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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Antique Chairs and Art

My new friend, Jenny, brought me these chairs to paint.  They belonged to her husbands grandmother and he is very sentimental about them.  I got rid of the peeling paint, painted them both Heirloom White, then painted on them.  The landscapes are reminiscent of area his family is from.  The elevator, sunflowers and crab apple tree are things he remembers about growing up.



Saturday, September 14, 2013

Tree Mural


Its been a busy summer.  Just completed a tree mural on a building in downtown Lloydminster.
 
It is actually in a busy alley way, just off the street.  You meet sooo many interesting people that way!! How many people get to hear, "Great Job!"  "Looks good!"  "Great Work!" ...all day long?  How can it get any better than that?  I made some new friends and enjoyed these fabulous warm days of September!



Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Recycled, Re-used, Re-Imagined

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I had some cabinet doors that I picked up at the local Re-Store.
I painted and distressed them a long time ago, but had put them away and forgot about them for a bit.
I took them to the lake, and did a little painting on a rainy weekend.
I love the idea of using things that might be tossed out.
These two items are some of my favorite subjects.
 
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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Coolest "Hockey Locker" room ....Ever!

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Kale is a young man who enjoys hockey and Taekwon-Do, too.
He got this awesome hockey locker scene painted in his room.
It added so much dimension to a ordinary sized bedroom.
 

His skates and hockey stick are painted on the wall, with his helmet above.
 

The ball and glove and Taekwon-Do suit show his varied interests.
 

And I believe that this year, Kale won the Stanley Cup!
 

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Baby Room........ Welcome Nash Clark

I painted in a very special nursery.


Nash Ross Clark
arrived on March 5, 2013.
His proud parents are Jay and Alex.
 
This sweet nursery is decorated in gray and white, with little touches of yellow.
The little owl in the tree is just like the stuffed one in Nash's crib.



Thursday, February 14, 2013

"Wings of Love" "Ask, Believe, Receive"



"Ask, Believe, Receive"
11 x 14 inches
mixed media on canvas
ready to hang
 
I taught a "Wings of Love" class at the Barr Colony Heritage Cultural Centre at the beginning of the month and met some lovely ladies. 
It's so interesting to hear what they will use in their wings and why.
One lady used her childrens' artwork (on a purple background! Loved it!)
One did a song that her dad used to sing to her, another used photocopies of photos from New York.
 
These wings were created with pages from the book, "The Secret", parts of an antique book of Shakespeare's sonnets, old music sheets and magazines.
I accented using ink and paint.
 
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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Painting Day!

It was a small but adventurous group that showed up for a day of painting today.
-29 today, brrrrr.
But Kelly, Brenda and Dorothy showed up today for some painting fun and some YUMMY food.
We started with painting trees, then we enjoyed a Delicious lunch of Lemon Chicken, Brown Rice Pilaf, and Strawberry Spinach Salad, followed with Chocolate truffle desert. A huge "Thank You!" to my hubby, Roy, for cooking and cleaning up, too.
 
Then after we finished the trees, we painted little chickadees.
 


Thanks for coming ladies!!
Photographer: Kate Sandercock
 

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Zebra

Zebra
11 x 14
acrylic
75.00
I've been working on a commission of a leopard, and its gone from bad to worse. 
(It looks like a leopard couch with a head...so I'm painting over it and starting again)
While I was looking through an artists site, called WetCanvas,
I found a photo of this Zebra.
Artists upload their own photos, and share reference images with other artists.
Its a great resource for me.
Any way, I painted him just for fun.
 
 
 
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Saturday, January 12, 2013

Chickadee.......Blustery Day

Chickadee...Blustery Day
5 x 7
35.00
This little chickadee is hanging so it doesn't get blown away in the wind.
Painted with acrylics and accented with ink.
 
"I yearn for flowers that bend with the wind and rain."
~Tso Ssu 
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Thursday, January 10, 2013

One Chickadee......With Pink Blossoms

One Chickadee....With Pink Blossoms
5 x 7
35.00
 
Well, I have been on a "chickadee spree" lately, haven't I?
Some might say I am obsessed?
I have been loving painting these little guys.  I would really like to get absolutely sure with my brushstrokes, but I just seem to mess it up when I try the "one stroke" approach.
I'll keep trying.
I am having 5 x 7 prints made of all my paintings in the Chickadee series.
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The pink blossoms made me think of spring.  I know it's a long way off, but I am REALLY looking forward to it.
 
"Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush."
  ~Doug Larson
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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

One Chickadee

5 x 7
Acrylic on Canvas Panel
35.00
 
This is one independent little bird.
She is looking forward to spring as she perches on the willow.
I am looking forward to spring, too.
 
These little canvas panels are easy to mat and frame, because of their 5 x 7 size.   You could pick up an inexpensive one at Walmart, or you could go all out and have it custom framed.
The choice is yours
 
"Spring is nature's way of saying...
"Let's Party!""
-Robin Williams-
 
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Love is in the Air

5 x 7
Acrylic on canvas Panel
35.00
 
These two little chickadees are all snuggled up and in love.
Wouldn't this would be a cute Valentine?
We were at the cabin at Murphy Lake on the weekend and I took over 250 pictures of birds, deer and grandchildren:))
 
 
 
Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength,
 while loving someone deeply gives you courage.
-Lao Tzu-
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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Spring Chickadee

Spring Chickadee
5 x 7
Acrylic on canvas panel
 
These little guys are sooo much fun to piant.
We are off to the lake tomorrow, so I will take my trusty camera with me and try to get some
more pictures. 
Don't you just love how this little guy is looking at you??....as if to say, "Whatcha doin'?"
I have the next one drawn out already,
and watch for a card set, coming soon.
 
 
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Chickadee in Winter

5 x 7
acrylic on canvas panel
35.00
 
I love the chickadees at the lake.  They are quick when they come to the bird feeders, so many of my photos turn out blurry. I love their friendly faces, their cheery songs and their social skills.
Last summer I even got a couple of them to eat out of my hand.
It took lots of patience to stand with my hand outstretched, waiting for one of them to land, but eventually, one did.
It felt so light, like a little tickle.
I was honoured.
 
I like this quote....it describes time when I'm painting.
 
Ivan Turgenev

Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/bird_3.html#kRz0cWwGtiXezcOG.99
 
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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Three Portraits

I painted Dalyn as a  Little Fairy. (Wings and antenna)  The photo I worked from was so cute, and I think she had a cold because her cheeks and nose were red.
 

Then, I was asked to paint her brothers.
Dorien,
 
 

And Hayden.
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