Two more days at the Penny Fontaine Hotel! Day six is spent sampling the award-winning coconut cake at ‘Frenchie’s Cake Canteen’, while day seven is spent accomplishing as little as possible.
Welcome to the Penny Fontaine Hotel! It doesn’t exist in real life, but that won’t stop us from visiting it for twelve days. This hotel was inspired by all of the lucky people who got to visit warmer climates this winter. Thanks Instagram. That sounded snarky, but really, it was inspiration for this series. I’m not entirely sure where the Penny Fontaine is situated; it started off as a Tulum-esque type place, but morphed more into Harbour Island, Bahamas.
I’ve completed five paintings so far, and there are twelve in total– hence twelve days– one painting for each day of the imaginary trip. So far we have an island bike ride, pretend-playing at dominoes over lunch, worshiping the warrior mermaid that protects the island, sandal shopping, and visiting with the resident tomcat ‘Folklore’ and his harem. Plenty more to come….
Unicorns, 11″x14″, oil on canvas.
I have an orange lust going on right now. Could be the fact that I’m working on getting over my second cold in less than three months and the only thing that makes me feel better are Old Fashioned cocktails loaded with oranges and bourbon. I know that the unicorns are a delirium of my brain, but I can’t stop thinking that they might possibly exist– somewhere far away like Egypt.
Lately, I’ve been painting lots and lots of cats (for my new children’s book) and felt that I needed to loosen up a little which led me to dabble in the realm of fashion illustration for these four paintings. A few of those pesky cats did manage to find a spot in ‘Catty Cathy’ (upper right), but there’s no point in trying to fight ‘cat brain.’
They are all painted oil on canvas, 12″x16″ and are available now in my shop!
I’m so happy to announce that our new range of greeting cards is now available!
The Kidnapping of Edward Pink. Part Sixteen. 14″x18″. Oil on Canvas.
And the big reveal here is that Edward Pink wears reading glasses!
Liberty and Laurel, oil on canvas. 11″x14″.
The Kidnapping of Edward Pink: The Capture. Oil on canvas, 14″x18″.
It occurred to me that I really haven’t covered the actual capturing of Edward Pink. This painting hopefully describes it well enough, but if it doesn’t, you will just have to wait until the fall when the official ‘Kidnapping of Edward Pink’ calendar is released. It will answer all remaining questions. I promise.
The Knitter, oil on canvas. 11″x14″.
And yes, that is a Pussyhat in the collection. Seemed fitting for the Women’s March today!
House of the Iguanas. Oil on canvas, 12″x16″.
2017 is here and so are these whimsical journals! Perfect for diaries, doodling and dreaming.
Muskoka Manor, 12″x14″, oil on canvas. For sale on etsy.
For those of you unfamiliar with Ontario, Muskoka is cottage country just north of Toronto. It’s a lovely place, but I won’t go there as it’s north of Barrie, Ontario and I won’t go north of Barrie, Ontario. The issue is that I tend to attract wildlife. Skunks, raccoons, snakes, and of course, bears. The last time I ventured north of Barrie was for a friend’s wedding. It was a lovely wedding, held at a resort near Muskoka. It had a nice beach and plenty of beautiful scenery, but when I walked out into the parking lot of the hotel, I encountered a mother bear and two cubs. This was on the heels of staying at another friend’s cottage in Muskoka and encountering water snakes and spiders the size of quarters. Spiders the size of quarters may sound like nothing to people who live in warmer climates, but the one advantage of enduring mind numbing cold six months of the year is that we tend to go without that kind of creature. Except, well, north of Barrie. So, this is what I imagine Muskoka to look like in the winter with a polka dot horse and pet pigs wearing warm sweaters.
Although it may be the season of candy canes and mistletoe, I couldn’t help but post these little witchy gems in my etsy shop. Based on my painting ‘All Of Them Witches’, this handy-dandy pad of tear-away note cards is a fun way to communicate with friends and family– possibly a spirit or too as well!
Garden of Allah Hotel, 10″x12″, oil on canvas. For sale on etsy.
The Garden of Allah Hotel has captured my imagination for many years. It was a hotel located in Hollywood, California, on the Sunset Strip and was well known for having many celebrity guests like Frank Sinatra, Ava Gardner, Ernest Hemingway. Even F. Scott Fitzgerald lived there for a short time in the late 1930’s. It was the kind of place where a party began on the terrace, and by early morning, the party was in the pool- suits, gowns and gimlets be damned. It was built in 1913 and it was gone before the 60’s even arrived.
The Peppermint Family Trim The Tree. Oil on canvas, 11″x14″. Sold.
I have a feeling that the Peppermint family spends their weekends driving around the countryside decorating random evergreens.
The Christmas Camel Preferred A More Temperate Climate. Oil on canvas, 8″x10″. For sale on etsy.
I thought I would kick off the Christmas season with the Northern Christmas Llama’s friendly rival. They often compete for the spotlight.
From November 13 until December 25 we will be donating $1 from every item sold in our etsy store towards ‘EROC’ (END RAPE ON CAMPUS) a US advocacy group that works to end sexual violence through direct support for survivors and their communities.
The Woman from the North, 12″x16″. For sale on etsy.
This just seemed like an appropriate painting to post today.
Old Town, oil on canvas, 12″x16″. For sale in my etsy shop.
Just going for a Sunday drive with my pets….
I’m happy to announce that we are developing a stationery range! The pocket notebook collection is available now, but over the next year, journals, notepads, calendars, wrapping paper and cards will be added to the mix. For several years, I’ve dabbled in stationery with licensing imagery to third party publishers, and although I really wanted to create and publish my own collection, it always seemed such a daunting task. But then the stars aligned (I befriended a graphic designer) and in between gin and tonic fueled talks, things began to fall into place. I should also mention that the range will be available for wholesale.