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...


Sunday, March 16, 2014

"Starfish Blue" ~ 4" x 6" watercolour, pen and ink


A companion piece to "Treasure from the Sea"... a colourful starfish, caressed by the gentle surf, brilliant colours gleaming.
Up for bid on DailyPaintworks, link becomes active Monday, March 17th, 7 am Pacific tiime


Saturday, March 8, 2014

Treasure from the Sea, sand dollar painting

Treasure from the Sea ~ 4" x 6" watercolor, pen and ink

Starting Bid $30.00  BID HERE
at Daily Paintworks...link will become active on March 9, 7am Pacific time

The Pacific Ocean is of great concern right now, in the aftermath of Fukishima, will these beautiful creatures be nothing but myth in the future? I hope to preserve their beauty for future generations who may never get to see them.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Northern Spotted Owl Chicks


Northern Spotted Owl Chicks ~ 5" x 7"
watercolor, pen and acrylic ink on watercolor paper
For Sale in my shop starting March 2, 2014

So, I don't know if you've noticed or not, but I've been working a bit differently for the last little while. 
I needed a change. I needed to not take myself and my art so damn seriously. I felt bored and stifled. I never learned to play...I know!! Really, I was so afraid to go out on a limb, splash paint around, use crazy colors, break the rules. I played it safe. I got really good at safe. 
BUT...as a wise man once said...
 “Safety is the most unsafe spiritual path you can take. Safety keeps you numb and dead. People are caught by surprise when it is time to die. They have allowed themselves to live so little.” – Stephen Levine
I'm having fun!!


Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Two new Raven paintings

What I got up to today...I got some new acrylic inks I thought I'd try out, I was feeling kind of playful, sooo...

Pretty much done!


Ascension ~ 5" x 7" acrylic ink on 300lb watercolor paper

The Rainbow Thief ~ 5" x 7" acrylic ink on 300lb watercolor paper

Monday, February 24, 2014

Grizzly Bear painting in progress shot and finished!!

In progress ~ almost done!

Finito!!

Big Mac ~ 30" x 40" oil on canvas


I took a very long break on this guy... Sometimes, when I have had a bad relationship with a painting, I need to hide it for a while and come back to it with fresh eyes. When I'm struggling, all I see is what is wrong, with no idea how to fix it, and if I put it away I can come back to it later, and usually I am able to see exactly where it needs to go. This is what happened here. And he's done! Hurray!
Here is the link to my last post where I documented the progress... http://tahirihsblog.blogspot.ca/2012/10/in-progress-wildlife-grizzly-bear.html.