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Black-capped Chickadee

Black-capped Chickadee 8″ x 8″                                    Available on Etsy

Here come the birds. I am very lucky to live in a place where birds stay year-round. Lots of ideas and inspiration for little bird paintings to come.

Here comes fall (but not yet).

Stanley Park Maple  24"x18"

Stanley Park Maple 24″x18″

I may be painting fall, but I’m not done with summer yet. We are off to Summerland next week, to enjoy the last part of August. Looking forward to a change of scenery.

Spanish Banks Fall

Spanish Banks Fall 18″x14″

I am always happy to paint a tree. If I am at a loss for something to paint, or if I am undecided, a tree can be an excellent subject. They are available in an endless variety of sizes, colours, shapes and positions. I am lucky to live in a city that has so many beautiful trees. This huge maple is one that I pass by frequently in Jericho Park and I’ve painted it before as a tiny painting.

Knowing When to Stop

Retired in Nova Scotia acrylic painting

Retired in Nova Scotia 18" x "24

Sometimes I have trouble knowing when a painting is finished. When the painting is nearing completion, I have this need to tinker – brightening here, darkening there, adding more detail, fine-tuning the colour, and on and on it goes. The trick is knowing when to stop, before the painting becomes overworked. So, I am taking a break from this one. I think it might be done, but I’m not sure. I have to look at it for a while.

By the way, I’ve painted this boat before (several years ago). You can see the first version on my home page or here.

Pick a pumpkin

Pumpkin Patch 14″ x 18″

For sale at the farm that day were: apples, artichokes, gourds, squash, potatoes, honey, homemade cookies and pumpkins. Lots of pumpkins. We bought three – two for carving and one for pie. It was the first time that I made pumpkin pie from a whole pumpkin (not a can), and now I can never go back.

P.S. After my last snowy painting, I had promised to paint something more summery. But it seems as though I’ve gone straight from winter to autumn, skipping summer altogether—just like the weather in Vancouver! (Sorry, complaining about the weather has become a regular pastime around here).

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Vegetable Study

Carrots & Zucchini 9" x 12" Acrylic on Canvas

This painting is small, but it seemed to take forever to finish. Lately I’ve had having trouble finding more than one continuous hour of  painting time. Today I finally did and finished it fairly quickly. I always find it to be curious that I can’t predict what will be the most difficult part of a painting. I thought I’d breeze through the carrots and struggle with the zucchini, but I found the carrots to be the most challenging.

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