Monday, December 27, 2010

Chopping Block


20x20"
oil on canvas
$489.00
(Canadian funds)

I love fresh garden tomatoes. These are the next best thing, tomatoes on the vine from the store ripened on my counter with a pinch of salt.
Happy new year!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Jube Jube Light Bulbs


6x6
oil on panel
$150.00 (Canadian funds)

I love the old style Christmas lights. They look like glowing candies breaking up the darkness, not making it look so vast.
May you see a bit of light that warms your soul this holiday season.

Blessings,
Deltra

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Citrus Outside


6x6
oil on panel
$150.00 (Canadian funds)

The Christmas oranges are out. They are Tangerines for the most part. I however prefer to buy Navel oranges this time of year as this is when they are the sweetest. Yum!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Paint Tubes


6x6
oil on panel
$150.00 (Canadian funds)

A painters tools and supplies.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Old Pair


6x6
oil on panel
$150.00 (Canadian funds)

I had to get new glasses a while back. This is my old pair. I can't wait to paint my new ones.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Seeing Stars


6x6
oil on panel
$150.00 (Canadian funds)

I am having troubles lately photographing my images. I prefer to take photos of my work outside. The dilemma I am having and always have from November to March is the snow. Snow is very bright and its everywhere, controlling reflections on the paintings is almost impossible. Not to mention the plummeting temperatures -30˚C
(-22˚F) and colder last week. I am forever trying to find new ways to improve photo quality so if anyone has any suggestions for taking photos of paintings indoors I would welcome it!
Stay warm my northern friends!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Cups Stacked


6x6
oil on panel
$150.00 (Canadian funds)

This is a small study of cups that were stacked on my table. I really piled the paint on this one.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Trancparency Perceived



6x6
oil on panel
$150.00 (Canadian funds)

It sometimes takes me a while to set up items to paint. I arrange and rearrange before I get something that works. In this case the transparency of the small bottle distorting a small amount of the objects beyond is what makes the whole piece interesting to me. It took some work to see what wasn't there. I am glad I persevere.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Cornered


6x6
oil on panel
$150.00 (Canadian funds)

Got back into the studio last Saturday for the first time in a while. It took a bit to settle in but once I did it was a good session. This painting was the result. Looking forward to many many more moments at the easel.



I can't believe my baby son is a year old already. It has been a year of change and adapting. I look forward to this next season in my life. I invite you to continue following my work as I progress. Thanks for sticking with me during these changes. Feel free to drop me a line to let me know you are still out there.

Deltra

Monday, August 16, 2010

Newspaper Article


It was nice to receive a bit of press coverage on the show last week. Take a read to see my thoughts behind all the work. There is still four more days left of the show if you haven't yet gone to see it.
Click on the article to view it larger.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Broken and Beautiful


24x60"
oil on canvas
(click on image to view larger)

Wow has time got away on me. Our summer has been busy. Swim lessons, road trips and visits to the lake. Our family is enjoying it so much!

This painting was completed at the end of June, just in time to hang in my show. It is a cup of my grandmas that fell off the shelf. I was sad when it broke but when I put it back up on the shelf and lived with it for a while in its broken state it started to take on this new beauty. It took time to see it but eventually I felt it had a stronger story to tell because of its brokenness.

This painting and others are still on display at the Spruce Grove Art Gallery until August 20th so if you are in the area I would love for you to check it out. The information is on the side of my blog.

Thanks to my friends who came out to the opening reception. It was so nice to visit with you all.

Hope you are all enjoying your summer and I will be back posting paintings again in September.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Underneath


20x20"
Oil on 2"profile gallery stretched canvas

My lily of the valley only sends out two stems of blooms each year. You see I tried to kill them off one year to make room for a chair and table set. A place in the shade to cool off during the sunny summer days. These little guys I have discovered are very persistent every year poking up from underneath the chairs, landscaping cloth and gravel as if to bashfully say with bended heads "Hello again, we are still here, we are not going to go anywhere!" I am kind of glad they make their shy appearance every spring they have found a way into my heart again and thus perhaps will find their way into another space in my garden.

