Saturday, October 14, 2017

Epoch - Grape Escape Series - #9

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

I painted this painting as a demo on how to "start" a plein air oil painting. This was not done en plein air (outdoors on location) but I brought my plein air easel and showed how I set up. I was not satisfied with my under painting or "start" when I got home so I wiped half of it out (see below) and started again. I took pictures so I could show the Eagle Valley Brush and Palette Club how you can wipe out an oil painting unlike acrylic where you paint over.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Final Travel Sketches in the UK - #6

 These are my sketches of the fun that Gord, Lucy and I had in Edinburgh Scotland. From a full regalia bagpiper, a foot high veggie burger, my first scotch, dressing up in period clothing at the National Museum of Scotland, funky outdoor music and learning about the royal Britannia ship were just some of the fun.

 Our last 2 nights were with the Hart's in their home. We were tired from Edinburgh so the last day was spent leisurely. We walked along the canals, enjoyed walking and having a coffee break in the Hampton Court Palace Gardens and walking through the beautiful park.
Barbara eagerly taught us how to play Rummikub. The first time she handily beat us (Gord and I played as one), and Lucy won the second game. The last night Barbara won again! We brought a crib game as a gift (in the shape of a bear) and only had time to teach Peter one game. I think challenges for both games will be played in the future.  It was a very different holiday for us and very enjoyable. We came home happily tired.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!

Two birds that made it through Canadian Thanksgiving! Top is alcohol ink, bottom is an oil painting. I was lucky enough to be able to celebrate with lots of family in Sicamous, B.C. this year. Safe travels to everyone travelling home.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Travel Sketches in the UK #5

I celebrated my birthday at the Hart's home. I woke up to banners on the doors, balloons and presents!! We had a delicious celebratory barbeque with their friends Wanda and Steve. It was a very memorable birthday!

 We tried a variety of foods, a clotted cream tea (Gord in Shaftebury), curries (Indian and Thai), Full English Breakfast etc. A favourite dining spot was "Spoons" or Wetherspoons when we were travelling. Menu and grocery store items had the most common food allergens bolded so it was easy for me to feel comfortable with what I ate with my cow dairy allergy. I enjoyed a lot of latte coffees.
Barbara had also bought items I had never tried that were dairy free (very thoughtful).
Shaftesbury was high on our list. Our our fireplace in Sicamous is a large framed photo of this famous street that Gord's Dad had been given as a retirement gift. We now have a photo to add in the corner of the big one.

This sketch is a view from our AirBnB apartment balcony overlooking the river in Edinburgh Scotland. Lucy, Gord and I flew there for a 3 night stay. We packed in a lot of the sights while there and really enjoyed ourselves.

I painted a night time view of this scene and left it in a frame in the apartment as a thank you gift.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Travel Sketches in the UK #4

Lacock chocolate shop

 We did a lot of travelling with Peter and Lucy. What a difference it makes when you can travel by car and stop where you want. We did not waste any time as well as we were taken right to the spots we were most interested in.

I was fascinated by all the history, stone work, beautiful land and the variety of sights to see.

Lucy, Gord and I walked up to Corfe Castle and the view was amazing. The houses in the town below were made from the castle rocks.


We saw so many sights including a bi-plane with a wing walker when we pulled over. We walked to Hengistbury Head and really enjoyed looking at all the crowded cabins (really an updated shed in size) along the water. The grass, sand and dunes were really visually relaxing after the bright coloured cabins.

We had another beautiful view in Lulworth and even managed to get some dog playing time in.
Tyneham had a spooky feel to it. The government took the town of 228 people over for training in 1943 and never gave it back. A note was left on the church door "Please treat the church and houses with care; we have given up our homes where many of us lived for generations to help win the war to keep men free. We shall return one day and thank you for treating the village kindly."

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Travel Sketches in the UK #3

 Some of these sketches went from Urban Sketching (done on location) to holiday sketches done in the evening or early morning. The sketch above is in Bradford On Avon. The AirBnB place we stayed on was just on the left of this bridge. We traveled over this bridge multiple times a day.
We biked along the canal system to Bath and I toured the Roman Baths while Gord toured the city to find all the places we wanted to see together.
The canal boat below is the Barbara McLellan that takes people for tours up and down the canal system.

