Voice of the Wildnerness ~ Howling wolf painting

Voice of the Wilderness ~ 6″ x 6″ oil on hardboard panel
You know those days when you just can’t wake up? The alarm goes off, and your eyes creak open like a rusty door. Your body feels like a piece of waterlogged oak, and your brain feels like oatmeal? There’s no excuse, no one to blame. No late night party or bottle of wine…I’m having one of those days. My eyes are half open as I type, and I’m already on my third yawn, even before I’m done the first paragraph. The one thing that I successfully accomplished today was this painting! It seems that my brain works fine on autopilot…Yay! I didn’t have to think much at all for this one. An amazing wildlife photographer, who is a previous collector of mine, graciously offered up his artistry with the lens by suggesting I paint this photo he took of a wolf in Yellowstone. So really he did the easy part for me. All I had to do was paint what was in front of me. 

The Prince ~ Young bull elk in velvet

The Prince ~ 6″ x 6″ oil on hardboard panel
This little guy was a challenge from a fan to paint a white elk on a white background. I initially didn’t think that I could do him justice, as my thought was that his antlers wouldn’t fit. But at this angle, with his new velvet, the proportions worked perfectly.
For sale now on Daily Paintworks ~ Click HERE to bid

You Know You’re An Artist When…

He Came out of the Fog ~ 6″ x 6″ oil on hardboard panel
Have you ever notice that as an artist, you really do see the world differently than most people?
Almost everything on this list applies to me!
  1. You know what shade of green the kale in your garden is.
  2. There are multicoloured fingerprints on your phone, computer, countertop…
  3. You accidentally clean your brushes in your coffee
  4. You actually do judge a book by its cover
  5. The highlights in your hair are from your palette, not Clairol
  6. When travelling from one place to another you spend the whole time analyzing the color mixtures in the landscape instead of enjoying the scenery
  7. When you get caught staring at people, but it’s not because you’re checking them out, it’s because your trying to figure out the value of the shadow on the side of their face, or the exact shade of purple under their nose…
  8. You long to be alone with your thoughts while others are lonely without much thought.
  9. You go to the store and wonder why everyone is staring, only to come home and realize you had red paint on your face.
  10. You consider things like showers and eating extremely annoying because they keep you from your easel.

Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean

Come Back to the Five & Dime, Jimmy Dean
6″ x 6″ oil on panel
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This painting was done as part of one of the Daily Paintworks challenges, called the “Limited Movie Star” challenge. The challenge was to only use five values, and only use blue, purple and white to paint the picture.
When I was a teenager, I LOVED James Dean. I had a photo book of his biography and would draw him over and over 🙂 So when I saw the challenge I knew exactly who I would paint.
It was a fun little challenge. Who knows, maybe I should paint more “blue” movie stars…what do you think?

Signs of Spring

You know it’s spring when these colourful little critters start popping up in fields all over the countryside!
I just can’t resist those long eyelashes and that little mischievious twinkle. She looks like she’s full of “piss and vinegar” as my dad would say;)
For this one, I tried to work the complementary colours of blue and orange to make this little gal pop. 
Curly Sue ~ 6″x 6″ oil on canvas panel
For sale on Daily Paintworks
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Thoughtful ~ White Horse Portrait

Thoughtful ~  6″ x 6″ oil on panel 
For sale on Daily Paintworks
bidding starts at $35
Happy Solstice, everyone! And happy new beginnings. According to the Mayan calendar, today doesn’t mark the end of the world, but the end of a cycle. Today is the first day of the new cycle, which is supposed to be characterized by enlightenment, where great changes take place to thrust us into a new age of evolution as individuals and as mankind. I wish you all peace on your new journey.
Today also marks the shortest amount of daylight this year…Thank goodness as of tomorrow the days will be getting longer! I can’t wait for the sun to come back. But really, isn’t winter a time to settle in, slow down, ruminate, and recharge? Just like the plants do under the soil. They rest so that they can return, with more growth and beauty than before, when the sun returns. 

Dance Like No-one is Watching

Dance Like No-One is Watching ~ 6″ x 6″ oil on panel

 Being happy, healthy, fit…It’s something that I work really hard at in my life
. But sometimes, things don’t always click. It’s hard to stay present and be in the moment.  There are so many distractions that we forget to have fun, and the whole staying healthy, happy and present thing just becomes one more thing to knock off on the ever growing list of things to do. I’m up at 6 for my morning run, then back home to make breakfast for the family, pack lunches, get the kids out the door, then do my weights, shower, answer emails and do all the internet stuff, start painting, paint until the kids get home from school, then try to switch my attention to house cleaning, dinner, bath and bedtime. But just like so many other parents out there, I forget to take a break and do something just for me. Something that fills me with joy. And its something that is not on the to-do list but really should be. 
I love to dance. When I was a young adult, I loved to go to clubs. It made my parents worry so much, because that environment was so not like me. I didn’t drink, I didn’t even have boyfriends. That’s not why I went. I just wanted to dance. So the other day, one of my favorite songs, “The Mull River Shuffle” by the Rankin Family came on, and I just stopped what I was doing and danced. Like a lunatic, until I was breathless. At first my kids looked at me like I was nuts! What’s mom on?! But pretty soon they starting dancing too! It’s one of the last times I really remember just having fun, with no agenda…So do it, now. Click on that link and go “dance like no one is watching.”
Have a lovely day, my friends.

“When we are too busy doing things for our children, we forget how important it is to simply be with them.” ~ Daniel Siegel and Mry Hartzell : Parenting From the Inside Out

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