Friday, December 16, 2011

Blue Horses

Into the Wild Blue - ACEO Acrylic on Terraskin. SOLD

I have been frantically preparing home made Christmas gifts this past week, to send off to family out west and I am happy to say the parcels are off! The lady at the Canada Post Office heard my great sigh of relief and must have clearly saw it in my face too, because she smiled 'knowingly' at me like she knew the weight that had been just lifted from my shoulders! I literally was walking on air as I left the building! And I was able to sleep through the night last night!

Anyways, as I was going through my digital files on my computer, and looking at all the paintings I have done over the past 4-5 years, I started to see some trends. I could see "Blue periods" and "Red periods" and "Yellow periods". I thought...okay, those are the primary colors. I find it fascinating that I could see these definite trends in my art over the years! I don't know what it means if anything, but I do know that I learned more about those colors by doing that! And this from an artist that was afraid of colour when she started painting!

The painting posted above turned out pretty good, I thought, and it just sold to an art collector in Florida.

I came across the following quote today on a landscape painter's site. It describes what I feel when I paint outdoors too. There is a 'vitality' in the air. Maybe its just the wind blowing through your hair or that you have to paint faster than you normally do before the wind blows your easel now I think I will try to open the windows of my studio when I paint (maybe not in the winter months) to try to recapture that 'fresh vitality' one experiences when painting out in nature! Either that or just paint out doors more often.
Til next time...

Quote of the Day;

"Working outdoors puts you in direct contact with the life force, not just the light and the landscape, but also the vitality of the world." (George Carlson

Monday, December 12, 2011

Living Waters

Living Waters - 9" x 12" Mixed media on stretched canvas, black gallery floating frame.
Currently on display and sale at The Art Gallery of Lambeth until end of January. You can contact them directly by clicking on the link.

Just a reminder to anyone who had planned on ordering anything from me directly or through and Daily Paint Works sites; this is the last week that you could have the item sent to you in time for Christmas with Expedited and Express delivery through Canada Post!

In regards to the previous blog post " Learning to Dance", a friend of mine sent me this link to the Sistine Chapel in Rome. It is a digital virtual 3D view inside the chapel where you can 'toggle' around to view it from every angle with your mouse. When I was there in 1986, there was so much scaffolding that I could not see 3/4 of it. In fact, the room was closed to most of the public except for special student groups (such as mine). The fresco had grown dull and dirty over the centuries so need special, careful cleaning. I am glad that they did it because it is now more vibrant and more like it would have been when it was freshly painted. Can you imagine what it must have been like to see it for the first time!? It would have equaled the 'virtual technology' that we marvel at today (and that we can use to see it, even across the vast ocean and land that separate us from it now).  This virtual technology is a blessing!

Quote of the Day;

Michelangelo's letter to Giovanni on Painting the Sistine Chapel Ceiling;

To Giovanni da Pistoia, July 1510
by Michelangelo Buonarroti

I've grown a goiter by dwelling in this den -
As cats from stagnant streams in Lombardy,
Or in what other land they hap to be -
Which drives the belly close beneath the chin;
My beard turns up to heaven; my nape falls in,
Fixed on my spine: my breast-bone visibly
Grows like a harp: a rich embroidery
Bedews my face from brush-drops thick and thin.
My loins into my paunch like levers grind:
My buttock like a crupper bears my weight;
My feet unguided wander to and fro;
In front my skin grows loose and long; behind,
By bending it becomes more taut and strait;
Crosswise I strain me like a Syrian bow:
Whence false and quaint, I know,
Must be the fruit of squinting brain and eye;
For ill can aim the gun that bends awry.
Come then, Giovanni, try
To succor my dead pictures and my fame,
Since foul I fare and painting is my shame.
I believe he was also successful at painting a picture with words!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Learning to Dance

Those who perceive in themselves... the artistic vocation as poet, writer, sculptor, painter, musician, and actor feel at the same time an obligation not to waste this talent but to develop it, in order to put it to service of their neighbour and the humanity as a whole. (Pope John Paul II) [1]
The Wild Within - 21" x 24" x 1.5" Mixed media on stretched canvas. Currently in the Art Gallery of Lambeth, London, Ontario, Canada until January 30th, 2012.

Lately I have been seeking a path for my artwork to take. There is an immense number of directions to go. Maybe this is another 'crossroads' for me and its time to choose my next direction. Deep down, I know what the right choice is, but there are so many distractions!

