or serious looking. It was pretty weird to smile into the mirror as I painted this, but the full toothful grin was just creepy. I entered this painting under "Portraits" in The Armstrong SpallumcheenArt Gallery 29th Annual Ribbon Show running from July 6 until August 5 2017

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Quarter Dozen

"Quarter Dozen"
Egg shells on watercolour paper
5" x 7" double matted and framed
Armstrong Ribbon Show "Alternative" entry

This was just plain fun! I saved different coloured chicken eggshells to "paint" this picture. I used acrylic medium to keep the shells in place.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Sea Jewels

This painting is from a photo reference I requested from my friend Joan Keating (love supporting friends!). There is a beautiful beach with a wonderful mix of clay, rocks, sea glass and shells near her summer home. As per my request she went out a took some great photos having no idea what I really wanted. This painting is in the Armstrong Spallumcheen Museum & Art Gallery Ribbon Fair watercolour category from July 6 until August 5. My goal was to have a painting in every category that I qualify for, I made all but one (next year hopefully I will make my goal).

"Sea Jewels"
Watercolour on  watercolour paper  9" x 11"
matted and framed

Friday, July 7, 2017

Twilight On Mara Lake

"Twilight on Mara Lake"
Photo permission by Whitney Jean 
10" x 8" oil on canvas panel

This painting was inspired by a photo I saw on Facebook. I contacted the photographer and Whitney Jean gave me permission to paint it. I was watching and dealing with Mara Lake's potential flood and this photo really caught my attention. It showed all the beautiful colours in the night sky reflecting on Mara Lake. Painting this was a real reprieve from my pump watching "house arrest". 

Tuesday, July 4, 2017


Mixed Media  7 1/2" x 9 1/2" ink & gouache on Yupo paper matted with white frame

At The Brush and Palette Club we were working with ink on Yupo paper. This is my rendition of Mara Lake in the winter using opaque white gouache with the ink. Thanks Joan for helping with the title!

This was my entry for the mixed media category in The Armstrong Spallumcheen Art Gallery 29 th Annual Ribbon Show. The show is running from July 6 until August 5 2017.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Happy Canada Day!!

Truly Canadian
Ink, double matted and framed
$150   #20001717

For this year's annual Sicamous Eagle Valley Brush and Palette Club's Show and Sale, they challenged their members to paint, draw or somehow represent some area of Canada to celebrate our 150th year.

We had a "play date" at one of our usual Friday meetings and Betty gave us a little tutorial and let us loose to play with a few different pens to try. It was a lot of fun and I was determined to use this in at least one "painting". I love using this pen in my sketch book. This drawing was done with an "Elegant Ink" felt pen then I added water to move it in areas. The Sicamous Eagle Valley Brush and Palette Club is having it's annual show and sale June 29 until July 3, 2017. I also have other paintings in this show, come have a look if you are in the area!

Friday, June 30, 2017

Dreama's Online class - Week 6 Bonus

Week 6 Bonus"Front Row Seat In France"
12" x 12" Oil on board

This painting is my rendition of the last lesson (Week 6) in Dreama Tolle Perry's online art class. She has 2 bonus reference photos at the end and this is one of them. Access to the course is for a year so I may go through and paint them again, learn more and see if my style has evolved. I really enjoy the colours she uses and of course her photo resources. The course is more than just painting, she has tips, meditation videos with an outdoor scene and music, suggestions with "be kind to your artist self".

This painting combines what we have learnt from the 6 weekly modules...pots, walls, windows, shutters, flowers and greenery,

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Dreama's Online Class - Week 6

Week 6 "Blue Shutters and Blooming Friends"
12" x 9" Oil on board

I really enjoyed painting this class. It was a challenge to fit in all the elements in this painting (hard building, stone, clay pot as well as the soft foliage and flowers). I have never painted shutters doors before so that too was interesting. This painting will be a door prize at the Eagle Valley Brush and Palette 38th Annual Art Show from June 28 until July 4 at the Red Barn Arts Centre in Sicamous, B.C. Stop by and meet some wonderful artists, enjoy the art and of course fill in a free ballot.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Dreama's Online class - Week 4 & 5

Week 4    "Seated In The Garden"         14" x 11"                 Oil on canvas board  #20027617A

               Week 5  "Gathered In Love"
                                          12" x 12" Oil on canvas board

These two paintings are my rendition of an online art class I took with Dreama Tolle Perry. The chair is Week 4 and the flower pot is Week 5. I am going to have to take better reference photos for myself as I love her photo references, all the composition work is done!

