Thursday, December 8, 2016

Spirit of Christmas in Bragg Creek

 "Teacup #12", oil on panel, 6x6 inches $450

"Teacup #13", oil on panel, 6x6 inches, $450 (framed)

Festive, Sparkly and Fun! If you're looking for something for that special person on your Christmas list, my new works will be available on Saturday, December 10th at 
Art Country Canada in Bragg Creek. 
Join Me There this Saturday!

"Teacup #13" is hot off the easel and I'll have more of these little treasures to choose from.  There's still time to choose your favourite and have it shipped in time for Christmas.

And don't miss Bragg Creek's Spirit of Christmas Festival which is in full swing as the community "transforms into a winter wonderland complete with many free family activities".

Email me with your inquiries...

My work is available at these fine galleries.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

"Teacup #10"

"Teacup #10", oil on panel, 6x6 inches
 by Bobbi Dunlop

 This is the lovely sugar bowl from my paternal Grandmother's collection, handed down and eventually passed along to me by my mother. While it's not technically a teacup, I've chosen to include it in this series.  This delicate sugar bowl, as well as the teacup, have appeared several times over the years in my paintings.

Sadly, I never knew my grandmother as she passed away a few years before I was born. I am told that she was remarkably artistic and an accomplished photographer and business woman, very much ahead of her time.  I am so proud to share her name.

Whenever I paint these treasured cups, I think of her.
~Evelyn Bell Jackson Dunlop~

Painted from life, this painting is unframed and varnished for longevity.

Available at Bluerock Gallery
Black Diamond, AB

Saturday, September 17, 2016

"Teacup #9"

"Teacup #9"
Oil on panel, 6x6 inches  by Bobbi Dunlop

Another cherished teacup and saucer from my lovely collection.

"Teacup #9" is the latest in my Teacup collection and is now available at

Bluerock Gallery
Black Diamond, AB

Friday, September 2, 2016

"Ripe and Reddy"

"Ripe and Reddy"
oil n panel, 4.25 x 8 inches by Bobbi Dunlop

Sitting on my kitchen counter, these beautiful little nectarines were just ripe for a painting!  What I love most about painting from life is that even the most simple and ordinary of subjects are transformed into something magnificent when sculpted in paint.

These small paintings make lovely groupings and are perfect for gift giving - weddings/showers, birthdays  -  and perhaps for the special people on your Christmas list.

Thanks for visiting!  

This painting and others are now available at:

Black Diamond, AB

Thursday, August 18, 2016

"Pink Azaleas"

"Pink Azaleas"
oil on linen on panel, 4.75 x 6 inches by Bobbi Dunlop

These lovely little Azaleas were painted alla prima (all in one go)  from life in my studio.  Capturing the delicacy and  freshness of a floral in paint can be challenging for the artist but it is so enjoyable and so worth the effort.

This painting  is an odd size (4.75 x 6 inches), somewhat postcard in size.  If you're new to collecting or you want to add to your collection, I can't think of a better way to bring artwork into your home for your enjoyment and pleasure.  Framed and in a grouping, these paintings really are quite irresistable.

I hope you'll visit Bluerock Gallery in Black Diamond, AB to view the other little paintings in my collection.

Thanks for visiting!

Friday, August 12, 2016

"Sunnyside Stroll"

"Sunnyside Stroll"
Oil on Panel, 8x6 inches

Every Saturday morning, a group of artist friends meet at our local Sunnyside Art Supply store for a day of plein air painting.   Loaded down with paints and canvases, we eagerly set out on foot to explore the lovely historic neighbourhood of Sunnyside.

Painting en plein air is a French phrase which literally means, "in the open air". Heading out of your studio with your gear to paint the elements is challenging, to say the least, and not every painting is successful. This practice goes back centuries and it's a wonderful way for artists to paint nature from life and also enjoy the camaraderie of friends at the same time.

For the landscape painter, these little paintings might serve as studies for larger paintings back in the studio.  Perhaps painted in milder weather and developed in larger more complex paintings in the colder months of the year. Plein air paintings have become hugely popular with collectors who appreciate the freshness of these works that capture a moment in time in such a simple way.

For me, painting en plein air is a wonderful way to get out of my studio and enjoy painting at its finest ... I was happy with this little painting done at a spot I've painted numerous times with friends.  I hope you like it!

Saturday, August 6, 2016

"Sombrero Ride"

"Sombrero Ride"
Oil on Panel, 6x8 inches by Bobbi Dunlop

I've been invited to teach several oil painting workshops in beautiful Mexico in the next year at Casa Buena Art Retreat. I'm so looking forward to this experience and in order to get in the Mexico painting groove, I thought I'd paint a few of the gorgeous subjects from the area.  

