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West Coast Rhapsody for Auction!

This year I am delighted to donate the miniature painting “West Coast Rhapsody” (2.5 x 6 inches), to the annual MERS online auction (Marine Education & Research Society), in support of the tremendous work that they do. A big thank you to Jackie Hildering for sharing her beautiful photo with me as reference material for this painting!

If you would like to purchase this framed miniature painting, please follow this link to the MERS website to learn more about the online auction held Friday, April 22nd at 5pm until Sunday, May 1st at 7pm, PDT.

This is female Humpback Whale “Jigger” (BCX1188). Reference photo by Jackie Hildering aka @TheMarineDetective in her work as a researcher for @mersociety.

Below is a series of progressive images of the painting from start to finish. “West Coast Rhapsody” (2.5 x 6 inches), acrylic on paper board:

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.

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.

 

Painting tiny worlds with big views.

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.

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)