Friday, July 31, 2020

sail on over

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

Reflections look sooo cool in metallic foil balloons. The colour on this dusty rose ballon sure changes with every bounce of light! Thanks again to Teddi Parker (awesome artist) for the #balloonchallenge 

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

the view from here

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

The 'flowers in a glass' series continues! Which is a big deal because, my 'series' usually don't make it past number 3, and I'm at number 7 with this one! Today I added a turquoise polka-dotted piece of paper onto the table, just for another element. I had a blast painting them in shadow and in light. Plus, they echo the violet's little yellow centres. Phew!

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Mr. Lionfish

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$90 - 6x6" original oil painting on 1/8" panel.
Well! The great thing about being in an art group that has weekly challenges is... when the topic is FISH... this happens! I would never have thought to paint this fella' and I had the most awesome time doing so. I mean, he's even got polka dots!
p.s. I think Mr. Lionfish had this expression on his face well before March 15, 2020.
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Friday, July 24, 2020

sun-kissed willow buds

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$90 - 6x6" original oil painting on 1/8" panel
In order to capture the little "whispies" of the willow buds, I used a toothpick. 
Sometimes, a brush just doesn't do the job.
Also, I don't normally paint like this but, when painting glass, it can be easier to just fill in the whole background.
Then I started to build up the glass. Normally, I do a drawing with burnt umber and a thin brush and work my way out. It was quite a challenge to take this approach but... always learning! Cheers. 

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

$100 - 6x6" original oil painting on 1/8" board
I've been wanting to paint this scene for a loooooong time. But, I've been too chicken. Well, today I thought "I'm going for it"!! Soooo glad that I did. 
This is my second piece on the professionally gessoed Ampersand boards. As you can see from the pic below, it says 'smooth finish' - boy, they're not kidding. It was like silk!

Sunday, July 19, 2020

the storyteller

6x6" original painting on 1/8" board.
I love the shape of this oil bottle. It's got a kind of confidence about it. The tomatoes are certainly enthralled with what it has to say! 
I used the lovely Ampersand flat (1/8") panel, pre-gessoed, for this piece. They are wonderful to paint on! 

Friday, July 17, 2020

peachy keen

$90 - 6x6" original oil painting.
This painting has everything I want in a painting! Colourful, confident clean brushstrokes and a splash of charm. It doesn't always work out but when it does... #phew. 
Sides painted to match.

Thursday, July 16, 2020

birdbath buddy

$60 - approximately 4x4" original oil painting
(... actually 11x11cm panel, not sure how that happened!) 
Another, but very different, little hummingbird painting. Their colour variations just astonish me. And of course the colours change as they turn their little heads in curiosity. 
This guy is number 2 of 3 so.... one more to come.
Sides painted to match.
Free shipping to Canada (to make up for the US$ exchange link)

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

little one

$60 - about 4x4" (11cm x 11cm to be exact!) original oil painting
I painted this little bird for the Monday art dare challenge, which was to paint something starting with 'H'. I thought this cutie-patootie hummingbird would do the trick. They really are such remarkable tiny birds. The panel is approximately 4x4" which suits one of the world's smallest birds just fine!
I wanted a cool pink background to enhance the lovely purples in his face and neck. Here's a process pic, almost at the half way point.

sides painted to match background. 

Sunday, July 12, 2020


$70 - 6x6" original oil painting on 1"deep panel/painted sides.
new - Free Shipping in Canada - to make up for the US$ link ; )

Painting the "swoop" of the sky, water and beach of this heart balloon was a blast!! These metallic balloon are so fun, and challenging, to paint. I think I achieved the metallic nature of this cute beach balloon more successfully than my last balloon. 
Daily Painting - Paint small, learn big... it's true!
Shout out to the awesome Teddi Parker for the #teddiparkerballoonchallenge. Her work (on Insta) is truly astonishing. She's no slouch and she takes on every challenge successfully!! 
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Sunday, July 05, 2020


$60 - 6x6" original oil painting on 1" deep panel.
Today I decided to do something different... like Teddi Parker's Balloon Challenge. Her work is amazing and her stuff, like mine, is available through Daily Paintworks. Balloons made out of metallic foil are way more fun to paint than regular balloons, probably because the surface is so reflective. Fun!

Friday, July 03, 2020

to know

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$90 - 5x7" original oil painting on 1/8"panel.
Today's two colours were Coral Red and Turquoise. I wanted a warm/cool contrast plus, he was wearing a peach T-shirt, so I thought I'd use a fun premixed colour like Coral Red.
The photo reference came from the awesome RawUmberStudios. They post new photos on there 2 hour YouTube portrait session. Worth checking out. The photos have great lighting. 

Wednesday, July 01, 2020

inside joke

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$90 - 5x7" original oil painting on 1/8" panel.
Today's Two Colour Portrait was with Lemon Yellow and Dioxazine Purple, plus white for mixing. I'm getting the hang of this limited palette approach. : )