Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Buttercup the goat

Buttercup ~ 4" x 4" oil on gallery wrap canvas
up for bid on DailyPaintworks
auction will be active on May 15th

I grew up on a farm, and we had goats. Over the years we had many different kinds of goats...Nubians, Alpines, LaManchas, and Saanans. I grew up on goats' milk, and to this day still can't drink milk from the store. I guess I'm processed dairy intolerant. Raw milk doesn't seem to bother me.
I remember that we had a few different goats named Buttercup, and this one reminded me of her. (Yes, nanny goats can have beards and horns) 

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

True Blue ~ Stellar's Jay and Art Nouveau

True Blue ~ 4" x 4" oil on gallery wrap canvas (1.5" profile)
Edges painted black and ready to hang

For sale at DailyPaintworks...starting price $30.00
(auction becomes live Wednesday morning)

The Stellar's Jay ( I can't help but call them blue kids are constantly correcting me!)
is B.C.'s provincial bird, and a very common one at our feeder. They're rambunctious, noisy and comical. They squawk at me when they're out of food, and they make such a mess. They only want the sunflower seeds, so they swish their beaks through the seed, scattering it everywhere, just so they can pick out the sunflower sees. I love watching them because they seem to try so hard to communicate. I've had many opportunities to take pictures of them, and I love the brilliance of their feathers.  

Saturday, April 19, 2014

I Heard the Owl Call My Name ~ Bird Painting

I Heard The Owl Call My Name ~ 
4" x 4" oil on stretched canvas...ready to hang!

The newest in my daily songbird series...I'm so delighted by the return of bird song, that I can't resist painting these cuties. 
For sale on DailyPaintworks
CLICK HERE to Bid...

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Glendalough Gold ~ dreaming of Ireland

Glendalough Gold ~ 5" x 7" oil on panel

My daily offering for you today...trying to brush up on my landscape skills...I call this a faux plein aire...I didn't paint it from life, since, alas, I am not in Ireland at the  moment. But I have been there, and stood there and looked at this scene. It is one of my favourite places on earth, and as I painted I tried to remember the smells and the breeze and imagine my self back there, to try to recreate the experience.  And I have to admit, my own photography skills aren't the greatest, so I used Steve Evans (babasteve) photograph, with permission. I'm going to go through my own picture collection soon, and hopefully share with you more of my adventures.

The auction for this goes live tomorrow (April 18th)  at 10 am

Start price  $35.00

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

I Heard it From a Little Bird

I Heard it From a Little Bird ~ 
4" x 4" oil on 3/4" profile stretched canvas

Tis the season for little birds...Spring has sprung!!

Up for bid at DailyPaintworks... price starting at $30
Link becomes active at 7am PST, April 17th...

Sunday, April 6, 2014

The Rogue ~ red fox watercolor painting

The Rogue ~ 
5" x 7" watercolor on smooth, 90 lb mixed media paper

For Sale on Daily Paintworks ~ BID HERE :

bids starting at $30.00

Right now, my 10 year old son has an obsession with red foxes...he's done reports on them, studies them online, reads books about them from the library...needless to say, there is a lot of fox reference around lately, and his enthusiasm is wearing off! Hence, "The Rogue"...I remember growing up on the farm with chickens, foxes were a constant threat. But my dad would never try to shoot them. He just put chicken wire on top of the pen, and framed right down into the ground so they couldn't get in.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

"The Visionary"~Contemporary Owl Painting

The Visionary ~ 5" x 7" oil on hardboard

I have always been fascinated with owls. They have this otherworldly silence, this innate wisdom in their being, that is palpable when you see them. 
Native Americans associated the owl with wisdom, foresight and keepers of ancient knowledge with powers of prophecy. In other cultures, they are said to be guardians of the underworld and keepers of the dead. However you choose to see them, they are beautiful and mystical and a wonderful painting subject.
I've been experimenting a lot with colour, texture, and different mediums in my paintings recently, and here is my newest playful piece. Up for bid on DailyPaintworks starting March 27, 7:00 am Pacific Time...