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Friday, July 29, 2016


20" x 16" Oil on canvas
$300 unframed

 I laboured over this painting before my art class with Doug Swinton. It was very "stripey" as I tried to follow my photograph with all the shadow lines from bushes to the left of the painting. Doug took one look, picked up my largest brush and smooshed it all together! So much for thinking I was almost done. After my initial dismay and Doug's explanation and brushwork, I really saw the benefit and liked this so much more (exactly why I go to his class). I had to work on it quite a bit more to actually call it mine.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Farmer's Castle

This painting is based on a photo and the experience of biking through back roads in Spain in May. The countryside was quiet, peaceful and absolutely stunning!

Farmer's Castle
8 x 10 Oil on panel
$100 unframed
# 20023716

Friday, July 15, 2016

Sun Glow - pastel painting

"Sun Glow"
12 " x 11 pastel on yellow archival mat board
$200 double matted in silver metal frame #20015716

Part of my summer goal was to enter into every category that I could in the Armstrong Spullumcheen Ribbon Show in Armstrong, B.C.. There are a possible 8 categories and pastel is one of them. Betty lent me her pastels and after perusing articles on painting with pastel and photos of the Spanish country side from a recent trip I set to work while painting at the Red Barn with the Brush and Palette Club. I was happy with this bright and cheery painting. The show continues until August 6.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Ruby Red

"Ruby Red"
8" x 10" Oil on canvas board
$80 unframed

I saw this car at a car show and was attracted to the colour and highlights first, then the great shape. I don't even know what kind or year it is. By the polished look and shape, someone loves it a lot.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Plein Air painting at Salmon Arm, B.C. "W.O.W." event

I decided to go and paint in Salmon Arm B.C. and then take in the W.O.W. (Wednesday On The Wharf) weekly free evening live music. I painted the view (top photo) 8"x10" and then thought I still had time to try another view in a larger format (12"x16"). What I did not account for is the very interested visitors that were gathering for the show as well as walking along the long dock. A very nice gentlemen took the photo of me and my painting in progress AND showed me how to take better photos on my phone.   I knew I felt relaxed and was enjoying myself when 2 ducks decided to have their afternoon nap at my feet! What a great afternoon and evening. The band "West My Friend" was fabulous and entertaining.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Armstrong Spallumcheen Art Gallery Ribbon Show

One of my summer goals was to enter into every category (except "kids") in the Armstrong Spallumcheen Museum & Arts Society "Ribbon Show". I did pretty good, only missing one. I guess that will be my goal for next summer and now I will have the full year to work on it. Marg and Caroline joined me on opening night and we really had a lot of fun. This show fills both galleries and is really a hidden gem. If you get a chance to go through Armstrong, B.C. before August 6, this show is a must! Thanks for taking the photos Marg!

Armstrong Spallumcheen Art Gallery Ribbon Show entries
1. Portrait - My Painting Face - Second Place
2. Watercolour - Roads Well Travelled - Third Place
3. Acrylic - Single
4. Pastel - Sun Glow
5. Alternate Medium - Cord Holder - Toilet Paper Roll with ink and felt pen (Zentangle) - Second Place
6. Oil - Glacier County 2 - Second Place
7. Mixed Media - Continents Unite - Acrylic, Ink, Glass, Epoxy - Second Place

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Plein Air Painting on another rainy day

Yesterday was a rainy day so I decided to stay close to home and went up to Hyde Mountain Golf Course and look for a non-lake view. I loved the colours in the mountain so painted from the edge of the parking lot.

Hyde Mountain Golf Course View from parking lot
10" x 8" plein air oil on canvas panel

The rain came pouring down so I packed up and decided to do some errands and have a look at the Sicamous Public Beach. With rain coming in from the far right, the beach was nearly deserted. I had the joy of happy sounds from a couple of families enjoying the beach to themselves. I painted my favourite tree that is still in high lake water (behind the floating dock). 

View from Sicamous Public Beach
8" x 10" plein air oil on canvas panel

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Painting With Coffee

This was a fun day with the Eagle Valley Brush and Palette Club in Sicamous. Dianna Bowles did a demo of how to mix and paint with coffee. For once dipping my painting brush in my coffee cup paid off! These were painted in a water colour style but you could only touch an area 3 times before the coffee paint lifted off. I loved how shiny the dark coffee colour is almost a 3 dimensional effect.

This was my resource photo, taken off a calendar my friend Sue made for me from her artful photos (Thanks again Sue!).

As I still had time left, I decided I would paint whatever was on the page of an art magazine when I opened it up. I wish I had taken a photo of the resource so I could give credit to the original artist and show their work.