Sad parting and new beginnings…

Today’s a sad day for me, parting with my kitty was tougher than I expected. The new folks adopting her are terribly nice and have all a kitty could want and hope for… a garden to call her own with a platter of squirrels, birds and insects to keep her entertained…. this is best for her, I want her to have her hearts desire…. and her dearest wish, is to feel the breezes between her whiskers and the freedom to play in her own garden…

Goodbye my sweet furry friend, we shall miss u terribly ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

The new proud owners of Kitty are keeping me updated, and she’s doing really well, settled in already and taken over the house. She’s not allowed out yet as she may run away, but soon enough she’ll be playing in her garden chasin squirrels. I’m sad for me but really happy for Kitty :<)

Seasoned avocados…painted to taste…

Oils 8″x10″

Spent the the day painting my favorite breakfast food ~ avocados ๐Ÿ™‚ This was definitely a very enjoyable subject, I wanted to ad some interest painting the seasoning sprinkled over the avocado and plate. I’m happy with it and am planning on completing a painting again tomorrow.

Painting in Nanaimo…

Spent a few hours painting on a beach overlooking huts in Nanaimo Saturday afternoon. Speed painting more like it! Would have liked at least one more hour on this, but managed to get the gist of it on my canvas ๐Ÿ™‚ David took the pics…

Off my easel…

I’m in the last stretch completing this painting.

Oils 8″x16″

Once dry, I’ll glaze it and complete the final touches. I’ve been working all day on this, the details seems to go on forever. Break time and then I’ll begin the new one.

October Skies…

Finally getting this painting off my easel and onto my wall. I painted this from a plein air study I did last fall near the market in Sidney. It`s a fairly large piece, 24“x36“

Back in the day

Back In the Day

Finally completed this Vintage car, really happy with how it turned out ๐Ÿ™‚

Orange Tea

Finally got this complete!

Setting up a new still life…

Getting busy today with a new still life, setting up my composition and toning my canvas. Feeling somewhat numb and indifferent today. Glad I’m not taking the Seroquel my shrink prescribed, new side affects turns up in the news. Causes diabetes. How special is that? I’d rather suffer with mood swings than having to deal with diabetes thanks very much. Au natural for me, hippie style ๐Ÿ˜‰

Canvas prep…

This morning I’m going to be sealing and priming my painting panels with the traditional Gesso I mixed yesterday. Smelly and tedious but someone has to do it ๐Ÿ™‚ I have a subject matter ready to be sketched, can hardly wait!

Painting outdoors….

Heading outdoors at day break, easel, canvas and paints in my trunk and driving in the direction of the ocean, music soothing my soul and my taste buds enjoying a cup of hot coffee. I arrive at my destination, a quiet spot on the beach, just in time to watch the sun rise over the ocean. Breathtaking. I sit there in silence taking it all in.

Seagulls fly overhead welcoming a new day. As I set up my easel on the soft cool sand, two little doorstep dogs and a tabby cat race by, chasing each other over driftwood, and yapping and playing, a smile warms my face, you dont see that everyday!
My gaze catches the perfect scene and I quickly sketch the shapes on my canvas with a piece of charcoal, dusting it lightly with a large soft brush to get rid of any dust. The ocean breeze gently caresses my face and the sound of the waves gently lapping the shore quiet the chatter in my head.
I meditate as I my hand moves my brush forming the clouds on the horizon. A few hours later my canvas is covered with oil paint, an impression of the scene is made. I step back to view my completed painting from a distance, I nod, oh yes, I’m quite happy with that. I give thanks for my successful painting as drive home, I couldn’t imagine my life without the ability to express my appreciation for all this beauty that surrounds me.


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