Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Naked Barbie

20 x 16
Oil on thick Canvas

I never understood that little wooden articulated doll that all artist use to paint the human form. I've had one since I started painting because... well... you need one if you're serious about being a real artist right? All it did was confused me! So I just had the best idea! Barbie can be my model! I spent about 1 hour at Toys r us choosing mine. I wanted blond Barbie but I could not leave without this latino Barbie! She's so pretty! So here it is! From my first photoshoot with Barbie. I had way too much fun. My daughter never played with Barbies (They freaked her out) so I had not dressed or combed Barbie's hair since 1984!

I thought I would add the real picture just for fun

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Tomato Jam

10 x 8
Oil and Acrylic on Wood Panel

I asked my daughter what I should name this painting and she said "Jam". Because it's a fruit and it has lot's of sugar and that's the definition of Jam. So there you have it. I'm having a lot of fun painting red things! And somehow I think this falls into the "trompe l'oeuil" category again.  Notice the reflection of the sliced tomato in the bottle! Next? Skittles! 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

5 Coke Bottles

12 x 24
Acrylic and oil on angled canvas

So I decided I'm good at painting Coke bottles.  So I thought, let's make it a row!  Because I love rows!  Whenever I can a arrange things in a row I do it.  It's pleasing to the eye.  But when you have to paint 5 Coke bottles in a couple of days, it's less pleasing to my back!  But I did it!  

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Coke Bottles

Acrylic and Oil on canvas
10 x 10
I don't drink Coke, I never liked it but I always loved the idea of drinking Coke.  It's red and god knows I love red things! So I went out and bought some cute vintage Coke bottles and I painted them.  As I was progressing I backed up and realized I was painting very realistic.  I never really painted realistic because of the time it takes between layers.  I don't have that kind of patience to let paint dry.  So I used Acrylic for the reds and then I was able to paint the writing without having to wait for the drying time!  Genius right?  I like to think so.  So here it is!  I would have to say this is one of my favourite painting I've done.  I'm already taking pictures for my next Coke painting fix!  This stuff is addicting ;)

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Friday, March 10, 2017

From me to you

8 x 8
Acrylic on thick canvas
On April 1st, I will have a spot in a new Art Gallery that's opening in my region! I'm so excited! So I have been painting bigger then I usually do. But I have missed Daily Painting. So here is a small that I did today. It's in Acrylic, the new medium that I'm apparently favouring these days. I took some shipping paper, a old Pandora box and used my favorite colour bow and VOILA! I love it simple.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Reader's Digest

16 x 12
Acrylic on thick Canvas

​This is the first "all acrylic" painting I do in 20 years! I had abandoned it for oil but I have lately been incorporating it in my oil paintings. Starting with acrylic and finishing in oil. There's a lot of qualities that acrylic has, that Oil doesn't, but those qualities are also it's bad side sometimes!
So here is a stack of old Reader's digest books. I just brought them back from my parent's house. They were happy to get them out of their library collecting dust. I was so happy to add them to mine! Aren't they a beauty! They don't make books like that anymore.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Tiffany Tower II

Oil on Thick Canvas
11 x 14
I made it just in time for this week's challenge! I love stacking things and I love Tiffany boxes. I love Tiffany boxes more then the actual things that come inside... ok no... it's a tie.  
I had done another Tiffany tower but with only 3 boxes and with the white bows. I like the Christmas Tiffany bow better for painting. But painting red bows is hard!! It's so easy to end up with a pink bow instead of a red one. Your brain keeps telling you to add white for the lighter part and you have to constantly fight the urge and add some yellow instead. But I love this painting! It made me very happy to paint it. I hope it makes you just as happy :)
Ballet Practice

24 x 12
Oil on thick canvas

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

No Title

24 x 24 (But this is just part of the painting)
Oil on canvas

So here it is… I loved this painting until I painted her hat and the background.  This is the part I loved.  You won't see the rest.  I don't know what will happen to it.  I wonder if I can cut it and remount it.  I've never done that.
Me and my Youkulele

12 x 12
Oil and Acrylic on thick canvas

​I always go back to painting jeans.  I find it incredibly easy and relaxing. Why fight it and break my head trying to paint trees or flowers (which are extremely hard for me)  I think it's kind of "my thing"  I figure I would exploit it and make it the centre of the new collection that I'm putting together for a new project coming up in April.  Very exciting for me!  I will tell you about it as soon as it's finalized!


12 x 12
Oil on thick Canvas

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Will you marry me?

Acrylic and Oil on Gessoboard
7 x 4 

​We had to paint some candy for this week challenge on DPW.  I went shopping willingly!  I came back with a lot more then a Ring Pop! 
The Ring Pop was always one of my favourite.  First I wanted to paint it in a Tiffany box but then I opted for putting it in a champagne glass.  Hopefully the guy in my imagination has a real ring in his pocket and this was just a preview of all the humour that will fill her life if she says yes! 


Friday, October 28, 2016

Glowing beauty

Oil on canvas
9 x 7
Here's a challenge I've had on my easel for a while now. I wanted to see if I could pull off a backlit portrait. This was not nearly as hard as I envisioned. It was actually very fun! I think that when you look at the picture you want to paint for about one month and study it everyday, it makes it easier because you already painted it in your head many times.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Black cat

6 x 6
Oil on canvas

​Hey!  I have a great idea:  I'll paint a black cat.  It'll be so easy! 
I have never been so wrong!  Have you ever tried to paint a black cat?  I was not prepared for this. Thirty minutes into it I was ready to scrape it off!  I picked up a big brush and threw away my tiny, pitiful brush.  I started to give the canvas some angry "I don't care" strokes.  You know which ones I'm talking about…  Then, to my surprise, it started looking less like a five year old was painting and more like the master piece I was aiming for.  When I finished, I looked at it and wondered if it was me that painted it… I have no idea where this came from. The style is different then what I usually do… I'm extremely pleased with it!  This was certainly a real challenge!  I love my painting world!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Puppy eyes

I've been surrounding myself with fur in this cold weather!  So here is the softest fur I could find ;)

Oil on thick canvas
8 x 8

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Scarred but still going

9 x 7
Oil on canvas

I painted this for the DPW challenge.  This Thursday is National Elephant Appreciation day.  I painted this from a picture in Paint My Photo here:
This was fun!

Friday, September 9, 2016

I've got a Traveling Chicken in my pocket

8 x 16
Oil on canvas

It's a long title for this little painting but it is what it is.  YES!  I had the Traveling Chicken all to myself for the past week!  He was the best houseguest ;)
His friends were here also but only he fitted in my little pocket for the photo shoot.
I didn't take him out of the house because I was petrified of breaking him or worst, lose him!!!
So he stayed safe in my room and only came out to take pictures.
Here are a few I dared to take.

This was when they just came out of the mailbox!  They took a selfie.

Here's TC waiting patiently for his turn to shine on my easel.  I had to finish this commission before I could play with him.

So TC and Senior Gallo Azur had a nice visit with some of my nicknack while they waited.

Here is an example of how sometimes, ideas for paintings are a lot better in my head then in reality.  
(This happens ALOT!)

TC was very particular about making sure I used the exact shade of yellow so I don't make him look like a turkey.

And now my time with him has come to an end and he's off to the next artist :)


Friday, September 2, 2016

Blue eyed girl

24 x 24
Oil on thick canvas
This was a commission portrait