Another Trip to NYC, another reflection painting.

This one includes Van Gogh prints in the window. This time, I'm back to oils, but using a palette knife as much as I can. 

New for Canada's 150

To celebrate Canada's 150th, I thought a tribute to Gord would be a good start. This image is from their last show,

in Kingston, which I was thrilled to be there for. I am hoping to incorporate some new inspiration and techniques. 


Work in Progress.

I am trying out acrylics for the first time in years! They are very different than oils,

and definitely take some getting used to. 

Facilitating the art of my babies

Just for fun, obviously, we did a little self-portrait painting together. All I did was print the images and make sure they had lots of paint on their brushes. They turned out really well. Proud Momma!

Glossing photographs and paintings.

This has become a big trend in the art world. You can see glossed works of art in many galleries in Toronto. It creates a glass-like finish on an oil painting. It also works very well on pieces with lots of texture. The gloss accentuates the texture of the paint or mixed-media even more. I have used it on a few paintings, but my newest love is printing photographs very large and mounting them on wood and glossing them. It is a unique way of displaying photographs, without the traditional frame and glass.


So, first I have the images printed to match the size of wood panel I have. Wood panels can be bought at art supply stores, like Curry's pr Michael's. They are flat wood surfaces with wood sides, so they hang like a canvas. Then I stain the entire board, to treat the wood, and the stain at the sides will show (like a frame). Then use a primer or gesso to coat the flat surface you will glue your photograph to.

When glueing the photo, use a glue stick. Cover both, the photo and the board and stick together. DO NOT use spray adhesive, as the gloss will lift it right up (I learned that the hard way).  




In order to ensure, the glue holds, lay the piece, face down, on a clean flat surface. Make sure it is free of any debris or small particles. Then, cover it in books, or weights, or anything you have that is heavy and can be distributed evenly over the entire board. I used encyclopedia books. It is nice to have a use for them since the internet.



When you are ready to gloss, read ALL of the instructions on the packager first. This stuff is incredibly toxic. You will want to wear a respirator and good gloves.




If all of this sounds too complicated. Contact me and I can do a piece for you.





 This is a close-up of the edge of a glossed piece. The effect it gives is very hard to photograph, but you can see how the gloss goes right over the image and down the edge. I like the drip marks and areas of pooling under the piece. It makes it look homemade, which it is.











Reflections in the gloss