I came across these little Italian frames in an antique store recently and painted two tiny miniatures to fit them. The minis are painted on hardboard and displayed without glass, which I think suits the time-worn look of the these lovely little frames. Now to find more little gems! “Country Days I & II” acrylic on hardboard. Both minis are 1.5 x 2 inches small.
“The Ruined Keep” (a tiny 5.25 x 1.75 inches small). I discovered this old ruin (Morton Castle), slumbering peacefully along a back road in Scotland. The view was stunning and this silent ruin was great to walk through, a window into a different time. And yes, those are tiny sheep dotting the distant pasture.
This new miniature painting “Eilean Donan Castle” was inspired by a trip to Scotland where I fell in love with the landscape and ancient architecture. Many have fallen under the spell of this stone fortress, brooding on its island in the sea, and I was no different. While painting this miniature I felt like I was crawling over every wall, stone and rooftop, getting up close and personal with this formidable structure. This is one of the reasons I so enjoy painting in miniature, and it was a grand visit.
This tiny miniature painting was inspired by a lovely scene along a quiet stretch of country road in Cedar BC. Teaming with wildlife and all kinds of colour and texture, this little patch of wetland was a miniature painting just waiting to happen.
This miniature painting is available at Peninsula Gallery in Sidney, BC.
I am very pleased to be participating in the up coming art show “Honey, I Shrunk The Art” at Matzke Fine Art Gallery and Sculpture Park on Camano Island, Wa. A fabulous collection of small and tiny artworks will be showcased at the gallery beginning Saturday, November 21st and running through to January 10th. Please stop by if you are in the area or visit Matzke Fine Art Gallery on-line!
My kids did not always appreciate being dragged out of bed for an early morning photo shoot with mom, but they did develop a healthy love for Mother Nature and her mysterious moods. This was one of our favourite haunts on chilly autumn mornings, near Silvermere lake in Mission, BC. It was usually followed up with copious amounts of hot chocolate while fingers and toes thawed out afterward. 🙂
“Autumn Morning” acrylic on paper board, a tiny 4 x 2.25 inches small.
I love the way deep autumn reveals the rich colours and textures of landscape, the last “hurrah!” of the season. This miniature painting was inspired by a lovely October stroll with my daughter, along the Nanaimo River.
“Nature’s Palette” – acrylic on paper board, a tiny 2.5 x 3.5 inches small.
This painting is available for purchase at Rendezvous Art Gallery, in Vancouver, BC.
The colourful leaves and crisp morning air signal a change of palette as my creative thoughts turn to the beauty of autumn. Painting this image reminded me of many walks through this lovely forest, where thoughts and memories were carried along the tracks. There is something peaceful about watching lines disappear in the distance, maybe it is the promise of possibilities.
The Red Canoe – acrylic on paper board. Actual size: a tiny 1.75 x 5.25 inches small.
A new miniature painting, fresh off my drawing table, “The Red Canoe” features a coastal scene along Gabriola Island, near Nanaimo BC. I felt particularly Canadian while painting this little piece and it reminded me of how lovely it is to paddle about in a canoe or row boat, or kayak for that matter!
Here is a new miniature painting fresh off the table: Island Shores (measuring a tiny 1.75 x 5.25 inches small).
This scene is of the east coast of Gabriola Island, a truly wonderful place to visit and walk around. The many layers of beach debris, driftwood and stone make for a pleasant afternoon of beach-combing.