Dutch Harbour on Kootenay Lake – New Painting


Dutch Harbour on Kootenay Lake – 26″ x 30″ – acrylic on canvas

This painting is truly all about Canada for me.

Although we Canadians are not known for overt displays of patriotism we carry pride for our country in a reserved manner. Let’s be honest we do a lot of things in a reserved manner but that doesn’t mean our hearts are not full. I love Canada – I love British Columbia and I celebrate the privilege it is to live here everyday! This painting is an outward expression of my patriotism and grateful heart.

My family and I moved to the Creston Valley in British Columbia 5 years ago and one of the biggest draws to living here was the chance to be so near Kootenay Lake. This painting is based on a photograph taken there by a friend of Dutch Harbour. There are endless beautiful spots on this lake – if you have never visited – you MUST!

I originally interpreted this photo into a mixed media drawing but after the drawing was completed I knew I would have to paint it as well.

I am planning to to enter this piece into a Canadian art competition. Never done anything like this before so I’m nervous and excited all at once. Fingers crossed!

Bless you all – I hope your weekend is filled with sunshine and goodness!

“Loosen up will ya!” – An Exercise in Being Painterly

I could never figure out what to do with these narrow little canvases – they’ve been hanging around here for a long time. So this morning while waiting for a stretcher frame to be completed and gesso to dry, I pulled them out. I have this strong tendency towards controlled lines and brush strokes (which isn’t a bad thing but versatility is an asset) so I figured a small exercise in loosening up might not hurt…

Even though I can appreciate how this little triptych turned out it’s still hard for me to just leave the brush strokes be… I want to smooth them out, blend them and flatten the paint – ha ha!  (These look much more interesting in real life too – the photos just don’t do the texture justice.)

So how about you? What’s your default style when it comes to painting or drawing?
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If you go for this kind of painterly stylin’ be sure to check out this tritych in my Etsy shop. :)

Sunflower – Mixed Media Drawing

Bringing you some sunny sunflower cheer this Monday evening! I mixed as much mixed-media into this little drawing as I could; watercolour, coloured pencil, Copic markers and white acrylic paint – phew! Actually it was super fun and I’m a little obsessed with drawing lately (these things always go in waves). I do promise to be back to painting very soon – I have an amazing commission that will get started shortly. And I’m also hoping to work on a special painting to enter into an art competition as well… Gulp! Yep, the word “competition” makes me a little nervous… ;)

Pssst… This drawing is available in my Etsy shop, just click HERE to view!


Fairy Tale Illustrations

A little mother/daughter time today. :)

I gotta brag folks… Sorry… my daughter is a talented little artist! She posts drawings daily on Instagram @icandrawiswear and I’m watching her grow fast as an artist.

I love it when we get the time to create together – here are a couple mixed media fairy tale collabs we did together today. This is fun family time and good illustration practice for me! RedRidingHood_BlogSnowWhite_Blog

Flaming Crocuses or An Unexpected Journey

I gave up photographing the process of this piece – I know it sounds weird but this painting fought me until the bitter end! It started off okay and then… and then… and then… and then… Sigh… In the end my painterly brushes won out and all sense of fine lines, stylized details and my other typical elements disappeared and, I made this.

Yep, a complete departure from my more controlled stylized lines but, funny enough, I’m okay with it… Ha ha!  I’d LOVE to hear your thoughts though (positive or constructive)! Crocuses - WIP


‘Flaming Crocuses’ or ‘An Unexpected Journey’ – acrylic on canvas – 18″ x 18″

This painting is available in my Etsy shop! CLICK HERE! 

Boating on Kootenay Lake – Mixed Media Drawing

Couldn’t resist trying another coloured pencil/acrylic paint mix. This one is inspired by from a photo taken by my very talented friend Cheryl Jaggers. It’s another picture from my “to-do” file.

I’m thinking that these drawings need to become full fledged paintings one day though…
(Pssst…. this original drawing is available for sale in my Etsy shop – just CLICK HERE!)


Dutch Harbour in Mixed Media

I’ve had the photo below hanging around in my “paint-someday” file for quite awhile. I’d always thought that I would paint it on canvas but last night I felt like sketching and this photo popped right into my mind. I sketched it first in coloured pencils and then painted on top with acrylics. Mixed media truly isn’t my strong point but I enjoyed this little experiment and I just might just do it again!

This drawing is available to purchase in my Etsy shop!