Friday, 10 August 2012

Group Collaboration

I wanted to share a baby shower gift for some twins that I helped to create.
The guests at the shower wrote bits of advice or blessing, and then we transferred their words and added some fun little animals onto a wide 16x16" matting to be used for photos of the twins.
Concept by Karen McCallum 
Text and trees by Rosemary West
Characters by Tabitha Hanson

Thursday, 19 July 2012

The Farmyard

Acrylic on textured canvas, 24x30" now showing at the Alberta Agriculture and Food Council.

Friday, 22 June 2012

Lilacs and love

My parents celebrate their wedding anniversary every month. That's how much they love each other -- or how much my mom loves a celebration! This month was their anniversary number 444, so to celebrate the grand day, I painted this picture.

Lilacs were their wedding flower; on the kitchen table was a huge bouquet of the fragrant blooms. As I gave them the painting, Dad said, "Wow. It's so realistic, I can smell it!"

"Yes," I replied, "Aren't you glad I didn't give you one of cattle?"

And we smirked.

Thursday, 14 June 2012


I recently painted a series of seven poplar pictures... two have already sold, and one is showing this month for sale in Edmonton's Harcourt House. They're 12"x12" acrylic on canvas.

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Thinking of Summer

This dandelion close-up was one I painted last year, and I've only just realized that I hadn't posted it!

As I worked at it, it became an interesting study in backgrounds, as much of the canvas is blurred and in shadow. It is something of a fascination to me to examine how the great painters treated the things they don't want you to notice-- some, like Rembrandt or Bouguereau, creating heavy, near-black expanses for backdrops; others, like Norman Rockwell, bleaching out the still in-focus side items.

With this particular background, I tried to imitate what a person sees with the normal eye. Just look at your own hand while it's about six inches from your face. While looking at the details of your hand, notice what is happening beyond your hand. If your sight is like mine, you'll see general shapes and colours, in sort of a foggy blur.

It was that sense of immediacy I wanted to create with this background-- that feeling that you are looking at the dandelion, but all around you is the grass and evening sunshine; a feeling that this kind of beauty is happening all around you, begging to be noticed.

20 x 24" acrylic on canvas

Thursday, 12 January 2012

Puddle Ducks

I recently painted these ducks for a friend's baby room. It's an acrylic wash with pen and ink, framed under glass in a vintage, scraped up, cream-coloured frame.

original sold