Goat River – First Painting Commission Complete!

Summer is by far the most difficult time of year to apply oneself to indoor work! There are so many other things drawing you away from your studio art space… But I have finally managed to complete my first commission … Continue reading

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

 

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

Painting Break – Illustration Binge!

Been taking a little break from painting the past couple weeks – I think I burned myself out a little finishing up the install. 😉 But never fear – the desire to paint will return – it always does! In the meantime I’ve been focused on illustration – if you’d like to see what I’ve been up to – join me on my other Instagram account–> @whimsicalillustration !!
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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.

Recent Drawings and Sketches

SunflowerSketch_SmallWow – sometimes life can be a whirlwind eh?!  My fault though; I had kids and I love projects. I’m so project oriented that it’s crazy how I can’t stop my brain from always wanting to do something new… I’m a getter-done-girl though so they all get finished (in time). 😉 I am still working through my new painting series but I’m also trying hard to be mindful of the benefits of frequent drawing. Sometimes I love what I sketch and other times I cringe… In the end though my art improves when I draw more. Attached here are few of my recent sketches and drawings. The sunflower pictured above is slowly being brought to life  in my current painting.IMG_2099 Bicycle_SmallI’m not totally thrilled with this bicycle drawing – it was one of my first attempts at tablet drawing but I thought I’d share with you anyway. It’s inspired by the photo below which I took years ago on a Sunday drive.  bikeScooterIllustratiion_SmallNow this scooter drawing was purely for fun – it’s something I have been wanting to do for ages. I’d love, when time permits, to create a series of illustrations inspired by modern scenes. Not sure when I’ll ever get to the next one but the idea is burning a hole in my brain while it waits! DisneyEngagement_SmallThis drawing was actually a recent commission ordered for a gift. It’s inspired from the engagement photo below. It was super fun to create – I mean who wouldn’t want to chance to draw a couple in love out front of Cinderella’s castle – come on! So sweet!icm_fullxfull.77585257_m7ajks6t4o0kkgko00ckThat’s all for now folks – I realize I have been neglecting my blog in all life’s busyness but here’s hoping I can get on a regular posting track again soon. (I know I’m probably dreaming… 😉 ) Happy Wednesday friends!

A Special Graduation Gift

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Black Jack – acrylic on canvas – 2′ x 2′

I’ve never painted a horse before… I’ve illustrated horses before but never painted any.
I had no idea how this one would turn out… Eep!

This was gift for a special high school graduate – a portrait of the greatest love in her life, her horse, Black Jack. Her Mom was awesome – she provided me with a ton of photos and careful descriptions of the horse and his physical details. I’d also had the privilege of photographing this horse and rider myself in the past so I had a lot of resources.

The challenge was painting a recognizable portrait of a horse in my style while still featuring the graduate’s favourite colours, red & black. Phew… Thankfully the horse is mostly black (that helped – apparently he lightens up in the summertime with copper highlights but in the winter he’s almost solid black). Then red in the background – I added other highlight colours to keep it from looking gothic and tried hard to fill it with movement.

This was an interesting endeavour. In the end she loved it, her Mom loved it and I’m so GLAD!

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Finally! New Painting!

Hey friends!!! I can finally share this commission with you! I’ve been waiting awhile… I told ya I’ve been painting… 😉 Yet another beautiful Canadian scene – always speaks to my heart!
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‘Top of the World’ – acrylic on canvas – 2′ x 3′

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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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True Love II – New Painting

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A few months ago I was commissioned to do a painting inspired by the poem called ‘The True Love’ written by David Whyte. If you haven’t already seen and read about the first ‘True Love’ painting I did – you gotta check it out – its such a touching story —> TRUE LOVE I.

I had originally created two sketches for my client at that time and she chose the sketch with the boat. However, I knew I wanted to make the other sketch into a painting one day as well and so awhile ago I started working on it. Then other projects came up, things got in the way and it wasn’t until today that I picked the piece up again and finished it off. Collage
The poem includes references to the Scottish Hebrides and so this new painting is inspired from various photographs I’ve seen of those lovely coastlines.

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