Saturday, April 19, 2014

"Blessings" encaustic painting by Sharon Lynn Williams

"Blessing", 12 x 24" encaustic on cradled panel
not for sale

As this weekend is Easter, I thought I would show you a painting I made for a dear friend. The backdrop is the second day of creation when God separated the water from the sky. The Hebrew text is from Numbers 6:24-26
-“The Lord bless you
    and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine on you
    and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you
    and give you peace."

This is my Easter prayer for each of you. 

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Friday, April 11, 2014

"Surge", encaustic painting by Sharon Lynn Williams

"Surge", 12 x 12" encaustic on deep cradled panel, stained and varnished on edges
$475, click here to purchase

I have been back to playing in the wax, and am thoroughly enjoying the exploration. This painting was an exercise in controling the wax and in using metalic and irridescent pigments. The yellow part (sky) was fused using a flat tacking iron, which allows you to move the paint around, creating a layed effect. The violet section is irridescent violet pigment, which only shows violet when you look at it from a certain direction. The turquoise (water) was fused with a heat gun in multiple layers of colour and texture. It is too bad that encaustics don't photograph very well, and you can't see all the texture, both implied (by various combinations of colours) and actual (physical layers and holes in the surface). What looks brown in the photo is actually irredescent gold pigment, which shines as you look at the painting in different directions. Very cool -but I guess you'll have to take my word for it!!

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Monday, March 31, 2014

"Life's Events" mixed media collage demo by Sharon Lynn Williams

"Life's Events", 16 x 16" collage and acrylic
$475 -on gallery wrap canvas, no frame needed -click here to purchase

This is my latest collage painting, and I thought I would share the steps this one went through on its journey.

In the first step, I gathered together relatively neutral hand painted and altered papers, which had been coated on both sides with polymer medium. The illustration board that I used as my support also had several coats of gloss medium on it. Then I randomly arranged the papers, aiming for repetition of line throughout. Then I ironed them down with a tack iron set on high with a silicone sheet (from labels) between the work and the iron.

I continued to add more papers to get a colour theme going and to break up some of the larger shapes. I was going for composition at this stage -a way to guide the eye through out the painting.

I kept turning the painting around to see how it best worked. I then applied some titan buff fluid acrylic paint with a foam roller around the exterior of the painting to keep the interest in the centre, rubbing some of it back while wet.

Lots of time thinking, turning and painting was spent between the last 2 steps! In the end I decided to cut into the design with a solid yellow background, forcing the collage bits to become one unified shape against the background. I added some balck and white deli paper that I had painted through a stencil to get some bold contrast, and painted over a lot of the paer from the initial layer. Adding the stars (taken from some of the original papers) seemed to create a story for the painting. I began to think of life's events as stars, some big, some small, some that stand out and change the path of your life, while others are just small moments in the overall plan of a life. I just love it when the work speaks to me and guides me to the finish. The joy of pure creativity!

I will be teaching a Mixed Media Collage workshop at Swintons Art Supply in Calgary April 11-13. Please click here for the details and to register.

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

"Menagerie" Encaustic Mixed Media painting by Sharon Lynn Williams

"Dancing In Time", 6 x 6" encaustic mixed media on gallery wrap canvas
$150, click here to purchase

I have been playing around with combining collage and encaustic painting lately. It is interesting to see how the encaustic reacts to the elements, and it is fun to be able to not have to wait for things to dry before progressing the painting.

Just a reminder that the 10% coupon for purchases on my website comes to a close on Monday, March 31st. Just enter 'celebrateslw' when checking out. You can chose between a digital download of my plein air painting book, 1 of 2 watercolour instruction dvd's, or even an original piece of art to hang in your home. If there is a painting you would like but it is not in the shop, please contact me to see if it still available.

