Monday, November 16, 2015

The Neighbour's Peacock

oil painting, cindy revell, peacock, whimsical, bird, birds,
A Little Something, 30x24, Oil on Canvas

My neighbour has a couple of peacocks. They like to perch on the roof of the house or her deck railing and they like to stand right in the middle of the road. I have some of their lovely feathers which eventually inspired this painting. Sometimes it takes a long while for an idea to come together.

And is often the case in my work there is a hint of mystery in the painting - is he getting or giving something?

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

An Orange Frog, A Wild Cat And Inspiration

Jeremiah12x12, Oil on Canvas

Tangerine Reverie, 18x18, Oil on Canvas

Inspiration. It's everywhere and is filtered through other things that resonate with us. Jeremiah, the orange frog was an idea that came to me after a trip to the greenhouse where I saw a huge 4 foot tall green resin frog nestled among the water plants. Ok, so Jeremiah is not green but I'd just painted the orange wild cat/cheetah/leopard hybrid Tangerine Reverie which was partly inspired by my petunias and was still in the mood to paint orange. And more spots, stripes, flowers and pillows, motifs that I explore again and again in various ways. When I paint realism my subject matter is usually still life and here it appears as the setting for Tangerine Reverie. You'll see piles of pillows in Maybe Later and The Art of Resting about 6 posts down from January 2015 and March 2013 which also show up in Jeremiah. It's a lovely organic melding of past ideas that I'm not finished exploring. 

Monday, August 3, 2015

Romeo - Blue Horse and Owl Oil Painting

Romeo, 30x36 Oil on Canvas

These past months have been filled with inspiration as I paint for my upcoming solo show "Be Your Own Bird" October 15, 2015 at the Daffodil Gallery. In this new series of paintings birds are the common element in a menagerie of uncommonly coloured exotic cats, horses and other animals that symbolize trusting in and being your unique self. We are spiritual creatures, enjoying our time on earth as individuals, different from one another with our own stories and paths to take yet interdependent and connected as suggested by têtê-a-têtês between the animals. 

See more of my recent works for this new show at

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Maybe Later - Black Leopard on Cushions

Maybe Later, 30x36 Oil on Canvas

I love colour. Colour with a shot of black. Yummy. But this black leopard needed to really stand out and using a more limited palette achieved that. 

Limitations have a special role to play, they can provide focus and direction which may seem kind of a funny thing for me to say since my work ranges from whimsical illustration in 3 different mediums (scratchboard, acrylic and digital) to realistic oil painting to whimsical oil painting.  To see how focus and direction can be fun and not boring at all visit my brand new website which includes 4 different portfolios, different but very much connected through colour.

For those of you who followed this blog because of the still lifes I hope the shift away from realistic still life wasn't a disappointment. In fact, I hope the shift brought fun and pleasure. I've learned that exploration provides inspiration for other areas of one's art and is of great value. Stick around, I'm not done with still life just yet. Thank you for being part of my art circle. 

Available at the Daffodil Gallery

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Oil Painting Inspired by Summer Flowers

Cosmos Lily Afternoon
Oil on Canvas

Painted one hot afternoon on the deck outside my studio. Inspired by the the glorious colours of cosmos and lilies in my garden and the blackbirds that play by the pond.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Portrait of a Rooster

Morning Call
20x16 Oil/Canvas

Morning Call was loosely inspired by my lovely bantam rooster Vincent who, in real life, has an interesting shock of orange feathers on either side of his comb reminiscent of the pageboy type hairstyle worn by a young Vincent Van Gogh. His hearty crow announces each new day.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Portrait of Pete

Pete at the Crowsnest
5x7 Oil/Canvas

This is our dog Pete, a handsome fellow with huge ears which were laid slightly back in the wind making them look rather average in this depiction. At only knee height Pete is short but his enthusiasm and love are tall. This painting was a gift for my husband.

As the years have gone by I'm discovering a real love of painting in a more expressive manner. Lively brushstrokes and more interpretive colour have become more important to me versus painting exactly what I see. Although in this little painting the colour is, for the most part, as I saw it. The brushstrokes  however, are looser and more descriptive than my usual work and I'm happy about that. This painterly and more expressive way of painting has an energetic give and take that I love!

Friday, March 29, 2013

Cheetah and Pillows

The Art of Resting, Oil on Canvas, 30x24

'The Art of Resting' was painted after a month or so of doing primarily still life. As much as I love the zen of still life the lure of playing with my imagination and going wild with colour is irresistible.

It's fascinating to see the links and threads of one's own creative life, to see how old unformed concepts connect to the present. Even though I have only been painting these whimsical cats, birds and flowers for a couple of years the idea for something along these lines was lurking about only as rough scribbles for illustrations in sketchbooks and bits of paper. An idea that was sketched out years ago and found in a file cabinet was the inspiration for this painting. Suddenly I'm grateful for my propensity to note everything and save those scraps of paper that litter the studio, you never know when an old idea will come to life.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Still Life, Tomatoes

Shades of Red, 6x8 Oil on Canvas/Panel Sold

The tomatoes are lush and plentiful this year and ripening madly in shades of greens, green-orange, orange, orange-red and deep rich reds. Unlike the perfect round specimens from the store homegrown tomatoes are alive with flavour and lumpy with character. Their colour and shape with it's lumps and bumps are just meant to be painted.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Sunflowers and Red Wing Black Bird

Secrets of a Fall Garden 16x20 Oil on Canvas

This time of year is a sensory smorgasbord with geese calling their way south, birds feasting on berries, crisp apples right off the tree, yellow sunflowers, fields with golden swaths, and the crunchy sound and rich smell of fallen leaves. As if those aren’t reasons enough to love fall there’s a particularly soft and mellow quality to the light. It’s a golden colour that infuses everything with it’s soft warm hue.