Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Progression of a Painting

zaanse schans Holland


Painting in progress - 8'x10' oil on birch panel

I have returned from a lovely holiday, now filled with inspiration to paint some of the beautiful places we visited. I still have to tackle some Canada 150 paintings but right now I am inspired by windmills, so I had to paint them.

Thursday, 4 May 2017


8x10 oil on gesso paper

Talk about suffering for one's art - I had to eat all of this poutine after I photographed it.  Wow, I did suffer later, but it was delicious.  Poutine is another very Canadian thing, but ironically I bought it at NewYork Fry's. What's with that...  Anyhoooo... poutine is VERY challenging to paint.  It is one big mess of greasy delicious, fries, gravy and cheese curds.

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Nanaimo Squares - MMM Canada

Nanaimo Squares
This was a quick 1.5 hr painting.  Nanaimo Squares are very Canadian and a Christmas favourite - especially my Mom's homemade ones.  I am falling behind due to work and taking a couple days off, so I am going to have to get 2 paintings a day started.  Below is the family recipe - missing some detail - I tend to cook the base over a low heat for a few minutes because of the egg in it and I usually 1/2 the icing part because I can't hack an 1/2 inch of frosting on my squares.  Enjoy!

Saturday, 29 April 2017

the struggle continues...

I have been picking at this landscape painting, trying to paint it fairly realistically.  It's been a couple of weeks now and I find I get to a point where I am just sick of a particular painting and need to put it away for awhile.  In fact it can almost be a few months before I can look at it again with fresh eyes to see if it is worth trying to save and work on some more.  Tomorrow will try something a little looser and more fun.

Old Fort Point Bridge
16x20 Oil on Canvas

Thursday, 27 April 2017

The proof is the proof

Proof 6x9 Oil
He has been working hard to show his proof.

The actual quote "A proof is a proof. What kind of a proof? It's a proof. A proof is a proof. And when you have a good proof, it's because it's proven." Jean Chretien.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Today too busy for clever portraits of Prime Ministers.  Instead it is a quick painting of bannock.  Sticking to painting Canadian themed things - bannock to me is very homey. Most Sunday's after church we would head over to my Granny's for her homemade bannock with delicious homemade jam.  I cooked up this bannock and slapped on some saskatoon jam, snapped a photo and then before eating realized the jam was from 2013.  Yike.

Bannock with Saskatoon Jam
6x8 oil on gesso paper

There are those who argue that Fry Bread is bannock.  To me they are 2 different things but equally delicious in their own way.  Fry bread is like a donut for dessert, bannock is breakfast.  I have included recipes for both so you decide.  The bannock is my great-great grandmother's recipe and the Fry Bread is from some Metis sisters in Saskatchewan who shared it with me.