Okay – just one more today! This drawing/portrait is inspired from a small photo series I did a couple years ago called A Tiny Bit of Wonderland. My girlfriend’s beautiful little girl modelled for me – she was ultra adorable!!! … Continue reading →
For those of you who have followed me for awhile you know that I used to work full-time as a portrait photographer. The advantage to this is that I have a HUGE stash of people photos to use as inspiration for … Continue reading →
I did the dramatic smudge your brush all over the canvas in frustration act this morning! Yep, I did. (My daughter watched me, I looked very grown-up indeed.) It was just not working out… <Growl> At some point every artist … Continue reading →
Impasto is the technique of applying paint very thickly to your painting, I find with acrylics you need to use a moulding paste for this to work well. With these two small pieces I randomly applied the moulding paste first with a palette knife, once the paste was dry I gessoed over the paste, let that dry and then began to paint. I had no plans for either canvas, the challenge was to just find my image in the thick palette strokes of paste. It was an interesting experiment and kinda fun to watch what evolved out of those shapes. Both of the pieces are available for sale in my Etsy shop!
Oh dear… I might be somewhat addicted now…. After my first attempts the other day I couldn’t resist doing more…A huge thanks to all my friends pictured here for letting me indulge and use their beautiful faces!!! xo
This painting was an exploration of light. Focusing on dark shadows in the foreground with morning light dancing through. I aimed for a more abstract feeling with looser brush strokes to amplify the light play and it’s a bit of a different colour palette for me as well -(both of which are hard for me to allow myself to do – ha ha!). I titled it ‘In the Garden’ because I felt like this would be a magical place to sit and stroll. :)
The funny thing about this piece is that I actually kinda like how it looks every step of the way – it could have almost been three separate paintings.
It’s a bit of a different colour palette for me – not many primary colours here.
I’ve never painted a horse before… I’ve illustrated horses before but never painted any.
I had no idea how this one would turn out… Eep!
This was gift for a special high school graduate – a portrait of the greatest love in her life, her horse, Black Jack. Her Mom was awesome – she provided me with a ton of photos and careful descriptions of the horse and his physical details. I’d also had the privilege of photographing this horse and rider myself in the past so I had a lot of resources.
The challenge was painting a recognizable portrait of a horse in my style while still featuring the graduate’s favourite colours, red & black. Phew… Thankfully the horse is mostly black (that helped – apparently he lightens up in the summertime with copper highlights but in the winter he’s almost solid black). Then red in the background – I added other highlight colours to keep it from looking gothic and tried hard to fill it with movement.
This was an interesting endeavour. In the end she loved it, her Mom loved it and I’m so GLAD!
For some reason I took the first progress photo with this one and then forgot to do anymore – HA! Sorry…
Hey friends!!! I can finally share this commission with you! I’ve been waiting awhile… I told ya I’ve been painting… ;) Yet another beautiful Canadian scene – always speaks to my heart! This is the study sketch I did first. It was inspired from a photograph my client sent me. And the I photographed the rest of my progress – I hope you enjoy!
I have an uncanny ability to talk myself out of things.
“That idea is a waste of time because no one is going to be interested in that…”
“You should be making things you know are going sell…”
“That’s a dumb idea, people are going to roll their eyes at you for creating silly things like that.”
“You should be creating art with deep significant meaning that changes the world!”
In the end, I apply all kinds of unnecessary pressure and I force myself into creating things I’m not very inspired to do…
So the new goal is that when I’m not doing commissions (they always come first) I’ve gotta let go of what I think I need to do and just try to follow my instincts. Hence, today’s post!
I’ve been dying to work on my digital drawing/painting skills and also my portrait/people skills. I creeped my friends’ profile pictures on Facebook, asked their permission and then spent most of my day yesterday just learning and practicing.
All the paintings I’m currently working on are for gifts so I can’t share them with you right now but at least I can share some of what’s around our farm at the moment.
I wander the farm with my camera some evenings overwhelmed with gratitude for where my family and I live.
My daugher Hannah had a little bit of a horsey accident this past week so she is currently bed ridden with a very sore leg. In order to keep her occupied I’ve been giving her my individual colouring pages to colour as examples/inspiration for my Whimsical Etsy shop. It’s keeping her busy.
She thought it would be fun to contrast her choice of colours vs mine – so here is a fun little comparison for you.