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Celebrate With Me! Discount Coupon by Sharon Lynn Williams

"On the Banks Of Fish Creek" 24 x 30" oil on canvas

My beautiful daughter Rebecca gave me a wonderful gift this Christmas: a new online presence. I am very proud of the look of the new site, and the only thing I regret is how much time and effort it has cost her to bring all my online dreams to reality (instead of working on her PhD!). This beautiful piece of work is found here. To help me celebrate, I am offering a special discount for all items in the new shop at a 10% discount. Simply navigate to the 'Shop', select what you might like - from a digital download of my book (new), one of 2 watercolour DVD's, or even a painting, and when you go to check out, enter the coupon code celebrateslw in the coupon box. Please note: The coupon expires on March 31st, so don't delay! The discount will be calculated and you will be able to pay with a credit card using the extremely secure 'Stripe' platform. All very professional if I say so myself!  Please let me know what you think of the website, especially if you have any problems viewing or navigating it - it may still be a work in progress...

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Pen & Watercolour Sketches from Arizona & New Mexico by Sharon Lynn Williams

It has been over a month since I last posted, I am embarrassed to say! I have been very busy working on my NEW WEBSITE which is now live -check it out and let me know what you think. It has been a huge labour of love by my beautiful daughter who gave it to me for Christmas. I don't think either of us realized just how much time it would take us to get it up and rolling according to my vision for all that I wanted it to be.
Also, I was thrilled to go on a 9 day art viewing retreat to Arizona and New Mexico with some of my favourite art buddies. We visited a TON of art galleries and artist studios in Scottsdale, Santa Fe and Sedona. I came back with so much inspiration that I didn't know what to do with it all!
I made several pen and ink and watercolour quick sketches during our trip, which are presented in this post for your viewing pleasure.

 I haven't had much experience with cacti, and just had to capture their wonderful forms.

 I did this one from the car and painted it afterwards. We drove through some sleet on the way to Santa Fe.
I am really impressed with the building code in Santa Fe, that all homes etc must be done in the adobe style. It really adds to the wonderful ambiance of Santa Fe, which I love.

 We stayed in the wonderful (?) Wigwam Motel in Holbrook on Route 66 -a throwback to the 60's. There are a bunch of old cars in the parking lot, and I couldn't resist this one.

Our last stop was to visit Montezuma's Castle. It is incredible to me that those folks would climb the cliffs to farm and to get water, while everything is so easy in our lives today. Makes me appreciate all that I have!

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Monday, February 10, 2014

"Waiting For Robin" encaustic painting by Sharon Lynn Williams

"Waiting For Robin", 8x8" encaustic on 3/4" panel
$250 unframed, but painted with the green encaustic paint around the edges
Available at Fallen Leaf Gallery, Canmore, click here to purchase

More playing around with encaustic paint -just love the richness of the colour and the texture that is SO easy to get. I bought a tiny creme brûlée type torch so that I could make the eggs smooth without destroying the texture of the nest next to it -worked like a charm.

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

"Bird's Eye View" acrylic painting by Sharon Lynn Williams

"Bird's Eye View", 16 x 16" acrylic on gallery wrap canvas
$650 unframed, click here to purchase

More playing with layering acrylics using Golden's Open Acrylics to slow the drying time down.  I did the background and then painted a raven in flight on top using a stencil I cut. Then I decided to add the clouds as it looked like the bird is in the sky looking down on the earth from way above. Such fun!!! Not the greatest photo as it is 16x16" on gallery wrap canvas -had to take the photo against the window and it is not great sunlight this deep into the winter so you can see the texture of the canvas. I will take a better picture, which I am happy to send you if you are interested. Hope to get more time to paint tomorrow!


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Sunday, February 2, 2014

"January's Colours", encaustic by Sharon Lynn Williams

"January's Colours", 12 x 12" encaustic on cradled panel
$475, available at Fallen Leaf Gallery, Canmore, AB

I have been playing around with encaustic painting again, this time trying to work more in the style of my plein air oil paintings, to see where that would go. It is quite a different medium and it always surprises you as you cannot totally control things!

On a personal note, I just had an amazing time at Breakforth in Edmonton with my new friend Margaret. I have heard from the Lord and now will be taking my art in perhaps new directions, certainly with a renewed focus of working for His glory and fame. Risky, I know, after a decade of trying to get where I am in my career, but I am excited to see what He will do! It is all in His hands and I am trusting Him with the results.

