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Sunday, November 8, 2009

Deserted In Blue, Photo transfer on Canvas

This is a photo I took many years ago enroute from Edmonton to Saskatoon.  It is a deserted convent, so much history and all a bit eery. This is on a small 6" square gallery wrapped canvas. I have transferred the image and then painted and stamped into and around the photo transfer.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Life is Not a Spectator Sport, Mixed Media and Collage

This is a 12' Square gallery wrapped canvas.  I started it by gluing down images from magazines with nothing in mind.  I then started painting over the magazine collage and this runner appeared with a spectator in the background. Thought I would just run with it!!  Hence the title.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Ocean Serenity, Imitating Encaustic with Acrylics

This is a 8"x 8" gallery wrapped canvas that I tried to imitate the look of encaustic and am pleased with the results. I have several layers of gel medium built up and finished it with the soft gloss gel to give it a clouded effect. It has a lot of depth and I love the colours.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Barcelona Church Photo Transfer

This is part of a series of photo transfers I did on photos from Barcelona.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Tulips Rustica

In this painting of red tulips I used a crackle medium to emulate an old fence and create a framed effect for the tulips. I am pleased with the results.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Trees in a Row

This is a 16" x 16" painting in acrylic. I painted the background first in the burgundy colour and then added layers of opaques and transparents to make the sunset like background. I rubbed back to the background to get the tree shapes.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Art Workshops

Birdie Sing To My Love

Today I got off my abstract tangent to something a bit more whimsical. I have been disciplining myself to use up some things I have started. This was a beautiful background on illustration board. It had the leaf shape on it and just seemed to be beckoning a bird. I stamped into it and added some collage elements to finish the piece.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

One Lonely Tulip

This painting is built up with many layers of paint and collaged papers. I totally changed my colour pallet today to something more muted and dreamy.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Red Hot and Crazy

I built this collage up in layers. It has a selection of handmade papers including Japanese text and my favourite spiral stamp. I love my new tool for doing fine paint lines!! So much fun!!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Red and Gold

Here is an abstract I just finished. It is 12" x 12" on a gallry wrapped canvas with painted black edges. It has some Golden glass bead gel and Micaceous Iron Oxide gel to add texture. The red squares and rectangle are handmade paper collaged on and then the red acrylic on top. It has an earthy masculine feel to it.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Milner Gardens -Art and Photography

I had the priveledge of being invited to paint and show my work in the beautiful Milner Gardens, Art in the Garden Show.

It was ideal weather for painting outdoors with only a couple of gusts of wind. I had the perfect spot with a beautiful view of the ocean and close to the live music that was playing throughout the weekend. I met lots of people and many of the artists. To make a great weekend better I sold two paintings!!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

OCAC Art Camp

Collage created by six year old Rhys.

Kandinsky Colour study, each child did 6 squares and we taped them all together to form one large painting. Impressive!!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Abstracted Realism

Mystic Mountain
Inspired by the rockies and a moody sky this very aboriginal looking woman appeared in my painting.

Deep in Thought

This painting was totally intuitive, as I was splashing some colour onto my canvas I saw this face appear.


Once again this face intuitively appeared out of an abstract I woas doing, check out her eye is was a stamp from Africa that I had put inbefore she appeared, the postmark her pupil with the white of the stamp above it. Her hat is enhanced with cheesecloth.

I tried to be abstract!!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Yellowstone Inspirations

These abstract textural paintings where inspired by a trip to Big Sky Montana and Yellowstone National Park. I took over 500 digital photos of the texture of the amazing landscape.

Friday, July 10, 2009

A Tree I Stand

A tree I stand tall, my roots
Firmly planted in my beliefs
Each ring of growth
Another year of wisdom
New branches, spring green
My journey continues
This is a piece I recently entered in a show called Chapter and Verse

Sunday, January 11, 2009


I have transfered a picture of a window from a deserted convent. To give it a mysterious vintage look I used crackle medium. It is 6" x 6" gallery wrapped canvas.

Art for a Rainy Day

With this West Coast weather what better way to spend some time than working on new painting techniques. Because of my small space I am working on smaller pieces. There is some satisfaction to that, you can finish a painting sooner, not worry if it goes wrong and have some good ideas to expand into larger scale works.

This painting includes a photo transfer of a church window. It is on a 6 x 6'' gallery wrapped canvas.