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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Summer Toys

"Summer Toys"
Oil on Gallery Wrapped canvas with painted sides (framing not required)
18" x 36"       $500

This painting is from a photo I had taken on Whidbey Island. I worked on it in Kelowna while I was looking after my convalescing Mom last winter. I was using the new Opus Artist Quality oil paints for the first time. They were interesting to mix with and the colours were slightly muted but I was happy with the result.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Smokey Enderby Cliffs

 I stopped in Enderby after the opening night of the 27th Annual Ribbon Show in the Armstrong Spallumcheen Art Gallery. It was still smokey from the forest fires which gave the Enderby cliff's really interesting colours. I found a spot near where people come out from rafting the river, enjoying all the happy voices. Between the smoke and the fading sun I had to paint quickly to capture the colours before they muted away. The top picture is the painting in progress and you can still see a little of the beautiful colours in the cliffs in the background. I worked on the foreground when the light was fading and the water colours were muted. Generally forest fires are not enjoyed but they do change the colours and soften shapes...another wonderful evening in B.C.

"Smokey Enderby Cliffs"
8" x 10" plein air oil on board
$75 unframed

Friday, July 17, 2015

Sparkling Hill Resort Plein Air

"Sparkling Hill View"
8" x 10" Oil on board
$75 unframed

On my way to Kelowna at the end of May, I stopped at the Sparkling Hill Resort to paint the gorgeous views. I found a shady spot on a walking path just below the entrance and filled my senses with the sounds, sights and smells of this beautiful location. The colours were a wonderful variety with the hills in purples and oranges and the grasses a vivid yellow green. I turned my easel slightly to the left and had a completely different view to paint the second painting. It felt like the world and time stopped while I painted, I felt so lucky.

"Sparkling Hill View 2"
8" x 10" Oil on board
&75 unframed

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Blooming Pink

"Blooming Pink"
Plein Air Acrylic on Board
8" x 8" unframed  $65

The second photo is of my plein air set up in our Sicamous yard. I would like to be able to paint plein air (outdoors on site) with acrylic because of it's drying factor when done. The trouble I have is it dries on the brush before I can get it on the canvas. I love the wow factor in the colours but need more practice blending. Fortunately Sicamous is rich in colours and subjects so I won't run out of things to try painting with acrylic.

Friday, July 3, 2015

27th Annual Ribbon Show

If you are in or going through Armstrong B.C. I have 6 paintings in the 27th Annual Ribbon Show, 3 paintings received a 2nd place ribbon in it's category. The Armstrong Spallumcheen Art Gallery is open daily from 10am - 4pm and the show runs from Saturday July 4 to August 1 2015.

"Beach Games"
Mixed Media - Encaustic (Bees Wax and Hardener) and shells on board

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Retirement Gift

"Blue Heron"
Oil on canvas  20" x 16"  framed

This framed painting was purchased as a retirement gift for a long standing member of MRSA (Mount Royal Staff Association). It feels great that it will be enjoyed and a reminder of her time working at the Mount Royal University in Calgary.

39th Annual Sicamous Arts & Craft Show June 29 - July 4 2015

These paintings are for sale at the 39th Annual Sicamous Arts & Crafts Show. I decided to go with a water theme this year. The show opens on Monday June 29 with "Meet The Artists" from 7pm until 9pm. The show continues until Saturday July 4 (10am until 6pm daily). There is wonderful art, crafts and homemade goodies for sale. The show is free so bring the family and enjoy the cool air conditioned "Red Barn" venue.

"Fountain Fun"
Pouring Medium/Acrylic on canvas 16" x 20" framed  $200

"Waiting For Playtime 2"
Oil on gallery canvas 40" x 30" $1200

"Summer Toys"
Oil on gallery canvas 18" x 36" $650

"Beach Time"
Oil on black canvas board 10" x 8" framed $100