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I have to say that I do adore painting!

And I also have to say that it is wonderful  to be back at it.  So below is painting I finished today.  I started this painting as a life painting exercise but the tulips started to shift and fade.  Before I started painting it I had taken some photos just in case.  I am so glad I did.

04.23.15 Tulips in Vase

Tulips in Vase, Acrylic, 8×8″ (20x20cm) Available.

I plan to teach a painting class on painting flowers later this year!  So begins the practicing. Oh you know that it is just the excuse as I would have painted these flowers anyway!  :)

Thanks for dropping by!  See you soon.


Happy Tuesday!

All over Facebook people share mimes about all kinds of things.  One night I had an epiphany that I could make my own.  So I have been playing with quotes about flowers and my own paintings. It has been great fun to create them.

04.20.15 Flower Quote1 copy

04.20.15 Flower Quote5 copyI can’t wait to do more!  Now to search out more flower quotes to match with my paintings.  :)

Sometimes i just need to play.  Oh ya…I have been painting and look what is completed!

04.20.15 A Buds Promise SOLD

“A Buds Promise”, 15×22″(38x56cm), SOLD

Working in with such light and soft value shifts is an interesting adventure.  It often took 4 to 6 careful layers to get each petal to where I wanted it to be!  Patience and a very timid approach got the rose completed.

See you on Thursday.

Finally back to painting


Well it has been a long time since I have really been painting. I have gone from 0 to 100 km/hour!  I have 5 paintings on the go.  Three are 8×10’s as part of my ever growing Celebration Series.  It takes 4 or 5 days just to get the background to the value I want.  Actually it takes 1 minute each layer to do and 24 hours to dry so I can put the next layer on.  Then I can start to paint the cupcake and candle.  I will share them next week.

04.16.15 Rose3

This painting, still unnamed, is 15×22 inches…one of my big ones!  :)  It is at a particularly ugly stage right now.  I am never sure it is going to work when I get to this point.  I see that I have to smooth out a few of the petals.  It is interesting how one can see what needs attention once the painting is photographed and made smaller. :)  That is a tomorrow thing to do.

Thanks so much for dropping by.  See you next week on Monday!

Opportunity knocks


Over the years I have received a range of emails.  Opportunities seem to knock in unique ways and I have learned to respond to those most interesting requests. I have been published in two Art quilt books because I responded. :)

The most recently an email came from a fellow named Raman Stika, a poet from the US.  He had found one of my paintings (though I never did asked how he found it) and it would fit perfectly for the cover of his book of poetry called “How Old is God?: the meaning of life…and other stuff”.

Each time something like this happens there is a lot of learning because it is the very first time I have had to do this.  So Raman and I held our conversation over a range of emails, which lead to me building my very first Image Licensing contract.

Well I am very please to introduce you to Raman’s book of poetry.  Initally it was only in kindle format but now you can purchase a paper version.  I am ordering mine tomorrow!  04.03.15 How Old is God Raman Stika


Here is a page from the book:

04.13.15 Raman Stika partial poem


If you would like to chance to purchase this book you can order it from here.  I wish Raman all the success with this book of poetry and can’t wait to hold this book in my hands.  I am an old fashion girl, I love paper books more than digital ones.

Congratulations Raman!



There is nothing more gratifying to a teacher as to receive a surprise email with paintings that a student has done beyond the workshop.  So I have to commend Dorothy for taking what she learned in the Watercolour 1 class and going forward to create some fun images.  Here are a couple!  Well done Dorothy!!!  I am very impressed.  :)


04.09.15 Dorothy Mercer Portrait

A portrait of her grandson!04.09.15 Dorothy Mercer Roxy the CatRoxy the cat painting done with watercolour paint.

Congratulations Dorothy.  This makes me smile!!!!!