My wonderful artist friend Crystal Marie Neubauer posted this on her blog for the new year, and she has nailed my sentiments exactly:

"My word for this year is HOPE. Hope for a future. Hope for my own life's purpose and a plan to help get me there. Hope that I have redeemed value and worth, that I have a voice and can be used by and for a cause much greater then myself. Hope in promises given to me years ago and the desire to instill and pass on this hope to others. Hope that brings freedom, and new life and purpose, that strengthens identities, binds up and heals old wounds, restores, redeems, and brings about long lasting change.

This kind of hope has nothing to do with empty wishing, or white knuckled determination or resolve. It is the kind of hope that knows it is not all up to me, and that there is a God who sees me and is taking my flaws and turning them into one of His treasured works.

No this year I don't want the shaky ground of resolutions, I want to stand on the promises of hope.

"He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners."

Thank you Crystal for your beautifully expressed words!


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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

"Products of A Busy Mind", abstract mixed media painting by Sharon Lynn Williams

"Products Of A Busy Mind", 12 x 12" collage and acrylic
$575 framed, click here to purchase

Finally, new work!! This painting began as an abstract collage in shades of grey, black and white, but I just cannot paint without colour, so I added some papers painted with my favorite colour Quinacridone Gold (I still have some of the original formulation). I varied the temperature of the black by using cool Paynes Grey for some and warmer Carbon black for others. All the papers in this are hand painted by moi. Somewhere along the line, I detected what could be a profile of a face, liked that direction and then it was smooth sailing from there. Once I have an idea of where a piece is going, it is much easier to make the decisions that are needed to bring it to a finish.

Once the faces made their way into the work, I decided to send the painting to the jury for the travelling ASA exhibit this year, and sadly, I just found out that it was rejected. That hurt, and for a few minutes I was really feeling bad about my art, and myself in general -you know how it is... It lasted for about half an hour and then got blasted away by my wonderful friends who cheered me up on Facebook. I'm afraid that I am not very objective about my own work, especially when it is newly birthed. All babies are beautiful -just ask any new mother!!

Onward and upward (I hope) -Enjoy!
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Thursday, January 9, 2014


I just placed an order for more of my books, and was thrilled to receive a coupon code for 20% off any blurb book, so I thought I would send it along to you! You can find my book here along with ordering directions and a 27 page preview of the book. This is a great deal, considering the 20% off.
I wrote the book to explain to art viewers how I got my painting from what they could see with their own eyes, but have found that artists are the main purchasers of the book. Sometimes folks just need permission to apply their own vision to a scene!
When you go to the Blurb site, just enter in the code GIFT in the coupon code area. THIS COUPON IS ONLY VALID UNTIL JANUARY 31, SO DON'T DELAY.

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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Mount Assiniboine Plein Air Painting Trip by Sharon Lynn Williams

"Between Terrapin and Magog", 9x9" plein air oil on board
$200 unframed, click here to purchase

In August I had the great adventure of taking a helicopter in to Mount Assiniboine (instead of doing the 24 km hike in with all my gear) to paint with friends for 5 days. Hiking around Lake Magog at Mt. Assiniboine's base takes you to this view -just loved the composition.

"The Towers-Assiniboine NP", 8x10" plein air oil on board
$200 unframed, click here to purchase

This is the view of one of the neatest mountain shapes around the area. There was a conveninet creek flowing from the bottom of it that made the neatest entry into the painting. This peak was compelling at many times of the day as the sun moved around it.

"Evening Light -Naiset Huts", 10x8" plein air oil on board
$395 FRAMMED, available at Fallen Leaf Gallery, Canmore or click here to purchase

As the light was fading and we were waiting for our friends to cook dinner (we took turns each night) the light was coming through the shadows of the tall evergreens and making a wonderful pattern on the roof of a neighbouring hut. I had about 30 minutes to capture it before it was totally gone. I did it in the "Dreama" style of using a wet transparent underpainting -the best for a quick take on a subject I've found.

