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My Art Reasons

My Art Reasons

To create... To create beauty... To solidify a moment... To represent an animal... To exceed expectations... Share a love... Illuminate a part of me without using speech... Showcase importance... Make a connection... Tell a story... Show a soul…mine and theirs…touch...

Inspiration for art

Inspiration for art

Every day can be the source of my inspiration to paint. This summer has been full of wonderful hikes in the mountains around Salmon Arm. The air has been clear of the wild fire smoke that plagued us the last two years.  Hiking is a chance to get into the woods and...

Favourite things to do

Favourite things to do

We all have those favorite things we love to do.The past times that make you smile to think of them, that you love to plan for and look forward to.  Some of mine I have shared here on this blog. Here are two paintings that show a combo of my husband's and mine. They...

Lost Song

Lost Song

Lost Song by Neonicotinoid.  This painting looks at the fact that our quest for higher yields in our farmers crops is costing us as a planet. When the bugs die....death expands over all the species. Here the barn swallows fly with ghost birds in their midst, because...

Eagle Swimming

Eagle Swimming

         Just thinking back to an exciting summer story. We were out on our boat and we were lucky enough to see an eagle swimming for the first time. We were out fishing (catch and release) on the lake. My husband released the fish with a quick twist of the hook and...

Rabbits, Rabbits, Rabbits

Rabbits, Rabbits, Rabbits

       I love rabbits. It seems like I always have. Thinking back to our first pets when I was a little girl. We were lucky enough to have an opinionated tabby cat, a guinea pig and a growing number of rabbits.  We were always willing to add a boy to our group of...

Creating the look of textures

Creating the look of textures

The best way to create the look of texture in a painting is using something that is just ready to be tossed out. It is true, your oldest, ugliest and most abused brushes make the best textures in a painting.  Those wonderful old brushes that are on their last legs...

My Art Reasons

My Art Reasons

My Art Reasons - to create, expand and grow  to compliment and recreate beauty, to share my love for nature and its creatures to preserve a moment of connection with a wild being to represent that animal well to illuminate their importance in all of our lives to have...

Shadows

Shadows

For a painter, light and shadows are part of the fabric of the creation that we strive to make. They are what adds the final touch of life into painting. The light is what gives the artwork energy.The light reflected in an eye allows us to see its soul in the shadow....

Rocky Mountain Big Horn Sheep

Rocky Mountain Big Horn Sheep

The sun highlights the ridges and hard curve of their massive horns as they are sky lined against the distant blue of craggy peaks. Rocky mountain Big Horn Sheep - this is an agile creature that lives on the ridges and peaks of our Canadian mountains. A few years ago,...

EarthMates

EarthMates

My art helps people to see animals as EarthMates, our neighbours that share this common ground.

Where inspiration comes from.

Where inspiration comes from.

Sometimes I get asked where my inspiration comes from. In the most part it comes from a wonderful meeting with a wild creature. For example, two days ago I headed down to the lake with my guilty pleasure, an ice cap from Timmy's and my camera. After finishing my...

Mushrooms and a Squirrel

Mushrooms and a Squirrel

Why paint mushrooms and a squirrel? The mushrooms that grow on the rotting birch logs are truly things of beauty. They are a fantastic peachy colour with delicate spots on beautiful shaped ovals. These mushrooms provide a pop of warm colour in the greens, greys and...

Painting Horses

Painting Horses

While painting horses I feel as if I am part of the immense history of mankind's' love affair with horses. As humans we have always needed and loved horses. Together we have climbed mountains, built cities, fed the masses as well as become the very best of friends....

Pinecones and birds

Pinecones and birds

Last summer while  in Kamloops, BC flock of small birds landed on the pine tree over head. They flitted around the tree checking out the pinecones and dancing up and down the branches and trunk. It was an amazing dance of agility and grace. They were not concerned...

Valerie Rogers – Ducks Unlimited National Art Portfolio 2018

Valerie Rogers – Ducks Unlimited National Art Portfolio 2018

DUCKS UNLIMITED CANADA NATIONAL ART PORTFOLIO 2018  Salmon Arm artist Valerie Rogers supports wetland conservation Artwork selected for Ducks Unlimited Canada’s national collection January 2018 - Valerie Rogers of Salmon Arm, British Columbia joins some of Canada’s...

There are Bears

There are Bears

Here is a share on the creation of a bear.... 🙂 Enjoy.

Step by Step Owl Painting

Step by Step Owl Painting

I have had a few people ask me about my process lately and they were wondering how I came to have the appearance of such fine detail. I thought I would repost this series of photos that show step by step how this painting came from start to finish. I always work with...

Beautiful Bee hive

Beautiful Bee hive

This painting started because I was gifted with this beautiful bee hive. My awesome husband brought it to me. It has hung around my studio for several years now and I have been waiting for the right idea to pop up so that I could include it in a painting. The hive is...

Honeysuckle Perch

Honeysuckle Perch

The HoneySuckle is flowering in the woods...and it is beautiful. My husband picked a bouquet of it and tucked it into the front of his saddle bringing it home to the studio for me. Here is the results.  

An inspiring Stump

An inspiring Stump

I have been lucky enough to find inspiration in all sorts of natural bits and pieces of the woods. I am often found painting with a brush in one hand and a branch in the other for reference. Or perhaps it is a rock, some bark, grasses or moss or whatever thing of...

What I Paint with.

What I Paint with.

There is allot of wonderful supplies in my studio but in the end I really don't use that many in most paintings. Over the years, it has been refined down to some great staples. It is mostly Golden liquid paints, they are great colours and the right consistency for the...

Creativity

Creativity

It is so great to see the creativity that is in all the people around us. Everyone has a fountain of creativity and is using it in different ways. Some are titled artists like myself and creativity is expected and credited to you. But (of course) absolutely everyone...

How Artists See

How Artists See

Artists  have a slightly different way of looking at the world...or perhaps we see the world in just the same way but take note of slightly different things. The other day at the winter carnival parade I stood with my family on the cold winter street and clapped as...

Commissions

Commissions

Commissions are a wonderful way to join together two hearts and create one piece of art that tells not only the artist's thoughts but also that of the collector. Where one person tells the story and the other embroideries it. An idea that grows shifts and morphs to...

Be Safe when Creating Art

Be Safe when Creating Art

Just a quick reminder to myself and all of you to be safe with your art supplies....not all of what we work with as far as paints and solvents etc are safe to be absorbed into your body....protect yourself from exposure to dangerous materials. Use gloves where...

Another art form

Another art form

Today I am going to share a different art form that I enjoy doing. I can't paint all the time and on the long winter evenings I love to create jewelry with my two favourite stones, Agate and Labradorite. Here are what some of them look like. [gallery size="medium"...

Inspiration spots

Inspiration spots

Places inspire Paintings. I am just working on a painting of Adams River Gorge.....The Adams River is a famous local river. It is famous as the birthplace of a huge number of Sockeye Salmon. Every 4 years there is a huge return of spawning salmon that flood back home...