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
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.
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!
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 –>
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!
Bringing you some springtime cheer on these chilly mid- winter days!
This commission is very dear to my heart… it is going to live with a family that I am super grateful for. I worked hard to pour my admiration and appreciation for these folks into this piece.
The painting was inspired by the family’s property on Duck Lake. This picture above shows their view in the fall and below you can see the abundant lupins that grace their property in the spring.
My client wanted to include the prominent trees, the mountain/lake view and the lupins all into one composition.
To get my bearings and decide how to incorporate the important elements I did the small sketch above and then started in on my canvas.
This is a big 30″ x 40″ canvas! I love large canvases but they progress slowly… I didn’t take as many progressive shots as I usually do but I hope you enjoy seeing a little of how it came together –>
‘Untitled’, acrylic on canvas, 30″ x 40″
For now the title is a bit elusive but I’m sure it will surface soon!
This is a commission that I received in May just before I got ill – it has been waiting a long time. BUT I’m so glad it was waiting!!! I have poured every ounce of joy I could into this piece – it’s a celebration of life! It’s so easy to take day-to-day life for granted… And now that I am starting to recover I am soaking it up. I am even happy to do housework when I can! (Ok, so maybe that will get old quickly but at least for now I’m enjoying it! 😉 )
I suppose it’s kinda simple and maybe even a little cheesy but I titled it, ‘Joy’. I hope you like seeing the process.
If you’ve read my bio and artist’s statement then you know that one of my favourite things about creating art is the opportunity it affords me to become a part of someone else’s story. This commission piece is particularly special in that way because it is going all the way to Quebec to be with a family member. Sadly, I’ve not seen my family back East since I was small but I LOVE that this little piece of me is headed back there this week! (Now if only I were small enough to pack myself into the box with it!) 😉
The painting was inspired by a photograph I took in early spring. These crocuses were the first little flowers to show their face this year. I can’t help but celebrate each spring when they poke through. Hence, I titled the piece ‘Celebration.’ Hope you enjoy your scroll. 🙂
‘Celebration’ – 16″ x 20″ – acrylic on canvas
A huge THANK-YOU to my cousin Marco for commissioning this piece from me – I can’t wait until you see it in person! xo
I was planning to do my next how to photography tip today but then I managed to finish off this painting and I couldn’t resist posting it instead. I hope you can forgive me? 😀
I’ve been working on a lot of commission pieces lately (for which I am very grateful) and this is the second to last one that I have in the cue right now. These pieces have given me a lot of time to contemplate the whole process of doing commissioned work. In the “art realm” there is a level of snobbery concerning commission work – a misconception that by doing commissions the artist has somehow sold out… The funny thing is that every great historical artist did commission work! Many of the most famous and beloved art pieces in the world were commissions.
For me; commission work is special because it relates to the client in a personal way and takes their connection to the artwork to a much deeper level. I really like making this connection and I find it exciting to become a small part of someone else’s story. It’s a partnership.
In light of all this contemplation I decided to title this sunflower commission, ‘It Takes Two to Tango.’ (Acrylic on canvas – 1′ x 2′) Hope you enjoy seeing it progress. 🙂
A friend commissioned this piece from me and it has been such an honour to work on it. The scene is taken from the view of her property off the back deck. What I love the most is how much this family LOVES their land and home. I wanted this painting to reflect their joy and appreciation… I guess that’s why it’s so colourful (Okay – everything I do is colourful but this one is a rainbow!)
I actually worked from several different photographs to create this but it helped that I have been there numerous times and I already had the view in my head. The biggest focus for me was the trees in the foreground – they are by far my favourite part!
This is a BIG 5′ x 3′ canvas and so this painting took some time to complete – paintings like this happen one layer at a time. Below is some pics of the process I went through – I hope you enjoy seeing it develop!