Today I feeling that I want to try something new.
I like to create my art in a new way.
I am going to explore over the next month some challenging ideas I have.
Art is so important and it has to come from inside you.
I will be back with some of my thoughts later.
In the meantime I hope everyone will have a great Christmas.
Like many artists I fell in love with drawing as a child.
I was fortunate to attend the London Academy of Art,
and one of the things I learned there was the beauty of colour.
Thru’ my lifetime of painting I have learned to express
my feeling on many subjects.
But, my greatest joy is the peace I experience each time
I pick up a brush.
I have been fascinated by Mayan history since I was a kid.
When I saw the Aztec calendar stone for the first time I
new one day I would have to paint it.
To have had the privilege of being with the team who were
working on what the actual colours would have been was
another wonderful experience.
I hope you get a chance to see my painting it is one third
“ Desert Eagle Fine Art” is bringing a new show to Tinhorn Creek Winery
Call “The Observant Eye” with three South Okanagan Artists.
Carmen Tome, Nancy Gray and Wendy Wells-Bailey.
From September 15th to September 20th 2023.
Come and enjoy their beautiful and expressive art.
Introduction to my blog
I have decided to start a blog to write the story for each of my paintings.
When I am working in the gallery or be at an art show so many people want to know
about a painting and I feel that when you know the story or the reason why I painted it, it will be easier to enjoy.
Many of the paintings were created because of stories told to me by the Elders.
And I really feel honoured that I can paint their stories to share with you.
Other times, I will be out walking and enjoying the beautiful area where I live,
and I spot a beautiful flower the sunlight seems to have Illuminated.
I generally do not have any idea what the flower’s name is, only that
It is so beautiful and I want to paint it and share it with you.
I am a painter and not really a writer, but I hope you will enjoy reading my blog.
Acrylic on canvas 24" x 18"
The golden eagle wraps herself against the reflection of the sun,
and appears as a protector or maybe a messenger.
As I have stated before I have a great love, respect and admiration
Maybe it is because every time I see an eagle I feel the proudness,
strength and yet I get a sense of their wise quietness.
This painting reflects my feeling of all these emotions.
Acrylic on canvas 20" x 24"
Some mornings in the summer I like to get up early and watch
the sun rise. Drinking a coffee I was watching the play of light
on a flower and it kept changing the colour of the petals.
I was fascinated and decided this would make a great painting.
Of course it had to be called ‘New Dawn’.
"When Raven returned the Sun"
Acrylic on canvas 40" round
This painting represents a North American native story.
One day Ogre was angry at the natives and stole the Sun.
The natives tried everything to get the Ogre to return the Sun.
White raven came to the natives and said I'll get it back for you.
He flew up in the sky and started to tease the Ogre but to no avail.
Finally, the Ogre got mad at raven and dropped the Sun.
Raven caught it and flew back to earth and return the Sun,
But, flying so long with the Sun in his mouth his feathers
turned shiny black, and this is how ravens’ feathers are now black.
Acrylic on canvas 24” x36”
This is one of my favourite views I have when driving home from Penticton. I created this painting from a spot where Vaseux lake suddenly appears as you come around a bend in the road.
Each time I catch my breath in awe. No matter what the weather is like, it is so powerful and yet is so serene.
Acrylic on canvas 24" x 36"
Farms along the Okanagan Lake
This painting is another beautiful scene you see as you are driving towards Kelowna
I could not resist painting it, as it reflects the sereneness of the small farms that dots
the shorelines along the Okanagan Lake.