Category Archives: Stuff I Create

Flying Lessons!

 “Flying Lessons!”  Acrylic on canvas

Memories of “flying” on my father’s feet when I was small, and of “flying” my own children and grandchildren in the same manner. The dolphins showed up as a bit of a playful afterthought, as I reckon that’s what they’re doing too…practicing flying!




                  (acrylic on canvas)

This is a painting of my three darling peeps (aka the grandchildren). I completely repainted, with different colours, the sky, the sea and them several times, trying to get it to feel right. That is, I suppose, one of the perks of acrylics that you definitely don’t get with watercolours! The original photo that Sunny took had a coppery looking sea and sky glow. Although I tried (and tried,) I couldn’t get it to translate to satisfaction, so I ended up changing the look altogether. I hope it works.

Underground River – acrylic on canvas

 Underground River

 (Acrylic on canvas – sold)

This is a place, in my actual dream world, that I have visited many times through the years. There is always a mysterious something about it, which is a little unnerving. Yet I am always delighted to find myself there in my dream, and I think to myself, “Oh,wow! I’m HERE again!” The approach to the place is never exactly the same,so I’m going along a path and suddenly I realize I am there and that an adventure awaits me. It’s like a cue to pay attention to what will be a very interesting dream. This painting is the first in what I am calling my Dreamscape Series. I am new to acrylics. You can tell too, as I use the paint here in much more of a sparing, watercolour manner, as I’m more accustomed to water colour. But…with every new medium and piece I learn a little more!

Rope Swing Blossoms! – acrylic on canvas board

             “Ready or Not…”

  (Acrylic on canvas board)

This is #3 in the Dreamscape series. For now it’s called Rope Swing Blossoms, but I’m thinking of “Ready or Not…”. The tree sort of entered itself as a recent inspiration  from an amazing acacia tree that we have here on the property at Gingerbread hill. A couple weeks ago, it was in its glory in  full bloom! I need to improve the photography bit. Seems too easy to sacrifice colour for light or clarity…and using a flash just causes reflection and glare. As I said…definitely just learning! Anyway…here is a happy tree, with a rope that will swing you over into some mystery! Click on image to see a bigger image.

“Hidden Badger” acrylic painting on canvas


             Hidden Badger

           (Acrylic on canvas)

This is #2 of the Dreamscapes. The mountains actually rise a bit higher in the distance. I hope it makes you smile. My sister, Ceese, came up with “Hidden Badger,” as an alternative name to “What Dreams May Come.” She’s so clever! Thanks, Ceese!

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