True Blue

4″ x 4″ oil on gallery wrap canvas (1.5″ profile)
Edges painted black and ready to hang

For sale at DailyPaintworks…starting price $30.00
BID HERE
(auction becomes live Wednesday morning)

The Stellar’s Jay ( I can’t help but call them blue jay…my kids are constantly correcting me!)
is B.C.’s provincial bird, and a very common one at our feeder. They’re rambunctious, noisy and comical. They squawk at me when they’re out of food, and they make such a mess. They only want the sunflower seeds, so they swish their beaks through the seed, scattering it everywhere, just so they can pick out the sunflower sees. I love watching them because they seem to try so hard to communicate. I’ve had many opportunities to take pictures of them, and I love the brilliance of their feathers.

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She'll Be Here Soon ~ 4

I love how nature unexpectedly mixes complementary colors. The male eastern bluebird is just spectacular. The blue and orange combination is so unexpected and brilliant.
This little painting is ready to hang and will be available to bid on DailyPaintworks starting at 7 am PST, April 26th…Just click on the photo to take you to the auction.

Layered

Thank you, Stanka…you remind me that as artists, we all have the same struggles, the same thought processes. It’s a difficult occupation, the constant struggle with the self, the ego, the fear, the doubt, but also the joy and fulfillment. I wouldn’t have it any other way. A little less doubt, maybe, but like you said, we need it…in small doses.

the rogue in progressThe Rogue ~ red fox watercolor painting

Right now, my 10 year old son has an obsession with red foxes…he’s done reports on them, studies them online, reads books about them from the library…needless to say, there is a lot of fox reference around lately, and his enthusiasm is wearing off! Hence, “The Rogue”…I remember growing up on the farm with chickens, foxes were a constant threat. But my dad would never try to shoot them. He just put chicken wire on top of the pen, and framed right down into the ground so the foxes couldn’t get in. He is an animal lover, through and through.

The Visionary

5″ x 7″ oil on hardboard

I have always been fascinated with owls. They have this otherworldly silence, this innate wisdom in their being, that is palpable when you see them.
Native Americans associated the owl with wisdom, foresight and keepers of ancient knowledge with powers of prophecy. In other cultures, they are said to be guardians of the underworld and keepers of the dead. However you choose to see them, they are beautiful and mystical and a wonderful painting subject.
I’ve been experimenting a lot with colour, texture, and different mediums in my paintings recently, and here is my newest playful piece. Up for bid on DailyPaintworks starting March 27, 7:00 am Pacific Time…
BID HERE

Treasure from the Sea

Treasure from the Sea ~ 4″ x 6″ watercolor, pen and ink
Starting Bid $30.00  BID HERE
at Daily Paintworks…link will become active on March 9, 7am Pacific time
The Pacific Ocean is of great concern right now, in the aftermath of Fukishima, will these beautiful creatures be nothing but myth in the future? I hope to preserve their beauty for future generations who may never get to see them.

Thinking about my super hard-working boy.

I love Danny Gregory, his wisdom when it comes to being an aritist is so dead on and inspirational!

Danny Gregory

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Artists are dismissed as dreamers. But being an artist takes focus and perseverance. It is a tough job, grounded firmly in the real.

Dreamers are roadkill. Artists work. That’s why they call it “The Work”. Not “the ideas,” “the notions”, “the dreams”, “the visions”.  The Work.

Being an artist means seeing the world as it is and having something to say about it. Most people don’t. Most people are content with hackneyed second-hand points of view. Tree hugger or tea partier, paper or plastic. But being an artist means diving into what is really out there, building your own filter from scratch, a filter that adjusts the contrast, brings out the details, heightens the textures and looks deep into the shadows. If you have nothing to say, your hands will tremble, your lines will be weak, your compositions will be flat and your audience will be yawning. You need…

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