Sunday, October 25, 2020

Dragon Fruit!


I saw this dragon fruit in the grocery store and I thought... 'I could never paint that thing'! and then I thought... 'could I'? So, I took on the challenge and here are the results. 

I love the 12x6" format. And I also love the 6x12" format. ; )

Painting the little seeds was like painting snowflakes, little radom dabs of paint.

They are $120 each or the set for $225. I think they look great together. Click here - Daily Paintworks for purchase info. 

Here are some process pics. Enjoy and Thanks for looking. 

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

swimming persimmons


$100 - 6x6" original oil painting on 1/8" panel
I called this swimming persimmons for the 'mm's"
Cheers. ; )

Monday, October 19, 2020

pumpkin glow


$80 - 6x6" original oil painting on 1/8"panel

Halloweeeeen! Only a few weeks away. I painted this little glass pumpkin and candy rockets in my studio. Since I painted by candlelight, there was a bit of a 'trick' to it... but it was a 'treat' to paint. ;)

Sunday, October 18, 2020

let's talk


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 $100 - 6x6" original oil painting on 1/8"panel

This colourful parakeet has just turned his head towards you... he's ready to listen. ; )

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

pumpkin pals


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$60 - 5x7" original watercolour painting with 8x10"mat

I've been painting with watercolour lately, thanks to Inktober so, I decided to jazz up this little pumpkin harvest.

Sunday, October 11, 2020

knock your socks off


$100 - 6x6" original oil painting on panel
Check out my Instagram page at noramacphailart to see the time lapse video of me painting these feathers. It's a good one! ; )
This painting is available at my DailyPaintworks Gallery, just click the PayPal link to see more. The bird series continues!

Thursday, October 08, 2020



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$140 - 8x10" original oil painting on panel
Another Two-Colour Palette! For this wonderful model, (thanks RawUmberStudios for the YouTube paintalongs), I chose Pyrrole Red and Cerulean Blue. I love dark blue with red. The Pyrrole is a Cobra oil brand and it's basically a warm Cadmium Red. Here are some palette pics.
When I saw the wonderful red scarf on her head, I knew I just had to paint her. And glasses to match! Such a great expression too.
Thanks for checkin' out my blog. Cheers and Be Well. ; )

Monday, October 05, 2020

Peacock in Profile


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$90 - 6x6" original oil painting 1/8"panel 
I really wanted to focus on this proud friend's beautiful turquoise crown, or crest, today. It's quite stunning and sometimes overlooked since people get dazzled by the feathers on the peacock's tail. I enjoyed painting this beauty. (Very happy with the eye!). See my Instagram page for step by step pics. Cheers. 

Saturday, October 03, 2020

story time

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$90 - 6x6" original oil painting on 1/8" panel.

The lemon is telling a story to his little grape friends... obviously. ; ) There is actually a lot of transparent green in purple grapes. So, I added a green paper to the set up to match. Cheers.

Thursday, October 01, 2020

the lemon chain

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$120 - 12"x6" original oil painting on panel

I love this long and thin format. I've used it many times in the past and just rediscovered, (or rather reminded myself) how much I like it #doh. The photo reference, which is square, is from the gracious and talented Sarah Sedwick. It was quite a challenge to figure out how to crop the pic, but I enjoy that part of the process. I think it's important to zoom in, cutting parts of objects off, so the still life doesn't just sit in the centre with a bunch of boring space around it. 
I also changed the original plate colour of blue, to purple, in order to balance the lovely yellow lemons.
Cheers Y'all! 

Saturday, September 26, 2020

kindred spirit


SOLD  $90 - 5x7" original oil painting on 1/8"panel.

