Thursday, 8 December 2016

A Recent Commission

I mostly paint landscapes but not exclusively.  This commission was completed recently of a dog named Wiley and Keno Hill.  I met the owners of Wiley at the Interpretive Centre in Faro and Wiley too!  He was a very calm dog with such a good nature.  I really enjoyed painting him. I used watercolour on Arches 140 lb cold pressed paper. 
Dimensions are 20x30 inches. (full sheet of Watercolour paper)

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Christmas Watercolours & the Middle of the Night Art

Christmas..... I wish you Peace because that is what, a lot of times is lacking with the season upon us.  It gets so BUSY, for me I am creating a lot of art and even in the middle of the night!  Featured below is MONA - my "middle of the night art"  I am painting daily to prepare for the Christmas Craft Sale season and sometimes after painting all day I cannot "shut it off"!  So... nothing for it but to get up and tip toe into the main room of my cabin while my husband peacefully sleeps, switch on my headlamp ( as we live off-grid & there is no power in the middle of the night) and paint little watercolours. Sometimes the moon is my companion on these dark starry nights, sometimes the Northern Lights. Sometimes I even go out onto the stoop and breathe in these awesome sights- so magical!  I have enjoyed revisiting this medium which started when Yukon Artists at Work, my gallery co-op in Whitehorse had a Tea show this fall and I decided to paint some Tazo teabags with watercolour.


 The World in Solemn Stillness Lay...
5x7 Watercolour on Arches Paper

 On the Breast of the New Fallen Snow......
5x7 Watercolour on Arches Paper
 By the Light of the Silvery Moon

5x7 Watercolour
140 lb cold press Arches paper

 Oh Aurora...
5x7 Watercolour

8x10 Watercolour

8x10 Watercolour

Saturday, 16 July 2016

Arts Upfront Festival, July 13 to 17th, 2016

I spent 2 days in Whitehorse at the Arts Up Front Festival.  Four hours per day demonstrating and the painting was completed!  Yet Another sunset.  It was so nice to be in the "Big City" and talk with the people and paint.  So grateful for the opportunity!

Original Acrylic
18x24 on Canvas
Dragon Lake Sunset

Saturday, 9 July 2016

A Fleeting Gift

A sunset I painted recently.... why do I love sunsets so much?  I love their colours, their peace, their ability to make me feel the divine.  A sunset brings me home to myself.  It washes away the cares of the day and I feel at peace with myself and the world.  It is a fleeting gift given freely and humbly, countless times but never the same.
This one was inspired by our midnight sun in the Yukon.

Evening Solitude
36x36 Acrylic on Canvas

Friday, 18 March 2016

Becoming Unknown

 Original 24x36" Acrylic on Cradled Wood Panel
"Storm Over Little Salmon"

 Original 11x14" Acrylic on Cradled Wood Panel
Fox Lake, Yukon

Original 21x42 Acrylic on Stretched Canvas
Commission: Kluane, Quill Creek 

Before I write about this I thought I will post a few of my recent paintings.  So if you aren't interested in reading,  you can see my artwork, which is really what this blog is all about :)

Becoming Unknown?   What does this mean.   Well this is my statement, I guess, of defiance against the current wave of culture where we are told what it means to be successful.  Specifically for artists, "the big thing is to become "KNOWN".   Known on the web, on facebook, with the art establishment, with collectors with "THE WORLD" and then of course to be financially rewarded for all of this.    I am not much of a writer but I want to put it out there that this is not something I care to pursue any more.  In recent years, I have decided  it is more important  to be "KNOWN" to myself and unknown to the world.  At the end of the day, true fulfillment is on a personally meaningful level.  Happiness is not created by fame, the approval of others, money.  Sure it would be nice to have some of  these things but I choose not to make it my aim.   Now that I have all the time in the world to paint, I realize that what will lastingly sustain me as an artist for the rest of my life is to go inside of myself and look for what is truly meaningful and special to me and to paint that.  It is a journey.  I love nothing more than to be in that moment when I am painting and the PROCESS is happening where after all these years  and thousands of hours of painting,  I feel this joyous energy coursing through my veins and the resounding YES! in my soul.  The energy flows through me, it feels effortless, .......This to me, is the ultimate success.

Monday, 18 January 2016

New Works to Yukon Artists at Work Gallery

Two New Works heading to Yukon Artist at Work Co-operative Gallery in Whitehorse, Yukon. What is different about these paintings?  I put some wildlife into them.  Definitely something you would see in my part of the world.

"Evening Solitude"
Acrylic on Canvas
24x36 inches

            "Northwestel Road, Little Salmon Lake"
Acrylic on Canvas
36x24 inches