Chuck

Chuck ~ 6″ x 6″ oil on canvas panel
So, I’ve painted you cows, and I’ve painted you horses, so I figured it was time to give you all a cowboy.
This particular cowboy is a very close relative of mine, actually, my brother…and he HATES being called Chuck…so don’t tell on me…The name Charles just seems too sophisticated for a cowboy. 

Carmella the cow

Carmella ~ 6″ x 6″ oil on canvas panel
up for bid at Daily Paintworks
Again, I’m having fun with complementaries. The blue and the orange are such a vibrant combination. I also decided to change things up by painting this one on an orange ground, too. It peeks through the blue, adding a neat colour vibration. I’m working on loosening up, too. This painting has thicker paint and looser brushwork. It’s a challenge to see how little information you can add and still keep the painting strong. I still probably over-did it. My inclination is to get finicky with details, but I think that sometimes kills the strength of a painting.

The Snow Queen

The Snow Queen ~ 12″ x 16″ oil on canvas
NFS

Another one of my daughter, Rhiannon, lol! I just can’t stop painting my kids:)  
We went for a walk in Saloompt Forest Trails the other day. It was a beautiful sunny day, and the sun was filtering down through the gorgeous, old growth cedar trees.  It is really beautiful there, but it got quite messed up from the flood in September. A lot of debris everywhere. My husband snapped the photo for this and I was immediately taken by it. Her expression is mysterious, like the forest, and the dappled sun on snow was so eye-catching. I just had to paint it! Finally…I painted this one loose enough! YAY! I did it, I did it…Hooray! I love this painting, what can I say!
It looks way better in real life, and of course better bigger…click on the image for a larger view.

The "Old-Time Hat"

The Old-Time Hat — 8″x10″ oil on canvas NFS
This was my son’s favorite hat for a while. We got it at Barkerville, an historic gold-mining village in Northern B.C. where they re-enact the history. He loves it there, and he calls this hat his “Old-Time Hat”.
This is another painting I finished yesterday in a few hours. I’m really focusing on being loose and painterly, and not thinking to much. It seems like if I can mostly keep my head out of my art and use my intuition, it turns out better. I still try to keep “the rules” in mind, but in the back somewhere…:)

Grizzly!

“Grizzly Summer” 9″x12″ oil on canvas $225

Well, before my last few posts I was away for a long while, and not posting…I do have a good excuse, believe me! But I’m not telling:) Anyways, this is proof that I was still painting. I finished this one back in the fall. I was trying to prove to myself that I could still paint in the face of adversity! LOL! Well, I think I pulled it off.
Bella Coola, where I live, is one of the few places in the world, besides Alaska’s Denali Park, where Grizzlies roam freely and in abundance. They come to the river in late summer and fall to feed on the salmon which fill our many creeks and rivers. Last summer I had the exciting experience of sharing our local swimming hole with a grizzly who was fishing for salmon. Well, I certainly didn’t stay in the water for long! I snapped pictures from my perch on a bank overlooking the swimming hole, ready to bolt if he decided to get out of the water on my side!

Study of Sargent’s "Street in Venice"

Sargent study “Street in Venice” 20″ x 24″ oil on canvas

I decided to test out Sargent’s technique the other day, and I’ve always loved this painting. I usually resist the urge to paint from anyone else’s photos or paintings, but since this was only for myself, I decided to give it a shot. It was very liberating to not have to think too much and just study this master’s brushstrokes…He really was a genius, and his technique is much more difficult than it looks. That economy of brushstroke is extremely hard to pull off. You have to know exactly how your brush is loaded, and exactly where you want the stroke to be. I believe that each brushstroke he placed on the canvas was deliberate. I’m more of a “slam the paint around until it ends up where you want it” painter, but I’m getting better. I’m learning how to plan and see an end product in my head. It’s all such a learning process.
Well, now I have a painting that I’m happy to hang on my wall. It’s so strange hanging my own paintings…all I ever see is the mistakes…but I don’t feel that way about this one.

Hula Girl

“Hula Girl” 9″x 12″ oil on canvas

I took the photo for this one last winter in Maui at the Children’s Hula in Lahaina. Although it was indoors, the light through the skylights was very dramatic, and I was able to get a lot of great shots. The sun shining today made me feel “Mauish”, so I thought I’d post this painting, which I did a few weeks ago in a frenzy of creativity. I think I completed six paintings that week, all larger ones, too. I’m sure most of them will eventually end up on this blog, too.
I’m starting to feel a little like I’m coming out of the darkness of an extremely long and difficult winter. The weather is warmer, the grass is starting to come up, and I have tulips! It makes me feel like painting again, and dancing, and smiling…all that good stuff.
Happy Spring!

’47 Mercury


Uncle Ron 11x 14, oil on canvas, NFS

This is a quick, one day color study I did for a larger portrait commission that I’m going to be working on. I like how the study turned out, and I think it almost stands well on its own as a finished painting. I would like to see more detail, though, and I’m going to change the angle of the pickup to get more of the grille in if I can find a good reference photo of a 47 mercury pickup.
Anybody out there have one? If you do, send it to me!