One of the best ways to improve your work….

Don’t you wish winter was over? I know I do… I’m more of a spring and summer kinda girl. I can’t wait to work on my garden and grow veggies and soak up some warm sunshine! Back to my studio, I’m working on a project I can’t wait to share with you! It’s big and will probably take several months to complete. In the meantime,…

What a joy painting such a happy Pooch…

I couldn’t help but fall in love with Montana ❤ His smiling face and bright eyes touch my soul. I mixed some titanium white, a tiny bit of transparent red oxide and a tiny dash ultramarine blue and a tiny dash of yellow ochre for the white fur; to which I ad a dash of gray made up of burnt umber and ultramarine blue….

Today’s progress on Montana the pooch…

I mixed Ultramarine blue with a dash of transparent red oxide, plus white for the blue skies…

Painting Montana the Pooch…

I recently received a commission to paint Montana, the adorable pooch. Unfortunately he is no longer with us :- ( I’m posting my process with progress photos to show I how develop a painting. The easy way! Here’s the photo of Montana, I love his beautiful smile! I used some artistic license to create a playful element and a pleasing composition. I began with…

The challenge for me is orchestrating the design into a workable plan.

Last night I began working on my design for a new painting. I can’t tell you how excited I am about this. I know I say that about every painting, but this one is like something I have never done before. The image came to me in a moment of meditation, thank you kindly to the powers that be… The challenge for me is…

Chopin plays his piano and soothes my soul…

It’s a beautiful morning on this first day of March. Although it looks like rain on the way, there is such a beautiful light flooding through my window. I moved my studio upstairs. I don’t know why I didn’t do this sooner. The attic room was purple, but not for long. I painted it a dark sage green. The colour of ambient atmosphere. Perfect…

A successful painter once told me to never be satisfied with mediocrity…

Wow, now that the crazy rush is over, well almost. I can get back to planning the year ahead. I have a few projects on the go. One of the projects involve painting a collection for a fund-raiser. More of that to come later as it develops. I plan to paint more prolifically this coming year. One thing I do intend to take part…

The trumpeter on my easel….

Well now that the show is over, back to my studio to complete the trumpeter and many others stacked up waiting for completion. I’m going to begin with the trumpeter. I had seen him playing his trumpet at an anti-pipeline demonstration on the grounds of the parliament building in Victoria. I began the underpainting some time ago and finally got him on my easel…

Miss Rose…

I met this delightful young lady in Fan Tan alley whilst out taking reference pics for a painting I’m planning.  The image I had in mind was very clear and very specific. I knew exactly what I wanted. Fan Tan alley was it, all I needed was a model.  Low and behold, Miss Rose appears. I couldn’t believe it. She was the Exact image…

A little Still-Life to warm up the day…

Tea and Manderines to warm up the day. A little still life I put on the back burner. It’s on my ‘To Complete’ list, as are many paintings waiting in line. Nothing like a surprise Studio visit to get me motivated. You know, there are no chance meetings. We are meant to connect with those who help us on our healing journey.