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Posted by on Feb 6, 2018 in Gallery

Winter Woods

Winter Woods

“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, “Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.” 

– Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass

12″ x 24″ acrylic

12” x 24” acrylic on canvas

I love nothing better than walking along a trail in the woods after a fresh snowfall. I love the way the snow covers everything like a soft blanket, leaving nothing uncovered. Only Mother Nature can be so meticulous and thorough. I love the way the snow crunches underfoot on an extremely cold crisp winter day. This is the winter of my youth, the northern Ontario winter.

Come March though, I know I’ll be longing for spring!

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Posted by on Jun 13, 2017 in Gallery

Wait for me!

Wait for me!

“Art washes away from the soul, the dust of everyday life”- Pablo Picasso

Wait for Me! 20x24 acrylic painting

Wait For Me!
20″ x 24″acrylic

I’m taking a break from packing chaos and a home that has become a sea of boxes to share my most recent painting of some kayakers on Lake Huron which I’ve titled: “Wait For Me!”

The inspiration came from a photo a friend had shared a couple of years ago and I knew immediately when I saw it, that I would paint it one day.

My thought was to paint it as a tribute to Canada in celebration of this great country’s 150th.

It holds so much more meaning now, being so consumed with the anticipation and preparation of our upcoming move up north. Dreams of being near the lake—kayaking, swimming, painting, and fishing. Memories of a childhood growing up in beautiful Elliot Lake come flooding back. I can really say “I’m going home”.

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Posted by on Sep 17, 2015 in Gallery

Cute little boy in the grass

Cute little boy in the grass

I took my own advice on inspirations for paintings and looked no further than one of my grandsons. Carter is just over a year old in this painting where he is sitting in the grass and looking cute as he always does! A photo taken by his dad, Andy was just perfect to work from.

Little boy in the grass

The Wedding Gift

Actually, I had yet another very strong motive: I needed a wedding gift for Carter’s parents, my daughter Kaylie and her husband Andy who had eloped a year ago. We were unprepared with a gift at that time, and I set my mind to present them with a painting in the future. I wasn’t sure what the subject would be though I had a strong desire to paint the little guy. I mean, he was just so darn cute!  But would I be able to pull it off?  My recent paintings have been mostly landscapes. What good is a portrait painting if the likeness is not there?

The Face

I began with his face since I knew the success of the painting depended on its’ true likeness.  I struggled a bit here, painting the facial features over and over again.  But persistence and patience paid off. Eventually, I saw the little guy’s face that I’ve come to know and love! My husband Kris confirmed it. Hurray! The rest of the painting would be easy from here.   Days afterwards, I would head out to my studio and peer in at the painting in progress and seeing the likeness of the little guy, would bring a big smile to my face.

Grid Transfer Method

Here I’d like to share a good tip for enlarging a drawing or photo onto a larger canvas.  I printed the photo and folded into quarters and then in quarters again. I also divided the canvas into the same number of sections, and then was able to sketch the outlines of the body onto the canvas. In this way, I was ensured of an accurate transfer. And of course I only resorted to this after several attempts at drawing freehand unsuccessfully!

A Time of Innocence

And now I know that I must also paint my other grandchildren. No problem there!  They are all so incredibly sweet. What a joy it is to be a grandparent and watch these little ones grow. Though they don’t live nearby, I can feel a little closer to them while I’m painting them. What a good plan.

As Carter grows, I hope this painting will always trigger a memory of a time of innocence, when everything was new, and life was all a wonder to be explored.

Kaylie and Andy, I hope you enjoy this painting as much as I enjoyed painting it!

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Posted by on Feb 1, 2015 in Gallery

Heading to calmer waters

Heading to calmer waters

Heading to Calmer Waters – 16 x 20 Acrylic

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I get a little homesick or should I say “cottage” sick standing back and looking at this painting.  My sister Gabie and I often go kayaking on Lake Lauzon.  When you round this point from the larger open part of the lake, you approach the bay where our family’s cottage is.  And the water in the bay is always calmer.

If you look in the upper left, there is a boat house that belongs to the cottage.  It is leaning now, because it’s support posts have shifted from upheavals from too many cold northern Ontario winters.  It was built by my dad, back in a time when you were allowed to build over the water’s edge.  The front end is rotting now too, so it will probably need new supports some day or perhaps it would have to be removed.  It’s not really being used at all now.  Well, I think it is home to a beaver at times when my sister doesn’t annoy him too much by shooing it away.

This painting also takes me to a time when I’m on vacation and spending time with family, when life slows down, and takes me to those calmer waters.  It’s a nice memory.

 

 

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