Tamarack Island – Just in Time for Christmas!

Are you ready for Christmas? I’m no where near ready but I managed to squeak this commission in just in time to be mailed out for Christmas! I love it when patrons give me free reign. I was completely free to choose the subject, colours and composition on this one so I had heaps of fun, although I still feel a little out of practice… :/ Things are coming back to me but very slowly. I love Tamarack trees so this painting was mostly inspired by the colour they change in the fall. I do hope you enjoy seeing a bit more of the process and if I don’t get back on here again before the holidays I hope your Christmas is full of goodness and joy!!!

Concept Illustrations for New Graphic Novel Series

It is amazing how much time it takes to create a new world, write scenes, pull it all together into cohesive illustrations and then edit, edit more and finally print. These things are what we are currently working on at my Whimsical Publishing company for an upcoming graphic novel series. For me, the between times are full of practicing, and more practicing! I’ve posted some of my concept illustrations on Whimsical and I thought you might enjoy popping over there to take a peek. Just follow this link –> https://whimsicalpublishing.ca/2016/12/05/concept-illustrations-for-new-graphic-novel-series/ or click on the image below. 🙂  (Oh and if you’d like to see more of my illustrations on a daily basis be sure to follow me at my Instagram account–> @whimsicalillustration )
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New Painting – My View

Finally! A new painting to share. Actually I’ve been struggling with the health stuff again in the past couple of months and have only recently recovered enough to begin to start painting. I was able to keep up with drawing as I could do that in bed or on the couch but being up to paint was a bit to hard. I have to say that I’m super excited to be well enough to start again and though I’m a little out of practice I managed to pull this small piece together. It’s really just a concoction of my imagination and apparently my imagination is fairly colourful. ;P

Painting is available in my Etsy shop if you’re interested. 🙂

The Princess Bride Illustrated character Series

Lately on my @whimsicalillustration Instagram account I’ve been doing small illustrated series’. Recently I just completed this fun sketchy series of characters inspired by The Princess Bride film. A classic film by the way, which if you’ve never seen then you must! I thought it would be fun to share that series here as well. I hope you enjoy!!!
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Famous Literary Character Illustration Series

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L.M. Montgomery’s famous orphan, Anne Shirley! Anne of Green Gables; smart, determined, unabashedly passionate and all around endearing. (Hopefully I managed to capture a little of that.) ☺️ “People laugh at me because I use big words. But if you have big ideas, you have to use big words to express them, haven’t you?” ― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

Been having fun on my @whimsicalillustration Instagram account. Just completed a small illustrated series of famous literary characters I love. Thought you might have fun seeing them here too. 🙂
(Pssst… Join me on Instagram @whimsicalillustration to see more daily illustrations or join me on my Mish Mash Art Instagram @mishmashartist to follow my life more daily and my paintings!)

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Oliver Twist, the reluctant pickpocket with a heart. Though Oliver is more of a simple idealized character (not terribly complex) the novel itself makes up for that with bold social statements. Drawing attention to poverty, criminal activity, child labour and other issues of Charles Dickens’ day. I gotta say, I LOVE Charles Dickens! ❤️❤️ Had I been born in his era I would have been one of his adoring groupies. (Yes, he had groupies!)

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Mary Lennox from Frances Hodgson Burnett’s, Sercret Garden. I pretty much wanted to be this girl when I was a child. Who doesn’t want to live in a mysterious mansion and find the key to a hidden garden?!

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Independent, feisty, smart, playful, talented and strong, Jo March from Louisa May Alcott’s ‘Little Women’. She was a female literary character generations ahead of her time!

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This young fellow is Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn! A feisty lad whose adventures take him up and down the Mississippi River. He is an iconic figure in literature because of his charm, pursuit for freedom and dealings with racism. Pretty cool character actually!

A New Painting – Stone Soul or Hope is Rising

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‘Stone Soul’ or ‘Hope is Rising’ 2′ x 3′ – Acrylic on Canvas

This is the first painting I’ve completed in a while, all due to many different circumstances. I am excited and nervous to share this piece with you because of it’s meaning… Recently we lost an old friend in a tragic accident, this painting was inspired out of grief but in the end not grief alone… Like myself, my friend was a believer and his death brought about a greater understanding of my faith. I started this painting in sadness and have ended it in celebration, it represents the reality of our souls in Christ. The old broken by death and the new come. We are more than just a body – so much more. Additional meaning was emphasized as I finished working on this piece last week because one of my young cousins was also tragically lost to my family. So much tragedy and yet hope, so much death and yet life.
Whether you share my faith or not I hope you find the celebration and the hope in this piece enjoyable. 🙂
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Famous Women In History – An Illustrated Collection!

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Queen Elizabeth I

I’ve been working through this illustration series on my Instagram account (@whimsicalillustration ) and thought it might be super fun to share it with you here. I’ve not yet finished the series (more to come so be sure to follow on Instagram) but I’ve been doing portraits of famous historical women in a manga illustrated style. I’ve shared all the the illustration on my Whimsical Publishing Blog so be sure to head out there to see more!

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Emelia Earhart

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New “Old” Painting Installed in The Break in Time Cafe

Just another reminder that my paintings are at The Break in Time Cafe here in Creston, BC!
Just installed this new “old” painting yesterday – this large piece has been hanging in my own home for years and this is the first time it’s ventured out into the great wide world. This is your chance to take a peek at it in real life!
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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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