Sunday, June 25, 2017

American Kestrel

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

Flower in the Sun ~ A Sunroom painting project

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.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Mom's Bouquet ~ Lilacs

My Mother once told me a story about when she was a child, her mother used to cut lilac branches from the bushes in their backyard in early summer, and bring them indoors to scent the whole house. My mother is a senior in her 80's and still talks about how the house smelled so nice. 
Lilacs are one of her favorite flowers, and with that I painted this for her.

Monday, January 30, 2017

My Artbox: Mums in jam jars ~ Chrysanthemums

My Artbox: Mums in jam jars ~ Chrysanthemums

Mums in jam jars ~ Chrysanthemums

I received a couple of floral bouquets last month from a dear friend and after a couple of weeks, most of the flowers died but these little gals remained for some time later. The Chrysanthemums seem to have perished much later than most of the other flowers in the bouquet enabling me to photograph them sitting on one of my glass top tables and paint them for later. Here they are now. 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Five Red Grain Sheds

These old grain sheds can be seen on the way to the Leighton Art Centre. Everyone who has traveled there are sure to pass them along the way. I have seen them painted by other artists with many painting them in their own interpretation. I found them to be kind of quirky and funny looking but an interesting subject to paint.  Not one of them are standing very straight and all are weather-beaten. They seem to be everywhere around the province and some are no longer in use, standing in the fields like little monuments. These appear to be in fairly good condition though.