Up the Summit – New Painting

This painting is inspired by a series of photographs taken by a friend up at the summit in the Salmo-Creston area. People go hiking, snow shoeing and snow-mobiling up this mountain ridge and it’s absolutely stunning there in the winter with … Continue reading

Mountain Memories – First Painting of 2017!

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Mountain Memories – 11 x 14 – Acrylic on Canvas

Happy New Year to you all! I hope your holiday season was full of goodness. I’m working through a couple of commissions at the moment and just finished this one today. A commission of Fisher Peak. There is a beautiful range of mountains in Cranbrook, BC, one that I had the privilege of viewing daily for 15 years, Fisher Peak is the highlight of that range. The funny thing is that I never painted those peaks until I moved away. This is only my second painting of Fisher Peak – the first one I did a few years ago and can be seen by clicking HERE. My client grew up in the Kootenays and has since moved away but has fond memories of Fisher Peak, Hence the title ‘Mountain Memories’. mountainmemories_2017_11x14_01_smallimg_9844_small

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!!!

Tree Paintings – The Perfect Match

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‘The Perfect Match’ – acrylic on canvas – 18″ x 24″

Trees are one of my most favourite things to paint. Artists have always found inspiration in nature but particularly in trees. These anthropomorphic beauties are full of whimsy and life – they can take center stage in any painting and own it.

This commission has such a lovely story behind it. I must share it with you in my client’s own words:

~~~”Before my husband and I started dating he was on an art trip where they went painting trees. He was praying about who he would marry and he felt God saying that he shouldn’t worry. My husband had painted 2 trees and he sensed God telling him that like God was going to send water and sun for those trees to grow and eventually their branches would touch. He felt like God had a plan for who he was going to marry. When the time was right we would grow together and our branches would touch. 

I was hoping you could do a painting for us  with a tree representing me; crazy colourful, unexpected a tiny bit unruly and untamed  and one representing my husband; strong and tall, steady artistic but more classical. I also see his tree looking towards the prairies with the wide open skies and mine facing the mountains.

I also see God’s love over all enfolding and guiding and protecting despite life storms raging. And the trees growing closer together as a result and looking up to God in trust and hope.

Anyhow those are some thoughts. We really like your stuff so whatever you do will be great.”~~~

So out of all that touching and beautiful inspiration I came up with the ‘The Perfect Match’. I hope you enjoy seeing a bit of the process! IMG_1071_SmallIMG_1073_SmallIMG_1075_SmallIMG_1079_SmallPerfectMatch

Pssst… I realize I haven’t been posting much lately. Bad, bad, bad!!! The thing is that most of the paintings and drawings I’m working on at the moment are commission orders that are intended as Christmas gifts and I just don’t want to spoil any surprises. However, just imagine how much I’ll have to show you in January!

I hope you are all having a lovely Sunday my friends!

 

In the Garden – Acrylic on Canvas

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‘In the Garden’ – acrylic on canvas – 16″ x 20″

This painting was an exploration of light. Focusing on dark shadows in the foreground with morning light dancing through. I aimed for a more abstract feeling with looser brush strokes to amplify the light play and it’s a bit of a different colour palette for me as well -(both of which are hard for me to allow myself to do – ha ha!). I titled it ‘In the Garden’ because I felt like this would be a magical place to sit and stroll. 🙂

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The funny thing about this piece is that I actually kinda like how it looks every step of the way – it could have almost been three separate paintings.

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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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