Deer Crossing

Deer Crossing

Deer Crossing, acrylics on canvas, 8″ x 8″. My reference photo is a view from our cottage window. This spot is where the deer frequently cross our property. After a fresh snowfall, they made their own deer crossing sign, therefore my choice of title Deer Crossing. View in Scapes Gallery

New acrylic painting of vibrant autumn foliage on 12″ x 24″ gallery canvas

Burst of Fire

C. Joy McCallister – Burst of Fire

My inspiration for Burst of Fire came from one of nature’s autumn displays we encountered on a walk down our cottage road on Portage Lake in Haliburton, Ontario. A narrow ray of sunlight was coming from the perfect angle to spotlight this awesome array of orange foliage framed by faded late summer white wildflowers. The white wildflowers had started to take on their wintery brown cover and the green foliage was losing its sunny summer lustre. I started this painting with a very dark background and worked my way forward as I gradually brightened the sunlight the foliage in the foreground. I used several old scruffy brushes as a safeguard against my tendency to work some detail into my artwork. I found the experience of creating this painting to be incredibly relaxing and my reference photo kept taking me back to the moment when we came upon this bright display of some of nature’s best work. Gallery: Up Close with Nature

“Caesar”, 20″ x 20″, oils on canvas, 2020


C. Joy McCallister – Caesar

Caesar is a peacock that belongs to a friend and this particular peacock is something to behold. He very much epitomizes the pride and cockiness of the peacock – a very handsome, strong, and contented bird. Am pleased how the abstract realism works for his plumage. Painting his eye satisfied my occasional need for a bit of detail.

“Melody in Vienna”, 2020

VW Beetle

VW Beetle – C. Joy McCallister

During our stay in Vienna in 1987 I was captivated by this wonderful VW Beetle parked outside a shop on a side street. The moment I saw it remains a vivid memory of our time in Austria. After all these years I thoroughly enjoyed painting My Melody as I recalled our days in Vienna and Salzburg. Gallery – Humans and Their World