Up Close with Nature

"Burst of Fire", acrylics on gallery canvas, 12"x24" - 2020

My inspiration for “Burst of Fire” came from one of nature’s autumn displays we encountered on a walk down our cottage road. The sunlight came from the perfect angle to spotlight this awesome array of orange foliage and fading late summer wildflowers.

Queen Anne's Lace
"Queen Anne's Lace", acrylics on gallery canvas, 11"x14" - 2018

The early morning sun lights a cobweb attached to a Queen Anne’s Lace, an abundant wildflower with a delicate beauty. I wanted to capture the contrast between its simplicity and complexity as the early morning sun showcases the delicate side of its stalky and robust stem. To the spider, this sturdy wildflower is merely a convenient anchor to which it can attach its web. For we humans, the low morning sun glistening on the fine strands of a spider’s web offers a bit of morning gold.

"Tulipa", watercolour on canvas, 12"x6" - 2019 (Private Collection)

Canvas prepared with two coats of Daniel Smith Watercolor Ground, Titanium White. Design painted in watercolour and outlined with Faber-Castell  PITT artist pen, Dark Sepia 175. After 48 hours, Gamblin Cold Wax Medium applied with a clean soft rag, with second application 24 hours later. 12″ x 6″, watercolours on canvas, 2019

River Rocks Study
"River Rocks", watercolour on 300 lb paper, 5"x6" - 2018 (Private Collection)

In class with Karen Richardson, Lindsay Ontario. I left watercolours behind about 20 years ago and this piece signalled my return to watercolours. Watercolours on 300 lb watercolour paper, 2018

"Poppies", acrylics on canvas, 12"x6" - 2019 SOLD

I was inspired to paint “Poppies” in anticipation of seeing the poppies appear in my garden. We had a long winter in 2018-19 and when spring finally arrived, the warm weather held off until towards the end of May. Seeing the display of poppies from my front window is always a delight and something I always look forward to seeing. Painting these bright poppy blooms brightened up an otherwise dull day.