One more up for auction!

I put one more painting up for auction, a small “lily series” one.

Since the bidding ends in 14 hrs, if you want it, bid fast!

Small Lily
8 by 8
Oil on canvas


Paintings up for auction!

A local family in the community recently faced a devastating loss when their wheelchair accessible van was demolished by fire. They are faced with the huge task of trying to replace the van and get it retrofitted for use. Members of the area have come together and put together an online auction with donated items where ALL of the proceeds go to helping this family out.

I have donated 2 paintings to this wonderful cause, both which were exhibited at the 2012 Elora Art in the Yard show. You can bid online for any of the items including these two paintings.

Click on the following link to take you to Van for Dan auction website where you can sign up, get a painting for a great deal and help a fabulous cause!


Green Spring
Oil on canvas

The Northern Series…and where did she come from????

I finished off a few more “northern” series paintings, mostly trees, lights and inukshuks. I really have been enjoying just playing with colours and shapes, keeping things fairly abstract and not overly detailed. Ok, so the exceptions are the inukshuk where scrubbing the paint in and blending seems to keep that mystical sort of quality intact.

I was feeling at a loss today at what to paint so did what I normally do, picked my fave blue and just started playing with lines on the canvas. Kept painting. Kept painting. Now where on earth did she come from??? I really haven’t painted any kind of formal people or portraits; the only kind of faces I do are the kind on the notepads beside the telephone when I am stuck on a long conversation and my natural restlessness kicks in.

So. Now what. I mean what do I do with her? She’s just outlines in French Ultramarine blue. I know she has long hair. I know she is wearing some kind of hooded cape over the long hair. But…sigh.  Do I keep working in blues, adding layers and textures and shadings that way? Do I add colours? I’m pretty sure she’ll never look like an actual formal portrait given the blue I was using (maybe a smurf or something lol). I could use various blues to bring out depth. I suppose I could highlight certain features with colour, the hair or lips or eyes. Ah ptooey. There’s something about her that I like enough not to do my usual obliteration paint over, but damned if I know what i am going to do with her…sigh…


New “Spirit of the North Series”

I took a break from palette knife work and spent some time with brushes over the past couple weeks. The Northern Lights have always fascinated me, the lore, myth and magic surrounding them. Ok, so when you watch the science program and hear the technical blah blah, it makes you go “oh, so that’s what they are”, but I still would rather approach them with the eyes of a child and appreciate the auras in wonder, revelling in their mythology and mystique.