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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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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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.IMG_3795_Full_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!

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 and 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

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.