Spring in the Alberta Foothills

Last week we had snow, rain and sun. Temperatures in the high 20’s and low teens and frost on the weekend. The perennials are up in the garden – never ceases to amaze me that they will survive through our winter. But I won’t be getting any annuals until the end of June. We can still get frost in June and into July and even the end of August! So – why do I love living here….don’t have to go far for endless inspiration (out the front door), can walk the dog without a leash, have a meadow full of wildflowers, the deer and moose are showing up with their new babes, our horse and mules are just at the bottom of the drive and when the sun shines and the temperatures are in the 20’s is my kind of paradise. So while I wait for some blooms outdoors painted some indoors. Wherever you are may you be enjoying ‘your’ paradise!

‘Spring at My House’
Acrylic mixed media on canvas


Cleaning off the Palette and Spring is Finally Here!

After I finished the 5 small paintings titled ‘Prairie Red’ I still had some paint on my palette. So like many of you I grabbed another piece of paper and ‘used’ up the remainder. I came back to it yesterday and added some collage and continued painting. I don’t know if it is because spring is finally here, but I seem to have a new energy for exploring and experimenting with my painting. My father and my husband both worked in the oil and gas industry and I have a background in agriculture. So you are probably wondering what that has to do with painting? Well, when I look at a landscape I am not just thinking about what I can see, but what I can’t. Soil profiles, rock structures, root systems – ‘what lies beneath’ – all food for fodder.

Thanks for taking the time to visit and wishing you a day filled with inspiration!

‘Folded & Faulted’
acrylic mixed media on
hot press watercolour paper

Back to Painting!

Finally finding some time to paint. Have been struggling to get back into a painting routine. Spring is finally coming to our neck of the woods and the great outdoors is calling! The last couple of weeks it has snowed just about everyday – the ground would be covered in the morning, it would melt off during the day and snow again in the night. We actually had a wet snow yesterday, but today the sun is shining and the air is warm.
April 29, 2017
… sad….this is more snow than we had in November!
I am just painting small dailies but you do what you can do. I used these paintings to experiment with colour mixing, and some varnishing. (Trying semi-gloss and satin  varnish – no high gloss in my cupboard.) I do make colour swatches and have a book filled with different colour mixing ‘recipes’ and samples of those mixed colours, but decided to incorporate the ‘mixing’ into some of these smaller works. Much less boring!!
These are small – approx. 5”X5”, acrylic on Somerset printmaking paper. I tend to overpaint so the challenge this past week was to paint ‘quick’ and not obscure all the first layers of paint and collage. I started these just before the dinner hour so time was limited. I added the collage paper with the ‘typewriter’ font and wanted to be able to see it when I was ready to stop. I also used the same palette, and imagery – I am trying to work towards some continuity – thinking series. Although ‘series’ means different things and approaches to us all. I am happy with these and feel pretty successful in meeting my painting goals for them.


I am interested to hear your thoughts on working in a series, making colour swatches and of course the creative process in general!
‘Prairie Red’ #’s 1-5
I miss seeing the red barns and granaries. The prairie fields and farm yards seem to be filled with metal structures now -more economical and last longer but I still love the red wood buildings. I you are interested to know why barns were painted red (I was!) click here.





Getting Back on Track

Took a break from blogging and keeping up with other artists posts – in fact most computer related activities in general. Still painting but has been good to take a break from technology. I have a couple of workshops coming up in April and have been gearing up for them. For me this means checking that our favourite dog walker is available, meals are prepared in advance and of course the all important supply list has been checked and double checked. At this point in my painting life I don’t require much in the line of supplies. Have enough paint to last a lifetime and paper too! I will be doing some prepping of paint surfaces as required by the instructor. As the date gets closer I will share info about the instructor and some of their art work.

The picture I am posting today took more time than I had planned. I worked with neutrals and added colour near the end. I am doing more and more lifting of paint to expose some of the older paint layers. I enjoy taking the paint off, just as much as putting it on. Can never really be sure what will be exposed!


Daily Painting 3.2017 Day20
‘Vessels #12’, 8″X8″, acrylic mixed media on Arches 140lb hot press paper

A Painting Day with Friends

I paint with a small group of friends. We have known each other a long time. Most of us met through our local painting group and that other common thread family. Six of us gathered at my home yesterday. There was food a plenty, multiple conversations going on at once and of course painting. Acrylics, watercolour, coloured pencil and graphite were some of the materials of choice…Read more here