 I have a belief that my art, my drawing and painting, is a collaboration between me and God. Together, we effect the world with our creations. I do not take this time of decision lightly. I can feel that He is calling me in one direction, but the world thinks I should go in a completely different direction. Being me, I have been trying to figure out a way to merge the two. Ever since I have been trying to figure out a way to combine the two subjects, I have been feeling like I am on 'pause' and 'stauled'. Not moving forward. I have not been able to figure out a way to do both and focus. In this, I have discovered the answer; I have to make a choice. And, as I mentioned, I do know the answer. As the popular encouraging phrase suggests...I need to - Just do it!

I guess that I am still learning how to Dance with The Spirit and letting Him lead!

West Wind News

I have now listed a few paintings on the DPW(Daily Paint Works) Auction site!

Here is the link. 

My painting, "Renaissance Woman II" has been chosen for their 'DPW Picks' at the top of the page!

And don't forget to check out my Gallery at DPW!

[1] Thoughts on above quote;

This just blows me away! I did not realize that Pope John Paul II was interested in art history. (I have found a few of his quotes on an artist quotes site!)

 I actually met and was personally blessed by this 'man of the cloth' in Vatican City, Rome when I was only 19 years old! I am not Catholic, which makes the story all the more amazing.

I actually had no  interest in being blessed by the Pope that day. I just wanted to go shopping at the market and was trying to get to my Professor ,in the crowd of thousands, to ask him where and when the bus was going to pick us up later that afternoon! (I was a student in a travelling Art History and English Lit class living and studying in Europe at the time). I knew that my Profs and a few other students had stayed behind after the Sunday service in Vatican Square to watch the Pope get his picture taken with the Harlem Globe Trotters (they were also special guests of the Vatican that day). And no...I 'm not making any of this up! If there is one sure thing in life, besides death and taxes, it is that real life is weirder than anything we could ever imagine...

 I pushed  and pried through the crowd, unabashedly, and finally stood before my Art History Professor, who just looked at me and smiled funny at me and said, "turn around Jackie" and motioned behind me. I turned just in time to have the Pope extend his hand towards me. He smiled warmly and took my hand and bowed his head slightly. I felt obligated to do the same back; a slight nod and he moved on to the next person beside me. I have to say I was a bit stunned. I was mostly struck by the feeling that I had when he took my hand. He seemed very sincere and acknowledged you personally.  I most certainly believe he was a holy man. I didn't have time to 'create' an experience or feeling of my own right then. It all happened to fast. Plus...I'm not Catholic and although I was a believer at the time, I was too immature to realize the significance of this man to the world (millions of Catholics would probably want to be me at that moment). I did not realize this until I was relating the story to a friend and her Catholic family. They looked at me with complete astonishment and disbelief! Then it started to sink in that not only was it a miracle the way it all transpired, but that it happened period!

I then stayed around, watching the Pope get his picture taken with the Globe Trotters and they were trying to teach him to spin the basketball on the end of his was cute.

Oddly enough, Pope John Paul II died the day I took possession of my first house I bought. I remember going to pick up my new fridge at Sears and all the televisions in the store were all tuned to the "breaking news" that the Pope had just died. It was a bitter-sweet day for me. One of those moments when you feel you are heading in a new direction, when you are leaving one place and moving on to another in your life.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Jacqueline Kinsey's Daily Paint Works Gallery Opened!

Announcing the 'Grand Opening' of my Daily Paint Works Gallery and Store!

This online gallery and store site used to be closed to most artists. It was exclusively a "Daily Painters" gallery that has now morphed into a fast growing and popular place for all artists to utilize in displaying and selling their work! I am very excited to try this out. I have been receiving the Daily Painters Newsletter, daily, for almost 2 years now (click on link to sign up yourself). I get an email in my inbox every day so I can quickly scan through and look at many of my favorite artist's most recent work!

I love watching the new artists progress as they get better and better or change their direction when they start painting daily.

The 'Daily Painters' movement started several years ago. I think it started out as an online challenge to other artists to take up the brush and pallet every day in order to improve their skills. Generally, Daily Painter art is done on a smaller scale (4" x 4" to 10" x 10") so that each piece can easily be completed in a day. Some use this 'exercise' as a warm up for painting their larger pieces, or as a 'study' for larger works.

Defiantly Facing - ACEO Acrylic painting on Terraskin
$25 S&H Included - Find in my Ebay Store for limited time!

I will eventually synchronize my Blog Posts of my most recent work, with the Daily Painters site so that their site will automatically take my blog entry latest work and place it into my Daily Painter gallery. You can now find a "Button or Badge"  in the column on the right of this page.

