I recently bought this Artograph Lightpad from my art supply store. After reading about them, I decided to try it out and see how much I like it. I am enjoying how easy it is to do transfers by tracing from drawings or photographs. The bright light stays cool and makes it easy to see all the details of your work clearly. I think it would be a useful tool for tracing out drawings for children to use for coloring, and even patterns if you like to sew. I'm using my colored pencils here. Such a useful tool!
Tuesday, July 03, 2018
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
My latest painting is that of Icelandic Poppies. Mixed in are California Poppies too. I painted it as a commissioned piece for a special lady who has worked in my office for the past 35 years and is leaving us. The Poppy is a flower of remembrance and her favorite flower as I found out. It was a real joy painting this piece. I love the bold colors on a black background which make them pop visually and the random flow of the them on the canvas lets your eye roam around, taking in each one. Hope you enjoy this piece as much as I do. ~Enjoy
Thursday, October 05, 2017
Another water lily painting to add my series. This time it has a little more interest, in that one of the lily pads is slowly wasting away, a nice added touch and contrast I think. I also enjoy the textured appearance of the lily pads and the overall colors in the painting. It's interesting to note that Claude Monet painted 250 oil paintings of water lilies. That's a lot of water lilies! I hope you enjoy this one.
Sunday, September 17, 2017
Last month I was vacationing in Wine Country (Okanagan Valley, BC). I visited several famous Wineries and tasted some of their best wines. On one of the many wonderful tours, I had the opportunity to photograph some of the extensive vineyards, which inspired me to paint these green grapes. I really enjoy this piece. Hope you do too. Enjoy!
Sunday, June 25, 2017
A friend of mine who lives in Mexico sent me a photo of this bird that landed on a cactus on his property. His hobby is Photography and he particularly enjoys taking pics of the birds that migrate to his part of Mexico every year. I googled the American Kestrel and discovered that they are the smallest and most common falcons of North America. This small bird is so cute and colorful that it inspired me to paint it.
Thursday, March 30, 2017
It's that time of year again when we think about preparing our yards, flower beds and vegetable gardens for the approaching summer months. As for me, I always start with cleaning up my small sunroom space in my backyard at this time of year and organizing the things that go in there such as chairs and decorative touches to add. I decided to use up some empty wall space by creating this flower in the sun painting to add a colourful touch. It was fun to do this without any major detail and taking a short time to paint it as well. Looks great.