"Hillside Wildflowers", 10x8" plein air oil on board
$200 unframed, click here to purchase

Along the path on one of our hikes we passed this amazing hillside just covered in all kinds of wildflowers. I returned later to give it a try, and I am pretty pleased with how it turned out.

"Totally Absorbed", 8x10" plein air oil on board
$200 unframed, click here to purchase

We were once again at the base of Mt Assiniboine to paint, but the mountain was covered with cloud and I didn't feel like painting it again. (I did make 2 tries at it, but am not too pleased with either of them. I did take photos so who knows, maybe I will give it a go this winter) This is my friend Pat who was, as the title suggests, totally absorbed in her painting.

It was a wonderful time exploring the area, but unfortunately the lovely weather we had for the first 2 days didn't hold out. I think I will go back another time as there is so much beauty to be had for very little effort (unlike O'Hara which involves quite a bit of trekking up mountainsides for the payoffs).

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Monday, December 23, 2013

Icefields Parkway Plein Air Painting Trip by Sharon Lynn Williams

 "Along The Sunwapta River", 7 x 12" plein air oil on board
$200 unframed, click here to purchase

More catching up!! At the end of June I was happy to go on a three day plein air/camping trip with my painting buddy Patti Dyment. We had wonderful weather and quite the adventure. We loved this spot last year, so decided to give it another go. You can see the first one here.

"Receding With Time", 12 x 9" plein air oil on board
$495 unframed, click here to purchase

This is the famous Crowfoot Glacier, which was one of the first sights I went to see when I moved to Alberta in 1978. It was MUCH larger at that time, so I thought I had better immortalize it at it's present size! I loved the J shape and the way the turquoise of the glacier shone through in places.

"Mt. Robertson. 9 x 12" plein air oil on board
$250 unframed, click here to purchase

On our first day out we found an overflow campground that had lots of room in it (It was the Canada Day long weekend, so there were lots of campers around). This mountain was in our view and we just loved the shapes, so we just had to paint it.

"Mt. Athabasca", 9 x 12" plein air oil on board
available at Fallen Leaf Gallery, Canmore AB- click here to purchase
After spending a large part of the day trying to capture the magnificence of this wonderful piece of ice sculpture, we decided to camp the night in the parking lot right across the road from it, in order to observe it as the sun went down and came back up. The time for the allen glow was really quick so all we had time for was photos. I think this would look great at 30 x 40", don't you?

"Mt. Andromeda", 9 x 12" plein air oil on board
available at Fallen Leaf Gallery, Canmore, AB -click here to purchase

This is the peak right next to Mt Athabasca above. You have to understand that these mountains are well over 11,000 feet tall and there isn't anything between the highway and the peaks except for the enormous Athabasca Glacier. This one was really difficult to paint as there were so many facets visible and not as deep a snow field covering them.

"What Lies Beyond", 8 x 8" plein air oil on board
$350 FRAMED, click here to purchase

This is the last painting of the trip. We were winding our way through the mountains and spotted this river which disappeared through a rock canyon. It must go over a falls just beyond our view due to the mist that was soaring up in the distance. It was fun to try to catch the feeling of that hidden power.


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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Plein Air Paintings From Bow Lake by Sharon Lynn Williams

"Bow Lake View", 10 x 8" plein air oil on board
$395 FRAMED, currently at Fallen Leaf Gallery, Canmore, AB

This July I had the privilege to be selected to have a show at Numtijah Lodge at Bow Lake along the Icefields Highway, along with my "plein air partner in paint" Patti Dyment. The location is magnificent and painting on location there is just a slice of heaven. This painting faithfully capture the view from the front of the lodge. There is a snow and glacier field at the top of the mountain that extends for miles, and is a primary feature along the amazing Icefields Parkway.

"Bow Glacier", 9 x 12" plein air oil on board
$495 FRAMED, currently at Fallen Leaf Gallery, Canmore, AB

This time I took a more close up view to try to capture the incredible texture of this huge glacier.