Clicking on it takes you directly to my personal Daily Paint Works Gallery page.

There is also an auction on Daily Paint Works which is similar to the Ebay auction, but better! (Click on link to go check it out).No more losing an auction because time runs out! Bidding is extended until bidding stops! I will be adding some of my work to this new auction next week!

For now, I have placed a 'Pay Pal' button with each artwork that is still available for sale. If there is a red dot on the work, it has been sold.

I am very impressed with the Daily Painter's 'zoom' in option when viewing each artwork...check it out! It enhances the magnified image incredibly!

I have also joined Fine Art America website for selling prints of my work, and will be closing my Image Kind store and Red Bubble store. I have found that Fine Art America's site offers more great options such as allowing integration between our main website and their 'Print Sales' pages. We hope to have this up and running by the new year! But for now you can go to our FAA gallery by clicking on the above links!

Can you tell I'm excited???!!!!!

I'll calm down soon...

Oh and I had better mention our Cafe Press Store which offers some neat gift ideas for this Christmas. Feel free to browse through the online store...but be aware it is getting down to the wire of getting an item shipped in time for Christmas at the 'economy rates'!

Here are a couple examples of what you can find in our store below;

Rooster painting on a cotton apron. Great for that 'Country Kitchen" feel. $24.00 plus S&H

SIGG .6l Water Bottle - $33.00 plus S&H

Remember these are rare, quality items you can only found through our store!

Quote of the Day;

Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.

Henry Ward Beecher

Friday, November 25, 2011

A Perfect Storm

The Perfect Storm

(This post is dedicated to my friend, Katherine, who is battling cancer right now).

Sometimes I think I should be an expert in this area, but I must admit, I have never raised children, so I suspect I have a stunted view of this. ( : I think it is just the "human condition". Maybe we all get good at weathering life's storms throughout our lives. I really don't know.

I am one of those who believes we all have a destiny, we all have a part to play in the great production that God has written. This is why I believe that when tough times come upon us and the ones we love, they are 'perfect storms'. No matter how big or how small these storms are in our lives, they are just as they were designed to be. Just for us; for just this particular time in our life. Or as the popular phrase these days, "for such a time as this".

Storms can vary from minor one's; such as one of the horses went through the electric fence, rendering the rest of the electric fence useless to keep the bull and several cows contained and they are now stampeding through you neighbours garden (OK, maybe that's not so minor), but on the other side, a storm can be an illness in the family such as a young mother battling cancer or an accident where someone becomes unable to walk and must live in a wheel chair the rest of their lives or battling depression.

Yes, I am a bit of an optimist and believe everything happens for a reason and we have the ability to grow stronger as we get through those 'perfect storms" in our lives. I know I have. Sometimes things have gotten so bad that I cry out, why me?! Can't I have a break? Can I have some 'blue skies' for just a little while!? The funny thing is that those blue skies do come eventually. They always do for me. I am thinking that it is my attitude to see the good in things. The optimist in me. This leads to the idea that we can become what we believe.

Everyone has met that grumpy, disgruntled person who is never happy and always complaining about something; mostly its about what terrible things have happened to them, illness and how terrible their life is.(Have you noticed that you don't want to be around them, as if they are contagious or something - actually they can be)!

In contrast, we have also met those 'happy-about-everything people' that seem to shine all the time. The ones that you want to be around. Yes, these happy people experience life's perfect storms too! If you look at other people's lives and think that they are doing so much better than you, think again. Everyone experiences bad times. Its all how you look at things. Its about your attitude towards adversity. Your coping mechanisms. And I believe it really helps to know who God is and that this is only the beginning of the great adventure. It is what helps me. Yes, its hurts here (in this world) sometimes, but, as the Bible promises (God's word), there is a reward for the ones who persevere, stay strong and keep the faith. There will be no storms in that place. Only perfect peace. For now I will weather the perfect storms as they roll into and through my life.

"Adversity is the diamond dust Heaven polishes its jewels with". Thomas Carlyle

This sunrise photo has great meaning to me. I was taking this photo at the same time that my life was going to change drastically. I was about to walk into a 'perfect storm'.
 To me it is a reminder of God's grace. That he knew what I was about to face and I had this recording to remind me that He was in control and there is always hope.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

The Big Art Show

I ended up having my own little section of 'Equine Art' as I was the only Equine Artist at the show.

