Moon Flowers

Moon Flowers, oil on canvas paper. 16″x20″. Sold.

With spring underway, I thought I might switch things up a little and experiment with some canvas paper.  There’s something about it that makes me paint a little differently– more sketchy.  I’ve got a number of them on the go, but here is the first one.  These paper sketches have to be framed as they have no stretcher, but that’s cool.  Has anyone tried out Framebridge yet?  It seems like a pretty interesting way to frame.

On a slightly less cool note, I want to thank everyone who was super supportive about the copyright infringement situation.  I’m relieved that no one else has mentioned seeing these things anywhere else– fingers naively crossed.  I will provide an update once I get more information.

Have a great weekend!


Mathilda The Red

Mathilda The Red, oil on canvas, 14″x18″. Sold.

Revisiting my love of lady pirates today.  Don’t let her pleasant demeanor fool you, she’s got poison darts in that pretty parasol.


The Etiquette of Blackmail


The Etiquette of Blackmail, oil on canvas, 18″x18″.  For sale on etsy.

Lets talk blackmail. The first time I ever heard the term, I immediately imagined a sinister black envelope. Probably with red handwriting and maybe a red and black stamp. It scared me. And I think I had good reason to be scared as it seemed to be an epidemic, at least that’s what Hollywood wanted me to believe. I was certain that one day when I was much older, and very rich, and possibly blonde, I would be lounging by the pool, and my cabana boy would present me with a morning Mimosa and the mail, and in that pile of mail, would be the dreaded black envelope. I would be done for.

Yet in real life, it seems blackmail doesn’t happen very often, and when it does, it’s likely not very dramatic. But in the rare event that it were to happen, I believe that there should be an etiquette to it, just as these two ladies are teaching us here.  Blackmail served with tea (something strong and smoky like Lapsang) and lots of little cakes and sandwiches with the crusts cut off would really help to make the experience a much more pleasant one.


The Hollow

The Hollow, 11″x14″, oil on canvas. Sold.

And if you haven’t had your fill of witches yet, may I recommend watching American Horror Story: Coven if you haven’t already. It’s such a delight to find a show that embraces more seasoned actresses such as Jessica Lange, Angela Bassett, Kathy Bates, and Francis Conroy. These women are powerhouses and know how to push the boundaries between horror and camp. I mean just watch Angela Bassett and Jessica Lange as they exchange pleasantries here. Toss in a guest appearance by Stevie Nicks and it really doesn’t get much more magical than that.

The Villainess

The Villainess. Oil on canvas, 12″x14″.  Sold.

Let’s talk lady villains.  I’ve always had a fascination towards villainesses (I’m not even sure if that’s a word, but who cares).  Particularly if they dress like Joan Crawford, own wild animals, and wear a monocle.  That’s another fascination of mine, women with monocles.  My favourite Slim Aarons photograph is Monocled Miss.  She’s so glamorous and mysterious, lounging in bed with her newspaper and her honeydew melon breakfast.  Also captured in that one image is the memory of my favourite board game ‘Clue’– Colonel Mustard perhaps? Anyway, I’m off to enjoy a martini and plot someone’s demise.


The Mermaid Inn

The Mermaid Inn, oil on canvas, 12″x16″.  For sale on etsy.

The Fiat Jolly is just too cool for skool.  I just wrote that didn’t I?  Here’s an off topic little side story that doesn’t involve mermaids but does involve bridesmaids which I think bear some relation to each other. A few years back, I attended a wedding and I was in the ladies room talking to some of the bridesmaids as we were touching up our make-up.  These bridesmaids were a little younger than me and they were the kind of girls who were very popular in high school, so I was trying my best to fit in with them– you know, act like I was a little younger than I actually was.  At some point, I referred to something as ‘old school’ and it was like I had just opened a fresh can of Napalm.  I remember the room got quiet and shifty squinty glances were tossed back and forth between them in the mirror.  They quickly left the room and ignored me the rest of the evening.  When I told John what happened, he felt that I could have fixed it all with a round of high fives as they rushed past me and out the door.  Not sure about that.



The Kidnapping Of Edward Pink: Part Four And Five.


The Kidnapping Of Edward Pink, Part Four and Five.  Oil on canvas, 8″x10″.  Sold.

The plot is thickening for Edward Pink.  It seems she has taken him to a hotel-  or perhaps somewhere more private like her own lair discreetly cloaked in pink bougainvillea.



The Kidnapping Of Edward Pink. Part Three.

The Kidnapping Of Edward Pink. Part Three.  Oil on canvas, 8″x10″.  For sale on etsy.

I know the day is coming when I will have to explain why and how Edward Pink has been kidnapped.   Does this mysterious brunette have unnatural superhuman strength?  Is she blackmailing him?  How is she able to keep him under her thumb so easily?  And now there’s a Spaniel involved.  The prequel to this story is coming soon.


At The Ursula Academy For The Supernaturally Gifted, Fledgling Firestarter Nicholas Burns Arrives On His First Day With His Mother And A Necessary Safety Precaution.

At The Ursula Academy For The Supernaturally Gifted, Fledgling Firestarter Nicholas Burns Arrives On His First Day With His Mother And A Necessary Safety Precaution.  Oil on canvas, 18″x24″.  For sale on etsy.

This particular theme had so many possibilities.  At first I was going to depict Nicholas standing at the front of his class on ‘Speech Day’ as a nervous wreck.  There was going to be a trash can on fire in the corner and a very concerned teacher unsure of how to deal with it.  The idea was that Nicholas had yet to master his pyrokinetic abilities which had a tendency to flare up during moments of anxiety.  It got a little complicated so I opted for his mom and a fire extinguisher instead.  That way I could also show some of the exterior of the academy and the pretty hollyhocks.


Enchanted Dancers

Continuing with my stage performers theme this month, here are three ‘Enchanted Dancers’ paintings.  They are all 5″x7″ in size, oil on canvas and available right now!

From left to right:

In La Sylphide The Forest Fairies Were Always Real.

Moulting Season Often Posed A Challenge For The Swan Queen.

The Music Box Ballerina’s Mesmerizing Debut Performance As The Sugar Plum Fairy.



Swan.  Oil on canvas.  12″x16″.  Sold.

It took every ounce of self-control that I could muster to not correct her neck.  I’m really not a stickler for proper proportioning…. you know it.  I have huge heads, elongated arms, one leg longer than the other etc etc, but that neck was hard for me.   I toned it down a lot, and now she’s just a ballerina in Swan Lake rather than a real swan.   Swans are vicious anyway.  Are ballerinas?