04.06.15 Watercolour 1

Watercolour 1 was somewhat like Acrylic 1.  We spent time learning about colour mixing and doing lessons around light and shadow and so forth. But watercolour, as a medium, has some definite challenges and so we also learned how to “fix” up any problems that might come about during the painting process.
04.06.15 Watercolour 1classIt was a fun group. We missed Nancy the very last class.  I look forward to doing other levels of watercolour classes! :)

Thanks for dropping by and I hope you had a great long weekend!


02.05.15 Happy PeepsI have to admit something…until a few years ago I had never heard of Peeps.  I follow a lot of artist and some of them were doing a Peeps painting challenge and reminiscing of their childhood with Peeps.   Well You know how that goes, you don’t know of something but as soon as it is brought to your attention you see that Peeps are part of our Canadian easter candy displays.  So this year I picked some up!  This painting make me smile.  I hope you have a wonderful Easter!

Thank you so much for taking time to drop by!  See you again soon.


After a year of planning it is great to be at the end of my first set of classes.  I developed and designed 4 new classes this January, February and March. The last class ended just this past weekend.

When I teach I have taken the time to create a step by step approach of learning some of the new skills required before even getting to painting images.  We did a lot of colour mixing lessons and lessons around light and shadow to name a few.


04.02.15 Acrylic 1.2

I have developed this method so that in the end the students will end up where I want them to end up.04.02.15 Acrylic 1

And here we are with the final painting! 04.02.15 Acrylic 1 Class

Most of the group joined me for the Acrylic 2 class, which challenged them and moved them even further along the art journey.  Learning to paint in value while looking at colour was not very easy…04.02.15 acrylic 2

…but it helped when we got to day 2 and we worked with colour.  I loved that each person came up with their own colour pallet.  In Acrylic 1 we spent a lot of time developing colour mixtures to help when we got to this class.  Listening to the conversations as they were looking at the image and their colour mixtures to decide which was the best approach.  Some went with three paint colours: orange, blue and white, while others chose do a broader range of colours to paint with.  04.02.15 Acrylic 2.1


Working away with such intense concentration.  :)04.02.15 Acrylic 2.3

I was so pleased with how their paintings turned out! 04.02.15 Acrylic 2 OrangesNow it will be a while before I will teach again. I have to get back to painting in prep for my 2016 calendar and my Annual Open House in November!







03.16.15 My Plan and LIFE

I  am sorry haven’t been here in a long time.  The last time I posted life was going smoothly like the upper graphic…that is until 2 days later when it became like the bottom graphic.  So we are still sorting out our world but I am starting to feel more settled. Everyone is fine and no one was hurt. This we are very thankful for.

 The Yellowknife Watercolour Society brought up  Gerry Thompson from BC to teach a watercolour painting class.   It was fabulous!

03.16.15 Gerry teaching

Gerry demoing on Darlene’s piece.

03.16.15 Gerry Ragged Ass Road

Gerry and I touring around…bet your town doesn’t have a Ragged Ass Road!

03.16.15 Gerry

I made sure that Gerry was completely warm!  :) It was so great to get to know her and spend time with this amazing artist.  Thanks Gerry for saying yes when I emailed over a year ago.

I will be back but not for a week or so.  We are off to see our grandson and meet their new puppy Danger.

03.16.15 Danger and Burke

Here is a photo after Danger’s bath!  Burke was holding his baby!!!  :)

See you soon.  Thanks for dropping by.


When I first started planning to teach last year I asked Eric “Geezer” Brown of “Geezer’s Garage” woodworking shop if he would make me some small easels.   So now these fabulous easels are available for sale in Yellowknife.  Just head over to my website to order.

Tabletop easel

40 cm x 40 cm (16x16in) these sturdy, well constructed easels are ideal for small paintings while you sit comfortably at a desk or table!

Tabletop easel sideThe easels fold down to quite flat. There is an easily adjustable shelf that moves up and down with the turn of the knob.

Thanks for dropping by.  See you soon!


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