Carollyne Sinclaire Artist
Capturing the Beauty of Colour, Light and Shadow

Art Log

(posted on 1 Sep 2022)


Several months ago on a dreary Saturday morning I was photographing a huge fifty year old bush of peonies n Penticton. I'd been invited by a woman I met while I painted on the street in front of  Picture This! Gallery during Art Walk  I worried that the peonies would be soggy and damaged but they seemed as though they just stepped out of the shower.  Five to six inches across while still in bud, the peonies are an artist's dream subject.

The colour on the images appears different but in real life, the colour is consistent.  Luscious, bold and beautiful, ready to hang.

12" X 12" X 1.5" with deep green painted edges, no need to frame. 

I have an upcoming show to which I'd like to invite you:  'Spark Joy' Carollyne Sinclaire with Pam Duncan opens  at The ART GALLERY Osoyoos, October 8th with a reception at 1 p.m. and an Artist Talk at 1:30.  October 8 to 29 Gallery hours 10 t o 3 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday.  I'd love to see you there!


(posted on 14 Aug 2022)


I hope that wherever you are, you are staying cool and comfortable.  

This item is simply to notify you that I have changed the name of the website from to  Would you please update your address book to reflect this change?

I made this change because after moving from Osoyoos, Canada's only desert, to Oliver.  The new name better reflects my situation.  Secondly, if new visitors want to find me it is more likely they'll find me on the new name.  And last of all, an artist is his or her own product so this better reflects me.  You will still continue to receive my newsletters from my personal email; the only thing that would change is a search for me is now done in

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(posted on 29 Jul 2022)

When I first saw this iris it was after a late spring rainfall, days long, that I thought would crush every flower in the garden, however, despite its delicate bloom, this iris bloomed and endured. This is from the garden where I painted in Naramata on the Garden Tour.

I had such fun painting this iris, revelling in the array of purples, mauves, reds, and blues but when it came to the background I wondered if it should be a representation of its natural habitat or glazes of cobalt, mauves, and French ultramarine blue. As you can see the latter decision held sway. A slight halo around the dark iris makes it appear somewhat mysterious.

Oils on 9" X 12" X 1.5" cradleboard, the sides are a continuation of the background. No need to frame.Varnished, wired and ready to hang.

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(posted on 7 Jul 2022)

I had not noticed how windy it was the spring day I set out to the local town garden to photograph irises. No matter the shutter speed on my little camera, no matter how much I tried to block the wind, all the irises dodged before me, except this one which has won my heart.

During the successful Naramata Garden Tour I painted this little beauty with many compliments for it and the little roses on display. But I wasn't able to finish the intricate design of multiple greens at that time. Finessing a painting seems to take forever, as it was in the final stages that I discovered there were more irises in the image than I'd originally thought.

If one of you is iris savy, and I know there are a few, would you please do a count and let me know. Is it four or is it five irises in various states of development?

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I am delighted to be an artist at one of the homes on the sold out Naramata Garden Tour this year. Naramata is a little jewel of a village, north of Penticton, perched on a cliff high above Okanagan Lake, a place of vineyards, trails for hiking and biking and breathtaking views.

If you are planning to be in the Okanagan this summer, Naramata is a special place to visit and even stay.

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(posted on 31 May 2022)

It's the most wonderful time of the year, so the lyrics go and that is surely the case here in the Okanagan Valley, especially for artists and tourists alike.  If you are visiting the Okanagan or having guests this summer please invite them to Picture This! Gallery in Penticton for some fresh viewing of art work.   

Tues - Fri 10 - 5 Sat 10 - 1pm 133 Westminster Ave W, Penticton.  

This is a sample of my work to be found at Picture This! in Penticton.

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(posted on 13 May 2022)

Choosing a subject I want to paint is never difficult for me, I recognize it instantly. Something like love at first sight, I am drawn to an image. And then comes the delivery of the image, making it my own, using the techniques I've learned I attempt to approximate the idea I have in mind, not just copying a photo. But for me, finding the title, matching title to image can be elusive. For every painting I have a working title, in this case 'Frisson' meaning a thrill, used as "I felt a frisson of excitement when I looked at Monet's landscape" or "a frisson of excitement when the orchestra began"  but I must discover the title in the end and, in this case, I found it when I put on a CD of Nina Simone's and when it came to 'I Put a Spell on You' I grew undecided.  In the end it's 'Frisson'. 

Oil on canvas, 20 X 16" prepared to the highest standards. Unframed.  Contact me if you are interested.

(posted on 25 Mar 2022)

Finished at last! The most delicate of pink peony petals slowly unfold to reveal the blazing fuchsia centre with its burnt orange and yellow stamens. To me, it is amazing how structured a peony is while developing the softest almost pleated petals. Inside is always a surprise and this one doesn't disappoint. This painting brought out all my perfectionist qualities, not letting go of the paintbrush until I was satisfied.

In keeping with my series of paintings with song titles, 'I'm Yours' is a title that has been used more in more than one version, from Billie Holiday to the current version by Jason Mraz.

20 X 20 X 3/4" oil on canvas. Unframed. Shipping just a little extra.  Contact me if you're interested.

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(posted on 10 Mar 2022)

 I was nearing the finish line on this gorgeous peony with its striking shifts of pink and fuchsia and deep shadows when what should play on my music station?  'Unchained Melody' the song the Righteous Brothers made famous.  With Bobby Hatfield hitting the high notes, delivering vibrato with ease, it seems to be the perfect title for this beauty.  If you don't know 'Unchained Melody' play in on Youtube, the solo version.  I hope you love this painting as much as I do.

Oil on 16 X 20", 3/4" deep canvas, framed in a 1" black frame.  Shipping a little extra.

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(posted on 10 Jan 2022)

Painting a white flower has always been a goal I wanted to achieve. But doing so is an elusive task.The under-petals have distinct shadows of their own and the white I sought to paint hardly exists as the petals reflect every surrounding hue.The petals of a peony riot with the slightest movement. And while I've signed the piece, I am keeping that brush handy for a last minute flourish.

'Love Me Tender' 24 X 24 X 3/4" oil on canvas.  

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Please send me your thoughts on this painting please, I'm somewhat isolated by Covid and the cold weather.

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