Thursday, 16 February 2017

Summer Fruit

6"x6" Oil on gessoboard
 I have small amounts of time that I can paint until I move to Australia so I will post something when I can. These were the last cherries I bought this summer, so I kept it simple with the apples!

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Shed Key

6"x6" oil on gessoboard

It has been quite a while since I have taken part in a Daily Paintworks challenge...but this week I had the perfect subject!  Even though it's black and white it's actually painted with three colors.The old key belonged to a shed in a previous house we owned but I have no idea where the chain came from!!

Monday, 30 January 2017

Clear Summer Day

6"x6" Acrylic on board

My first painting for 2017 at last! It has been a long time since I painted with acrylics... I thought I would be a good idea to get used to them again because we are moving to Australia and will be living in a caravan traveling around. I will use water soluble oils as well but they still take a while to dry. I still prefer oils and will miss them! The upside is I love the Australian landscape and will be able to paint more plein air!! This is about 10 minutes from where I live...a favorite spot of mine with Eucalyptus trees along the waters edge.

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

A Walk by the Pond

6x8 Oil on gessoboard

Thought I would try something different today...a little abstract painted with a palette knife. I love the palette knife but have a lot to learn! I walk by this pond most days and the colors vary so much, I enjoyed it so I will be trying more of these! I am going on holiday so it will be next year before there will be any painting done. I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and enjoy your holidays!!

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Brush Off

6"x6" oil on gessoboard
 These old worn paint brushes had been given the 'brush off' a long time ago. They have been well used over the years and sitting around  the studio, but before I get rid of them I thought they deserved to be painted! I used water soluble oils for this and I am gradually getting used to them. They seem to be more transparent then regular oils and very intense colors so it's just a matter of being a bit more focused when I mix my colors. I think I will stay with them!!

Sunday, 27 November 2016


6"x6" oil on gessoboard

This is a very simple  pear study to try out water soluble oils. I have  been wanting to paint with them for
a long time because there is no need for solvent like traditional oils..clean up is easy with just soap and water.
You can use linseed oil to thin them and other fast drying mediums as well. It will take me a while to get used to them  I still prefer my oils!! I think these could be useful  for travel and plein air painting. 

Friday, 18 November 2016

White Waterlily

6"x6" oil on gessoboard

Back to flowers again!! We have a waterlily pond in town and  I always take some photos when they are in bloom. To me they are the star of the water delicate and tranquil floating on the surface of the water among the big bright green leaves. Another of my favorite flowers!! I love the way this is in shadow.

Saturday, 12 November 2016

Morning Moments

10x8in Oil on Canvas Panel
$180 + shipping

I  finally got back to painting again! It's been over a month since I did anything.
This is where I often walk in the mornings... the grasses often have a pink hue in the early morning light and it's very still, I love the feeling of peace here!!