Almost there…

Here’s another update of my painting, getting there, almost complete 🙂 just have the cloth to finish and some tweaking here and there……and viola!

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.


Back a step…

Well today was mostly a pro d day for me. Spent time studying color theory and managed to redo my painting. I got rid of the drapery under the shelf and added some darks and light and waiting till tomorrow to work on the teacup and saucer. It’s looking way better 🙂 now for some tea hippie style 🙂


Some friends stopped by bearing gifts, and birthday wishes. I’m lucky to have so many good friends 🙂

Made some great progress on my painting today. Unfortunately the lighting in my studio is not working for me, so gonna wait till daylight to continue with painting. Perhaps a couple more days work and it’ll be done, I’ll post more pics tomorrow. Spent a bit of time learning how to organize my studio and some color theory. So been a productive day all round 🙂

Mother’s Kiss

I had completely missed ever blogging about this painting I did of Banafshe and Kuddus. I do have intentions of one day completing this painting 🙂

Great progress…

Spent the entire day today painting the still life on my easel. I have a few more thing to do on it tomorrow and then I’ll post it. I’m delighted with how it’s turning out. I took a pick halfway and will post that too. I took a break and went to a local hardware store and had a sheet of 1/4″  MDF cut into twenty pieces. Tomorrow I’ll seal them and then prime them with an alkyd primer.  It’s so smooth and luxurious to paint on. My next painting will include roses. Can’t wait!!!

Art and the meaning of life…

Today I changed my lighting in my studio, did some shuffling around and re-arranging, and now have a larger area to work, less clutter. It`s not quite efficient, but I`m getting there.

In the big scheme of things, I am but a mere grain of sand in this infinite universe. I found pleasure in painting in oils on canvas. Once upon a time my art was textile designing and fabric printing and painting. I painted wacky far out pieces of furniture. I sculpted in sheet metal. I painted tropical fruit and african art, covering huge ceramic urns, vases and dinner plates and serving dishes, tea sets and coffee sets, glazed and fired. Had my own own business for years painting funky lampshades and copies of Renoir and Monet and Michael Angelo on wooden toilet seats, antique crackled them and filled with ebony in the cracks and dusted with gold leaf. A trip to a body shop where I clear coated the seats. Installed stylish brass hardware turning ordinary toilet seats into masterpieces and sold to interior decorators. Years ago I received a set of oils, brushes and canvases from my brother for my birthday. I tried it out a few times, got frustrated and gave up and continued with ceramics and textiles. Then ten years ago I tried it out again. I painted when I had the time, now again. Then one day I began reading through art magazines and decided I wanted to paint like the artists in there. I then began to educate myself. I found a few artists I admired and tried out their palette of colors and emulated them. I studied color and learned how to see light in a whole new light. I studied online on various forums for artists and that`s how I learned to paint. Over the last five years Ive learned to take it more seriously and now I paint as often as possible with the intention of being the best I can be. And the only way that is possible, is time put in. The more u do it, the better it gets. U eventually develop your own style. It`s like a signature that`s recognizable . Now all I can do is put in the time and do it often as possible. Every day. I continually study other artists and learn something new all the time. I just wish I had taken this more seriously years ago. I`m giving myself a year of self improvement and study, do some life drawing, enter a few shows and take part in paint-ins. En plein air is one of my favorite ways to paint. Been painting en plein are for several years now and love it. I paint about thirty or forty in the summer. Great practice. Must admit, great improvement from learning to paint from life. Then after that I`m going to start producing some serious work and look at selling some of my work. I`ll see how it goes. Now for some more tea hippie style 😉

New still life…

Just started this still life, sketched in my subject matter with ultramarine blue and transparent red oxide. The silver bowl and pretty teacup inspired me to paint this still life. I wanted something colorful and light, looking forward to painting in color now. This is a warm up for some serious still life painting 🙂


Managed to sit in front of my easel today and worked on the chest and and chalice, I’m very pleased with it so far. I’m going to be working on it tomorrow for an hour then I’ll post my progress 🙂

My head cold seems to have reached it’s climax and improvement is on it ways yay! Now for some meds, a tea and a j:) Tonight I study color theory 🙂

Hoping to paint today…

Day four of head cold, was hoping for some improvement today, but nothing. I’m going to attempt to get out of bed and put on my apron and paint a bit.

