Install at Break in Time Cafe

Hello friends! Just in case you happen to be traveling through the Creston Valley this summer and you need to stop for a bite, my install is still up at Break In Time Cafe (downtown Creston BC). I’ll actually be installing a new large piece up in there tomorrow as well. Hope you get a chance to stop in!

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More Illustration Work

I’ve really been enjoying and focusing on developing my illustrative skills lately so I can’t resist sharing with you some of my recent work in that area. I hope you are all enjoying your summer??? So far our weather has been mild and lovely! Heading out camping at the end of July – R&R time here we come!😀

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This is Sure To Brighten Your Monday! New Painting!

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Chania, Crete – acrylic on canvas – 11 x 20

I’ve been working on this commission for a few weeks and finally managed to pull it together today! This scene is inspired by Chania, Crete. The couple who commissioned this piece vacationed here on their honeymoon and this painting is an anniversary celebration.

I’ve always struggled with buildings…  Typically I prefer painting nature because nothing is entirely straight.😉 In nature everything is forgiving in form and organically flexible. When I attempt buildings I panic over their rigidity. This is only the second time I’ve ever painted buildings and my first attempt was a very similar scene right out of the same country.

Here’s hoping you enjoy seeing the progress of this one – Happy Monday friends!240_F_109778128_ijucq6a0GybrH1l0JnSQ7dgfZce96M8eIMG_3797_SmallIMG_3800_SmallIMG_3801_SmallIMG_3815_SmallIMG_3817_SmallIMG_3820_Small

Birch Trees in Watercolour

IMG_3795_SmallI was teaching a sweet little student of mine about watercolour painting the other day and got inspired to play around with it again myself. I used to do a lot of watercolour work in the past until I moved onto acrylics. It was fun to revisit this medium again though. I hope you enjoy this little birch grove – I’ve actually posted this one in my Etsy shop for sale – ifin you’re interested.😉IMG_3795_Full_Small

Light Study Illustration

Morning friends! Another little light study illustration for ya. This was a bit of a departure for me since it’s an indoor scene. Well kind of an indoor/outdoor scene – I really wanted to try raindrop on a window.
Hope you all have a lovely day even though it’s Monday!
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If you’d like to follow my daily doodles join me on my illustration instagram account: @whimsicalillustration

Checking In – Illustrations Galore!

MountainSceneHello friends! Just checking in to let you know that I am constantly creating! I have a painting commission in the works right now – a beautiful scene from Chania, Crete – can’t wait to show you that! I’ve also been continuing on in my quest to improve my lighting skills. I started out with the Light Study painting and have continued exploring light in these first two illustrations you see attached here.
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I’ve also been working on hard on illustrating new colouring pages for Whimsical Publishing! As you can see I’ve been teaching myself more about digital tablet painting and I couldn’t resist adding some subtle colour touches of my own to these two new colouring pagesElvenQueen_Insta Beauty_Small
And while I’m at it I might as well show you a couple of the character design/children’s illustration work that I’ve been playing around with as well! I hope these all bring you a smile!
(Pssst – if you’d like to follow along with me on a more daily basis with me be sure to join me on Instagram! I have two accounts, one for painting and photography: @mishmashartist and the other for illustration: @whimsicalillustration). Would LOVE to connect with you there!!! Drew_Small New_Jarrett Mystery_Small Galaxy_Small

New Painting – Studying Light

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New Light Study – 18″ x 24″ – Acrylic on Canvas

Hey strangers!!! I’m still here – really I am!

I took a little break from painting… I was sorta painted out after completing my series for the Break in Time Cafe install.😉 In the mean time I played around a lot with illustration (You can see what I’ve been up to in that area on my second Instagram account: @whimsicalillustration.)

However, I knew the urge to paint wouldn’t be gone long and I was right, several weeks ago I began the painting you see here. The old photographer in me knows a lot about light but the painter in me is an amateur. I began this project here with the intent of teaching myself more about painted light. Of course learning on your own is hard… I thought back to my University training and decided my best bet for learning how to paint light better was to study the work of a master. So I admit to you now that this painting is heavily inspired and influenced by the AMAZING work of Canadian painter, Michael O’Toole. He’s brilliant at painting light and I owe the inspiration and most of the concepts to him where this painting is concerned.

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Also wanted to let ya all know that I have recently closed my Facebook account but you can still follow me here and on both of my Instagram accounts as well: @mishmashartist & @whimsicalillustration – I post almost daily on these accounts so it’s good place to keep up with me!

Hope your day is going lovely friends – thanks for stopping in and checking this out!

Painting Break – Illustration Binge!

Been taking a little break from painting the past couple weeks – I think I burned myself out a little finishing up the install.😉 But never fear – the desire to paint will return – it always does! In the meantime I’ve been focused on illustration – if you’d like to see what I’ve been up to – join me on my other Instagram account–> @whimsicalillustration !!
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Skimmerhorns – The Beauty of My Backyard – New Painting!

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Skimmerhorns – acrylic on canvas – 30″x14″

I look at these peaks outside my living room window everyday and count myself one of the luckiest people on earth! To the best of local knowledge the Skimmerhorn mountains were named for a fellow called Schimmerhorn, who operated a tie camp (making wooden ties for the railways) in the Creston Valley area. Apparently he flumed the logs down from the mountain to the camp and hired 50 some odd men to help.  There are no other details about who Mr. Schimmerhorn was or where he’d come from, or when he’d had this camp… But the mountains bear his incorrectly spelled name. I love history and couldn’t help looking it up.😉

They say Rome wasn’t built in a day and well, neither was this painting – it was a loooooong process and I laboured hard through it. I’m kinda relieved it’s over – ha ha! But I do hope you enjoy the seeing the process –>12672193_1976548205903131_1292276871487434598_o 1623219_10153080967967279_2441754353293439358_nIMG_2522_SmallIMG_2525_SmallIMG_2526_SmallIMG_2528IMG_2530_Small IMG_2531_Small
In case you are interested this painting is available in my Etsy shop and will soon be featured at the Break in Time Cafe downtown Creston, BC.

An Unexpected Journey – New “Old” Painting

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‘An Unexpected Journey’ – 18″ x 18″ – Acrylic on Canvas

I’m always so thrilled when the crocuses pop out at my back door in early spring. They bring me joy and hope for warmer days. As stated in my title this is a new “old” painting and what I mean by that is I actually reworked an older piece which I was not all that happy with. I created this painting last year but was never 100% satisfied with the result – the colours were too neon and just not rich enough. Although I liked the movement and shapes within it I couldn’t bring myself to like it as a whole. IMG_8763_SmallSo I set to work this week trying to resurrect it… It turned out to be a bigger project than I anticipated – ha – I practically repainted the whole thing… Anyway, in the end I think I like it better. It’s slightly more representational (which wasn’t the plan… sometimes paintings just have a mind of their own) but I do really like the richer tones.
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