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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‘Morning On Kootenay Lake’ – Acrylic Painting on Canvas

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‘Morning on Kootenay Lake’ – 16 x 20 – Acrylic on Canvas

Phew! Finally finished this one. All I can say is that life is busy right now but when I finally set to work painting again I’m always so appreciative, I soak in the time to myself, focus in a meditative way, relax and enjoy every minute. I am also still really enjoying the process of creating local landscapes – makes me even more grateful for where I live.11068082_10153080964562279_4273648256550323197_n12694621_1979245695633382_6191391356536668303_o
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3 Reasons Why Every Artist Can Benefit From Study Sketches

12672193_1976548205903131_1292276871487434598_o1623219_10153080967967279_2441754353293439358_nI hurt my back a couple of weeks ago – it’s starting to improve now and I’m finally getting more mobile again but I used some of this imposed downtime to sketch. I try hard to create a study sketch before each painting, it doesn’t always happen but I find that when it does, my painting process always flows better. Below are a few reasons why I believe sketching assists in any creative project.

#1 The first, and most obvious reason, is that drawing anything on a regular basis keeps you limbered up to create. The more you can draw, the better everything you do on canvas (or board, or paper, or sculpture) becomes.

#2 Second, drawing/sketching is a meditative process similar in fact to the colouring rage going on right now. It is a contemplative act – a quiet, still process of working through and planning your final piece. Study sketches are an opportunity to think through your moves, your colours and your composition before you even touch your brush to the canvas or your tools to the clay.

#3 And third, sometimes the final piece comes out altogether different from your original sketch. You may realize that sections (or the whole thing for that matter) have not worked.  Hence, you may need to rethink the idea or even decide to not create it at all. Possibly the subject matter wasn’t quite what you had hoped and now you’ve saved yourself a great deal of time, money and materials!

Here are a few study sketches I did this past week – all intended to become paintings in the near future (as long as my back cooperates😉 ). I included the original photo inspirations for you as well – all local captures by my talented photographer friend, Cheryl Jaggers. Hope you found this post useful and inspiring –  have a lovely and creative week my friends! 12698161_1977150099176275_5860052389952852434_o 12662586_10153793129027279_1310244314012443976_n12694621_1979245695633382_6191391356536668303_o11068082_10153080964562279_4273648256550323197_n

4 Advantages to Buying Individual Printable Colouring Pages Online Vs Adult Colouring Books

Really wanted to share this with you all – I thought you might enjoy seeing some more of what I’ve been up to in the illustration realm.:)

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Purchasing an individual printable colouring page gives you the opportunity to print the page more than once. Hence, if you mess up and don’t like how you started colouring the first time (or the first few times) then you can recycle it and begin again! Practice makes perfect.😉

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Purchasing individual colouring pages allows you to pick and choose your style of pages more subjectively. I’ve found that I don’t always like every single page inside a book, I love the flexibility of picking and choosing individual pages that I personally find fit my tastes. Choosing for your own style makes colouring a whole lot more fun!

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In our GO GREEN world buying an individual page to print at home reduces paper waste. No…

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Painting Sunflowers – Acrylic on Canvas

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Riverview Sunflower – acrylic on canvas – 24″ x 24″

Sunflowers always pop up in my art – I can’t seem to help myself… Let’s be honest though, who doesn’t find them cheerful?! And at this time of year they are an especially sweet reminder of summertime. This painting is inspired from a photo I took in my back yard this past summer and the painting will be another addition a to the series I’m creating for the cafe ‘Break in Time‘.IMG_9677_SmallI did a sketch first – which I like to try to do as much as possible. Always seems to make thing flow smoother once I paint.SunflowerSketch_SmallIMG_2098_SmallIMG_2099_SmallIMG_2221_SmallIMG_2228_SmallIMG_2231_SmallRiverviewSunflower_24x24_acryliconcanvas_2016_SmallI am happy with it in the end I feel like the sunflower pops right out at the viewer. I hope you enjoyed stopping by here.
Pssst – if you are interested this painting is available in my Etsy shop as well.