Friday, January 29, 2010


Another acrylic. This woman caught my eye at the Shuswap Lake Festival of the Arts. She seemed to exude a sense of contented joy. I loved the hair and her smile so I asked if I could take a few pictures. The orange you see peeking through is for the most part the underpainting that I had painted over the whole canvas. As I worked I let it show through which created a nice harmony. I was drawn to her hair and its cast shadows. The texture in the background mimics this vertical aspect. I really enjoyed painting this one.

After the Dance #2

Another dancer this time in acrylic. I found the figure in this medium to be very challenging. To get the soft transitions in the skin is difficult to say the least. The skirt was fun to paint in multiple glazes of transparent blue and black. Her ballet slippers have this soft glow that I love.

Hippy, Hippy Shake

Another watercolour, a belly dancer named Meeka. I love the light on the figure and the way the 'coins' on the costume did their own dance. Beautiful dancer and a wonderful model.

Beach Ball Bliss

This watercolour is one of my favorites. My granddaughter, Brittany, is a frequent subject. This day at Nicola Lake she had so much fun with that beachball which was almost too big for her to handle. She sat down for a bit , just hugged that ball and glowed with joy. I tried to capture the heat of the day and her pure pleasure.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010


Hi all,

Just thought I should post some of my work from the last two years. While I have been primarily a watercolourist recently I have branched out into acrylics. Will post examples of both. Hope you enjoy them!