Where have I been? June was a very busy month painting a very large canvas for a show I have coming up starting July 27th.



feel free to check out the side of my blog for the show information too. If you are receiving this as one of my subscribers, just click on my blog link below.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Rooting


12"x12"
2"profile gallery wrapped stretched canvas

I trimmed some plants to make a terrarium on mothers day and put the trimmings in a jar of water in hopes that they will root and create more plants. We will see what happens.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Glasses


20x20"
oil on 2"profile gallery wrapped stretched canvas

I bought this beautiful striped scarf at my favorite shop to find still life stuff "One Man's Treasure". I finally was able to include it in this composition. I especially liked painting the folds.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Stage Fright SOLD



20x20"
oil on 2" profile, gallery wrapped, stretched canvas

The two new actors huddle together at center stage struck with a bad case of stage fright. They feel all eyes on them... will they remember there lines... Oh the nerves! Thank goodness for the coaching they are receiving just off stage.

Just a note I am getting ready for a small show of my work to be held at the Allied Arts Council in Spruce Grove, here in Alberta. Most of the work will be posted here on my blog, but if you get a chance to come and see them in person, that would be wonderful. Keep checking in for more details come closer to the beginning of August.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Step Right Up


18x24"
oil on 2" profile gallery wrapped stretched canvas

What kind of snake oil is this green pot peddling? I think the glass marbles are being lured in by his beaconing call, they seem to be curious at this spectacle. Hmm they might be wiser to stay clear.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Ranunculus


12x12"
oil on 2"profile gallery wrapped stretched canvas

I painted this one a little while ago. I hadn't painted in a while and just wanted to get back at it. I laid out my palette and just started to paint. My goal was to lay down as much pure color as possible keeping everything quite clean and defined. I love how the ground color (red) peeks through the peddles of the flower and how the shapes in the vase look abstracted. I am fairly happy with this one considering how long it had been since I painted and that my son naps for only 45 minutes at the longest if Im lucky. Nap time is when I try to get into the studio. Its good to be back!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Walking the Red Carpet


6x6"
oil on panel

I found this little creamer at my favorite shop One Mans Treasure here in Stony Plain. I couldn't wait to get it home and do a painting. I have a feeling it will show up in a few paintings from time to time as it was such a joy to paint.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Mug and Willow SOLD


16 x20"
Oil on gallery wrapped canvas

I got into the studio the other day and painted this one. I have a collection of these colored mugs that I love. They are like old friends. So it felt like I was having this conversations with this old friend whom I hadn't seen in a while. Our conversation just picked up were it last left off. You know the type of friend? It filled my soul.

What else has been filling my soul...
This is Corwyn, the little man that has brought so much joy!

Here are the two brothers. These boys are what has been occupying my time lately. They are so much fun! And oh how they love each other!

Hope to be in the studio now a bit more. I will post photos of my new space soon too.

Be well,
till next time...

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Creative Meditative Workshop

Hello,

It has been way too long since I have put up a post. We are still working on renovations and moving rooms around to accommodate our new baby. We are starting to see light at the end of the tunnel however.

I was asked to do a creative meditation workshop last weekend. A very talented photographer Beth of Beth + Ryan Photography took these photos while participating in the workshop. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. Thank you so much Beth!






I had the women look out the windows to the trees by the lake. I read some very inspiring words from a book called Anonymous by Alicia Britt-Chole.

The prologue of the book uses trees to illustrate how our lives have different seasons. She talks about how her skin prefers their role in the summer, but her soul prefers their teachings in the winter. Then she gets into their teachings. She is an amazing wordsmith if you are looking to be inspired.

Then we sculpted trees with wire and glass beads









"Abundance may make us feel more productive, but perhaps emptiness has greater power to strengthen our souls. In spiritual winters, our fullness is thinned so that, undistracted by our giftings, we can focus upon our character."
Taken from the prologue of Alicia Britt Chole's book Anonymous