This was my first STEAG (St Thomas-Elgin Art Guild) annual Christmas Art Show and I must say it was a fantastic experience! From the opening night on Friday to the closing on Sunday afternoon, there was reportedly a steady stream of people through the doors into the exhibition! It was so great to be a part of and I watched as all these artists (people) came together and worked together like a 'well oiled machine' to put on this huge show. There were over 30 artists involved, including several photographers. I thought it was just so neat to see everyone working together like we were 'one'. Everyone supported each other and explained how to do things (for us newbies). Everyone pitched in and volunteered their time. I was exhausted by the end of the weekend but it was all good.

I learned on Sunday that I had sold a piece and, well, what can I say, it felt pretty good.

I can't say enough about the venue too. It is a historical building (Train Station) that is being restored to its original appearance. There is a bit of a museum at one end of the ground floor and the other end is the 'Grand Room' where the show was held. I think I heard that the guild has reserved this venue again for the next 2 years.

I am planning on submitting a couple pieces of work to the Lambeth Invitational Christmas Show on Saturday, so we will see if any get approved.

I am now back to the easel and working on two new pieces (I posted previously). Oh and another angel piece in oil on wood for this year's Christmas cards.

Oh, and I plan on joining Daily Paintworks Art Sales website beginning in December, so keep an eye out for that. I will post links to my gallery page once its up and running.

Here is the link to the EBSQ gallery site that is featuring this blog this week! Very excited and honoured to be asked to do that interview! I have also added them to my "Things of Interest" list on the right of this page.

And in local news; I just found out that there is a new gallery opening up in Port Stanley, Ontario. Here is the link; The Art Emporium and they are still calling for new artists. They hope to be opening March 1st, 2012. I think they may have a few spots still open.

Quote of the Day:

Anything in any way beautiful derives its beauty from itself and asks nothing beyond itself. Praise is no part of it, for nothing is made worse or better by praise.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

White Horses

On the easel - Misha, a Lipizzan Stallion, is the model for this one.
My favorite color of horse when I was a child was 'gray'. I didn't find out that 'gray' is actually not a color until Art School!

This one I drew out in great detail because I felt inspired to use the acrylics again. I will next start adding watery thin layers of acrylic paint or stains to gently build colour, incorporating the graphite drawing.

Misha, the model, is the sire to 3 of our own horses. We have his 2 year old son, and future stallion, Prince Caspian. Lipizzans start out bay when they are born then change to gray, then to white around 8 years of age. Prince is a steel gray still. We are so happy with his progress, watching him as he grows into the magnificent white stallion.

I am busy preparing for the big Art Show and Sale this weekend with the St Thomas-Elgin Artist Guild so no new paintings til the show is done!

Quote of the Day;

"For a gallant spirit there can never be defeat".

Wallis Simpson

Monday, November 14, 2011

Painting Pumpkins

I am re posting this painting today because I noticed that the last one got posted back in time. Not sure how that happened, except that I had pre-written it and maybe it stuck it back in order of the date I wrote it. Too bad.
Anyways, this painting was never meant to be about pumpkins. Tell me what you think (without reading my previous post) it means. What it means to you.

Just curious.

Transcendent Stains - 16" x 20" x 1.5" Oil on cradled birch wood. Sides painted black, ready to hang.

Close up.

This is one of the painting that will be at the T'was the Art Before Christmas Show and Sale being held this weekend at the Historical Train Station in St Thomas!

Quote of the Day:

To all my artist friends

About making Art:

“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique.

And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it.

It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions.

It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. …

No artist is pleased. [There is] no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.”

from The Life and Work of Martha Graham

Friday, November 11, 2011

Gray November Skies

Mr "Bud" Clark - portrait painting I did of my Grandfather for my Grandmother. The photo I used as a reference for this oil painting was taken in England just before he was sent out to the battle fields. My grandparents married after the war. I would not be here had he perished in the war.

I am watching the Remembrance Day program on the CBC as I write this. I have never been to Ottawa, where this is taking place. I am looking at the War Memorial and the buildings behind it. Then they showed a shot of looking up at the memorial structure with those cool gray November skies behind them; the guns going off, and I smile. How fitting the scene.

The television cameras have been capturing the faces of our Veterans and it struck me at how differently everyone experiences the Memorial. You can see it on their faces; in their eyes. Some wear dark sunglasses so we can't see their tears. Others show such anguish on their faces it moves us to tears. What they have endured in battle and living afterwards, while their comrades fell before them, is etched in the lines of their faces. Some are hardened and gaze at you through steely eyes. I suspect it is just a wall they had to build to protect themselves and us, from the terrors of war. Some may be thinking or wondering how many more Memorial Services they will be attending before the Lord finally calls them home, to join their friends and brother's in arms, finally,when it is finished.

