Sunday, December 18, 2011

My Secret Place

Acrylic 12 x 24,  
One more landscape to complete and two more bear paintings to finish up...hopefully by tomorrow, and then I'm taking a Christmas break. I haven't seen any sunlight for three days!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

More Bears

Two more bears. 'Into The Polar Sun' 24 x 24 inches, and 'A Bearly Walk', 12 x 16 inches. I'm having so much fun with these bears. I find them very relaxing. During the first stages, I get back to my sculptural roots by carving and scraping into the heavy gel with my trusty palette knife. Once they are dry I begin the painting portion with many glazing and veil layers to bring out all the textures.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Bear Strut

acrylic 16 x 12 inches
I'm finding the black bears a lot easier and fun to do! And they are so darn cute!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Icy Glare

acrylic 24 x24 inches  ,
I was working on a couple of bear paintings...this one is the most successful , the other needs work...a lot of it ( bad from the get go). Trying to get a bunch of paintings ready to ship off by the 20th.

Monday, December 12, 2011

beautiful British Columbia

I'm working on a bunch of small canvases for the Mountain Galleries in Whistler. Not only do they have a gallery at the Fairmont Chateau in the upper village...they are now opening another gallery in the lower Village (3400 sq ft).It's so exciting, but I have very few pieces in Whistler. So, I'm now concentrating on BC scenes.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Opabin Plateau

acrylic 16 x 20
This is a commissioned piece I did for Mountain Galleries...I hope the clients like it. Commissions scare's always someone elses vision and not your own, so at times it's hard to have the same passion. I'm so incredibly busy right now, trying to replenish my stock for the gallery, and get ready for Christmas. I really thought I'd have a lot of down time at the moment and be able to relax...but *sigh*  it's not to be.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Studio View

acrylic 11 x14 ( mostly palette knife).
I wish this was my studio view, but this painting is referenced from a photo Scott Christensen took in front of his studio! (his facebook page) This little piece was more difficult than I imagined...and I certainly didn't do the photo any justice. I do hope Scott paints this in his lush buttery style with his oils. This painting would work better in a larger format I think.

On another note, I'm pleased to announce that Mountain Galleries has sold 100 of my paintings this year!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Amid The Chaos

acrylic 36 x 24
I reworked yet another older painting...this one has at least two other paintings underneath it. This made for  some incredible textures so I tried for a more abstracted technique. You really must full view to see the textures more clearly...but it's even better in person.

Friday, November 18, 2011

River Ice

acrylic small 10 x10
I really had a hard time trying to get the colors right in the looks much better in real life. It's off to Banff along with 11 other paintings tomorrow. Yeah, road trip...too bad the weather wasn't nicer.

Red And Gold

acrylic 12 x 12
I think I've about exhausted my red tree series. I do like the splash of red, although we live in an area that is predominately yellow in the fall...we do have a splattering of red bushes here and there. This one came off my palette knife rather quickly.

Thursday, November 17, 2011


acrylic  small 9 x 12 inches
Funny how a couple of years make.( I didn't realize just how much I have learned!) I dug an old painting out and thought I'd revamp it. What a huge difference...I even changed the slant of the slope! I pushed back the mountains, gave a lead in through the trees, added a little fog for atmosphere, got rid of the sharp geometric angles, made a clearer focal area and generally softened the look....much better!
Below is another reworked painting.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

ode to O'Toole

acrylic 12 x 12 inches
I'm a huge fan of Michael O'Toole's and of all the paintings I've done with the red foliage, I think this one is most like his. ( Certainly not in the same ball park!). People also say some of my work reflects that of Robert Glenn or the Group Of Seven...I take that as a huge compliment. Tons of Canadian art is influenced by the Group Of Seven including Robert Glenn. I don't try to copy anyones style but one can't  help but be influenced by the artists you admire. My studio is surrounded by photos of art I inspires and motivates me.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011


Acrylic 12 x 24
I love this time of year when you have fresh snow slightly melted to reveal the colors of autumn. Makes for interesting patterns as well... I notice I tend to do this in a lot of my paintings. I'm liking the contrast in this one.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Peeking Through

acrylic 15 x 30 inches
This my larger version of 'Peeking Through'. I find with a lot of my larger canvases in which I've done a study, that they just don't seem to have the same freshness or spontaneity of the smaller ones. Maybe because the larger ones seem to have more detail and therefore are a little 'tighter'.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Quiet Reflection

Acrylic 24 inches x 24 inches.

A good place for a little quiet reflection ...less we forget.I will be forever grateful, thank-you.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Minniwanka Trail

acrylic 20 x 24 inches

This is a trail along Lake Minniwanka in Banff Alberta. I  exaggerated the warm colors and really wanted to capture the light. This was done almost completely with a palette knife...I did a lot of scraping and pulling. I like the feel of this one, and it turned out almost exactly as I envisioned it.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Vermillion Trail

acrylic 12 x24inches,
 I love walking the Vermillion Trail ( Banff) and taking photos. Every time you go it's a different experience.From the Lakes,most people will photograph and paint Mt Rundle  but I decided to be a little different..Mt Rundle will be way to my right. The photo is a little dull...there really was a lot more color going on.

