Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Autumn Stream

acrylic, 24x18 in , palette knife
I really wanted to bring some falls colors into my paintings. I used three different reference photos ( plus some artistic license) Does it look a little disjointed? I will live with this for a bit and make the necessary changes. I also wanted make sure I kept the 'western landscape' theme and tried to do it without the mountains.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Athabasca Explodes

I wanted to do a larger version of Athabasca Falls in Jasper National Park to really try and convey the shear power and force. this is acrylic 30in x40in

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Rocky Mountain National Park

acrylic 30x30. Ok, I think I'm done with the winter scenes

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Misty Lake

acrylic 24in x24in. I struggled a lot with this one, trying to have a softer feel...it was a challenge. Trying to photograph my art is becoming increasingly challenging as well. Either that or I'm becoming very picky. In any event, I need to improve these skills as I'm losing a lot of sublties and color.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Moraine Mountains

A close-up of Moraine Lake mountains near Banff. Mostly done with a palette knife I'll have to re-take a photo of this one,,,it's too dark and washed out. Acrylic 30in x30in ( my new favorite size)

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Sunwapta Roars

acrylic, 30in x30in
Sunwapta Falls near Jasper...these falls are amazing and a must see! I'm liking how this is turning out. Maybe a few adjustments down the road.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Mountain Glow

acrylic on canvas, 30in x30in.No reference used for this one...but I'm sure a place exsists like this somewhere in the Rockies.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Heli View, David Thompson Country

acrylic, 2ftx3ft, mostly with a palette knife.
You can only see these falls if you take a helicopter ride and then a short hike in David Thompson Country, Rockies.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

More Cows

More small ( 9x12...just in time for x-mas) cow paintings. I'm running out of cow titles...any suggestions?? Not quite finished these two. Just a few details to work on.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

The Rose

Acryic on canvas 24x36
I stopped myself from over working this one as I really liked the feel I was achieving, and didn't want to ruin it. It took a lot of willpower to step away. These are not the colors I had intended. Please click on the image for full view to see the texture.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Rocky Mountain View

acrylic 18x24.
I'm testing a new Networking application from facebook...not sure how it works or if I'm doing it right...but this should appear on my fan page. Wish I was more computer savvy*sigh*

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Running Free

large 30x40 acrylic
I have started a page on facebook to display my work and maybe have some discussions etc. Click on the widget to the right to see and join if you like

Friday, November 13, 2009

Pecking order

 I may have to live with this one awhile...not sure it works for me. Large 30x40

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Porcelaine Equine Jewellry

Taking a small break from my painting to finish off some porcelain pieces for Christmas. If anyone is interested, I sell them for $49.95.Contact me if you would like to see them. ( 455-1236) Leighton Center , Studio Todorovic and the Galleria all sell my jewellry. Each piece is unique and fired in a kiln. They are accented with real crystals and the necklaces are done with ultra black swede and average 15-18 inches. It's not the best photograph...I will need to get some models...but you can gauge the size by the quarter. ( click on photo for a much larger than life view)

The Process

Each piece is created for individual expression, uniquely sculptured to reflect the inherent qualities of the porcelain clay. Hand built through various uses of slab and coil, each piece is kiln fired at least twice to 2200 degrees F, for strong durability. Texturing techniques include various materials such as lace, stamps, carving tools and handmade moulds. Each piece is fired with black stain and black gloss glaze. Accents may include Swarovski crystals.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Sculptured Tress

acrylic, 16x20, full view please

Monday, October 26, 2009

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Here's Looking At Ya

acrylic, 20x24 SOLD
commissioned. My client saw my cow painting ( Trio) at the Calyx art Show, and went to find her friend to show it to her and by the time she came back to it, it was picked up by someone else. She wanted me to paint something similar for her.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Monday, October 19, 2009


acrylic, 18x24
The paint was barely dry when I sold this at Calyx Art Exhibiton/sale. Who knew cows would be so popular! I sold 6 cow paintings this past week!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Windy Nuzzle

Linda Wilder, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
acrylic, 20x24, FULL VIEW please