The painting of the chair was given to the Mount Royal Staff Association as one of their door prizes for their professional development day. I put Dreama's info on the back and that I had completed it in her workshop.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Dreama's Online class - Week 3


Week 3 "Sunflower Smiles"
12" x 12"
Oil on board     #20025617

This is the Week 3 painting of her course, again my rendition but her instruction and photo reference. I am now on the look out for blue mason jars (haven't found any yet).  I love her colours and style of painting. She introduced me to the beautiful "Caribbean Blue" colour that I would never of purchased (to expensive to try). It is the colour in the jar. It is definitely going to be in more of my paintings! 

This painting will be a door prize at the Eagle Valley Brush and Palette 38th Annual Art Show from June 28 until July 4 at the Red Barn Arts Centre in Sicamous, B.C. Stop by, fill in an free entry form and meet some wonderful artists and  a variety of artwork.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Dreama's Online class - Week 2

I have signed up for an online workshop with Dreama Tolle Perry. Her first image and instruction (week 2) is of a photo she took of a cupcake. I watched the video instruction and painted along (first cupcake). Later I painted a second cupcake just using the photo reference. I enjoyed painting these cupcakes so much I am going to have to buy some fancy ones,  paint them and then enjoy eating them (at least that is my excuse!).

"My Little Cupcake 1"
8" x 8"
Oil on wood

The second painting was done on canvas paper so it had a different textural feeling. I used the same colours and reference photo but the speed and how I felt while painting it was so different.

"My Little Cupcake 2"
8" x 8"
Oil on canvas paper

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Rock Garden Beauty

"Rock Garden Beauty"
Oil on canvas panel     8" x 10"

This is my first en plein air painting of the season. I found this little rock garden at the side of Main Street Park. It was the first morning I joined Eagle Valley Arts Council (EVAC) and because it was an overcast cool morning Kim and I were the only ones there. It felt great to be painting outdoors and was nice to have company while I painted and Kim sketched.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Beyond The City

"Beyond The City"
Oil on canvas    16" x 20" framed

Jean Ellithorpe (at Sicamous Brush and Palette Club) showed me a couple of beautiful acrylic paintings she had done on black gesso. I had never tried that so with a borrowed photo from Jean, some tips and suggestions, this is the end result using oil paint. I really had to change how I handled the colours working on such a dark background. Thanks Jean for the inspiration and suggestions!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Splash Of Pink

"Splash Of Pink"
12" x 9" Oil on canvas

The photo reference is from Teri Sanders that was shared on Facebook for other artists in the group to use (Thanks Teri). I went bolder with colours and really had fun with this one. I loved the little sprigs of baby's breath as a design element.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Roselyn's Garden

Roselyn's Garden
12" x 12"   Oil on board

The reference for this photo was shared on a painting course by Esperanza Arato for other's to paint in the group. The photo is of her sister Roselyn's garden. It was a very busy and complicated photo therefore a challenge to add and delete elements as I saw fit. Roselyn's garden is a cornucopia of shapes, sizes and colours, it must be truly beautiful to enjoy it personally.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Dancing Shadows

I loved all the flowers that grew in random places in Mexico. They popped over the stucco fences seemingly warming in the sun. The shadows were forever changing in the slight breeze.

"Dancing Shadows"
20" x 16" Oil on canvas

Friday, May 26, 2017

End Of A Great Day

"End of A Great Day"
16" x 20" Oil on canvas - framed

This painting is in the juried Federation of Canadian Artists - Calgary Chapter "Absolutely Art" Show at the Earl Grey Golf Course in Calgary tonight 4pm - 9pm and Saturday 10am - 5pm.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Enderby Cliffs

This large painting is one of my current favourites. I painted a smaller panel "en plein air" (on location, outdoors) and loved the whole feeling and wanted to capture it in a large format. The sun was getting ready to go down and the lighting on the cliffs behind was magnificent with the brightly lit foreground. I had initially had the value of the mountain to dark and detailed and with the more muted tones and less detail it sat back instead of competing with the foreground (thanks Doug). 

"Enderby Cliffs"
20" x 24"
#20023517        Oil on panel

Thursday, May 18, 2017


9" x 12"   Oil on canvas

This is a commissioned painting of a very young King Charles Spaniel as a Mother's Day gift. Rupert is primarily black with brown, tan and white. The challenge in this painting for me was that I did not use black at all. The obvious cute factor and expression was interesting to try and capture. I enjoyed this painting in my art studio and no matter which way I moved, Rupert was watching me.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Where Poppies Bloom

"Where Poppies Bloom"
11" X 14"   Oil on canvas

There were beautiful poppies beside the old rail beds that were turned into a cycle/walking route through Spain. I loved the contrast of the new blossoming flowers with the very old stone farm houses and buildings.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Tulip Festival - Calgary Sketch Club Painting Exchange

"Tulip Festival"
9" x 12"  Oil on canvas 
This painting was my celebration of spring. It always makes me happy to see tulips begin to open and show their brilliant colours. I took this painting to our Calgary Sketch Club awards and wind up party last Thursday. I sat beside Tami and we both commiserated on bringing a painting that we did not care for to our first wind up club party. At our party who ever wants to participate brings a painting and then a draw is done where the # you pull out corresponds to the painting you get. The choices were beautiful. Tami and I were sitting beside each other. I drew my number and it was Tami's beautiful painting then Tami drew a number and it was my painting, we had a good laugh over that.

