A Writer and his Cat

A Writer and his Cat (8″ x 10″ oil on raised panel)

Somehow I missed posting this painting from last year. The same kitty as in the last post, this was indeed where he spent most of his time helping …and possibly editing. lol

I am reminded of how much I enjoyed both the interior and portrait aspects of this piece. I’d like to do more!

image (C) 2021 Hilary Farmer

Autumn Lake

Autumn Lake (12″ x 24″ oil on canvas)

This piece started life as a study for a large commission and then became a painting that I liked in its own right. The feeling of this imagined landscape is of Ontario lake country in the fall. The leaves of the birches have turned gold while the occasional maple splashes red. A barred owl gazes out and the moon is full in the early evening sky.

image (C) 2021 Hilary Farmer

La Bee en Rose

La Bee en Rose (4″ x 4″ oil on raised panel)

The last in this series of mini paintings celebrating small creatures. Sorry (not sorry) about the title! I find the bilingual pun amusing. 😀

I love sweet fuzzy bumble bees and this one is definitely getting all the pollen from the rose that’s possible. It’s a bit hard to remember the warm sunny weather we were having when I painted this one with the November rain pounding down overhead …but looking at this small painting does bring back that summer feeling.

image (C) 2021 Hilary Farmer

Swallowtail Basking

Swallowtail Basking (4″ x 4″ oil on raised panel)

Swallowtail butterflies were less commonly seen when I was young at least where I grew up. So the sight was more treasured for being rare when they gently floated over the flowers in my mother’s perennial border. These days they are a more common sight where I live than monarchs, but I still love to see them grace a flower as they pause to rest.

image (C) 2021 Hilary Farmer

Here be Dragonflies

Here be Dragonflies (4″ x 4″ oil on raised panel)

Another mini celebrating the smaller creatures that share this earth with us. A reminder again that the minis may show up on your screen larger than reality.

Growing up, I always saw lots of different varieties of dragonflies especially around our cottage. The way they rest and then flit off has a mesmerizing quality somehow. Trying to get that remembered shimmer I was pleased with the glitter of light on the transparent wings.

image (C) 2021 Hilary Farmer

Lingering Monarch

Lingering Monarch (4″ x 4″ oil on raised panel)

Continuing with the theme of small creatures for these mini paintings with a monarch butterfly. I feel quite sad and nostalgic for these beauties. When I was a kid, they were all around but I hardly see them anymore. I have read this year that monarchs may be making a bit of a comeback though – so yay!

image (C) 2021 Hilary Farmer