This is always a tough day for me. My Grandfather fought in the 2nd World War and I have attended years and years of Remembrance Day parades and services. I marched as a "Brownie", a "Girl Guide", an "Auxiliary Police Officer" and finally as a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. My Grandfather would come out to see me march in these parades and I remember missing one, once. I remember him telling me that he had looked for me in the parade and could not see me and I had to admit that I did not make it that year...I'll never forget the shame I felt in not "showing up". My Grandfather died the year I joined the RCMP, so he never got a chance to see me march in my Red Serge. I found that after he died, I could not attend the ceremonies anymore. It is just too painful. So I watch the ceremonies on TV from my couch with my box of tissues! We miss you Grandpa!

Lest We Forget

The painting above was inspired by Flanders Fields and the symbol of the Poppies that tend to grow there. I wanted to contrast the beauty of the bright red Poppy against the background of war.

To me, war is good against evil. Especially the 2nd World War. For me, Hitler was the epitome of evil. How evil a man can become. So with that in mind, I used dark and light colors of paint running into each other across the background. I used water sprayed on the canvas to create this effect. Sometimes the water would be sprayed on first, then the paint. Sometimes the paint was applied first then sprayed with water. Once it had dried, I painted more detail into the flower itself using Oil paint.

I have had a lot of positive comments on this one when seen in person. It is 18" x 24" x 1.5"deep and the sides have been painted black. It is still available for sale for $1120.00. Small prints are available upon request; 8" x 10" on archival quality cotton rag paper for $18.00. Shipping and Handling and Tax all included in our prices.

Quote of the Day;

Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.

Saint Francis of Assis

Monday, November 7, 2011

World Loses Another Great

Tribute to a Champion

Today I learned of the terrible news of our Olympic Champion, Hickstead dying in Italy yesterday. I have to tell you it hit me like a tonne of bricks. Felt like I'd been kicked in the stomach.

Eric and Hickstead have kinda been my Equestrian Heroes for the past few years. An example for great come backs and how to achieve greatness. If you were to ask Eric who it was that most helped bring him out of the darkness, who carried him to glory, he would probably include Hickstead at the top of his list (I don't know Eric's spiritual beliefs, so I don't know if God would be factored in that list). I kinda suspect Eric might believe in more that just dumb luck that Hickstead ended up in his hands just when he needed him most. If you know anything of Eric's story, I'm sure there is a movie script out there waiting to be made.

Hickstead and Eric - Spruce Meadows 2008
WWRC Photography
I had the honour of watching them compete at Spruce Meadows in the summer of 2008. It was their last competition before the Olympic Games in Beijing, China that year where they went on to win individual Gold and Silver for the Canadian Team! I remember sitting on the sloped grass at Spruce Meadow in Calgary, Alberta in July of 2008, watching and photographing the competition. It was such a hot day and I got a good sunburn. I actually did not get many good shots of Eric and Hickstead, when it was their turn, as I was just wanting to "watch" them instead of looking through the viewfinder. I did get a couple good shots though.

This one photo I took, I think really captures the essence of the partnership they had. Its like they are both in the same state of mind. This photo was taken just before they started one of their rounds of the course. There was just this fraction of a second where they revealed their unison, their partnership, and their collaboration; they joined to become one. That is how they conquered the courses they jumped around the world. Eric and Hickstead went on to win the World Title after winning Gold in Beijing. Every great horse person will tell you that this kind of thing only happens once in a lifetime. This kind of horse only comes along once in a lifetime. My heart goes out to Eric and those who cared for and recognized Hickstead's greatness. This is a day of mourning. Not only has Canada lost a true champion, but the "horse world" too has lost one of the greatest we shall ever see.

Here is the article written in the National Post.

And another article written about Eric's show jumping story. It was written just before he made the National Team for the Beijing Olympics. Talk about turning your life around!

To my artists friends...sorry for the lack of art and art talk of my main passions is horses and I come by it honestly. Its in my genes. I have watched show jumping since I was a kid, watching with my Great Grandmother (1st woman race horse trainer in Canada) and Grandmother (horse trainer and lover) in their living room. It kinda rubbed off on me...

