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The Huntress

The Huntress (2)

The Huntress, oil on canvas, 11"x14". Sold.

There's just something about a big red gown and a dark horse.  I was on a horse- once.  It reared up on it's hind legs and took off through a forest.  The more I screamed, the more it ran.  That was the last time I ever dared go near a horse.  Beautiful creatures, but I like living....

Oh, and yes, she's wearing little lace gloves.

Posted & filed under fairytale, Paintings, women.

A Good Morning…

new chair

A good morning is when a chair that you really can't afford shows up on your front doorstep and you charge it to your husband's credit card.

I'm rationalizing it by the fact that I turned 35 a few weeks ago and needed to celebrate it with a piece of new furniture.  Also, most of the 'good' furniture in the house is actually my husband's- I had the house, he had the furniture, so at least I can claim this piece- well, sort of.

Now, if I can just stop my girlfriends from sloshing red wine all over it for at least a month...

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Two Day Sale On All Prints!


I was trying to think of a good way to celebrate the new site and blog, then it dawned on me to have a big  print sale in my etsy shop! I've never had a sale before, and it seemed like a fitting thing to do. The sale will start today at 7pm est and continue through until Sunday at 7pm est.   I've taken everything down in my shop until the sale starts later today.  I won't reveal the discount, but it's pretty decent.....Hope you can check it out!


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New Website And Blog!


Exciting things are happening here at Janet Hill Studio!  My new website and my new blog are up!  Please visit my site and tell me what you think.  I especially love the portfolio page- it was much more than I ever could have anticipated.

I would really love to thank Ashley Yousling from Bella Cosa Design for all of her hard work and for making this such a super smooth transition for me.   We always seemed to be on the same page from the very beginning with sharing ideas  and the result is a website that far exceeded my expectations.

Oh, and if you're wondering what the heck is with the Christmas painting, it's actually one that I worked on for a card company, and I'll likely be releasing the original next month on etsy.  Just thought that I should provide some sort of visual stimulation!

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Another Giveaway!


I have another giveaway for an 11"x14" print going on over at prettylulu.

Please visit her blog and follow the guidelines if you're interested. Chelsea (prettylulu) has also started her own etsy shop, so please drop by and take a peek...or even better, a purchase! I'm loving her dupioni silk pillows.

Posted & filed under Giveaways.

Still Life With Olives And Vinegar

Still Life With Olives And Vinegar, oil on canvas, 16"x20". Sold.

This is a larger painting (hence the price) of a Spanish inspired still-life with a jar of olives, cans of tuna and sardines (yum yum), and a bottle of balsamic vinegar. I love doing still-life pieces, although the term 'Still-Life' seems to send shivers down my spine thanks to too many still-life drawing classes when I was in grade nine. I swear my art teacher would troll garage sales and seek out the ugliest vases, fake fruit, and discarded dish cloths for the class to paint. I found myself too distracted by the mystery stains on everything to actually paint anything. I was also troubled by the fact that if the actual still life was unsightly, then what was the likelihood of the painting looking attractive?

Posted & filed under Paintings.

Joy Of Cooking Still Reigns

Last night I had my mother-in-law over for a belated Canadian Thanksgiving. I decided to do the whole spread in hopes of impressing her- turkey, stuffing, gravy, carrots, yams....even though my experience with cooking meat, and doing fiddly things like gravy making is pretty much non-existent. I consider myself to be a Nigella-type cook (a little of this and a lot of that) and basically play around with recipes. Something told me that you can't really play around with gravy. This made me nervous. What also made me nervous was that my parents who usually do the whole Thanksgiving thing, were away on some lovely island off the coast of Vancouver and I felt badly phoning them to ask about gravy. So, I phoned my brother (who lives in Vancouver) and bothered him. He kept talking about ounces and grams and before I knew it, I was confused. Then I remembered my mother had some badly battered copy of 'The Joy Of Cooking' in her recipe cupboard. Thank God! Sure, there are recipes for squirrel and various other rodents, but the pan gravy recipe was clear and concise, and with a little hand holding, I produced some darn good gravy. Well, at least that's what my husband and mother-in-law said. Maybe, they were just being nice....

I also fell in love with the look of this tattered book. I think I may have to paint it.

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Stella’s Hideaway

Stella's Hideaway, oil on canvas, 9"x12", Sold.

I'm not really sure as to why I called this painting 'Stella's Hideaway'. It just looked like the kind of place that a woman called Stella would inhabit with all of her brightly patterned fabrics. Some days I wish I had a hideaway (especially during Shocktoberfest)....maybe the shed in the garden would work?

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The Sequined Clutch

The Sequined Clutch, oil on canvas, 12"x16".Sold.

There is something about this painting that makes me think of Elizabeth Taylor in 'BUtterfield 8'. What a great film. No other film made me want to drink gin martinis the way that film did. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO VIEW PAINTING ON ETSY.

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My husband has taken to calling what he once referred to as 'The Thirty Days of Halloween' to 'Shocktoberfest'. I'm surviving it- I think. I don't mind watching horror films every now and then, but for thirty days straight is a little much. I've had a few nightmares, and likely have put on an extra pound thanks to the wine I've been drinking to calm my nerves during the films. If I had to pick one of the better ones, I would say that a Spanish film called 'The Baby's Room' pretty much hits the 'Shocktoberfest' mark. It actually made me leap out of my chair and scream. It's one of the scenes where you think you seen something terrifying, in fact, you know you have, and can't believe what you just saw (because it's on the screen for a split second) and you don't want to reverse the film because you know you will never be the same. You know? And for anyone who's seen the film...it's the scene with the man/thing under the bed. Yikes! Anyway, I would like to think that my husband isn't trying to terrify me, rather he's just trying to give me all the knowledge that I would need in case anything ranging from a serial killer to a giant squid monster were to come after me. I would like to think that I wouldn't run up the stairs (if we had them) and not out the door. I've also learned that it's the most unlikely of weapons that always saves the final girl in the end, like an apple press or a magnet.

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