Friday, October 16, 2009

Mountain Shade

Acrylic, 14 x14 $375
Rather than the palette knife this effect was achieved by laying down the texture first...somewhat similar to David Langevin's work, although I don't use as many transparent layers as he does. I do love the textural lines that are produced.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Rocky Stream

acrylic 14x14, $375.00 palette knife

Monday, October 12, 2009

Barrier Dam

acrylic, 9x12 , $250
We took a trip along highway 40, in the Rocky Mountains and came across this beautifull site. Still getting used to how different my paintings look when I don't use texture or the palette knife.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Glow, Equine Art

acrylic on canvas, 16x40 in, $995.00 , Equine Art
It was hard to photograph this properly as I used a lot of layers and transparencies. It looks much nicer in real life.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Give Me Space

acrylic on canvas, 16 in x40in, 975.00
More cows. I painted this while working in Art Central the other day and before it was even finished I had a 'first right of refusal' request. I hope my potential client likes it finished as well as she did half done.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Cow Chow

acrylic on canvas 24x36 in
My largest cow painting to date...please FULL view to get maximum effects.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Redwood Meadows

Attempted to plein air paint at beautiful Redwood Meadows near Bragg creek with Kathryn Manry, Sharon Lynn Williams and Karin Heuhold. Didn't stay long though, it was pretty windy. I finished these two off at home so I guess they are only 3/4 plein air painted. This second one I was a little looser and it was finished very quickly...45 min.
acrylic on canvas, 14x14

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Falls at Lake O'Hara

Acrylic on canvas, 24x36 $1200

This is my first painting after my wonderfull experience at Gabriola. I did try and use some of the information I gained with the use of transparent and single pigment colors. I like the way this turned out.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

More from Gabriola

From the Top:
Brian Atyeo painting at Full Moon farm with the view of Mt Baker. I had never see him paint before so I was quite pleasantly surprized with the outcome of this painting.
Everyone in my group was excited for Steven Quiller, even thought he majoritiy of us were acrylic painters. He's a wonderfull watercolorist
Steven and the ladies on the rocks. This was the last day of painting and I would have liked to have seen more of and talked to Gaye Adams, and especially Liz Wiltzen & Sarah Kidner who are also from Alberta, but I never got the chance.

Friday, September 25, 2009

From the Top:
Robert Genn Demo...he was incredible! and fast...he painted 4 paintings in one afternoon. it was a little scary watching him get in and out of his easel/chair contraption he built. I bought his book
Suzanne's afternoon workshop...she is chalk full of positive energy and such a nice person. She made me realize I needed to sketch more.
My paintings I had done during the week and was lucky enough to have sold them all.I may be getting the knack of this 'Plein Air' stuff after all.
Brent Heighton ...one of my favorite all time impressionist painters! I was kinda awestruck. I wish I could have watched him paint more! I would love to paint like him.
...More tomorrow

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Gabriola Island Painting Extravaganza

Wow! Loved it. What an amazing experience. To have all these incredible artists in one room! Information overload! A few minor bumps along the way but all and all a totally enjoyable week. Kathryn Manry sums it up quite nicely

"Gabriola Island is the northernmost of the southern group of Gulf Islands east of Vancouver Island. In September, it was the site of a week long gathering of artists for a Federation outdoor painting event. The 88 participants came together at The Haven, a facility which provided a waterfront setting for living, dining, and generally hanging out… and from there they dispersed daily to various painting sites around the island to work “en plein aire” and explore their responses to the rich visual opportunities each location offered.

There were four principal “instructors” – artists who rotated through smaller groups of 22 participants each day. They conducted sessions according to their own focus and techniques at different sites. David Langevin, Stephen Quiller, Suzanne Northcott and Brian Atyeo were the “stars” who served in these rolls. In addition to these principal presenters, other artists were invited to attend, to paint together with the groups at the various sites, and to participate in the evening events. These artists included Janice Robertson, Kiff Holland, Brent Heighton, Alan Wylie, Gaye Adams, Liz Wiltzen, Rick McDiarmid, Sarah Kidner, Jean Pederson, and Donna Baspaly. Robert Genn was a special guest for one evening session. This collection of talent made for a rich and heady environment."

I have hundreds of photos to share but obviously can only submit a few. More tomorrow :)

Friday, September 11, 2009