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

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Sweet Otter

24 x 24
Oil on canvas
My daughter LOVES otters.  So here is an otter.  Because I'm a sucker for what my daughter likes.

Friday, April 29, 2016

For me!!!!

Oil on canvas
8 x 8

There was a study that was done and they found out that the heart-rate of woman accelerate significantly when shown a picture of this little blue box. 
No study was made (and no study was needed) but this outfit accelerate the heart-beat of men ;)
Woman or Man… Hope you took your Beta Blockers!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Big scary cat

8 x 8
Oil on canvas

So I was very bummed out about my ugly landscape I did the day before.  I needed a pick me up.  So here it is.  An easy big cat.  Funny how some things are easy to paint for some people and others struggle with.  Landscape should be easy.  Most artist can do them.  I find a face way easier to paint then a tree. 

When I fail at something I had set my heart on accomplishing,  I feel like I'm only as good as this last painting I just did.  So I HAVE to prove myself wrong.  I have to paint my *** off to prove it!
So my family ate late last night and did not have the clean sheets to sleep in that I had planned on giving them.  But they got a happier mama and wife!  

(Reference picture from Gary Jones.  Used with permission :) )

Monday, April 25, 2016

Nature trail

6 x 6
Oil on canvas

I rarely do landscape.  I wanted to relax today and make my headache go away so I made my brain dance on the canvas.  It worked :) My headache went away.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Eye of a Horse

Oil on canvas
6 x 6

Here is another painting witch I painted with a reference picture from
The photograph is called "A Kind Soul" by Ruth Archer"

Wednesday, April 6, 2016


6 x 6
Oil on canvas

This is the first time I paint a picture from the site
This picture is called "Portrait of a Great Horned Owl" by Sandy Scott
I really appreciate being able to use these free reference photos.
I wanted to paint an owl but owls are kind of hard to find.  So thank you Sandy Scott for finding it for me! It was fun to paint!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016


8 x 8
Oil on canvas

This is a true story.  Last year while I was working as a receptionist I got bored and decided to paint the sole of my shoes red to fool my coworkers.
It worked!  
So today I thought it would be fun to paint a girl that get's caught trafficking her cheap shoes into Louboutin!
I hope it gave you a chuckle. 

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Veuve Clicquot: La Grande Dame

8 x 10
Oil on canvas

Friday, March 11, 2016


6 x 6
Oil on canvas

Jeans and skin
Two of my favourite and easiest thing to paint.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

The signs of spring

6 x 12
Oil on canvas

Spring is here!  I'm sure a lot of woman will know what I'm talking about :)

Monday, March 7, 2016

Chateau D'eau

20 x 20
Oil on thick canvas

This is the biggest I have done in a long time. I did it for a contest that I planned to enter. We had to paint "water" I thought this was clever. The water is in the tank and there is also water used for making the electricity in the wires. I didn't enter it after all... I got lazy and missed the deadline to send my inscription. Oh well! Maybe next year!

Here's the picture I drove all the way downtown Montreal to take.