Quote of the Day:

"Snatching the eternal out of the desperately fleeting is the great magic trick of human existence". Tennessee Williams

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Sun Life and Changes

In Flanders Fields... - Available to order print (not in stock)

A touch of sunlight.
Tobermory Sunset - 16" x 10 1/2" colour photography printed with archival ink on semi gloss paper. Currently in stock, listed in our Store

This week ended up being very productive even though I hardly picked up a paint brush. Sometimes you just have to create a better environment, clean up the space you create in, in order that progress can happen. I spent the last couple days re-arranging my studio and cleaning up a bit of clutter (I cannot work in clutter) and opening up the space! I now have a 5ft by 7ft wall space to work on! Just need to find some flat surface board to put up and I will have a flat surface to stretch out large sizes of canvas! Looking forward to painting on a larger scale! Can't wait!

I am also blessed with a husband who is very supportive of my creative spirit and has taken on the task of listing my original paintings, limited edition art prints and even some of my photography on our website and ebay!


Winter - 7 1/4" x 11" LE Art Print on quality acid free archival cotton rag paper. Purchase directly from us on our website! Winter - $45.00 S&H included within North America
Just click on the links and they will take you to either the Store or to our Website Sales Pages.

Christmas is coming and it should be our time to make some sales. Last year was a bust, but I am hopeful that by listing all we can this year, we will make some sales!

Lesson learned this week; if your feeling a bit "blah" and "uninspired" lately, try mixing things up a bit in your creative environment. It can give you that little bit of inspiration and space we need to be creative.

Change can be good!

Quote of the day:

All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads to poverty.

Proverbs 14:23

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Horse Lover's Gift Ideas!

We just  opened a new store at Cafe Press! Check out our designs on clothing for both adults and youth and even some baby items! Also Throw Pillows, Aprons, Cups and clocks!

All with original WWR Creations Designs.

Many more designs to choose from! If you have any suggestions of items  that I can design a logo for, let me know! Always willing to work with you to create a One of  a kind item!

Click on this link to enter my store! West Wind Creations at Cafe Press

Friday, October 28, 2011

Back in the day!

Back in the Day - Work in progress.

I have always wanted to do a series of painting of old cars and trucks. I like those ones of old rusty heaps sitting out in vacant farmer's fields. I had taken some photos of some old antique cars at the local Fair last year and have been "itching" to use them in a painting since.
This truck remided me of the old "camp" truck we had when I was a kid. Our family owned and managed a KOA campground and the old trusty ugly green/blue truck was the work horse we used to pick up the pine needles and garbage throughout the tourist season.

Anyways, I like red better and I like the way the wind blows through the golden dry grasses in one direction and then the next.

My husband donated a kitchen cupboard door to paint it on. A left over from when he had a cabinet making business.

This painting will also be in the upcoming "Art Before Christmas Art Show and Sale" in St Thomas. See poster below;

Quote of the Day:

Have courage for the greatest sorrows of life and patience for the small ones, and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily tasks, go to sleep in peace. God is awake.

Victor Hugo, 1802-1885 French Poet and Writer

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

When your fenced in...

Fenced In - 24" x 36" Oil paint on stretched canvas, sides painted black. Canadian Horse stallion - Trooper II.

This one isn't finished yet, but I am guessing that 2 or 3 more sessions should do it. This one has to be done by November 18th for the St Thomas Elgin Art Guild Show at the Train Station. It will be on all weekend with lots of various local artists showing off their best!

I went through several possible titles for this piece and ended up with "Fenced In".

This is our friend and trainer's Canadian Horse Stallion and half brother to our Trooper (we just sold).
Our friend actually liked training our Trooper so much he named his stallion the same name! So actually this is "Trooper 2"!

Below is the poster for the upcoming Art Show!

I will be posting several of my submissions for this show over the next few weeks. So watch for the "sneak previews"!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Vegetables of a different color

Transition of a painting in progress;

Transcendent Stains - 16" x 20" x 1.5" Oil painting on Cradled Birchwood panel. Sides are painted black, comes ready to hang on your wall!
I wanted to do a painting including something from the "Fall" season, but I didn't want to do just another "Still Life" painting. I had this photo of two squash that I wanted to paint. Around  the same time I was contemplating the two different colors; contrast, tension that is often felt when someone is racist, intolerant and prejudice of others for what ever reason.

In my previous career in law enforcement, I came across this mentality (way of thinking) more than I care to remember within the criminal element I dealt with. Sometimes I felt that I was able to get through to them. I would explain to them about how we are all the same inside and made of the same materials. We all have more things in common than differences; especially physical ones. No matter how hard they tried to argue their way around the facts, they could not rub out the truth. The stains of truth were left and I can only hope that it was the beginning of a new outlook on life for them. At least I made them think if even just for a moment. You can't erase the truth. You can't change people, but you can offer alternatives that they can choose. You might be able to hide the truth for a while, but it always comes out in the end.

