Canadian Art Competition SSNAP

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Well the sad news is that my competition piece did not get accepted in the canadian art comp SSNAP… There were 800 some artist submissions and only 54 were chosen so that’s a lot of talented folks to compete against! I’ll try again one day. :)

BUT the good news is that this piece is now for sale in my ETSY shop – YAY! CLICK HERE!

Sunflower Painting

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I’m all over the place lately; abstracts, landscapes, people, colouring pages, now sunflowers… You never know what you’re gonna get from me next! ;)

Actually I’ve always had a thing for sunflowers – they pop up in my art all the time. I had fun with this little one; started off with a dark background this time instead of white, added all kinds of paint layers and washes. It changed and evolved so much – I wish had more progress pics to show ya but for some reason I just forgot to take them part way through – ha!
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This little painting is available in my Etsy shop –> CLICK HERE!

Painting People

I should probably just stick to landscapes… I can’t help myself though… I. MUST. TRY. NEW. THINGS.

The funny thing is that I have drawn a LOT of people in the past, especially in illustrations but have never really painted very many people. It’s a whole NEW ball game! As they say, the only way to learn is to practice, practice, practice, right? My hope is that even if they turn out blah at the beginning maybe they’ll evolve and bloom as I go??? Maybe…?

Anyways… I once again creeped different friends’ profile pics on Facebook (I promise I asked their permission before I used them ;) ) and came up with these two beautiful friends as my inspiration –>

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Photo Credit to Jason Waight

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The black and white photo was my first attempt and then the colour picture next. Painting people is really HARD! Maybe I feel more confident with landscapes because I can manipulate and stylize them more. People still need to kinda look like people (ha!) and once they are stylized they take on a very illustrative quality – which isn’t quite what I wanted these to feel like. I admit that these didn’t turn out exactly as I had planned in my head – paintings rarely do it seems but I do like parts of them… (We’re always our own worst critics). As I said above – practice, practice, practice! Maybe one day I’ll feel satisfied with my people paintings and the good thing is that they are a challenge – challenges grow us!

I do hope all you Canadians out there had a lovely Canada day celebration on the 1st and that the 4th of July brings equal amounts of fun to our Southern neighbours!
Sunshine and summer warmth to you all!
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Whimsy & Dots – Revisiting my “Non-Representational Side”

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It’s been a long time since I have created any kind of non-representational paintings.  I did a lot of abstract paintings while obtaining my degree in University – actually maybe I over did (burned myself out) because after graduation I went straight into more representational landscape scenes, people and flowers. However, a couple months ago I did the small sketch pictured below and it ended up being my inspiration for the two little paintings I did this weekend. A fun experiment – I hope you enjoy!

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Lake McDonald Commission Painting Completed!

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Lake McDonald – 3′ x 2.5′ – acrylic on canvas

So excited to finally share this with you all! I took my time on this commission. I didn’t want to rush it  – I wanted it to be just right and it was worth the long wait. This piece is for a family that I hold very dear and I’m so honoured that it will be hanging in their home ( I could squeal it makes me so happy!).

The painting was inspired by these two images of Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park. Apparently those rainbow rocks you see in the pictures below really do look like that! Beautiful lake, mountains and setting – wow!

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Wish I could give credit to the photographer here but don’t know where these come from. :(

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Wish I could give credit to the photographer here but don’t know where these come from. :(

I had two main goals with this commission; first to create depth – I wanted an intense perspective – I tried to make the mountains pull you into the background. And second I wanted the rocks to be more than just rocks. I’ll explain why… This lake, these mountains, obviously mean a lot to the family who commissioned this and thus it must hold some important memories and feelings for them. I painted the rocks in the foreground in a more impressionistic/Monet fashion because I wanted the eye to delight in them but maybe also wonder exactly what they are. For example, my son saw them a possibly flowers floating on the lake. The rocks needed to be open to interpretation to create a bit of joy, a bit of wonder and whimsy – a way of trying to capture how this family’s memories of Lake McDonald might feel. (Here’s hoping that feeling worked out okay.)

Thanks for checking this out friends – hope you enjoy seeing some of the painting as it progressed below. :)CollageIMG_9690IMG_9694_SmallIMG_9791_SmallIMG_9795_SmallLakeMcDonald_3'x2.5'_acryliconcanvas_Small

Art = Relationship

UnionI’ve been slowly reading through Robert Genn’s book ‘The Twice Weekly Letters’ and it’s chalk full of inspiration for artists of all kinds – I highly recommend it! At the end of every letter is usually a quote – the letter I read today ended with this one;

“When you know the artist you think less about the art.” ~ George Bernard Shaw

Art has always been about relationship for me. I have never and will never want it to be exclusively about me – my hope is that it will connect with you, with my collectors and with the world. And I want others to connect with me in return through it. This relational connection is one of reasons that I create.

Robert Genn wrote it like this;

“A kind of karma takes place when a work of art goes out the door. Even as a gift to a friend or for charitable purposes, finding a home outside the workshop or studio completes the circle. The artist can rationalize that while the work is still his or her very own, it has a more illustrious future on someone else’s wall. It marches out to create good will, win friends, influence people.”

Attached here are paintings that I created years ago – a couple in University over 20 years ago!!! I painted a lot of abstract pieces back then and this week I’ve been revisiting that old abstract interest (with a new twist) – will share my new little experiments with you soon! Eucalyptus 2 Fairy Tale 1 Figure 1

True Love II – New Painting

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A few months ago I was commissioned to do a painting inspired by the poem called ‘The True Love’ written by David Whyte. If you haven’t already seen and read about the first ‘True Love’ painting I did – you gotta check it out – its such a touching story —> TRUE LOVE I.

I had originally created two sketches for my client at that time and she chose the sketch with the boat. However, I knew I wanted to make the other sketch into a painting one day as well and so awhile ago I started working on it. Then other projects came up, things got in the way and it wasn’t until today that I picked the piece up again and finished it off. Collage
The poem includes references to the Scottish Hebrides and so this new painting is inspired from various photographs I’ve seen of those lovely coastlines.

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This painting is available in my Etsy shop CLICK HERE!

Boating on Kootenay Lake – New Painting

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Occasionally we just need a break! I took a little reprieve from my large commission piece this week/weekend. I find that sometimes a small rest away from a piece can give me time to think, plan and then feel refreshed when I return to it again.

In the meantime I picked up a small 11″ x 14″ canvas I had and had fun revisiting this scene that I sketched a couple months ago. The drawing and the painting are inspired by my friend, Cheryl Jagger’s photo of a scene from Kootenay Lake. I love this lake, it is one of the reasons we live where we do!  BoatingOnKootenayLake_CollageIMG_9769

Hmmm… now what would have been even more of a restful than painting this would have been to actually head out to the lake mug in hand! ;)

(Pssst… both this painting and the sketch as well are available in my Etsy shop!)

Moving Foward

This commission is moving forward, albiet slowly. I really wanted depth and perspective in this piece, I wanted to draw the eye right in and it took awhile to get that feeling in place but I think I managed it.
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Adult Colouring Pages – Landscape with Trees

Okay – I promise I am painting and I’ll try not to overwhelm you too much with my other endeavours but I just finished this colouring page this morning and I thought you might like to see!FruitTreeColouringPage

It’s available to purchase in my Whimsical Publishing Etsy shop!

PSSST… if any of you do buy this (hopeful wishes) and colour it you MUST promise to share it with me afterwards ok?!?