Well, the bird painting series continues! I think I'm on number 12 and 8 of them have flown off to new homes. I'm especially happy with this little yellow-breasted blue titmouse. He's got his own little branch and he seems quite content. You can check out the time-lapse painting of him over on my Instagram account here - . Cheers. : )

Thursday, September 24, 2020

oil and watercolour bird


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"turquoise wonder " - $90 - 6x6" oil painting
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"lighthearted" - $80 - 5x7"watercolour with 8x10"mat

I painted "turquoise wonder" in oil a few days ago. I'm so happy with all the luscious blues and purples. I wondered what the little cutie-patootie would look like in watercolour so... the next day I painted "lighthearted. I love both oil and watercolour since they both offer such different unique qualities. Two qualities of watercolour are transparency and splatter! I took advantage of both. And one of the great qualities of oil is strong confident brushstrokes, which I hope I achieved. 
Cheers and thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, September 19, 2020

dynamic duo


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$90 - 5x7" original oil painting on 1/8" panel

I love the glow of light behind these adorable Kingfishers, it shows off their distinctive crowns. The bigger one is peeking around the smaller one. #socute
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Friday, September 18, 2020

curvy shadow


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$90 - 6x6" original oil painting on 1/8" panel

This little garlic clove is casting a cute curvy shadow. 😉 I tried to get overhead and close up for an interesting composition for this piece. Also, I love it when the shadows fall onto two different coloured surfaces. So fun to paint and 'match up'.  I really wanted to paint from life today because it's a good colour reminder and it really helps when I go back to photos for reference.

Sunday, September 13, 2020


$90 - 6x6" original oil painting on 1/8" panel
I chose to paint this dashing beauty because of his bold look. His orange beak and blue body are perfect complimentary colours. He just seems to confident! And I think my bird paintings are getting more confident too. ; )
Here's a detail of him. I happily left a bit of the original pink panel colour to pop through. Cheers.

Friday, September 11, 2020

lilac roller

$90 - 6x6" original oil painting on 1/8" panel
This colourful beauty can be found amongst the trees in Africa. One of the most colourful birds known to us, the lilac-breasted roller. So fun to paint! And I kept the brach flowers loosey-goosey so he stayed the star of the show.

Tuesday, September 08, 2020

Birds Birds Birds!

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"little wonder" - $90 - 6x6" original oil painting on 1/8"panel.
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"from dawn to dusk" - $90 - 6x6" original oil painting on 1/8"panel.
Yellow-Breasted Blue Tit

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"longevity" - $90 - 6x6" original oil painting on 1/8"panel.
Red-Breasted Grosbeak

Well, the long weekend came and went... that was fast! #doh  
I'm just catching up on my three latest bird paintings. I'm super happy with them. I really tried to make clean and colourful 'one-brush-mark' marks. 
You can see the videos of me painting them over on my Instagram page. (can't get blogger to upload them here...?)
Cheers Y'all. (email me if you're interested in a set of 3). ; )

Saturday, September 05, 2020

opposites attract

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$90 - 8x8" original oil painting on 1/8"panel

I totally get now why people put spoons in their still life set ups! This reference pic is curiosity Sarah Sedwick, and she uses spoons a lot, just like Carol! So, they're super fun to paint because of the lights and darks and, more importantly, they create negative shapes by dividing up the round plate shape. Cool.
I added a few bits of pink here and there. I couldn't help myself. 
; )

Monday, August 31, 2020

on the look out

$90 - 6x6" original oil painting on 1/8" board
These lemons are working together, with an eye in each direction in case, you know, there's trouble. ; )
Here's the black and white 5 value study that we did in the awesome Sarah Sedwick Online Oil Level 2 Class on Saturday.
It was really helpful to do this! I often do a value sketch with pencil or charcoal first however, doing it in oil first really made a difference. 
Here's my set up, very similar to my iPad view during the Zoom class, so Sarah could see. There were about 18 of us and Sarah shared her screen, so she had her demo and her palette showing. It was really an excellent workshop. Very informative.
And here I am, sneaking into the photo. Cameras love to make one of my eyes wonky. #shrug
Cheers Y'all and Be Well.