1014 Montreal Winter Scene, The Open Door, 8x10, oil on board

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I really liked the look of this house, especially the open door and the clutter. It is both a portrait (as the house is a character) and a narrative....the open door, the flag, the clutter. Charming.

1013 McGill Ghetto, Moving In, 8x10, oil on board

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I saw this adorable pair and thought I've gotta paint that narrative. I couldn't decide whether they were moving in, or back from the holidays, or just heading to the library with a lot of those heavy textbooks in that roller bag. I finally decided they were best friends moving in.

1007 Montreal Street Scene, Bishop, 8x10, oil on board

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I not a hundred percent sure this isn't Crescent. I always get them mixed up. The Musee is just around the corner on Sherbrooke.

1006 Pont Jacques-Cartier, 8x10, oil on board

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I just love the collage-like feeling to this painting. I accidentally spelt it Jaques Cartier and had to go back in and fix that. I was so tempted to just leave it (I'm soooo lazy) but I just knew I'd get heat for that. Only took a couple of minutes to repaint the sign. But you know how it is.....Once you "fix" one thing you start "fixing" everything else.  You don't stop till you're at the point of ruining the whole thing.....Phew. I like the results. And I won't get heat for anything.
I know the title is misleading. But I'll take heat for that. I'm leaving it. I'll paint the actual bridge another day.

999 Sunflowers and Blue Bird, 18x24, oil on stretched canvas

This bluebird figurine adds two things to this painting. It balances the composition and adds an element of narrative. I found bluebird at a consignment shop in Victoria a few years ago. He's appeared in a number of paintings. I'm always on the lookout for bird figurines. I'd be glad to find one even damaged but I think people just don't want to part with these darling things. Sigh.

997 Sunflowers in a Mason Jar, 8x10, oil on board

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This is another bunch of sunflowers I got from the local weekend farmers market. I have a collection of different Mason jars. I really like flowers in jars. Especially the type of flowers grown in local gardens. Just such a homey feeling.

995 Le Plateau Mont Royal, Montreal Winter Scene

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I did this a while back and just found it amongst my stuff. I'm posting it here as a preview of what's to come. Sigh, after a long wonderful hot summer we will have a cozy snowy slushy wonderful winter.

994 Poppies in the Veggie Patch, 12x16, oil on canvas

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I did this yesterday in the garden. Someone gave me some poppy seeds and what a lovely varied assortment came up. We had a heat spell that lasted two months and the veggies just loved it. I just tossed another handful of poppy seeds into the bed. I want to be painting them into the fall. All the other flowers have gone but the bachelor buttons are coming back. and there are a few pink roses still.  I just love summer. 

993 Pink Peonies, 8x10, oil on board

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Peonies embody romance and prosperity and are regarded as an omen of a happy marriage. The peony is the traditional floral symbol of China. 
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992 Wild Roses in a Mason Jar, 8x10, oil




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 I did this today from life. I love wild roses but they don't last long as a cut flower. The fragrance is like cloves. Intoxicating.
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