Welcome to my Studio Blog

Take a peek into my studio and See what inspires me to create my paintings and what’s been happening in my studio and on my travels.

I love to travel, see new places and meet new people. I love to create bold colourful paintings, many of them based on my wonderful travels.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Fresh Off The Easel

Hi Everyone, worked late yesterday and finished my cat tails and wild flowers painting. I am quite pleased with how this one turned out. I wasn't sure about the composition and idea. Prints, cards, etc. are now on sale at my various art sites. Please see my webpage where to purchase. Wishing you all a great day and upcoming weekend.

"Wild Medley", 40 x 40 cm - acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

What's on my easel now

Hi Everyone, hope you are all enjoying the really nice spring weather we have been having.
Last weekend I was in Montreal for my brother Peter's 40th birthday and we had a great time.

Back in the studio this week and I have been working on my cat tails painting - 40 x 40 cm canvas. Here is where I am now. All the colour blocked in. Now on to the part I enjoy best...making the painting come alive. Hoping to finish today.

I also framed my Orange Passion Roses Painting:
"Orange Passion", 40 x 40 cm

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Brilliant Art Works by Students in England

Back in early February, I was approached by Art Teacher, Brigitte Green, from the Ashford Friars Prep School in Ashford, Kent, England. She inquired about using my colourful landscape images for her art project. I was very honoured that she considered my work and gave her the permission.

Well, much to my delight I received an email from the art teacher yesterday and she sent along a few pics of the students' works. The children are in year 3 (7 to 8 years old). Their teacher, Brigitte Green, printed some of my landscape paintings and glued them onto A3 paper and she asked them to 'finish the picture'. She informed me that they worked in oil pastels because of the bold and bright colours I use in my paintings.

I was so impressed and pleased with their work I thought I would share the images with you on my painting website and studio blog. I think their work is absolutely brilliant and they are ALL very talented.

"Funky Landscapes" by students in Year 3 at the Ashford Friars Prep School in Ashford, Kent, England:

Monday, April 20, 2009

Featured Artist at TAD

Hi Eveyrone, Hope you all had a nice weekend. Sorry I have not posted so much lately. I was in Montreal last week helping out my sister who is 37 weeks pregnant. Her husband was away on business so I went to spend some time with her. We are very anxious for the baby to arrive.

I am also proud to announce I was selected as the Featured Artist this week at Top Artist Directory (TAD). Please click this Link. Many thansk to Kim Barker and the team at TAD for selecting me. It made my Monday morning!


Thursday, April 9, 2009

Fresh Off the Easel

Hi everyone, up bright and early this morning and I finished my roses. I am very happy with the results. Thought I would share a picture with you all. Wishing you all a lovely day!

Orange Passion, 40 x 40 cm

WIP - Roses Continued

Hi Everyone, another rainy/wet snow day here in Ottawa. It's okay, it gave me a chance to work in my studio all day. I continued working on my wip of my roses today and progressed really well.

Bocked in some orange definition on the roses, and blocked in a bit of colour for the glass bowl.

Added a another coat of orange mix and some yellow to the roses along with some colour variations on my leaves, and more colour reflections in the glass bowl
Finished the leaves, the roses and the baby breath. Then continued with my defining line work using my smallest brushes. This part is the longest. I still need to do the back ground and do a bit more modeling work here and there and on the glass vase. Stay tuned..

And Voila...Fini!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Pink Ladies - Framed

Hi everyone, Busy day today, I also varnished (few days ago) and Framed my Pink Ladies (Calla lilies) painting in a nice silver weathered wooden floaty frame. I find it always makes a drastic impact when you frame a painting. It just looks complete and clean!

Pink Ladies, 40 x 40 cm Framed

WIP - funky rose painting

Hi Everyone, I haven't done a WIP in some time, so I thought I would share one with you all today. I am presently working on two paintings right now, but I will post the wip of my funky roses in a glass little bowl. The painting will be the same size canvas as my Calla Lilies: 40 x 40 cm and done in acrylics.

Step 1 - drawing on canvas in water colour pencils, then I outlined.

Blocking in some peachy colour for the roses and green for the petalsAdded the background colour now - an acqua glue with hints of green.

Another coat of green on the leaves, then I started defining the glass bowl and added some white to the baby's breath. Calling it a day. Tomorrow I will begin the modeling work; my favourite part. Stay tuned...

Monday, April 6, 2009

The Acutal Paper Clipping

Received the East Ottawa newspaper on Friday. It was really exciting for me to see the article in the actual paper. I have a busy week ahead and then we have Easter (my favourite holiday),

I just hope that we dont get that lousy snow they are mentionning in the forecast for Wednesday. Gosh it just all melted away! Weather is cold and damp again and snow flakes are already falling....! I just cant wait for the real spring and not all these random teasing days we have been getting.

Newspaper Article
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Friday, April 3, 2009

Newspaper Article "A Focus on Local Talent"

Hi Everyone, What a way to start off my weekend!!!
I was interviewed the other day by the East Ottawa newspaper about the gallery I belong too and my particpation at the new gallery. I was pleased to see the article on line this morning.

Here is the article "A Focus on Local Talent, by Laura Cummings at the East Ottawa Star.


I can't wait to receive my paper copy at home today.

Wishing you all a great day!

Fresh off the Easel - Pink Ladies

Hi Everyone, I finally got around and finished my "hot pink" calla lily painting yesterday. This is one I had started at my exhibition on the painting demontration day. I will be framing it in a nice silver wood box frame. Spring has really arrived....

"Pink Ladies", 40 x 40 cm acyrlic