Archive | Inspiration

A New Series To Welcome Spring!

Ah, Spring! I can feel it in the air. It’s just around the corner. Flowers and leaves haven’t quite made an appearance yet, but I have a solution for that. My new series, Softly Floral! I’ve been painting these impressions of warmer weather all winter and now I’m ready to share them with you. These […]

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A Plethora of Products at RedBubble

Lately I’ve been adding some of my artwork to my RedBubble shop. I never get tired of seeing my flat, two-dimensional paintings transformed into various products, many of them three-dimensional. It gives me a whole new perspective on them! If you’ve been hankering after a painting or two but hesitate to take the leap, here’s […]

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Sneak Peek

If you’ve been following my blog or any of my social media sites, you may have noticed that I haven’t posted very much new work lately. You might think that I haven’t been very busy, artistically. It couldn’t be further from the truth. Since October or November, I’ve been busy working on a couple of […]

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It’s Habitual

Welcome to 2016! Have you made any New Year’s resolutions? I haven’t. I don’t usually make resolutions, as I prefer to change or improve things as I go along, all year long. For instance, partway through 2015, I realized that I seemed to be spending a lot of time in front of the computer. I […]

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My New Beau is Better

If you’re at all a Mac person, and maybe even if you’re not, you’ll know that Apple recently released their latest version of the iPad along with a couple of nifty accessories. The new iPad Pro is a larger, brighter, juicier version of the regular iPad. There’s a special optional keyboard available and—ta, da!—the Apple […]

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Inspired to Create

If you’re an artist has this ever happened to you? You wake up and feel totally uninspired. It could be you didn’t get enough sleep the night before and you’re too tired to feel creative. Or maybe you’re in that aggravating no-man’s land between projects or series and not sure what to explore next. Maybe […]

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Enjoying a Rosy Romance

Lately I’ve been enjoying a rosy little romance with a new method for working out the details of a painting. Sometimes I get to a certain involvement with a piece, but then get stymied and don’t know how to proceed next. It’s like a form of stage fright, where I freeze up and can’t commit […]

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Sketchbook to the Rescue!

So I was sitting around trying to think of a new blog post idea, waiting for inspiration to strike and feeling completely blank. It happens. I don’t know how people can write a post everyday — that would kill me! Once a week is challenging enough, but I hope you notice that I do manage […]

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A Turn Around the Turner Exhibition

On Friday, October 30 I had the pleasure of viewing the J.M.W.Turner exhibition, “Painting Set Free” at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Turner is considered to be one of Britain’s most original artists. His dynamic, amazing watercolours, depicting light and atmosphere in his unique, ground-breaking style sustain his reputation as a great watercolourist, perhaps the […]

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Musing on Sunflowers

There’s something about sunflowers that makes me happy. I’m sure many of you feel the same. How could you not feel happy when looking into that sunny face? They seem almost human, somehow. I decided if I was going to paint sunflowers, they needed to be big and exuberant. That’s because whenever I think of […]

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The View is Great from Here

This past weekend I attended the opening reception for fellow Colborne Art Gallery member Irene Osborne’s solo exhitibion, “Views from Here.” Irene’s beautiful artworks encompassed delicate and elegant renderings of natural landscapes as well as abstract pieces. But even though this might seem a disparate offering, common to both was her refined use of colour […]

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Golden Days of Autumn

As I write this post, summer has turned a leaf and autumn is upon us once more. It’s a bittersweet time, knowing the warm days of summer are now over, and cool, nay cold weather is on its way. But autumn has its own pleasures, as the air turns crisp and lovely fall colours start […]

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When Birds Visit

I am very fortunate to have many bird visitors to my yard. The front yard, with its newly planted trees and admittedly weedy lawn attracts robins, flickers and jays. The back yard, with its endless cornucopia of yummy bird food (safflower, sunflower, peanuts, niger, suet and nectar) attracts a huge variety all year round. We […]

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