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

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

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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974 Montreal Street Scene, University, 8x10, oil on board

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This is the view from University above Av des Pins. The overpass is a walkway between the former Royal Victoria Hospital and the Neurological Hospital.