"Bow-Crow Peak", 9 x 12" plein air oil on board
$250 UNFRAMED, click here to purchase

This is the view from the end of the lake. I really loved the shape of this peak with the glacier peacefully nestling on top.

"Wildflower Surprise", 10 x 8" plein air oil on board
$395 FRAMED, click here to purchase

The wind had picked up in the morning, so I painted this from the window of the dining room at the lodge. The sun was sparkling down through the evergreens and lighting up the wildflowers growing in their shelter.

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Friday, December 13, 2013

Plein Air Oil Paintings from Lake O'Hara by Sharon Lynn Williams

"Reflections -Opabin Plateau, 8 x 10" plein air oil on board
$395 FRAMED, click here to purchase

OK, it is definitely time to get all the rest of the paintings from 2013 that I haven't taken the time to post, in order to begin fresh in January. These paintings were from our trip to beautiful Lake O'Hara on September 23-26. We have been on this hiking/painting trip at this time slot three times before, and had wonderful sunny, warm weather. This time, that wasn't the case! It was cold and snowy, the first snow of the winter, which made plein air painting a challenge to say the least. The sun did come out on our second day, and I was able to capture the fresh snow in the sunshine. The larches just glowed in the warm light, but I will tell you, I was jumping around trying to stay warm. We were an hour hike up a mountain, so there was nowhere to go to warm up.

"Snow Lifting -Cathedral Mountain", 10 x 8" plein air oil on board
$395 FRAMED, click here to purchase

I painted this just outside our cabin in spurts -as soon as the sun peaked out, between snow falling, I ran outside and did some more on it. By the way, it is the view just outside the Elizabeth Parker Hut where we were staying.

"After The Snow -Lake O'Hara", 8 x 10" plein air oil on board
$395 FRAMED, click here to purchase

On our last day we were determined that we were not going to stay in the cabin all day, after all we had come to paint! I managed to get this in when the clouds were still thickly threatening the white stuff. There is a nice little coffee shop just behind us here, and we did have to run up to sit by the fire from time to time.

"Wiwaxy -Lake O'Hara", 6 x 8" plein air oil on board
$295 FRAMED, click here to purchase

The clouds began to lift at the end of the afternoon, and I was able to paint this quickly before we had to catch our bus to leave. This is the view directly to the left of where I painted the one above.

I just love to paint at Lake O'Hara, and if you would like to see more of my plein air work from there, just see "Lake O'Hara" on the sidebar of my blog, and it should take you to many more paintings. Hopefully we had the one 'bad' weather experience for the next several years. But I have to say, you can really call yourself a plein air painter when you do it in these kind of conditions!


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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Mixed Media Collage #4 by Sharon Lynn Williams

"Composition #5", 7.5x7.5" mixed media collage
$150 FRAMED in solid oak frame with 1" white mat border, click here to purchase



Friday, December 6, 2013

Mixed Media Collage #3 by Sharon Lynn Williams

"Composition #6", 7.25 x 7.25" mixed media collage
$150 FRAMED in solid oak frame with 1" white mat border, 
click here to purchase


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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Mixed Media Collage #2 by Sharon Lynn Williams

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"Composition #7", 7.25 x 7.25" mixed media co9llage
$150 FRAMED in solid oak frame with 1" white mat border, click here to purchase



Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Back to Abstraction!

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"Composition #8", 8x8" collage and acrylic paint
$160 FRAMED in solid oak frame with 1" white border, click here to purchase

So we have just had the 4th big snow storm of the season, and it looks like it will be a long winter. I always look forward to this time of year to explore some of my other artistic passions, now that the opportunity for plein air painting has been severely restricted. The winter is a time of "incubation" for me, taking all the input of the landscape from my plein air experiences, and figuring out new ways to reinvent them.

