Category Archives: Miniature

From 2D to 3D and back again… Thank you Tangible Day!

And now for something completely different…

I’d like to introduce you to Blue! A tiny dragon wreaking havoc in my studio and the result of my first creative cross-over into miniature 3D painting and part of a project I’ve been working on recently.

Having painted miniature 2D for the last 22 years, it has been so much fun crossing over into the 3D miniature world a wee bit and learning about the fine art of 3D painting. Mainly, I’ve learned that it’s much harder to do than it looks! But very much worth the effort and hope I’ll never be too old to learn something new. 😊

I’m so pleased to share this article I’ve written for Tangible Day, a fantastic blog site for miniature painters and hobbyists alike! I’m super grateful for the opportunity to do this so please check out the site as it has so much info available for those in love with the miniature realm.

The tinier the bird, the bigger the challenge!

Newest mini: “Bird on a Fence” (2.25 x 3.5 inches), acrylic on paperboard. I love painting wood and texture and this old barn was a lot of fun. The tiny bird on the fencepost was less fun and a bit more tricky!

When painting a bird this small (just a few millimeters), the goal is really to capture the essence and presence with just a few brush strokes as the extremely small area does not allow for much reworking, without distorting the image. Painting these little details can be trying sometimes but they always present a good challenge.

This little painting is available at Excellent Frameworks in Duncan BC.

MPSGS Award for Landscape – miniature painting

Miniature painting: “In the Heart of the Forest” (1.5 x 4 inches).

A big thank you to the Miniature Painters, Sculptors and Gravers Society of Washington DC for awarding this miniature painting 1st place in Landscape for the 2022 international show. This scene features beautiful Strathcona Park on Vancouver Island. A link to the show is listed below:

New year – new mini!

This miniature painting is another scene from beautiful Strathcona Park on Vancouver Island. It’s nice to get lost in the details of painting a forest or lake summer scene, particularly during this gray and rainy time of year here on the west coast.

This is the sister painting to “Walk in the Woods” (4 x 1.5 inches), another miniature shown below.

“Walk by the Lake” (1.5 x 4 inches), acrylic on board.

“Walk by the Lake” (1.5 x 4 inches), miniature painting with coin for scale
“Walk by the Lake” (1.5 x 4 inches), miniature painting.

“Walk in the Woods” (1.5 x 4 inches), acrylic on board, including a version with a quarter to show scale.

Sister paintings: River Suite

A favourite place to spend a day exploring, here are two new miniature paintings featuring the beautiful Coquihalla River as it flows alongside the Othello Tunnels, near Hope BC. More information about the Othello Tunnels, and the Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park, can be found by following this link, for those who are interested.

These two paintings are available for purchase from Gallery 8 on Salt Spring Island, as part of the gallery’s 12th Anniversary Spring Show.

Title: “River Suite 1 & 2”, miniature paintings measuring 1.5 x 6 inches each, acrylic on artboard.

A glorious day on the coast!

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.

Summer Shore (1.75 x 4.25 inches)
“Summer Shore” (measures a tiny 1.75 x 4.25 inches) Acrylic on board.

“At Rest” new mini painting

Here’s a new miniature painting titled: “At Rest”, measuring 1.75 x 4.25 inches in size.

At Rest (1.75 x 4.25 inches) with coin
“At Rest” (1.75 x 4.25 inches), acrylic on art board, coin to show scale.

This little acrylic painting features a scene of Vancouver Island and Newcastle Island, also known as Saysutshun, a wonderful place to boat to, hike over and just spend a day exploring.

At Rest (1.75 x 4.25 inches)
“At Rest” (1.75 x 4.25 inches), acrylic on art board.



New mini: Spring Meadow

Spring time in pretty Beacon Hill park on Vancouver Island, where lovely camas blooms in the grass and blue skies shine overhead. Lovely spot for a ramble on a sunny day!

“Spring Meadow” (1.75 x 4.25 inches), acrylic on art board, second image with coin to show scale.