Monday, October 31, 2011

My First Art Purchase

'Yesterdays News' , 5 x 5 oil, by Donna MacDonald

I made my first real art purchase a while back and I can't stop looking at it. Donna is a very talented local artist, and when she brought this little gem into one of our Federation Of Canadian Artists meetings, I immediately knew I had to have it! I had a painting given to me for a wedding present and traded for another ( Sharon Williams ) but this is the first time I actually dished out some money for a painting and I think I have opened a can on worms ...'cause I want more! I'm really tired of having my own work on my walls only to take them down to be delivered , and then having to stare at blank walls for a few weeks, or months. I really have to start saving my pennies and sell more work so I can collect some beautiful paintings!

Another reason I can't stop looking at this piece is the luscious buttery feel to the oils. I paint in acrylics and find it very hard to achieve the same effects. I recently took a one day figurative workshop with Ingrid Christensen who's work I adore! It was put on by my FCA group so the supplies were included. It was a perfect opportunity to try oils. I learned so much, only to realize how much more about oils I need to learn. I did a lot of fumbling and found I couldn't treat them the same way as acrylics. We painted two poses from a live model, but I'll only show one ( the other will need a lot more work...when I go out and buy some oils). I think oils might be in my future!

'Susan',oil, 11 x 14

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Two Moo

Acrylic , 9 x 12,
My last one for Leighton Centre...deadline to deliver is today and this little fella is still wet...but it'll dry by the time I get there.

 Mountain Galleries has sold 15 paintings this month alone! They have done a fabulous job promoting and selling my work! Time now to do some replenishing, and I think I'll do some bear paintings along with more landscapes.

Friday, October 28, 2011

More Equines and Cows

A few more little ones for Leighton centre, 8 x 16 and 8 x 10.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Leighton Centre

'Smokey Anyone?' acrylic, 8 x 10 inches

Leighton centre is having their Annual Christmas In The Country, fund raiser on Nov4-5-6th, and 11-12-13th. I think around 70 or more Alberta artists will be participating. Lots of unframed art and fine craft for sale with children's craft activities,festive treats, prizes and free admission. for directions go to website

These are a few examples of what I'll be showing,along with a few equine and cows.

These two 12 x 12 ,floral paintings were painted specifically for my dinning area. A little different than what I usually do, but because they were for myself, I wanted to experiment with a different subject and a lot of color to make a bold statement. They looked quite good in my room, but with mountain galleries having all my stock, I needed something for Leighton centre. If they sell great, I'll paint more for myself, if not then I'll gladly hang them back on my wall.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Wild At Pryor

Acrylic, 10 x 20 inches

This is my study for a much larger painting. (3 x 6 ft). Unfortunately it didn't photograph very well. it is a lot softer looking with lots of texture glaces and layers. I recieved  permission from the photographer ,Tiffany Meyer, about a year and a half ago, but only just started working on it now. I see lots of possibilities.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Canmore Sky

small 9 x 12, acrylic
A view from Canmore Alberta, just outside of Banff.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Fire In The Sky

Acrylic, 11 x 14

I didn't think I'd ever paint sunrises or sunsets....I always had it in the back of my mind that they were too 'postcardy' or 'cheesy' for lack of better words....well, I just did. Still trying to wrap my head around it though, I'm not sure how I feel about it.

 I do want to play around more with clouds though, as they offer so many shapes and colors to create atmosphere. Most of my paintings don't have a lot of sky, so this should be a fun challenge. ( palette knife or not...hmmmmm)

Friday, October 14, 2011

Hidden Falls

acrylic 12 x 16
This little painting was quite fun to do and took no time at all ( doesn't always work that way). I had an old canvas which was repainted many times, so it had lots of texture and colors underneath to work with. I was undecided about what to paint today and so to get me moving and motivated I painted a scene I had painted before. They are similar but not the same as well as a different orientation and size.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

The Pond Reflects

acrylic 16 x 12 inches,

Originally there were no autumn colors nor was there any snow...but I played around so much this is the end result.

My Show In Banff

I had a wonderful time in Banff for the opening of my show.We made it a mini holiday and enjoyed the time with my husband, our children and some close friends. I managed to create about 28 paintings for the show but a few were sold before the opening. I did manage to sell 9 total. It was a great experience but I was a little nervous during the local TV interview ( a glass of wine or two had a nice calming effect). Many thanks to all my guests for their support and a special thanks to Wendy Wacko, Aimee, Adrienne and John, the crew from Mountain Galleries, who did such a wonderful job putting together my show. I'm including a few photos from the beginning of the afternoon.

During my TV interview

I was thrilled when these clients bought 2 of my paintings!
My husband, daughter and friends

Myself, Adrienne and Aimee from Mountain Galleries.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Little Red Bush

Tiny ( for me) 12 x12 inches, acrylic
It still amazes and frustrates me, how a smaller painting can as long if not longer than most of my larger ones. I'm going to live with this one for awhile but I'm pretty sure I'm going to make some adjustments.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Peeking Through Study

acrylic, 16 x20
Really had a hard time photographing and photoshopping to try to get the colors correct and it's still not right! I'll have to do a re-shoot later. I'd like to do a larger ( and more horizontal) version of this one

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Painting From Photos, pt 2

Acrylic, 15 x 30 inches
Here is another painting from Elbow Falls. I changed the photo quite a bit in this one. Exaggerated the colors, moved things around, simplified the background and added more shapes and colors. The original photo was quite washed out so I had to pump up the color.