We have finally made it to Nunavut! After much preparation and travel we arrived in the north to new snow lightly falling and a beautiful day looking out over the water. Hope to have my studio set up soon and then back to painting!
For me, a day on the west coast of Vancouver Island is usually a grand adventure out on the trails, through the trees and across the beaches. And yes, more often than not, a rainy one too. But when the sun is shining, it is absolutely glorious!
Here is a miniature painting I did of a day spent on the beautiful west coast titled: “Summer Shore” (measuring a tiny 1.75 x 4.25 inches in size), painted with acrylic on art board.
I’m very pleased to share that Peninsula Gallery in Sidney BC is opening their new show today! I have six miniature paintings in the show, along with many beautiful works created by several gallery artists. Here are the details below, and you are most welcome to visit the gallery or view the show online
Or view the gallery here
Dear Friends,As promised, our gallery’s door is officially reopening todaySaturday June 6 at 10am!You can visit our gallery just as before, we allow maximum 8 people to be in the gallery at any given time, you can also watch a short video of a walk through of the gallery or browse through all new arrivals on our website on Event page.We wish you continued safety and health!Or/AndOr/AndVisit Our Gallery!Our Gallery’s Hours Will Stay The Same:Tue – Sat: 10-5Other Days and Times: By appointment or By chance
Some folks have asked me about the scale of my work so I thought I’d take a pic with a few of my paintings next to some studio items to compare size with. Often, I’ll use a quarter next to my painting for scale but it’s fun to use a few other things too! The white surface I’m painting on is Canson art board, nice and sturdy for acrylic painting. 🙂🎨🖌
Some of my tiniest miniature paintings, these eight little pieces were done for a show a few years ago and, when I can go out treasure hunting again, I hope to find more of these little antique frames. Each tiny painting measures approximately 2 x 1.5 inches in size, all are painted with acrylic on hardboard.
Painting the landscape in such a small format offers a good challenge technically as well as visually. My hope is that each painting presents itself as a tiny portal to another place offering a glimpse, if you will, of something lovely.
These two miniature paintings are from the Englishman River area near Parksville BC, a terrific spot for a cool break on a hot day, or a hike in the woods. I’ve been working through a series of paintings featuring this lovely area, and “Englishman River” is a very similar sister painting to one I did in January.
I’d have to say that painting river rocks with moving water, or still water, in fact – any kind of water – is my favourite subject to paint. I’m looking forward to the beautiful parks in my area opening again so I can revisit these wonderful landscapes, both in the moment, and later in the studio.
For those who like to doodle and/or colour (like I do!), here is a link to the colouring pages available here on my website where you can print off designs to help scratch your creative itch. Maybe now is a good time to dust off my pens and design some new ones!
Here are just a few of the designs I’ve drawn that can be printed and coloured:
In this extremely challenging time, I’m deeply grateful more than ever to lose myself in a beautiful landscape, if only with my paintbrush for the time being. Over the last twenty years I have taken thousands of photos, always hoping for a few gems, to use as reference for my miniature paintings. And with the creation of each painting, I can again visit the place where I was first inspired to pause and enjoy the beauty of the landscape.
I hope that sharing these paintings will offer some little bit of joy to others as well, even if just a brief respite from the difficulties we are facing.Snow Goose Gallery in Bethlehem, PA. The show features an incredible selection of miniature artwork, and can be viewed on-line.