Sunday, January 30, 2011

Day Dreamer - Original Oil Painting

Day dreaming sitting on a rock, on a lazy summer day by the lake. I like this image because it reminds me of the fun times we had at the lake, exploring and splashing in the water.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Nuthatch, 6x6 Original Oil Painting

Nutchatch 6 x 6" Original Oil on Canvas

I first paint the canvas black and then paint the subject of the painting. The background is painted last. I try to let the black areas show thorough the painting and not paint the black again. It's a bit tricky to do. It's like painting inside the lines before the lines exist.

I love the loose quality of this painting and the colours. Lots of textures appear on the surface of the canvas. This painting is on gallery wrapped canvas with black painted sides. Nuthatches frequently visit my bird feeders and for a while I took photographs of them. The birds look great hung together, but they are great on their own as well.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Red Breasted Grosbeak, Original Oil Painting

Red Breasted Grosbeak - Oil on Canvas 6 x 6"

Another in my bird series of paintings. This little guy was visiting my bird feeder and I captured him with my camera. I very rarely see Grosbeaks in my yard. My photographs of birds are usually blurry so I use them as references for my paintings. 

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Yellow Finch, Original Oil Painting 6x6 inches

SOLD Yellow Finch - 6 x 6" oil on canvas

This yellow finch oil paintings is one of my favourites. It's painted using a photograph, that I took in my backyard garden, as a reference. I often take an image and merge it with another background to create a better composition or leave out some details.

I have to say that posting these images is really out of my comfort zone. I believe that sometimes we have to push ourselves to try new things. If we do the same things over and over we will have the same results. I'm enjoying the painting, the posting of my work is the part that is different for me.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Cardinal Original Oil Painting 6x6 inches

Red Cardinal - 6 x 6" oil on canvas

This cardinal painting is from my own photograph of a cardinal in my backyard. Cardinals are one of my favourite birds. This painting is sold. This painting is on gallery canvas with black painted sides. Ready to hang.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Blue Jay, Original Oil 6x6 on canvas

This painting was created using an image from my own photography. The details in this painting aren't showing up very well. Not sure why. Here's a bit more detail in this small image which I hope gives you an idea of what this painting really looks like.

I enjoy looking at Blue Jays and seeing them hopping around looking for food. They have the most amazing blue feathers. They're quite the pushy birds sometimes. If they weren't so pretty we'd probably consider them a pest like the less attractive Grackle. Life is unfair sometimes. Cute animals can do no wrong.

This is painted on gallery wrapped canvas, with black painted sides. Enjoy.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011


 I am a bit shy about posting my artwork online. My goal is to get over that fear and come out of my comfort zone. I will be posting paintings over time and they will be for sale with sizes and prices. They may be for sale on e-bay or directly from me at a fixed price. I haven't really decided yet. This is an experiment.

I've been painting for years. With growing children and job demands, time is precious. My children are growing up and it's time for me to come out of my shell a bit. For me painting is not relaxing. It is a challenge. I go at it with the intention to make the best painting I can and to learn in the process. It is a painstaking process of observation and evaluation of the result. My aim is to become a better artist. It's hard work. 

I hope you enjoy what you see here and come back to keep up-to-date with what I'm doing.
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