Tuesday, July 28, 2009

On Top

I want to thank Catherine Jeffrey for giving me the Bella Sinclair award. The award is for friendship, sisterhood, caring and sharing. I am going to pass this award on to six others that have either encouraged or inspired me through their kind comments or amazing work. Being that this is award is for sisterhood I am not sure if I am breaking protocol here, but two of the artists I have chosen are men - so shhh! in case I get in trouble.
1. Edward Burton (Edward was the first follower on my blog)
3. Martha Marshall (Martha inspired me with a great article on how to get a body of work and with very kind words of encouragement)

Friday, July 17, 2009

For Sydney

This is a commissioned piece for my 5 year old niece (well turning 5 going on 16). She has been on my blog with her Mom and she requested a painting of pink lipsticks for her birthday. I hope there is enough pink in there for her - I am sure she will let me know if there is not. LOL

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Cone Flower

The first cone flower to bloom in my garden. Looks like there are lots more just getting ready, although it seems they bloomed earlier last year.

Monday, July 13, 2009

The Ringbearer

I did this painting from a photo I took of my son a few weeks ago. What I learned:
- 6 x 6 inches is tiny when it comes to painting figures
- Painting using a photo reference is way different than painting from life
- I am more comfortable painting from life
- It is good to go outside your comfort zone

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Necklace For Mary

This is a painting of the necklace I gave my friend Mary who is getting married at the end of August. I bought the necklace (and matching earrings) from a fantastic artist here in Burlington. Her name is Amy Kovach. Please take the time to check out her website, her work is really great.

Lemon In My Tea Please

I'm done, at least I am ready to move on to the next painting.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Finished ?

I have been working on this piece for the last few days, not sure yet if I am quite finished with it. I was only able to work at it in short snippets. I think that is why I am still undecided with it yet - one more painting session on it I guess.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Pink Chocolate - SOLD

I will have to try and photograph this painting again. The background is more white than this shows. I took the picture outside, in the shade. If anyone has any tips to make my photos better I would love to hear them - I am a novice. ( note : I have replaced the photo with the cast removed - thanks for your help Barbara)

Friday, July 3, 2009

South African Flowers

This painting is for some friends who are getting married this weekend. The flower arrangement was a centre piece at their rehearsal dinner the other night. There is more detail in the flowers than the photo shows. This painting was a real lesson for me in squinting and simplifying. I kept getting caught up in the details in the flowers. I am pleased with how it turned out. I hope Holly and Sean like it. 

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Work in Progress

This is a painting I started yesterday. My son is the ring bearer in an upcoming wedding and this is the centre piece from the rehearsal dinner. The groom is from South Africa and the dinner was a South African theme - I loved the food. The dinner took place in the bride's family's Malta bakery so the desserts were awesome and my son loved getting to look into the displays and pick a cookie. It was a great party and I thought I would make a painting that will hopefully end up in the hands of the soon to be married couple.