Thursday, April 30, 2009

"Sharks in the Water"

8" x 10"
Oil on Canvas
Almost all of the boats are stored on land during the off-season. Finally, its time to launch. Shark owners are a lucky bunch. They can launch their own boats any time, and so they are often the first in the water and the last out. The "Shark" has been around for many years, and it is still a popular boat for sail boat racing. These two sharks are moored on the old docks at The Royal Hamilton Yacht Club in Hamilton Ontario.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

"Jamesville Rain" Hamilton On

8" x 10"
Oil on Canvas
Another rainy spring day on James Street North in Hamilton. The leaves are a little more subtle than depicted here, but I am trying to rush into summer.

Monday, April 20, 2009

"Shelter from the rain"

6" x 6"
Oil on Canvas
Its another rainy Monday. This is one of the Tim Hortons in Dundas Ontario, the one we call "the old Tims" because it was here first. A very popular spot to drink coffee, and in the summer, hang out by your car or motorcyle and drink coffee!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

"Last Snowfall" James South Hamilton

16" x 20"
Oil on Canvas
I am being hopeful calling this picture "Last Snowfall". It is unusual to get snow in April, but yesterday we awoke to snow covered roofs and slick roads. I thought I would capture this last winter scene of James Street south in Hamilton. The sun is getting much stronger, and so all of this snow will be gone by the time the picture is done.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Passion For Painting

I would like to thank Laurel Daniel for awarding me the Passion for Painting award. When winning this award, the recipient lists 7 things they are passionate about, and then passes the award onto 7 deserving artists.

1. The way a fresh snowfall, rainy day, or interesting play of light transforms an ordinary scene into an emotional event that must be painted.
2. Everyday people and their surroundings and how they live each day.
3. Old buildings and architecture and how they are important in letting us see how we have evolved to become who we are now. And saving these buildings from destruction.
4 .My Father, who helped me see the beauty in everything whether it be old Steam Engines, cars, houses, trees, nature, animals and the list goes on......
My Mother, a beautiful gracious lady who showed us that life isn't about being serious all the time and that music, dancing, and socializing are great things to do.
5. My children who are lucky enough to have their own passions: rescuing dogs, making wonderful music, saving the planet to name a few.
6.Sharing with my husband: Chicago Blues, Renovating old houses, sailing.
7.The smell of wet paint and turps and a canvas on the easel ready to go.

I need to do more research for the artists I would like to pass the award on to. That list will be coming soon.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

"Successive lamposts"

8" x 10"
Oil on Canvas
We are having our April Showers which could easily become April snow showers. This is a street off of James Street North in Hamilton. I had a short time to paint today, and I was determined to finish the painting. It was done quite loosely, but I think I like the result.