Thursday, July 30, 2009

Monday, July 27, 2009

Between The Trees

Acrylic on canvas, 20x20

I wish I could say I was here, and took this picture,but I was not. The photographer, Alex Borsuk, lives in Manitoba and used to do a lot of hiking in the mountains. He has graciously given me permission to use his photos as inspiration and reference for my paintings.
You can see the photo here:

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Bow Falls, Banff Alberta

acrylic on canvas, 22x26, palette knife SOLD

I was part of the Federation of Canadian Artists ( Calgary Chapter) show in Okotoks, Alberta. I had three paintings in the show, this being one of them.I went today to pick up my paintings as up until friday no paintings had sold. When I got there I discovered one of mine missing....yay, it sold the day before!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Rocky Mountain Memories

acrylic on canvas, 2ft x 4 ft

I wanted to create another waterfall similar to my Athabasca Power, but I wanted it larger and a different composition. Because I didn't use a reference I put the word 'memories' in the title but it's still inspired by Jasper National Park water falls. I got a little messy with this one...brushes, palette knife and lots of blue shop towels to scrump with.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Rocky Drop

acrylic 9x12

another old painting I painted over with a palette knife.

available $250.00 +SH

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Wildflower Pond

acrylic 11x14

I was out taking pictures and looking for plein air spots and was amazed by all the wild flowers out in bloom now. I just love the pink Alberta Rose. This was an old painted that I painted over...basically keep the same composition but added mountains, totally changed all the colors and added more trees and flowers. A little too 'postcardy' and commercial perhaps?

Friday, July 17, 2009

Different Strokes Cowboy

acrylic on gessobord 8x12

My take on Karin Jurick's 'Different Strokes for Different Folks' challenge. It seemed fitting, seeing as I live in Calgary and we just wrapped up the stampede, that I make him into a cowboy. Big challenge deciding on colors.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

mountain Break

acrylic on canvas 9x12

small palette knife

available for $250.00

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Mountain Stream

acrylic 2ft x3ft

I've been working and reworking this for 2 days's also larger than a daily painting. I started with a photo but ended up discarding it as I totally strayed. The colors are different the composition is different...the whole mood is different. But that's good . I don't want to become dependent on photos for my art. I'll probably still rework this one but I need to observe it for a few days.

My stampede collection all sold but one and my art auction piece sold for twice the amount listed! Im so pleased. I will try for a booth ( selling about 30+ paintings) next year, so I must paint more large textural landscapes and some impressionistic western wildlife as well. I have until January to submit 8 images for jury. I must start now so I can choose the best of them.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Amongst The Daisy's

acrylic on board 8x10

More Cows and my husband decided on this title
$150.00 + $10 SH

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Top Of The Hill

acrylic on board 8x10

I painted this and took a picture...but dumb me didn't move it and it fell over into my wet paint!!! I'll try and fix it...if not oh well on to the next one

Ok fixed it and I like it even better now

Monday, July 6, 2009

Mountain Lit

acrylic 8x10

A smaller painting again inspired by my camping trip on Tunnel mountain. The light on the trees and the mountains seemed to change every minute and the was wonderfull to see. I don't get out camping much...maybe twice in the last 10 years!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

View on Tunnel Mountain

acrylic 12 x16

I painted over an old painting and used my camping photo on Tunnel mountain as reference. Not sure if I'm done yet...have to live with it a bit.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Row your Boat-different strokes

acrylic 8x10

Here is my take on Karin Jurick's different strokes

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Two Awards! Calgary Stampede, Art Auction' best new artist"

'Athabasca Power' acrylic 24x36 SOLD

'In Living Color' acrylic 24x36SOLD

Yay! I won 'Best of Show' gallery choice award and 'Best New Artist' award at the art auction, for the Calgary Stampede.So thrilled! Can't wait now for the auction on the 9th. Here are the two paintings that recieved the awards

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Calgary Stampede Western Showcase

No paintings finished yet. It's a very busy time for me at the moment. I'm going to the 'Stir-up' tonight at the Calgary Stampede where I have 5 of my paintings are on display at the art gallery and art auction. Tonight is a pre-viewing for buyers and collectors and 80% of the sales are done at this time. Over 2 thousand people attended last year. This is my first time participating and saying I'm excited is an understatement!I also have a opening at Art Central on Thurs where many of my paintings are featured and an opening in Okotoks on Friday for the Federation Of Canadian Artists, where I have 3 paintings juried in. The live art auction is on the 9th and having never been to one, I'm sooooo looking forward to that. You can checkout all the artists and such here Wish me luck and I promise....more paintings to come