Monday, October 1, 2012

Behind Closed Doors

One artist whose work I'm really enjoying is Julie Ford Oliver.  I'm not a "flowers in a vase" kind of person but I like her palette knife technique.  Check her out...

This is today's painting up for auction at Daily Paintworks.  I just love the textures of old stuff...may have to do a doorknob series.
"Behind Closed Doors", 5x7", acrylic

"Tom's Shed" will be off to it's new home today...kind of sad to see it go.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Do You Think I'm Sexy?

This is my entry to the Birdbrained challenge at Daily Paintworks.  I picture this guy saying "Do you think I'm Sexy?"  This painting can be purched/bid on here:

There are a few others available too like this one posted a couple of days ago:

Happy Painting!

In other news, I visited the Merrickville Arts Guild studio tour yesterday.  There were some really great artists, including Holly Dean ( I LOVE her studio and her art and she is a sweetheart!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

What Are You Looking At?

I went to a paintout with a local art group a couple of weeks ago and did some sketches for this little painting. I can't say the sheep was very cooperative!  This little cutie is sold ( and on it's way to Washington, DC but I kind of wanted to keep it.

In other news, the September-October issue of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine is out and has my wire "bra" sculpture in it.

Thursday, August 9, 2012


Here is a demo piece I did with my students yesterday evening and I'm very pleased with how it turned out.  They are a beginner crew and were a little intimidated by this exercise in design and value patterns, but they pushed through like troopers and ended up happy in the end.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

3 Cups of Tea

I took a "textile collage" class with Maggie Vanderweit a couple of weeks ago ( and came away with a bunch of textile pieces.  A couple of them I finished off as quilted wall hangings but I also wanted to incorporate some into semi-abstract works on gallery canvas.  Here is the first one that I finished off on a stretched canvas.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Latest Little Palette Knife Paintings

I'm working on a bunch of larger abstract paintings right now but here are a couple of my latest small palette knife paintings.  They are available on Daily Paintworks.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Ready To Roll

This is my 1st submission to the July virtual paintout (Thailand). Painting round wheels with a palette knife is an interesting challenge.

Here is the link to my inspiration in Thailand from Google street view.

This painting is available for purchase from DailyPaintworks:

On the Fence Revisited

I decided I didn't like the blue so I changed "On the Fence".

Saturday, June 9, 2012

On The Fence

"On The Fence"- 6"x6"-Acrylic and charcoal on canvas board
More experimenting.  This one is acrylic and charcoal on a canvas board.  I'm taking a class next week in mixed media and incorporating more drawing media, so I thought it would be fun to practice on my own before hand.  I mixed a little clear gesso into my background colour to provide a little bit more tooth for the charcoal and it worked quite well.

This was also Latvia inspired. Here is the virtual paintout link.


"Hideaway" - 6"x6"-acrylic- palette knife

Another Latvia-inspired painting and attempt at palette-knife painting. Here is the link to my inspiration url.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Green Door

I decided to do this month's virtual paintout and thought it would be fun to try a pallette knife painting.

Here is the link to my source of inspiration:  Google maps link

The Green Door - 6"x6" - acrylic on canvas board
This painting is available for purchase on Daily Paintworks:

Sunday, March 18, 2012

A few new paintings

I've been painting quite a bit with my new studio and teaching a few classes.  Here is one of my latest and I really like it. 

As of today ski racing season is over which means a lot more free time on weekends, woo hoo.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

New Studio!

Very exciting news!  I just got the keys to my new studio space last week.  It needs some paint and a bit more cleanup but it has tons of potential.  There are multiple sinks, storage and even a dryer vent that I can use to vent my encaustic setup.  It's big enough for workshops which I'm currently planning out, so stay tuned. I'll post some pictures in the next few days too.