Painter under the weather…

Studio’s closed due to under the weather conditions…this head cold has left me in no shape to lift a paintbrush, the turpentine’s not working for me as my chest is wheezy. However, I am working on some still life ideas and doing some composition research and study. Pro d day 🙂

A studio pic…

Here’s where I work. The paintings in the background are still works in progress. To the right is my still life set-up and the painting I’m working on. The tulips are in a vase in water and I’ll lay them in the still life when I begin to paint tomorrow.

Quick update…

I was planning on visiting a gallery, however, this head-cold got in the way of any pleasantries today. Miserable and mad at myself for losing my cell phone. I did manage to set up a still life today, painting will resume tomorrow as I want to paint to daylight. I’ve sketched in my still life and am ready to paint first thing tomorrow. I’m going to take progressive pics of this painting… excited to begin. I’m going to be starting off with an under-painting done in Transparent red oxide and Ultramarine blue.

Now I need cold meds, hot rooibos tea hippie style~ while I work on ideas for upcoming paintings…

Head cold :(

I woke up yesterday with a head-cold, and today feel somewhat crappy, I’m going to take some cold meds and when I feel up to it, I’m going on a field trip today, visit a few galleries and take some pics. Photography is one of my favorite things to do.  Now for those meds, a fresh cup of coffee hippie style 😉

Coffee and todays plan…

For some reason, I awoke way to early this morning, not getting much sleep.  Eager, I guess to start the new day. I plan on tidying up my studio today and completing a landscape that’s been sitting incomplete for way too long. I have several ideas for subject matter for upcoming paintings. A friend of mine has worked on many vintage muscle cars, so heading out early next week to take a few pics of some of them.  I kinda have the image in my head and so want to work on a few ideas on paper  for composition and backdrops. I’m so looking forward to beginning my quest…

Todays ideas, tomorrows paintings…

I’ve come to a fork in the road today. A road block per se.

Dilemma– I’m wanting to produce exciting paintings. Perhaps passionate, intriguing, dramatic, serene. I’m looking for that certain  ‘je ne sais quoi’ – but can’t decide which genre to pursue. So this is my plan. To complete a painting of several genre. Figure, Nude, Still life, Vintage car, Landscape, City scape and Marine. Once they are all complete I want to gather together some creative individuals to help me choose which genre I should pursue.  I’m currently on the hunt for a vintage car to begin my quest.


Ok, so I had an epiphany this morning while in the shower. This is where most of my ideas originate.  I know what to do now. I’m on a mission. No more boring compositions. Yawn :- 0

Hmmmmm….. where’s my coffee….


I painted in the orange and re-arranged the twigs, still needs some fine tuning….

Plan for the day….

My still life painting is bothering me, must  work on that right away. Once done I’ll glaze the mandolin and get started on a new piece. Now, where’s my coffee cup….

Evening thoughts…

Another day has come to an end, spent the day working on my still life and worked on ‘three friends fishing’

The still life has a few hours worth of work to go. Have a few issues to resolve, may have to include another grape to the left and slightly in front of the chalice. I’m definitely going to buy some flowers and include them in my next still life. Been thinking about the Sidney fine art show and painting I plan on entering. I definitely plan on a figure, a still life, a landscape and one more, not sure yet. Plan on doing the moss street paint-in this year. Also the Sidney paint-in. Definitely going to be actively involved in participating in as many events as possible this year … to wash my brushes and head off to neva land 😉

Chalice and grapes on my easel…

Spent my day working on this little still life, have some tweaking to do still. I’m pleased with the outcome thus far.

Morning contemplation…

Coffee in hand, in front of my easel, contemplating my days work. I’m taking a new picture of three friends fishing, prefer taking pics with natural daylight for lighting.  Definitely working on the chalice and grapes and getting that off my easel. The mandolin’s next.

Then set up my new still life…. now to clean my brushes and get ready for painting. And…my eldest daughter gave me a new apron, now no more paint on my clothes  🙂

Days end reflection…

After a days painting I sit back and view my work, I’m pleased with how it turned out. Got a bit of tweaking to do when dryer and it’s a done deal. My next project is to complete a large landscape. It’s got a days worth of work left on it. And then in between that I’m finishing off the still life and glazing the mandolin. Just want to get all incomplete work done and then I can move on to some more still life.  I’m going to pick up some roses tomorrow and include them in a still life with a tea cup and saucer and a side plate with a few slices of an orange. Perhaps I’ll drape some fabric and yeah, that’s the plan tomorrow. Now where did I put my teacup…..

