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I love the options that acrylic paints affords me in my artwork. It can be used as thin as water color paints or opaque and impasto. Impasto ( the laying of paint thickly – usually I do this with oils). Acrylic paints allows me to experiment in creative play but I usually strive for details and a realistic approach.
Spirit Takes Flight – I was told that the Raven is conected to the Spirit in nature. The inspiration for this idea is capturing the raven in flight with the background in soft atmospheric clouds.
Polar Dip – This painting was inspired by watching the weather report. The comment was made about the Polar Vortex Dipping South bringing arctic chills and climatic changes. I painted an arrow along the spine pointing downwards! Burr!! Enjoy the dip!
Flowers for Mom – My mother is a great source of inspiration for me. My first art teacher and tutor of gradening. I painted the Hydrangea for its big colourful cluster of blooms and showy presence in the garden.
Other Side of Freedom – The idea for this painting came from watching my backyard jay visitor fly across the fence towards my neighbour’s shed. I was enjoying my tea on the back deck mediating when I caught this moment of inspriation!
Morning Meditations – mourning dove I volunteered some time at the Wild Bird Center, Ottawa. There was a little dove that caught my attention and is the inspiration for this piece.
Changing Patterns – Change is inevitable! How we adapt to it is a choice. This inspiration came from my first walk in Ottawa, Ontario with my dog. We had just moved and exploring a path that led to a pond where we stopped to watch the ducks. I was more intrigued with the patterns in the water as the couple navigated their way and changing the patterns.
Untitled Peacock – The peacock is the symbol of love. This painting is still in progress
Spiritual Spa – During a walk on a beautiful path, I came across this little moment in time. This beautiful chick-a-dee was bathing and basking in a tiny pool of rain water.
King Among the Kings – A midnight walk in Yellowknife, NT though freshly winter snow, inspired this painting. My trusty dog, lay in the field and just looked up at the sky. It was magical, to behold an endless number of stars that sparkled in the sky…. My dog, “my lion” looked like a King among the starry Kings.
Persistence and Determination – Living in the Sub Arctic requires one to develop character, strength, persistence and determination. I wanted to show how a journey in an Arctic environment requires these traits in character. I painted it with the idea of facing challenges in life. All challenges needs to be faced head on; and “success ” requires persistence and determination.