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Saturday, February 28, 2015

2015 Self Portrait 2

"2015 Self Portrait #2"
Oil on board 12" x 9"

I painted this in Ingrid's class. We were to use all the colours on our palette and keep switching from warm to cool to warm etc. colours. I had set my mirror up on my easel above my canvas and hadn't noticed that my eyes were looking up at it until I stepped away to have a look as you normally do at art. I decided not to work on it at home to make it more realistic as I liked the variety of colours.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Elaine's View

 "Elaine's View"
Oil on gallery wrapped canvas painted on all edges  10" x 48"
#20024215 A Gift

This painting was based on a photo my cousin Elaine posted on Facebook. The photo was taken from her deck of the Kelowna bridge and the dancing colours in the sky and on Okanagan Lake. It was an absolutely stunning photo.

I have been in Kelowna looking after my Mom after her back surgery and painted this a little bit at a time while she slept. It was a pleasure to have the photo view while I was pretty much confined to the house. "Elaine's View" was still wet when I gifted it to her. This was an odd sized canvas for me but perfect for this painting.

Monday, February 16, 2015

2015 Self Portrait 1

"2015 Self Portrait 1"
Oil on board 12" x 12"

I painted this portrait while looking in a mirror on my easel. Ingrid Christensen was trying to teach us to look at large shapes then smaller. We worked with a limited palette. I like this portrait as it was an unusual view of me concentrating and not animated as usual "selfie's"| are. I used a stylus and wrote the Shel Silverstein around my portrait. It is hard to see in this photo.

Shel Silverstein quote:
"Underneath my outside face
There's a face none can see
A little less smiley
A little less sure
But a whole lot more like me."

Tuesday, February 10, 2015


Oil on board 16" x 20"
$175 unframed

I know this one looks odd, but I really like it. I received a hot air balloon ride as a gift a while back from my husband for my birthday and took many photos.  I loved the fact that the cows looked miniature compared to their shadow and were really only light and dark shapes. The shadows on the ground almost had more detail. I had painted one similar in water colour that sold in a Leighton Centre show.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

"Brenda" - live model paintings

Oil on board 16" x 12"

"Brenda 2"
Oil on canvas board  16" x 12"

These two paintings were done in a figure painting class taught by Ingrid Chistensen. Brenda was our lovely model and she came for two classes, sitting in the same position wearing a lovely green bikini. I was painting Brenda 2 with the idea I would paint her form and then add the bathing suit. Well the 2nd class ended and not suit in sight (sorry Brenda). I guess if I had painted small, I could of finished it! I find figure painting very intimidating but Ingrid made it very fun and interesting. Everyone's easel was in a circle around Brenda so we all had a different view.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

"Winter Blooms"

"Winter Blooms"
7 1/2" x 7 3/4"
Oil on Board
$75 unframed

Always a welcome relief to view flowers indoors in the winter. A joyful experience to paint these ones on a cold winter indoor day.