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Taking joy in the landscape

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.

These two miniature paintings are a part of the 28th annual show: The Art of the Miniature XXVIII, presented by the Snow Goose Gallery in Bethlehem, PA. The show features an incredible selection of miniature artwork, and can be viewed on-line.

Time for a little sunshine

Spring is “springing” here on Vancouver Island, and the sun is shining through the window, a simple pleasure for which I am deeply grateful. And though I’m staying home these days, my imagination is free to wander and take my paint brush with it.

Last summer, I took a walk along the Englishman River Estuary, near Parksville BC, and found this obliging bench to sit on, and just relax, and enjoy the view!

“A Good Place to Sit” (2.25 x 3.5 inches), acrylic on art board. This miniature painting features the lovely Englishman River Estuary near Parksville, BC.

A Good Place to Sit (2.25 x 3.5 inches)
A Good Place to Sit (2.25 x 3.5 inches), acrylic on art board.
A Good Place to Sit (2.25 x 3.5 inches) with coin
A Good Place to Sit (2.25 x 3.5 inches), acrylic on art board, with coin to show scale.

New minis for EJ Hughes Gallery

I’m pleased to share that my miniature paintings will now be available at Excellent FrameWorks – EJ Hughes Gallery! The gallery is moving into a new space located at 115 Kenneth St. in Duncan BC. You can also visit the gallery online to keep up with their latest news, shows and events. Looking forward to it!

Mini challenge: can you spot 10 tiny starfish?

Sometimes I like to paint little people, or tiny creatures, into my landscapes. In this miniature painting titled “Tidal Pool”, the sharp-eyed observer will see that there are 10 tiny starfish lazing about on the rocks, some orange, some purple.

This painting is of a scene from Schooner Cove, near Tofino BC, on Vancouver Island. 

“Tidal Pool” (3.5 x 2.5 inches), acrylic on art board.

"Tidal Pool" (3.5 x 2.5 inches), acrylic on art board.
Can you find ten tiny starfish, orange and purple, in this painting?

Miniature step-by-step in watercolour

Many years ago I did a class project with my painting students, rendering the same image in both watercolor and acrylic. The purpose was to help folks learn to paint in miniature with their chosen medium, but I think that I learned the most from the experience; mainly that I am an acrylic painter at heart. That said, painting with watercolor was a terrific exercise and I have a deep respect for my fellow artists who work with watercolors. For those who are interested, here is a quick progression of steps for that learning project:

Bridge painting in watercolour
Finished miniature painting (approx. 3 x 4 inches)

A new painting for a new year!

Happy New Year! Starting things off with a new little painting titled “River Rocks”. This is a scene from Englishman River Falls in Parksville BC, a lovely spot for a walk and a picnic.

Water is a favourite subject of mine to paint. The way it moves, the colours and the volume of it, as well as objects in it, offer an excellent challenge for painting!

“River Rocks” (measures 1.5 x 5.25 inches), acrylic on art board.

River Rocks (1.5 X 5 inches)