This is my beautiful painting by Tami Hort
Resin on Oil  20" x 10"

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Heading In For Lunch

"Heading In For Lunch"
8" x 10" Oil on canvas board
This painting was based on a photo Doug Swinton took. He is very generous with his photo references and often pulls one out that will challenge or would work in that student's style. I really enjoyed painting this one and how it turned out.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Spring Joy

"Spring Joy"
16" x 12"   Oil on canvas board

This painting was a joy to paint. The reference photo was from my friend Sue. She may not recognize it as I altered it a lot! The feeling and idea of a fresh spring "newness" was on my mind as I painted this. Fresh beginnings for both nature and to nurture.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Al Fresco

"Al Fresco"
9" x 12"   Oil on canvas

This painting was aptly named by my sister-in-law Tammy. I have found a wonderful resource for naming my paintings in Tammy, Darcy and Evan! The resource photo was taken on a trip to Besalu Spain. It was in this very old walled city with it's huge, heavy, very thick doors which miniaturized all the furniture around it in the courtyard.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Sue's View

"Sue's View"
12" x 9"  Oil on canvas
This painting is based on a photo my friend Sue took of her garden with a view of the Little Shuswap Lake behind. Their cabin is in Chase, B.C. Sue's specialty is photography and I love the angles and views she photographs. Not only do I have approval to paint her photos, she also gives me a calendar that I write my art activities and use the photos as inspiration, a wonderful gift from a wonderful friend.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Hiking Back To Town

"Hiking Back To Town"
18" X 22" Oil on board

The reference for this painting was after a hike through El Charco in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico taken on our way out. The sky was lit up and the house blended right into the coloured grasses, it was spectacular.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Country Lane and Isolated Drive

"Country Lane"
8" x 10" Oil on canvas board

"Isolated Drive"
8" x 10" Oil on canvas board

These paintings were both done with a reference photo of Doug Swinton's. I was trying to give them a different feel and changing up the trees. Once again the lesson for me was in value (that is one of the many reasons I took Doug"s class!).

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

1 Reference Photo, 3 Paintings

These 3 paintings were all done using the same reference taken by Doug Swinton. I was trying different values, shapes and colours to see what effects and how different I can make them. I decided to keep them all with realistic colours. I enlisted my relatives: Evan, Tammy and Darcy to come up with names for about 10 paintings that I had completed (a huge thank you). They came through and I am all caught up with the naming, it is a tougher job than you would think!

"Off Trail"
8" x 10" Oil on canvas board

"Fall Walk"
8" x 10" Oil on canvas board

"Ode To Autumn Vision"
 8" x 10" Oil on canvas board

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Antique Reflection

"Antique Reflection"
Acrylic on board
12" x 14"

I don't usually paint landscapes in acrylic but had attended an acrylic workshop on colour and composition and decided to try what I had learned. The colours are not realistic, very different but still "reads" correct as the values are correct. I really enjoyed working in acrylic for a change and loved that I did not have to wait long for it to dry before layering another colour on top. I loved the effect the acrylic paint worked into the reflections, so different from my oil paintings.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Valley Life

"Valley Life"
8" x 10" Oil on canvas panel

This is a painting from a photo I took while hiking up to the Enderby cliffs of the valley and river below. I had trouble trying to lay the river flat, it kept looking like it was turning up on the sides. Doug also had to help me eliminate all the unnecessary detail in the foreground, as always I was getting to literal to my photo. I can hear him now "Big Shapes, Big Shapes"!

Friday, March 24, 2017

1 Reference, 4 Paintings

These paintings were all done in a couple classes and at home with a reference of Doug Swinton's. Again I was trying to get a different feel with different shapes and colours as well as adding or deleting elements. It is kind of fun to compare them when they are one on top of each other like this. Doug challenged me to paint them individually, not looking at the previous one.

"Rural Advantage"
8" x 10" Oil on canvas panel

"Country Living"
8" x 10" Oil on canvas panel

"Golden Fields"
8" x 10" Oil on canvas panel

"Bucolic View"
8" x 10" Oil on canvas panel