Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Another Angel Painting

Well, my camera is home, safe and sound. It's just too late tonight to write much, so here's one of the new angel paintings...and more to follow. It's called "A Guiding Hand".

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Sunday, October 28, 2007

Angels, Cameras, and Work, Work, Work!

Here I am another week has flown by and the Christmas shows are looming closer and closer on the horizon! I've been painting angels all week, and have a good start on another in my à la Klimt series. As you might recall from my last post, the impatient "all thumbs artist", that would be me, managed to injure her beloved camera. The camera returned home from the shop with new pins and memory card, good as new, or so I thought. I anxiously lined up all my finished canvases, aimed the camera carefully and click...somehow, something had happed to the shutter! Every shot was overexposed and looked more like special effects for a Halloween prank than art photos! So, the camera has returned to the shop once again. It has been a year of technical missteps for sure.

But happily, my scanner still works, so I can at least post a couple of small pieces destined for the One of a Kind show and sale in Toronto. These are both acrylic on gallery stretched canvas. The backgrounds are textured and they're shamelessly folky and romantic. The angel has a metallic gold halo. Little Swarovsky crystals sparkle in the night sky over the little girl and her red birds.

Title: Roses in the Heart

Title: All I've Seen

Well, it's back to work for me.

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Saturday, October 20, 2007

Nibblefest Angel Painting

Here it is October 20th! The count down to my Christmas shows is on and with it comes the excitement and just a little bit of that heart pounding panic! One of a Kind in Toronto is just around the corner! And Originals in Ottawa follows fast on its heels! My house is filling up with finished paintings and our living room has been converted into a bit of a workshop where hubby is testing and assembling the new display. There are still so many things left to do...so much planning!

In the midst of all this chaos, I managed to break my camera yesterday! Unbelievable! I won't go into the sorry details, it was definitely "operator error", not covered under warranty, but can be fixed. But it means I'm without camera for a week. So, in the meantime, I'll be posting only those smaller pieces that can fit on my scanner.

Today is also the first day of Nibblefest, the themed art contest on eBay that I participate in when able. All listings must be started at $0.99! The theme this month is "Shadows". My painting is an angel emerging from the shadows. I had painted a larger version but I'll have to wait until my camera is fixed to add it here and to my website.

Well, the shadows are lengthening here in my studio, so it's time to finish up and maybe if I'm lucky hit the couch!

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Another Angel Naive Painting

I've been at my easel all week painting angels. I didn't get decent shots of the big pieces yet but thought I'd post this little one. I still don't have a name for it yet...so for today it's Angel October 18 2007.

It may be difficult to see, but it has lots of texture, I used sand in the gesso, everywhere but the face and neck. A great alternative to commercial texture medium. I'm continuing my series of naive angels and will be posting them soon.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

I just couldn't let Blog Action Day go by completely unmarked...even though I didn't post yesterday. So I thought I'd share an environmentally kind tidbit. I stumbled upon the Low Impact Woodland House several months ago while I was looking for environmentally friendly housing solutions. Who wouldn't want to live in this little parcel of heaven?

Back to my reality with a thud! It's been work, work, work since I returned from celebrating Canadian Thanksgiving with our family. I was reminded to give thanks in so many ways...including giving thanks that the two thousand dollar car repair we incurred didn't prevent our trip or cost even more...Ah the joys of free wheeling down the highway!

With Christmas shows rapidly approaching, every corner of the house is filling up with finished paintings! For more new work and show info I hope you'll drop by my website But for now here are a few of the new pieces.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Naive Angel Painting For Today

Today's painting is a simple little angel, naive, but not quite primitive. It's called "Quietness" and is done on 8 x 10 inch gallery stretched canvas. Although it's hard to see, the stars and halo are done in metallic gold.

“And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever.”


Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Blue and Red Paintings Revisited

While I was organizing my files this week I came across some images of a small series of women in red against a blue background that I had painted over a year ago. I decided to rework this theme again. These pieces are both done in acrylic on 8 x 10 inch canvas. They're sort of stripped down and abstract, and lots of fun to paint.

I call the first one "As You Are."

The second one is called "Not A Big Thing."

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