Flat Rock Falls… complete!

I had a great day today with just enough painting time to finish up this piece. Would you believe it, it’s the last day of my twenties today!

It was a great day that I finished up by attending my community’s book club (the author was present!) followed by two hours with my tennis club. The rest of the day was spent studying for my Spanish 101 exam tomorrow – yeeeah! I love it.

Flat Rock Falls, oil/canvas, 18 x 18"
Flat Rock Falls, oil/canvas, 18 x 18″

Tiger Prawn

I’ve been working on some illustrations for a biology text book… while I don’t want to give away too much, I think I will still update you from time to time with some of the images I come up with. Today you get a Tiger Prawn:¬†Penaeus monodon


Tiger Prawn, ink on paper
Tiger Prawn, ink on paper

An oasis

There is nothing like a pool of water in the middle of the desert. Bizarre: yes, peaceful: incredibly so.

This was painted at the nearby Oasis State Park. Many people are attracted to the fishing hole here. On a busy day families are lined up along the pink stones dropping their lines in for catfish and guzzling sodas. The morning I set up my paints at a shady picnic table the only other people around were a father and daughter fishing quietly from camping chairs.

I’ll definitely be revisiting this gorgeous place to paint more… if only it was a swimming hole!

oil painting of trees at oasis state park, new mexico
Oasis, oil on canvas, 8 x 10"

More dreamers…

Here is another painting in my new body of work on the theme of merging with the natural world. It is a lot more subdued and calming in person but I needed to photograph it with more light to catch the detail.

oil on canvas painting of people sleeping on a pond at night
On the Pond, oil on canvas, 16 x 20"
detail of painting of people sleeping on a pond
On the Pond, detail

Starpainters and Lofty Pines

I’m working on a group of paintings (well, at least a pair of paintings): sleep-walkers, sleep-swimmers, sleep-paddlers caught in the middle of their dreaming when you wander out with a flashlight to see just where they’ve floated off to. To me these paintings are strongly connected with the paintings Cedar Falling and Desert Girl from yesterday’s post.

Today’s painting is a thank-you to artist Peter Doig, whose canvases fill my dreams on a regular basis. Who has painted many canoes, star-flecked skies and pudgy, dancing pine trees.

Thanks is also due to Canadian musician and poet Gordon Downie whose music and lyrics filter into my mind (and heart) on a near-daily basis. The songs Starpainters and Lofty Pines were particularly influential in the making of this painting, and the next painting that I will aim to post tomorrow.

Thanks also to my brothers who pasted the constellations with tiny glow-in-the-dark stickers on their bedroom ceilings growing up. And who continue to dream big, lofty dreams with white paddles flashing with silver…

oil painting of man sleeping in stars with canoe and pines at night
Under Star Stickers, oil on canvas, 16 x 20"

And here is a detail:

detail of painting with sleeping man, stars, canoe and pine trees
Under Star Stickers detail

Everyone needs a picnic now and then

Today I needed cheering up, so I painted myself a picnic. A picnic on a lily pad, because that’s the way life should be some days. With the sun streaming down and flickering off the surface of the water, you crunch a dill pickle between your teeth and listen to the sound of water lapping up around your little luncheon raft.

oil painting of lunch on lilypad
Luncheon on the Lily Pad, oil on board, 10 x 10"

A few more bears

Today is a sunny yet blustery sunday. The wind has reached a lower temperature today that warns winter is just around the corner. I am planning a long well-lit day inside, warm and with watercolours.

This is a waterfall diptych I completed in October that has gone to live with another one of my bear bather paintings in a private collection.

oil painting of waterfalls and bears and bathing woman
The bathers III & IV, oil on canvas, 24 x 32"