Every once and awhile I return to my love of abstraction, and my favorite medium for that is collage. I have been very inspired by the work of Laura Lein-Svencner over the past year, and that has really sparked my interest. She has some neat methods of painting paper that I have now added to my repertoire. I am also inspired by Jane Davies, Sherrill Kahn and Anne Bagby, as diverse as those artists are. It is good to refresh my personal sense of design, and for that, nothing beats collage.
I have done a series of 8 of these small paintings -4 are at Centre D'Arts Visuels in Edmonton and the other 4 are at Art & Soul Gallery in High River. They are specially priced for Christmas gift giving, so if you are interested, please pop me an email. I will be showing the remaining 7 here over the next week.


Monday, December 2, 2013


"Marsh Light", 12 x 16" plein air watercolour

I am thrilled to announce the release of my new instructional DVD, "Watercolour On Location", produced by Whitepine Productions here in Calgary. It is for sale for the great price of $35 plus shipping and handling. You can see a preview of the DVD here.

I have sold several so far and comments coming back to me include:
"Sharon, actually watched it through twice - I think it's great! - 'plein air' painting has always been a mystery to me. Now I see how you can take a seemingly uninteresting scene and really paint your own interpretation of it. (I guess that's where the term 'artistic licence' comes in.) Really though, I can't imagine painting all those colors for those reeds wet-on-wet without making the dreaded 'mud'. I suppose they could be painted in layers, but much more laborious and not as exciting...! The negative painting was great to watch as well. I do recommend your DVD as it demonstrates how the experience of painting 'at the scene' can be very exciting and uplifting... And especially for anyone needing direction on 'plein air' composition. Also, to use your quote, "just having fun with all those colors" -Outside!"

"Great DVD, makes me want to do a watercolor."

With Christmas coming (sooner than most of us are prepared for!), why not make it easy for those looking to buy you a special gift and forward this post to them :) Or if you are one who likes to buy your own gifts, please email me and I will send you a copy which will arrive before the 25th!

You can pay via PayPal right on my blog -look at the upper right corner of the blog and you will see a Paypal box. Simply enter the Item as "Watercolour On Location", amount is $35 plus $3 for shipping and handling in Canada, $8 for US. In the delivery notes box write your address and phone number and hit Buy Now. This will take you to the Paypal site where you can pay with your Paypal account or with your credit card. PayPal will send me the notice of your purchase and I will get out your dvd right away. Easy-peasy!


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Sunday, October 27, 2013

"Sunflower Field -Tuscany", plein air oil painting by Sharon Lynn Williams

"Sunflower Field -Tuscany", 9x12" plein air oil painting
$495 framed, click here to purchase

When I got home from my Italy trip, I went back into this plein air painting (see original post here, which is too blue due to the photography but the values are correct!) and decided to lighten up the middle and background, as well as to put some more colour sparkle in the sunflowers and leaves.

I am happy to announce that I just won second prize for it at the upcoming Federation of Canadian Artists sale to take place on Nov 2 at the Haysboro Community Hall. Here's the invitation -if you are in town, I hope you will come and see the show. I will have 7 paintings in it, and the quality of work this time is amazing!


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Saturday, October 26, 2013

New Antique Car Series by Sharon Lynn Williams

 "1951 Ford" ,6 x 8" oil on board
$275 framed, click here to purchase

I know I said that I would share my sketches from Haida Gwaii next, but I can't find them in my computer! So I thought I would share this new series instead. I fell in love painting old cars and trucks (who knew?), which you might remember with my Model A Ford paintings. The Show and Shine was happening at the same time as Alberta Art Days in High River, so I did these before and during the show. I hope you enjoy them!  I am also accepting commissions for you or your loved ones -loved ones :)

 "1956 Belair", 6x8" oil on board
$275 framed, click here to purchase

 "1956 Monarch Richelieu",6x8" oil on board
$275 framed, click here to purchase

 "1958 Ford Fairlane", 6x8" oil on board
$275 framed, click here to purchase

"1948 DeSoto", 6x8" oil on board
$275 framed, click here to purchase

and now for a lovely old truck I saw in a field..

"Abandoned", 6 x 6" oil on board
$250 framed, click here to purchase

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