Sunday, 18 December 2011

Estuary Reeds

6"x8" Oil on canvas panel

I love the way these reeds change color in different light, the colors range from green,russet,gold and pink violet, depending on the season and time of day....this was a nice calm morning.

Monday, 12 December 2011

Christmas Cherries

6"x6" Oil on board
Click to here to purchase
I bought a box of cherries a couple of weeks ago...the first lot this season, they are my favourite fruit, (especially with chocolate) but before I ate them all I chose these three to paint. With the ribbon on I think they look like Christmas!

Friday, 9 December 2011

Christmas Joy

6"x6" Oil on board
Nearly Christmas! Time for pressies and lots of nice food...I'll admit I love the food most!
I have got a bit behind with my paintings this last couple of weeks...but I do have a couple more Christmas themed ones in the pipeline. So watch this space!!

Monday, 5 December 2011

Lone Cabbage Tree

8"x6" Oil on canvas panel
Click here to purchase
$85+$20 s/h
This lone cabbage tree stands in the long grass in the Estuary...for a long time I've wanted to paint it, especially at this time of the year with all the colours in the grass.

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Up Close and Personal

6"x6" Oil on board

I'm not sure what was on this steers  mind... but I think he wanted his photo taken! He came up close when he saw me with my camera  and would 'not' move out of my way while I was trying to take photos, he just stood and posed...I loved the curly hair, so here he is!!

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Christmas Apple

6"x6" Oil on board
I know it's not even December yet...but when I tied the ribbon on this it reminded me of the small red apple decorations I put on our Christmas tree every year!
This is for 'an apple a day'  art project  Michel Oosterhout  has started on his website to  see who he can reach and where the apples come from. The goal is 365, one for each day.

Monday, 21 November 2011

Bad Hair Day

6"x6" Oil on board

I couldn't resist painting this! Reminds me of  the days when my hair won't go right. I love that annoyed look in her eye.... and getting caught on camera wouldn't help!!

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Wetland Grass

Click here to purchase
This wetland grass grows in different parts of the estuary and these two clumps stand alone in a big area of water. Some days they look green/blue and other days they are more golden, depending on the time of day, or when the tide is out. 
This could be a forerunner for a larger painting in my Estuary series that I am working on...time will tell!

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Royal Spoonbill

6"x6" Oil on board

I am back after a great holiday with my family in Australia and ready to paint again... this one was painted before I left. I have been waiting quite a long time to see a spoonbill...these birds wade around looking for food in the Estuary across the road.

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Days Work Done

Oil on board 6"x8"

Another boat...came upon this one afternoon and liked the color, I probably won't be painting any more boats in this size, I seem to get too caught up in detail and it drives me crazy! I thought I'd have a change from landscapes and flowers but it didn't quite work.
I am going on holiday tomorrow and have been  painting  to try and keep ahead (that hasn't quite worked either!)  life gets so busy....hoping to take lots of photos while I'm away!! I will be back here in ten days.

Saturday, 15 October 2011

In Port for the Day

6"x8" oil on board
I have seen this boat tied up here a few times and often thought about painting it...this morning it was early, not many people were around so I was able to get a good photo and some sketches. I was pleased with this view because it can  be difficult to get a good composition of a boat when they're in this harbor.

Monday, 10 October 2011

Heading Out

8"x6" Oil on board
A nice morning for fishing! I grew up around this area and love the smell of the salt water as I walk along the wharf watching the boats head out, I was a bit late this morning and most of the other boats had already gone when I saw this one on  its way up the channel.

Thursday, 29 September 2011

Autumn Remnant

6"x6" Oil on Board

The challenge painting on Daily Paintworks this week is about autumn, I had this small branch of leaves in my studio for a couple of weeks at the end of autumn, (it's spring here now)  because I never had time to paint it  I took a photo... and this is it! I  toned the board first with a pink/orange color then went over it with grey. There are quite a few subtle value changes in the leaves so it really was a challenge!

Friday, 23 September 2011

Shy Beauty

6"x6" Oil on board

I have this Lenten Rose growing in a pot in my garden, their heads bow gracefully and they almost look shy, but they brighten up a dull day with their flowers in colours of rose, purple, green and white.

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Morning Sunshine

6"x8" Oil on canvas board

Another nice sunny morning at Westshore beach looking out at the Pacific Ocean, this is the south end of the beach where there are lots of rocks and a reef when the local surfers go.

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Westshore Beach

6"x8" Oil on canvas panel

This beach is about 5 minutes walk from where I live, I loved the atmosphere of the misty cloud still hanging over the Port and hills. It was mid-morning and I was walking the dog... I had to race home and grab my camera  before it disappeared.

Friday, 2 September 2011

Estuary Stream

6"x8" Oil on canvas panel
This is from one of my early morning Estuary walks this winter, I pass this stream quite often but it was a bit earlier than usual. The mist had lifted but there was still a haze over the hills. I like this time of day, it's so quiet and not many people around....very peaceful.

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Blanket of Frost

6"x6" Oil on board

We have had some very heavy frosts this winter, cold mornings..but beautiful sunny days.
This painting is for the fundraising auction on  Daily Paintworks to "Help the children of Africa" who are dying. due to the devastating drought.
All proceeds from the sale of this piece will be donated to World Vision for the children of Africa.

Sunday, 28 August 2011

Slice of Light

Slice of Light 
8x6in oil on canvas panel

These trees are around the Estuary walkway across the road from where I live, this was in the morning when the sun was bright and there are these slices of light from the sun peeking through.