Thursday, March 10, 2022

Calgary Sketch Club - Spring Show

 Calgary Sketch Club Spring Show Dalhouse April 2nd, 2022

Don't miss the first show since cover began two years ago. Our biggest sale held at Dalhousie in NW Calgary. Here's a sneak peek at some of the 10 artworks I will bring.

This is my kitty 

I have captured my son waterskiing at Pine Lake in this one

Some tulips I arranged and painted on my deck

These little birdies were in abundance on our trees this fall

We have a few crows that are quite tame that hang around our front trees and lamp posts. I was even able to pet one of them. They used to caw and follow my daughter to school , she was terrified of them.

Friday, February 11, 2022

2022 Artist's Choice Exhibition - FCA Vancouver Gallery

Painted Ladies Preserves; Oil on canvas 

Here is the painting I submitted. 

Hope you enjoy the show 


Friday, January 14, 2022

 I have been practising the portrait in oil  I have a demo coming up and thought I'd do a portrait, however the 1.5 hours allowed is not going to be enough time. So I'll  have to reconsider my demo media ... Perhaps something simple like apples, hmm




Just practising the portrait 

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Sweet Peas

This is part of the Vancouver 2022 works on Paper Exhibition
Here is the link to the exhibition

The Federation Gallery's 2022 Works on Paper exhibition is exactly what it sounds like - a celebration of all things paper! Technology and environmental concerns have resulted in a variety of different types of paper being developed, including pulp, fibre, stone, hemp, bamboo, textured, homemade and yupo. Not only is paper used as the primary substrate in this exhibition, but it's also a prominent medium throughout these artworks in the form of collage and assemblage. Be sure to check out the variety of ways our talented artists turn this humble material into works of art.  Here's the Link:

#Portrait artist of the week; SUE

A bigger brush and 2.5 hours later 
painted with winsor newton oil on tissue paper, it was just convenient...
Here is sue gallagher


Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Whats on the easel?

 What am i working on? well, this Himalayan/Ragdoll cat is Misty. I got her for my mom when my dad passed away so she'd have someone to keep her company.  Now mom will be moving and cannot take Misty with her, so this is the painting i am working on for her to take to new place.


Just finished some 6x8 cats 4 sale




Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Airdrie Empty Bowls Festival

 I am so honoured to be asked to paint another bowl for the Airdrie Empty Bowls Festival in Support of the Food Bank. So here is an idea I actually had from last year when I painted the peacock.  With renovating my mom's house and getting garage sales going I decided that the idea of soaring to new heights was something I liked.  So here is my 2021 Balloon Bowl!

                       Here are the pictures I will add the link when they have the bidding available

Sunset Ski (in the smoke)


Sunday, August 22, 2021

My daughter had me do this pet portrait for her friends mom who recently lost this dog, here it is in their favourite place to visit.


 I never missed an episode of portrait artist of the week, when it finished its season and after the tv links for covid19 a facebook pair decided to keep it going and I truly love to paint a portrait weekly. This is one of the admins; Jen Ni and here is her portrait of the week. I have been too busy to paint but finally managed to get hers done. I will be picking up my painting as soon as mom's house sells.!

Friday, May 28, 2021

postcards for fundraiser for CAAF

Calgary Allied Art Foundation Fundraiser postcards  

If you are interested in obtaining these works they go live on June 28th Please go to the website  click on events and petits

mini oil paintings 5x7

SUNSET I - West From Here
palette knife 



Wednesday, May 26, 2021

#MyPAOTW Amy Burton Smith

 This week our sitter was Amy Burton Smith Thanks for the pose Artist Portrait of the Week on Facebook

Friday, May 14, 2021


My newest painting, inspired by the birds this spring. 12 x18 unframed $225.00
Noticing them more as the new kitty is mesmerized by them but quite frightened. The first time she heard them chirp she ran and hid beneath the deck. Now we just sit and watch together, she is still afraid of them. Soon she will be out of this phase....

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Some finishing touches and these kitties are off to their new homes. 


Friday, May 7, 2021

#PAOTW Joe Spademan

 This week the "portrait artist of the week" website (facebook) chose Joe Spademan 

I painted him during a zoom meeting session with Dee from the FCA on Tuesday from my phone. Using such a small image i was able to paint him quicker not focusing on any of the details. That is about how much time i like spend painting these.  The four hours recommended is too much! I don't think that I have spent four hours on any of them but I do tend to waste time painting, fixing, detailing,  I understand when artists say they will just need to stop or the painting will get ruined. So here is my simple painting. He looks like  a JOE doesn't he?

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Portrait Artist of the Week Curtis Holder

 This is my #PAOTW  of Curtis Holder

I turned on the oilers game and decided to paint my weekly painting, finished and cleaned up before the game was over  and... the OILERS WoN! 

Painter of Oti Mabuse in the series SKY ARTS series show held during covid-19 for all us avid portrait the year fans.  

Sunday, April 18, 2021

Kyle's Cat

 This year for birthday presents I painted the kids their cats Here is Kyles Cornish Rex 

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

My Wacom Tablet

 I bought this a few years ago and it wouldn't load into my mac,  SoI have put a computer my art room and loaded the tablet into the older computer. I am going to practise drawing on it for a while , no internet up there so watching a few tube videos to make sure i will be able to use it successfully 

Will post a drawing if i manage to paint one. 

Monday, April 12, 2021

Portrait artist of the week Kayoon

**Group Project**
This week we're painting Kayoon Anderson who painted Clive Myrie on the most recent series.
The link to the session is here if you want to watch along or get your own screenshots, add them to the comments below!

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Portrait Artist of the Week (April)

From the portrait artist of the week Jan 17 

Inge Du Plessis, who painted singer Melanie Blatt on the third episode of the last season. 

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

The Easter Bunny

 This bunny and his friend squirrel hang out in my back yard. Also the pregnant skunk has moved back in under the shed. I hope our new kitten will leave them alone our older cat just sits on the deck and watches. Sometimes the baby skunks come right up to out feet and they roll around like little kittens. But here is the bunny from our back yard. 

FCA Aimae Show link Vancouver mail in

Saturday, March 20, 2021

Portrait artist of the week with Jill Nadler

Just two hours in and I have to find some time to finish her up, will post when i finish the portrait of Jill


Portrait Artist of the Week with ballet dancer Oti Mabuse