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. 🙂
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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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Marie Antoinette

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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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.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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