We met Jacqueline Redfern as we biked past her canal boat. Jacqueline and her husband retired, sold everything, bought a channel boat and they have traveled and lived on the channels for 3 years. They are now living the dream they didn't know they had. Loved her art and the whole concept...Gord is now worried. You can check out her art at

Monday, September 25, 2017

Travel sketches in UK #2

 These are the next set of travel sketches I have done. The bottom painting on water colour paper was left in a frame as a thank you gift at the AirBnB that we stayed at in Bradford On Avon. It is of the apartment building we stayed in. I have had to do them piece meal as there hasn't been enough time to finish one on location.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Travel Sketches in UK #1

 Starting our holiday to England, sketching to pass the time. On the flight I was to tired and uninterested in playing the solitaire game on the screen so drew it instead. When I started drawing using my brain, the cards (Jack) were not laid out properly. Using my eyes and really looking corrected the problem.

Travelling around London for the day with Lucy Hart. We went on a train, tube and double decker bus. We had soooo much fun. There is so much going on and so much to see. Everything from the hustle bustle on the roads, to beautiful Hyde, Green and St. James parks. We ate raw walnuts knocked out of trees, watched the Queen's guards marching, Canadian goose and white swans happily being left alone, toured around Convent Gardens and stopped for a Pimm's (Lucy's treat and must try).

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Spring Mix In Blue

"Spring Mix in Blue"
10" x 8"
Oil on canvas board

The reference for this painting was taken and shared by Teri Sanders in an online course I was enrolled in. Teri graciously shared photographs for others in the class to paint and I loved this one.

The pot reminded me of a white enamel coffee pot my Grandmother had (chipped and well worn) and now my sister cherishes.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Ready To Play

This painting is of our neighbour's dock. The beach toys were just beckoning to be used. I loved the bright colours and different shapes, a real "summer at the lake" view. I found it challenging to make the top of the green tube to look like "see through" plastic.

This painting is currently hanging in Gallery 150 in Sicamous, B.C.

"Ready To Play"
20" x 24" oil on panel (framed)

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Smokey B.C.

"Smokey B.C."
8" x 10" en plein air oil painting on canvas board

Surprisingly this is my favourite painting of the summer. I painted this outside and tried to capture the colours that I saw on Mara Lake, the town of Sicamous and mountains behind. The sky was heavy with smoke most of the summer from all the forest fires and this view was to familiar. I love the rawness and textural element in this one. As someone who loves colour, I was surprised how much this one pleases me.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

EVB&P outing for en plein air

 "Hot Blossoms"
8" x 10"   En plein air oil on canvas board

"Hide and Seek"
8" x 10" En plein air oil on canvas board

I painted these two on a beautiful and hot day with the Eagle Valley Brush and Palette Club in/from Jean Ellithorpe's beautiful yard. Jean had chairs and small seating areas all around her stunning property. Artists were working in ink, pencil, water colour and oil and the variety of subjects and styles were very interesting. Although she thought her flowers were past their prime, there were plenty of varieties for everyone to draw or paint. Ornaments in the garden were beautiful, entertaining and a few had me chuckling. The ducks were having their fun in the lake and I loved trying to paint them while they bobbed up and down.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Arbor of Bounty - Grape Escape Series #8

"Arbor Of Bounty"
#8 in Grape Escape Series
12" x 12" Oil on canvas framed
Photo reference:  Joan Keating

I am enjoying painting this grape series in different sizes and shapes. I haven't worked in a square format for quite awhile and really enjoyed it.My plan is to paint a series of 10 different paintings of the same subject. This is my second series, the first was a series of 50 small flower paintings. The photo references were fun to work with as well.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Golden Globes - Grape Escape Series

"Golden Globes"
#7 in Grape Escape Series
20" x 24"   Oil on board, framed

I was telling my friend Joan Keating that I wanted to paint a series of 10 paintings with grapes in them. She sent me wonderful photos she had taken on her many travels and this is my rendition in oil. Joan has been supplying me with titles as well. It is great having friends support me on my art journey! This painting will be on display in the SACU (Salmon Arm Credit Union) in Sicamous B.C. tomorrow until the end of September.

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.