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.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Flora and Fauna

In southern Alberta the sticky Gumweed blossoms were thickly in bloom. When I went to photograph them I noticed a wee bunny sitting so still so as not to be seen. 
"Hiding in the Gumweed" SOLD
 Acrylic on  wrapped canvas 5X5 inches

"Listening to the wind that swept over the mountain"
Acrylic on  wrapped canvas 5X5 inches

"Cheeky Gray forest spirit"
Acrylic on  wrapped canvas 5X5 inches

Time spent camping in Waterton National Park each year has given much inspiration for painting bears and wildflowers that are abundant in spring. It makes braving the cold, rainy fog and showers worthwhile especially when the sun pops out and mountain views are stunning.
"Little Black" SOLD
 Acrylic on  wrapped canvas 5X5 inches

At days end when exciting the parking lot at Red Rock Canyon this wonderful view met my eyes; two Elders (an old tree and the mountain) silently watch over the spring blossoms.
"The Two Elders"
Acrylic on  wrapped canvas 12x12 inches
Available at The Art Gallery of St Albert

We enjoyed watching momma bear and her cub from the previous year as they ambled amongst the wildflowers digging grubs, roots and bulbs. The cub was wearing a lighter colored saddle blanket which was wonderfully distinct.
"Saddle-blanket and Mom"
Acrylic on  wrapped canvas 10x14 inches
Available at The Wildbird General Store, Edmonton

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

New Growth and new paintings

I love the rich colors abundant in the wilds. As an artist many hours are spent in the field researching, watching, photographing birds and critters that are found there. Immersing oneself in Nature is good for the spirit, and the bonus is watching animals watch us as this quirky young male moose did.

"On Still Waters Sweet Memories Glide"
Acrylic on wrapped canvas 5x5 inches

Acrylic on wrapped canvas 5x5 inches

"Female Ruby-throated Hummingbird"
Acrylic on wrapped canvas 5x5 inches
available at
"Male Ruby-throated Hummingbird"
Acrylic on wrapped canvas 5x5 inches
available at

Waterton Lakes National Park was brilliant with blossoms last spring giving us the opportunity to view many different black bears grubbing in wildflower meadows. Cameron Falls are right in the townsite, this view of the falls is a summer view. I've painted a spring view though having trouble photographing it and getting acceptable coloration. Acrylic painting look different dependant on the lighting when taken, as well the camera tends to pick up more underpainting color than the eye actually sees so its usually a two day job just photographing half a dozen paintings.
"Cameron Falls"
Acrylic on wrapped canvas 16 x 20 inches
Available at the Art Gallery of St Albert

"Rocky Mountain Black Bear" 
Acrylic on wrapped canvas 10 x 14 inches

"Masked Cinnamon Bear in Wildflower Meadow" 
Acrylic on wrapped canvas 16 x16 inches

"Watching The Hikers"
Acrylic on wrapped canvas 16x24
Available at The Art Gallery of St Albert

"In The Wake of Loons"
Acrylic on wrapped canvas 12x24 inches
available at