Anyways, that is how I came up with this painting. It might say something different for you and that's okay too!

Quote of the Day:

"Outdoors is where the great mystery lies, so going into nature should going to church".(Skip Whitcomb)

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Painting Cows

Two baby cows (calves) painting in progress.

I am thinking of calling this one "Best Friends". It is a 16" x 20" acrylic painting started on Terraskin (non-wood paper product). I start out with lightly drawing out the outline of the shapes in the composition then start laying thin layers of watered down acrylic paint onto the base. This is after 2 or 3 layers of thin washes of color.

I really like where this one's going and really hope I don't wreck it!


Only 3 days left for AUCTION items in my WWRC store! Don't miss out! I am not going to list them again at this Auction again! I have found another auction site I am going to try out. Will update you when its all up and running. It should save me some money in listing costs. Ebay has gotten just too expensive for most artists.


The big ART SHOW AND SALE in St Thomas is less than a week away and I still have to finish off two of the paintings I entered in it! Yikes! This is the St Thomas-Elgin Art Guild (STEAG) annual Art Show and opportunity to see what local artists are creating and to collect!

Quote of the Day:

In our life there is a single color, as on an artist’s palette, which provides the meaning of life and art. It is the color of love. (Marc Chagall, 18870-1985 French Artist)

Photo Reference Heaven

The Grotto - Cypress Lake National Park, Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada
Recently we made a break for the north! We grabbed the chance to take advantage of the "off season" camping at a fantastic National Park in Ontario. (Click on the link to find out more about his Park).This campground is almost impossible to get into during the summer months, and we were blessed to have incredible weather.

Unfortunately, as I mentioned in a previous post, 2 brothers died tragically here just the day before these photos were taken. The water was rough and one can imagine that they got tossed against the rock or swept under by the big waves that morning. The trails and this rocky beach area were all closed off while investigators attended the scene and recorded the conditions. I don't know what exactly happened, but the story I heard was that one of the brothers went into the water, got into trouble and the 2nd brother then went in to save his brother, but also drowned, while a 3rd young man and friend jumped in to save them both and he too almost died. He survived, barely. We saw him come out on a stretcher and he was not looking too good. Very sad.

But this day was calm and people carried on, enjoying the landscape and cool refreshing, crystal clear waters of Lake Huron.

Mass Exodus - Cliff jumping in groups is apparently popular with the youth ( :

This picture gives you an idea of why I keep using the term "crystal clear waters" when referring to this area. Its just breathtaking.

Here is a map found at the "Head of Trails". Our campsite was just south of the red arrow, at the very end of the site area. The Grotto is actually at the very top of the map a those 3 red dots. Cypress lake is actually a very shallow lake and Horse Lake is like an overflow from Cyprus.

This walk in to the Grotto is very easy. There were people with walking canes on the trail and you could drive a scooter in part way if you wanted to. We sat on the rocks watching the swimmer, cliff jumpers, snorkelers, divers and just the usual people watching. My husband went on "photo safari" for about an hour.
The water was beautiful, clear, clean and cool. Dogs were having a blast fetching sticks and rocks in the water. All in all, a really nice relaxing, interesting day. Another day in paradise.

Between the two of us and all the nature and activity we witnessed, we gathers several hundred photos for future painting references.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Autumn Colors

On the Easel:

I wanted to do a "Fall Theme" painting for an upcoming show this month, but it appears the show was cancelled and I am left with a partially finished oil painting. Oh well. I will finish it off tonight by adding a reflection of the pumpkins underneath them and leave it at that.

This one is 16" x 20" oil paint on a 2" deep cradled birch wood panel. I actually had fun doing this one, playing with the texture and surface of the pumpkins against the dark background. I was trying to stick with my "Relationships" theme running through my work lately. I wanted the viewer to contemplate the relationship between these two...maybe metaphorically? I didn't want to just paint another still life painting of pumpkins. I have a name for this one already, but I will hold off telling until I finish it.

Problems with the EBSQ Website:

It appears the EBSQ website that I was using to catalogue my works has crashed and it sounds serious so I am not counting on them being able to recover all the information. (They now say they will be up and running again in 48 hours).

I first noticed a problem when I could not get onto the website, then when I went to my Ebay store and clicked on one of my listings, there was a big blank place where my image of my painting was supposed to be! I use the template provided on EBSQ to list my work on I eventually found out, through their blog, what had happened and there has been no further update since! Not a good sign.