Artist, Jane Romanishko, owner/operator of Casa Buena Art Retreats generously shared her beautiful photo references with me to paint from.  

You can read more about my Casa Buena Art Workshop by clicking on the Featured Post in the sidebar... or visit Casa Buena Art Retreats for further details. 

 This little gem is available to buy at Bluerock Gallery in Black Diamnd, AB.

 I hope you'll join me in Mexico!

Thursday, July 28, 2016


"Reverie - Study"
oil on linen on panel, 6x6 inches

 My oldest daughter, Danica, is the model for this painting.  I like to call these little paintings 'studies' because they're simple, quick and lots of ideas can be worked out in this format.  I find them irresistable and so much fun to paint ... and on top of that, a wonderful learning tool.

Friday, July 15, 2016




for this fun painting workshop and art retreat!


Simple Simple Simple” 

is Bobbi’s teaching and painting philosophy!

3 Dates to choose from:

November 23 - 30, 2016
March 22 - March 29, 2017
January 17 - 24, 2018 

A painting magically reaches out and pulls you across the room for a closer look.

How or why does that happen?

It’s often a simple subject, yet a painting can be so captivating, it just doesn’t let go … mysteriously drawing you to look closer.

This 4-Day painting workshop(7 day retreat) will touch on all the “Simple Ideas” that Bobbi emphasises throughout her teaching: “Logical ideas” … the nuts and bolts necessary to build a strong, beautiful painting.  Ideas that help take the mystery out of painting and add the magic you are seeking.

To read more about this experience of a lifetime, please visit ~ Casa Buena Artist Retreats  ~  or visit Workshops & Events on my website.

I'd love to have you join me!  If you have any questions, please email me at

Friday, April 15, 2016

Teacup #8

"Teacup #8", oil on panel, 6x6 inches by Bobbi Dunlop


Please visit my Daily Paintworks Gallery  and auction to view more of my little gems! 

Friday, March 4, 2016

Sunnyside Back Lane - Workshop Announcement!

 "Sunnyside Back Lane"- Black & White Value Study in oil by Bobbi Dunlop

"Sunnyside Back Lane - behind the coffee shop", 
oil on panel, 8x10 inches by Bobbi Dunlop
Painting demo at plein air workshop at Sunnyside Art Supplies, Spring,  2014

It's beginning to feel like spring is in the air!  Let's paint a landscape!
(Note: this is not a plein air mini-workshop - we will be painting indoors with a photo (supplied)

One of the biggest joys of spring is the thrill of packing up my paints and easel and 
getting out into the beautiful outdoors to paint the landscape from life. 
Is this something you've always dreamed of doing, too?  

If so ... Join me for this fun and information packed mini-workshop
 - It's very simply about the fundamentals of painting a landscape.

Geared for the beginner painter as well as a great refresher for those who are a little rusty.  And, most importantly for those who want to learn more about tackling painting outdoors and what's involved to get started on this new painting adventure.

"Let's paint a Landscape"
Sunday, March 20th, 2016 5:30 - 8:30 pm
Sunnyside Art Supplies
Parking at Rear
403-475-0608 to register
132 - 10th Street N.W. - Calgary
Cost: $65 (supplies not included)  

Small class size so register early. Bobbi will demo a painting with the class. 
Lots of hands-on personal guidance.

Please visit Sunnyside Art Supplies for complete details and supply list.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Old Centurions

"Old Centurions - Study"
oil on linen/panel, 6x8 inches by Bobbi Dunlop

When in Rome, take the time to do what these guys do!

Just hangin' in the Piazza Navonna, enjoying the sounds of the water in the fountain
 and the bustle of people going about their day.  Such a familiar sight.
Enjoy the fantastic historic sculpture while reminiscing about your
amazing Roman experiences.

This is a little study done for a larger painting and
it's available in my "Daily Paintworks" Auction.  To Bid on this painting, click on the link.

Visit my Daily Paintworks Gallery for more little gems!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

It's a New Year!

"Dynastic Horseman"
Oil on panel, 32x22 inches
By Bobbi Dunlop


I love the start of a New Year!

Like a blank canvas, it`s a new start and brings with it endless possibilites, 
hope and renewed inspiration.

I`m excited to be starting a new mini-workshop at Sunnyside Art Supplies.  
I`ll be at the store with my easel and paints on Saturday, January 16, 2016 from 
noon - 5pm.  Please stop by to chat about my workshop plans.

To kick off the season, I`ll be teaching an ``Absolute Beginners Oil Painting, 101`` Mini-Workshop - so if you`d like to be game ready for our upcoming spring
 plein air season - be sure to sign up!  

Click on the link to Sunnyside Art Supplies and call the store to register ... 
Workshop Date to be announced soon.

To read about my 2016 Workshop Schedule see the Workshop Link on my website.