Friday, June 29, 2012

Waiting for Ruby

Material:  Acrylic on 8x8 wrapped canvas.
Status:  Gone to a very good home!

Notes on a Canvas:  This began with the idea of painting a white picket fence. To create the fence, I dipped a popsicle stick in white paint and set it carefully on the canvas and pulled downward.  

The background came next.  I wanted the painting to be balanced, so originally I had two small trees beside the house on the left side as well.  I wasn't happy with it, thinking I needed something closer to the fence.  Cherry trees were in bloom at the time . . . so there you go.

I thought of painting children playing on the grass.  A cartwheel?  A picnic?  Flying a kite? I wasn't sure. The idea of a girl and her dog came to me.  I wondered if it would "work" with a girl leaning on the fence, looking like she's waiting.  

The blue house was a red school house for a day - but the red was too strong - so it went back to a blue house.  Our first house in Melville, Saskatchewan, was blue with white trim.  I really loved that house!

The puppy was inspired by my son's teacher and her new puppy, Ruby.  It seemed fitting that this painting would become a year-end gift for Liam's teacher.  

It just seemed right :o)

Friday, May 25, 2012

Boys in a Boat

Details: Acrylic and collage on 10x10 wrapped canvas. Status: Going to a good home! Note: This was done on a whim for my Father-in-Law for his birthday. Trouble is, it is still on my bedroom wall, and his birthday was in March! (I didn't say I was a good daughter-in-law :o).

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Blooming Tree by the Sea

Materials:  Acrylic on 6x6 wooden cradle.
Status:  Gone to a good home.

Notes:  This little painting was a lot of fun to do - I used a paint knife to get a smooth effect for the sky, but thick texture for the lighthouse, hull of the boat, and the blossoms on the tree.  It had to be completed over several days as I waited for thick paint to dry, and added layers of colour.  Each time I sat down to work on it, I felt like I was returning to my happy place.  Ahh....

Monday, March 19, 2012

Knight's Gift 2 - Silent Auction

Knight's Gift 2

The black frame is digital - the painting appears as below:

Knight's Gift 2

Materials:  Acrylic painting on 10x10 wrapped canvas.  Text around the outer frame reads:  Even after all these years the sun never says to the earth, "You owe me."  Look what happens to a love like that.  It lights up the whole sky.  (Hafiz).

Status:  This painting is currently on display at Crumsbys - Royal Oak in Victoria until the fundraising event for Subha Gill on April 6th, 2012.  Thank you Keith and Maria for helping to spread the word about this important community event! 

HOW TO ENTER A BID:   You can place bids via e-mail at - I will post the bids in the comment section here, as well as on facebook. 

For further details of the fundraiser go to:!/events/270651553012125/  For more details about Subha Gill:

On a Personal Note:  Subha's younger brother, Armaan, is in my son's class.  The class will be putting on bake sale in the next couple of weeks for the family.  This painting, the Knight's Gift, will be available through a silent auction - with full proceeds going to the family. 

Having been a little kid with a sick father, I know how important it is to know the community cares about you.  During my dad's illness (encephalitis, which caused brain injury when he was in his mid-thirties) I remember how the Great Lakes Pilots my father had worked with would raise money every Christmas for our family so my mother could have a little less stress at that time of year. 

Fast forward several years, to the birth of my youngest son, Aidan.  He was born with three holes in his heart.  We had just moved to Winnipeg, had no family there, and knew nobody.  Our neighbours were generous with their support and kindness, which meant the world to us.

Raising funds and awareness for families like Subha and Armaan is my small way of trying to 'pay it forward.'

Thanks for your support!

Carol N.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Two if by Sea

Two if by Sea

Material:  Mixed media on 6x8 wooden cradle.
Notes:  I find great comfort in combining my love of the sea with whimsy and poetry.  The text in this painting comes from an old book of Emily Dickenson.  I pour over the pages, looking for the right snippet of words to match the images.  It is a meditative process for me - and I love the peace that comes along with the process. 

Monday, January 16, 2012

The Lake Huron Carolers

I'm happy to say The Lake Huron Carolers art cards were a big success this Christmas!  It was quite fun to watch these little cards fly across Canada to their prospective customers.  I was thrilled to think about how many hands would hold the image, and pondered over how far The Little Gull has flown since its creation.

Many thanks to Tall Tales Books, The Cadboro Bay Book Company, and the University of Victoria Book Store.  Your support was greatly appreciated!