Saturday, August 12, 2017

Thursday, June 15, 2017

A new series of native pollinators

I've begun a new series on native pollinators. All circular images are 5.25 inches across. I believe it is very important as a nature artist to spend numerous hours out in the field gathering reference material for  paintings.  I only work from my own reference material, so a painting already has many hours of work put in before pencil and paint ever touch the paper.

 Native bumblebee on aster, watercolor.
It is a challenge to capture clear photos to work from as bees and flies need to keep moving to gather pollen and sip nectar. 

 Tiger Swallowtail. 

 This is my personal favourite, a female sweat bee. This minuscule metallic green bee is a female, the male has a striped abdomen. These wee bees are hard to photograph as they are 0.12 to 0.40 inches, very tiny, so you can imagine why I love this painting. 

 Hummingbird Clearwing Moth. Found along the Whitemud nature preserve trail where I spent half an hour watching this moth and a swallowtail dine. These daytime moths hover while sucking nectar just like a hummingbird does.

 Hover fly.
I find delight in the variety of color and markings on these sweet little flies. Hover flies are beneficial pollinators and their larvae eat aphids.

Mountain Retreat, watercolor, 4x7.5 inches
This painting is of course not part of the series, its a style I was working off and on from over thirty years ago. Over the years I created various paintings this style but left off doing them in recent years as I saw so many other artists using the same idea. This piece was started long ago and never finished until this month.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Exhibition at Kunze Gallery, Creston BC

In conjunction with the Creston Valley Wildbird Festival the Nest Project is now hung in Creston BC at Kunze Gallery. There will be a nest building workshop on friday and an artists presentation on saturday.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Exhibition In Edmonton

six hummingbirds off to the framers

Six new watercolor hummingbird paintings completed.
All are 4x6 framed in 8x10 metal frames.
Top four paintings are avaliable through
Ellis Bird Farm, Lacombe County, AB

Roufous Hummingbird, female
for purchase contact The Wildbird General Store.
Roufous hummingbird, male 
at The Wildbird General Store 

Sunday, January 22, 2017

 Mountain Gems, Roufous Hummingbirds
7x 11 inches, watercolor

 Little Jewel, Roufous Hummingbird, male.
8.25x5.5 inches, watercolor

 Little Jewel, Roufous Hummingbird, female.
8.25x5.5 inches, watercolor
This hummer is flying off to a new home so she is no longer available.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Painted Drum

I painted this drum which dear family members made. It was gifted to our grandson.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Hummingbird Paintings

Tiny and territorial these beautiful birds arrive early spring in Alberta and BC, Canada, and winter in Mexico. Having the opportunity to watch and photograph these mini wonders of flight is a joy.
All these mini-paintings have flown off to new homes and are no longer available.

Summer Blossoms; Rufous Hummingbird, Female.
 7"x 8" Watercolor
Flew off to a new home.

"His Majesty" Rufous Hummingbird, Male 
5.75"x 5.75" Watercolor

The Queens Flight: Rufous Hummingbird, Female.
  5"x 7" Watercolor

Feisty Lady: Rufous Hummingbird, Female
5"x 7" Watercolor

Sky Dancer; Rufous Hummingbird, Male
 5"x 7" Watercolor

These hummingbirds have all migrated and are no longer available.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Upcoming exhibition at the Wildbird Gallery

My husband and I will be exhibiting our work Oct/Nov 2016 in the beautiful revamped Wildbird Gallery at the Wildbird General Store in Edmonton.

Pleinair and Native Sunflowers

 Pleinair painting of Native Sunflower growing in my backyard.

 Cut Native Sunflower brought into the studio to paint.

Another Studio drawing.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Portraits at The Paint Spot Edmonton

I entered two paintings in the Big, Big Portrait Show at the Naess Gallery, The Paint Spot, Edmonton, July 7-August 23, 2016. The show ran in conjunction with the Edmonton art walk.
Off my right shoulder is a painting of my daughter incognito with a squirrel on her head and above her, the orange cat on blue is my painting. I love that the call for portraits was an open call and that the work produced displays a wonderful range of talent from pure beginners to very accomplished artists. 

Under my Spell
12x12 Acrylic on canvas
This neighbourhood cat had to be painted due his wonderful intense expression. Recently I simplified the background by covering it with ricepaper collage and repainting (the original of it is posted earlier on this blog). Sometimes paintings take a few years before they become what they need to be, I now consider this painting completed.

Crazy Squirrel
12x12 Acrylic on canvas
I painted this fun piece for my Zany fun-loving daughter Melony, who is an exceptional artist herself.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Exhibition Art Gallery of St Albert

June exhibition at the Art Gallery of St Albert Alberta, Teresa Stieben in the upstairs gallery.

Article written by Scott Hayes about the exhibition.

Monday, May 30, 2016

New Painting headed to the Art Gallery of St Albert for June 2015

Hide and Seek at the Falls, Golden Mantled Ground Squirrel
Acrylic on canvas, 24x16

These cheeky small critters delightfully entertain tourists at the base of the falls in Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Spring Blessings

Native crocus painted with watercolor and gouache, inspired by the blooms at Nisku Prairie.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Zany fun loving portraits

 "Squirrel" NFS
12x12 Acrylic on canvas 

My daughter incognito

"Grandparents Blessings" NFS
12x12 Acrylic on canvas 

Our Grandson, whom is a blessing to us. 

Though in the past I've painted portraits in Watercolor or Chalk Pastel, I'm presently challenging myself with painting portraits in acrylic. It becomes challenging to create with fast drying medium and I don't use retarders preferring to keep my work area as non-toxic as possible. 
I have to admit I am having great fun with this. 

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Dancing For Joy updated

Dancing for joy (no longer available)
Sometimes a painting needs to settle for awhile. The previous version of this was hanging where I saw it every morning after it came back from an exhibition. It felt unfinished to me so back on the easel it went for a work-over. The painting now has depth and is I believe a stronger piece.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

HerWork juried exhibition, Stoney Plain Alberta

First juried exhibition of 2016
Showcase of the recent pollination project started six months ago. Ten crochet "Earth Spirit Vessels" pieces selected for one month exhibition in March.

Pencil Portrait

pencil portrait

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Free and loose water color

 Working on ideas for native wildflowers. Painted large on sheets of linen paper.


 Blue Darner

Bumble bee with Shooting Stars

Friday, March 4, 2016

Monday, June 15, 2015

Green City Window 2015

I participated in the Green Window project once again creating window displays for two establishments on 104th St this year. As it was in conjunction with Pride week the displays flowed with color.

Colorful handmade mobiles of hand-painted plastic mesh completed with yarn tassels.
boxes made from fence board cast offs and a discarded table colorfully  re-painted
Recycled skirt from the juried Skirts Afire event was requested to be on display by the manager of  C'est Sera, so it gains another public viewing. When the window display comes down the skirt will be returned to The Edmonton Reuse Store boardroom for others to enjoy.

Hand collage and painted column with bouquets of florals created with vegetable netting, paper, wire and baskets at Original Apparel.
Hand-painted mesh screen to hang behind the mannequins.