Good Morning, Sunshine

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Good Morning, Sunshine ~ 6″ x 10″ oil on panel. Start bid $69.00 USD

A few years ago, we ran a cute little Bed and Breakfast, and in the summertime, many European visitors would visit Bella Coola, hoping to see BEARS! People were always asking us where to go to find bears, as many can be found fishing on the riverbanks in late fall. This particular Swiss couple were frustrated, as they were reaching the end of their stay and had yet to see a bear. We were standing outside the cottage, talking to them, and in the background our new puppy, a four month old hound lab cross was going nuts underneath a tree in our yard. He was barking frantically and jumping up and down beneath the tree. He was so noisy that he was interrupting our conversation, so we went over to see what all of the commotion was about. Up in the tree, resting his paws on a branch and his head on his paws, was a little black bear, looking down at the ridiculous mammal bouncing up and down beneath him. He was quite non-plussed and unafraid.

So, the Swiss couple got to see their bear. He wasn’t a magnificent grizzly, but a bear, nonetheless.

The auction starts Friday, January 26th over at DailyPaintworks. Click here to bid.

Cowboy

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Cowboy ~ 6″ x 6″ oil on canvas covered hardboard panel

To be so blessed to live in the wilds on the North Coast of B.C. is such an amazing gift. We are surrounded by majestic mountains, ancient old growth forests, and abundant wildlife, yet, being coastal in a coastal fjord, it is very rare to spot a moose. They prefer the plains and swamps and the wide open spaces of the Chilcotin Plateau. But then, there’s Cowboy, lovingly named by our local photographer, Michael Wigle, to whom I can thank for this reference photo. Cowboy seems to think that he is a cow. He was first seen grazing placidly with a herd this summer, head and shoulders, (and antlers) above the rest of his “mates”…They treated him as one of them, and he lived with them long into the fall, only leaving when it became clear that they weren’t interested in his (Hmmhmm) amorous advances. He could be seen on a daily basis, the lone set of antlers not helping him blend in at all,  only making him a target for daily traffic stops and photo ops of curious observers. This painting is up for bid at DailyPaintworks…you can bid here.cowboy with the cows.jpg14753360_10157498954110123_2285587877601626775_o.jpg

Chilcotin Blues

To get out of my little village of Bella Coola, we have to drive a crazy gravel road, dubbed by locals as “The Hill”. The Hill is a notoriously steep, unpaved stretch of Highway 20 that connects the Chilcoltin Plateau to the Bella Coola Valley. The 43-kilometre road ascends some 1,800 metres with grades as steep as 18 per cent and there are no guard rails to prevent motorists from going over the edge. Last year, this little red fox was commonly seen sitting in the middle of the road, on the plateau. Waiting for handouts maybe? The snow gets very deep up there, so it’s possible that the highway was easier to navigate…My friend Gwynn from Little Nook photography, managed to snap this shot of him and graciously allowed me to use it as a reference for this painting. It’s up for sale starting at $49 at Dailypaintworks right now. Click here to bid :) Prints are available over at my Etsy Shop chilcotin-blues

Keeping Watch

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Keeping Watch~ 6″ x 6″ oil on Raymar Canvas Panel

I’m having a lot of fun with this red underpainting right now. It makes everything so exciting and saturated, and somehow, psychologically turns off the literal, analytical, realist part of my brain, and helps my creativity find a starting point. I have constantly fought with being too realistic and detail oriented while wanting to be more creative and impressionistic. The red is helping!

I’ve wanted to paint a barn owl since I saw a live one for the first time in a friend’s barn on Vancouver Island. It was sitting up in the window, in the dusty sunlight, and without a sound it swooped over our heads and out the door. It boggles the mind that something that big, and moving, could be so utterly silent. If I hadn’t seen it move, I wouldn’t have known it was there at all.

This little painting is up for sale right now at DailyPaintworks…the starting bid is $49.00 and you can click here to bid or to see some of my other works. Prints are available over at my Etsy Shop.

White Bisons and Music Festivals

White Bison ~ 6″ x 6″ oil on hardboard panel
For sale starting July 31st on Daily Paintworks
I finally had a whole four hours to paint yesterday! What a concept! In the last month I’ve had a mural to complete, four farmer’s markets to make jewelry and baking for, three different sets of family visiting, three to four days a week at my “regular” job, and volunteering for the Art’s Council, plus two kids to take to swimming lessons every day, a cottage to rent out, three specialty cakes this week and a normal household to look after. Wow! Summer! We look forward to it all year, and then it goes by so fast that we feel like we missed all the beautiful weather. 
But a whole four hours to paint by myself, with nobody around, was bliss 🙂
Here’s one of the reasons you haven’t seen much of me in the last little while. But I’m done, and proud if I do say so myself! It looks much better in real life…the surrounding cedar walls give the whole thing a bit of an unpleasant yellow tone.
                               
Bella Coola Music Festival Mural 10 ft x 20 ft
(He will be sitting on a piece of crown moulding instead of floating in space when the new door is installed)

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
24″ x 36″ oil on canvas ~ Wading Grizzly (title ideas…please?)

I suppose I should have given this one a bit more thought before I posted it, but I can not for the life of me, think of a good title right now. If anyone has any brilliant ideas, please let me know! Lol!
I’m finished!…the paint was still wet when I hung it in the show, but it was definitely a hit with everyone. I was very happy to be finished in time.
This was my first time working with Liquin, using it for what it was meant to do. I tried it once before, on an alla prima painting, and it just frustrated me, so I didn’t try it again for a long time. After a bit of research, I realized that it is meant for fine detail work, to help the paint dry faster. It is what enabled me to actually paint layers of fur, and not have to wait for days for it to dry. Previously, I’ve only used acrylic for wildlife work, but I don’t really like acrylic. Let’s just say, our personalities clash! So my Liquin discovery is a blessing!
Voila!
PS: I also have quite a few new prints available. This one will be available soon,  at a size of 12″ x 18″, so check my shop often. Click HERE to check out my available prints on Etsy.
Cheers!

Grizzly Bear portrait and painting demonstration


Too Close and Very Afraid ~ 16″ x 20″ oil on canvas
$1200.00

It’s bear season once again! They’ll soon be lumbering down the mountain from their chilly dens to eat the newly blossoming skunk cabbage that is finally starting to bloom. I have yet to see one awake this year, but the sunshine and the promise of a beautiful summer filled with our exotic wildlife inspired me to paint this guy. Here’s your chance to have your very own “too close for comfort” encounter with one of the world’s most impressive creatures!

BoldBrush Painting Competition Entry- Owl in the Mist

                                  Owl in the Mist ~ 18″ X 36″ oil on canvas  $1650.00

I’ve entered this one in the November Bold Brush Competition. If you like it, follow this link here and click on the LIKE button. (This only works if you’re a facebook member) It’ll help me get a bit more exposure, and possibly get in the FAV 15%…Thanks!