Todays update….

Oils 18″x25″

Spent the day working on this painting. I have a few more final touches to paint, drying time is required. I’m pleased with how this is turning out. 🙂

A new day….

Good morning world, happy Sunday 🙂 Thankful for a new day and another chance to make my mark on this planet. Have several paintings on the go. Just posted a pic ‘on my easel’ – one is a landscape, getting close to completion, and a still life I plan on completing today. The chalice and grapes. Going to be working on the fabric and adding in the twigs in the background. I have one other I’ll be doing some glazing on, pictures will follow later today 🙂

On my easel today…

I have two pieces I’m working on today, one a landscape I started en plein air in Sidney and a still life to be completed today….


Made some awesome progress on my still life of the chalice and grapes, very very happy so far. Missed a day of painting today, just too tired, eyes glazed all day, can’t focus enough to paint. Spent from midnight to 5 am at emergency with my son Jared. He has an abscess under his wisdom tooth and he had the worst paint imaginable and fortunately the nurse at emerg was kind enough to get him meds very quickly to relieve that pain. He’s doing ok now and will be removing that tooth asap.

Thankful tomorrow is another day, another chance to work on my painting 😀

Palette colors and mediums

My palette colors are as follows…

Lemon Yellow, Pale Yellow, Cadmium yellow medium, Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Red, Transparent Red Oxide, Cad orange, Permanent Alizarin, Burnt sienna. Viridian, Cobalt Blue, Ultramarine blue and Titanium white.

The medium I use is  Stand oil  mixed with oms.

I part Stand oil and 5 part Oms. It generally takes a week or so for the stand oil to thoroughly dissolve with the oms, it’s very thick and will eventually mix. Patience. It’s wonderful medium to use.

Still life set-up

I usually set up my still life near a window for natural light. At times when i need to paint in the evening I’ll use artificial ambient lighting as I prefer more subtle shadows.  But should one prefer dramatic lighting, then direct a spotlight on your still life set-up, but make sure u use the same lighting on you palette and canvas, that way your colors will remain consistent.

Coffee and todays work…

Feeling somewhat better and a little more optimistic today 🙂  Kitty woke me up waaaay too early this morning, demanding I feed her! I was up till early hours working on a landscape that’s been sitting around for way too long. I’m happy with how it’s turning out, when it’s a bit lighter out, I’ll take a pic and upload it. It’s a dark dreary winters day outdoors, not much natural light coming in. Looking forward to completing this landscape, well, more like a sea-scape.

I also have a still life I’m working on, did some glazing on it yesterday, hopefully it’s somewhat dry, hoping to complete as much as possible today. Well I have my work cut out for me today, and off to an early start 🙂

Had better days….

I awoke this morning feeling like a dogs breakfast. Headaches and irritable to be in my own skin 😦     ….. No matter, the show must go on….paintings won’t paint themselves 😦

Studio Kitty

I just have to show and tell, I love my cat, she brings me so much joy! Introducing…… Kitty 🙂

Color charting…..

Don’t u just hate it when u want to rework a painting and u cant remember what colours u used? Now I document every colour I use for  every painting. Yes a colour chart really works. I find them very useful, saves me a ton of time. When designing a painting, I simply use my colour charts to map out my painting and the colours I’ll be using. If I’m not sure of a colour, it’ll be on my colour chart for sure. How simple is that! I’ll give u an example. I’m sitting at my easel staring at my still life I set up in my studio and cant put my finger on the colour. I simply hold up my colour chart to match the colour I need. I mix it up and viola! If I could give u very sound advise, the colour charts will save you so much hassle over and over again. You want a short cut? This is it. It may take you a week to make these colour charts, but in the long term, it’s use will be worth it’s weight a hundred times over in gold and time.

Here’s an example, close up of how i made these color charts. As u can see it is well used.


In the making…

Having one of those Asperger days of indifference, very difficult to stay motivated. Have several paintings on the go, many of them waiting to dry and then to be glazed and scumbled.

New years first painting…

New year, new beginnings, new resolutions, goals and aspirations. Upon my easel is my first painting for this year…. Close to completion….