For all my collectors, be assured that I will be scouting out a new hosting site for cataloguing my work and issuing a Certificate of Authenticity if EBSQ is not up and running soon!

Quote of the Day:

When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you,

till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer,

never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.

Harriet Beecher Stowe, 1811-1896 American Auther and Social Reformer

Monday, October 3, 2011

En Plein Air - What to bring

Let me make it clear here. I am new to this, but since it is fresh in my mind and I really still have to think through things, I thought it might be a good time to share what I am learning with others;

My 2nd attempt at painting outdoors.
In my previous post I explained that I had now switched to water soluble oils. I really prefer painting in oil, but that is entirely personal preference. I will, therefor, talk about painting outdoors with oils.

My first couple tries at Plein Air Painting went something like this;

Get to destination and unload paint box (black plastic tool case) and easel (telescoping steel), solvent (which spilled a bit), soap ( I use the green soap bar, forget what its called) for clean up afterwards, a few rags and I use those blue paper shop towels instead of regular paper towels as they don't have a pattern in them so when I use them to wipe paint off my canvas or for blending my base color on my canvas, there is no pattern left on the canvas to contend with and they are just tougher.
Then I canvases. In our haste to get to the beach before the sun went down (lost my light), we forgot to bring the big flat box containing my 11" x 14" canvases. You need something like a flat box to transport your wet (oil) paintings home.

We used a cooler box to transport some of this in and mainly used it as a little table or platform for me to set my pallet on.

We brought my new folding chair (which actually has a little table that folds down) and bug repellent as the bugs get bad right after the sun goes down.

So...I packed it all back up and grabbed my trusty 7" x 7" sketch book and pencil case and we walked out onto the pier. I would be lying if I said I was not a little disappointed in myself! The sketching was little solice I'm afraid. Lets just say, it probably won't happen again.
 The next night we made it back to the beach, in the exact same spot and I started quite a large painting of the cement and stone pier that juts out into Lake Erie. This is where I discovered what they talk about working in a small format. You just don't have the time to paint larger keep it small! May I suggest 9" x 12" being the largest unless you know you have the whole entire day (or your a really fast painter). These are really meant to be studies to learn lighting effects and designing layouts etc. There is so much to paint in you field of view, you would be better off painting several smaller works than one large one. I think you will learn more that way.

The next week, I was a little better prepared. This time I tried a smaller container for my solvent, that should have stayed sealed...but those jars are just not meant to be on their side for any length of time. ALWAYS store and carry your liquids upright! Yes, they spilt a bit again, but this time it was in the cooler.
This time I tried my "French Easel" so that I did not have to carry the black tool box. I found a way to bring everything I needed, even 7 brushes, in my French Easel. A little more of a compact set up. The French Easel is a paint box on legs. They remind me of some sort of alien being with spider legs and can be finnicky on a good day, but once you get the hang of it, they set up pretty fast.

I was able to almost finish an 8" x 10" painting of the atmosphere effects at Port Burwell beach when the sun goes down. There was a thicker fog that night as there was a lot of humidity that day.

Detailed close up of a painting I did (my 3rd attempt at painting outdoors).
 Mission accomplished.

Now, I still was not happy with my set up and did a bit more research and rearranging and decided that I can always use my lap to rest my paint box/easel and put my pallet on a rock or something. This is what I did at Tobermory a couple weekends ago. This really cuts down on what you have to haul around with you. I did bring sunblock, but got a bit of a burn just the same. Mostly my right side.

And by now I had decided upon water soluble oils. That way, if my water container spills, no biggy. Easy enough to bring a bottle of water or...since I was painting at the beach, just dip your water can into the lake or a puddle, or whatever (make sure its relatively clean).

Plein Air painting Tobermory, Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.

I purchased the following colors to start with;

Winsor & Newton Artisan Water Mixable Oil Colours:

Cadmium Red Deep Hue
Prussian Blue
Payne's Gray
Yellow Ochre
Cadmium Yellow Pale Hue
Cadmium Orange Hue
Burnt Sienna
Burnt Umber
Lamp Black
French Ultramarine (Blue)
Titanium White

I also invested in the W & N Artisan Water Mixable Oil Fast Drying Medium to aid in quickening the drying time for my paintings.

I think this is more than enough information for this post...stay tuned for more tips on Plein Air painting (sometimes learned the hard way).

Bible Passage of the Day;

"But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. " Galatians 5:22