Monday, February 27, 2012

A Splash With Red

Acrylic, 16 x 12 inches

The photo reference had a lot of branches and broken tree trunks crossing the water with no foliage. I found it a little too busy and I must admit I find doing these kind of branches and trees difficult, especially  with a palette knife, so decided on one tree with a plash of color. I think it works quite well.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Tangled Mist

acrylic , 4 ft x 5 ft
Just a few details to work out and live with it for awhile, but I thought I'd show my process. This is Tangle falls in Jasper National Park, just past the Columbia Ice fields from highway 93 on the way to Jasper. I think this is the area they want to commercialize...make a walkway and charge people to see it...such a shame.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Falling Behind

acrylic 36 x 24 inches
I painted over another older painting I had done in early 2009.( see below) It had such luscious texture. I can't remember offhand the original waterfalls the first painting was referenced from but I've changed it so much you wouldn't recognize it anyway.  It didn't photograph very well though.

below is a close up detail showing the texture..please full view by clicking on it.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Gentle Cascade

acrylic 15 x 30 inches

The second in my series of waterfalls...slowly working my way to larger canvases. I'm deviating so much from my reference photos that I need to come up with some inventive titles.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Falling Through

acrylic 12 x 24 inches

This painting came together quite nicely...and quick too! ( 2 hours ). After watching some of Johannes Vloothuis free online tutorials on waterfall painting, I decided I would do another waterfall series. Somehow I don't tire of waterfalls and my gallery loves them, so it's a win win situation for me.

This was referenced from two photo's but not using them a a crutch. Speaking of Johannes, a while back I watched many of his tutorials on painting landscapes from photographs...I learned a lot of useful tips and information. He is sponsored by wet canvas and is still offering free live online workshops.
You can also purchase his taped courses online at a nominal cost. I really recommend him to all skill levels as there is always something to learn or be refreshed. Johannes's website

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Garden Sculptures

For a little fun and something different,I took a 'garden sculpture' workshop from my talented friend Jane Romanishko. Instant gratification to take a finished piece home in one day! Paverpol is a new product (five years in Canada) invented 10 years ago in the Netherlands and the possibilities are endless! Checkout Paverpol website. Its was nice to meet other artists ( mostly painters) and a fun day was had by all...can't wait to do another one.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Winters Gift

acrylic 12 x12 inches
I wish I could say this just fell off my paintbrush it was so easy! As small as it is, it took me longer to paint this as it does for a 36x bad I couldn't charge the same price . I'm not sure I'll ever figure out why. Is it being in the 'zone'?

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Field of Daises

acrylic 16 x 20 inches

I am submitting a few painting to the Federation Of Canadian Artists ( Calgary Chapter), and one of the paintings had to be in keeping with the "Spring" theme. I have painted similar daisies before and found them to be quite challenging...they still are. I tried to keep the texture and define the petals and stems without becoming too tight and detailed

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Hmmm, which to choose?

acrylic, 11 x 14 inches,

I pass this scene often on my way to Leighton Centre.It's off of 266 ave when the snow is melting on the side of the road. I am only allowed to submit 3 paintings for the Juried Members Show ( all of which may or may not be accepted). I have already decided on 2 but can't decide between this one and the following.

acrylic 18 x24 inches
This is Barbara Leighton's parrot, Rojo. I thought I'd try something a little different and I'm not too sure it works, but maybe it's because I'm not used to it. It has a lot of texture from tissue paper and gel. The challenge was to tone down the green in the bird and to give a mystical  mood. ( originally I had a photo transfer of Barbara's ghost like face coming through the bird cage but it was way too creepy, lol. 
Anyway, I'm already submitting 2 landscapes so I'm leaning towards  Rojo. What do you think?

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Winter Gold


acrylic 20 x 20

Just a few details to finish...but I'm really liking the feel of this one. I think I have captured the light quite well.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Grotto canyon Trail

acrylic, 20 x 20 inches.

I'm back in the studio after a family trip to Edmonton and coming back with a cold, which I nursed for 3 days. I still have a nasty cough, but the paints beckon..I have deadlines and commitments to meet. As well as my gallery, FCA, and Leighton Centre, I have also have set a goal for myself of 10 paintings a month.Not such a hard task now, but it will be when I start my larger canvases.

This painting is referenced from the Grotto Canyon Trail near Canmore Alberta.