Monday, July 18


8" x 11"

Here's a page from my sketchbook.

I'm on vacation this week, also gathering some reference material while we are away. So, I'll just be a week or so...

Saturday, July 16

11" x 14"
Acrylic on Canvas

I did this commission for my brother-in-law, who happens to work for Peterbilt. He drives Peterbilt, and has for many years, and now he gets to work for the company. This was an absolute blast to paint. It was relaxing, and it made me smile.

Thursday, July 14

Cowboy #3

"Cowboy #3"
6" x 6"
Oil on masonite

The last of the cowboys...

Tuesday, July 12

Cowboy #2

"Cowboy #2"
6" x 6"
Oil on masonite

This is cowboy #1's (Mark's) son. He works on the ranch with his dad, and my impression of him was that he really likes what he does for a living.

When we were visiting the ranch, we got quite a show from him and his dog, separating calves from cows, pairing up calves and cows, and just generally getting everyone sorted out.

Monday, July 11

Cowboy #1

6" x 6"
Oil on masonite

In honor of Stampede week here in Calgary, I've painted some cowboys. This is Mark, one of my husband's first bosses when he worked out on a ranch in northern British Columbia.

It also happens to be my first go with oils. Painted in under an hour, I just wanted to get the feel of oil, and instead, I got a whole lot more. I got this "click" a lightbulb moment, where I just understood it. I loved it, so I painted two more cowboys in oil. I may never go back to any other painting media.

Saturday, July 9

Experiment #2

11" x 14"
Conte crayon on paper

I'm doing everything I can to push myself as an artist. This was an experiment, where I allowed myself three colors of conte crayon, sanguine, sepia and black, chose a picture, and went from there.

The method is called "trois crayon", ironically enough, and I think it's been invaluable to teach me a lot about what I see, and how to interpret it. This is a very rough sketch, but I loved it. It forced me to think "value", not realistic color. The brain sees it right, even if it is an orange person.

The photo comes to me courtesy of my friend Gem (a very worthy site to check out, by the way!). Thanks, Gem! I love his brooding look. It was a picture that I would like to do again. In the photo, his t-shirt says "born to make your life hard", and based on the look he's giving, I believe him. He's Dominican, and I would assume that his life has been hard already, that he has seen things that little boys should not see or know about. Poverty like what he knows is something many of us cannot even fathom.

Thursday, July 7

Aspiring Artist

"Twinkle in a Ruby"
8 1/2" x 11"
Acrylic on canvas paper
by Sydney "Joey"

There is another artist in our household! This young lady painted a ruby-throated hummingbird with such flair, don't you think? She put "emotion" into the clouds, as well as movement, and has mixed all of the colors herself.

The painting was done 'alla prima', with fluid, free movement, with much care for composition and highlights (as demonstrated in the eye). And the artist is only 9.5 years old.

If you are interested in buying this gem, the artist has informed me that she is accepting bids starting at $20. Please email me for more information. ;)

Monday, July 4


8" x 10"
Watercolor on cradled claybord

This is another experiment, using a media I am not comfortable with, and using a surface I have never used before. I thought I knew how to paint, but this claybord is challenging me on multiple levels. Plus, I worked in watercolor, which denies many painters success, but I was intent on at least experimenting with it, and I think that in the end, it worked. (That's her ear on the right hand side beside the braid, by the way.)

This is my daughter's amazing hair: one of the two braids that she tossed over her fur-collared shoulder. And if you think her hair is beautiful, you should see her perfect pixie face!


Yesterday was a BIG day for me. I went to deliver one painting, and ended up selling three more! These are the ones that sold:

"Cuna Native"
Pastel on toned paper
8" x 10"

Acrylic on canvas
10" x 10"

Acrylic on canvas
16" x 20"

"Planted by the River"
Pastel on toned paper
14" x 16"