I've had these two funky birds for many years, always planning on putting them in a still life. I was going to use a tidy fake bird house for the set up but then noticed a sort-of-rotting one in my yard, complete with a rusty metal roof. The bottom is almost all gone and I had to rattle the beetles out of it, but the birdies are please. 9 x 12, oil on canvas panel.
Who doesn't love sunflowers? Artists have been capturing the dazzle of them for centuries and, in fact, there have been books published of nothing but artworks of sunflowers. I've painted a few and have a large painting of a single sunflower hanging in my hall, one of the few of my own works that actually lives with me. Sunflowers are not endemic to western Canada, but I have a neighbour who grows some giants each year. I love the fields of them in France, where they are a cash crop that give the bonus of stunning colour. This little guy is 6 x 8, oil on canvas panel, and will be looking for a home on Daily Paintworks.
This little (5" x 7") painting is of a very big rock. I was straightening (ha, ha!) out my home studio the other day and a photo fell to the floor…I simply picked it up and reached for the nearest panel and said, okay, THIS is what I will paint, right now! The paints were already on the palette and so I was ready to go. In the past, I have gone to Cannon Beach each year, but this habit has fallen by the wayside in the last 4-5 years…I love it there…but I also love England…and New Mexico…and Arizona…and Hawaii…So many places, such limited time!
This piece came about as I was playing with my Inktense pencils and a drawing pen. It had no intention, but ended up somewhat flowery-ish. The Derwent Inktense pencils are like colour therapy for doodling, are easy to take along anywhere, and work beautifully on mixed media and water colour papers. "Therapy". I highly recommend them as an addition to one's art arsenal!
This piece is a reworking of one done a couple of years back, after my first visit to Sedona. I've been back again since then (thanks to my friend and teacher, Larisa Aukon) and I can not overstate the beauty of the area. Everywhere you look, it is stunning. I have been painting a lot, but blogging not at all…so my intention (!) is to get some photos posted, and work at increasing my blog followers…maybe. Life certainly can get busy!