Reflections – New Painting

This new little one is a little bit of a departure from my usual rainbow bright colour palette but I really like the earthy tones here. It’s also a bit more detailed than anything I’ve done recently but I think that the details were a good direction and I had so  much fun exploring the light and water reflections. This painting is available for sale and if you’re interested in seeing other paintings I currently have available please CLICK HERE! 

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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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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Dutch Harbour on Kootenay Lake – New Painting

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Dutch Harbour on Kootenay Lake – 26″ x 30″ – acrylic on canvas

This painting is truly all about Canada for me.

Although we Canadians are not known for overt displays of patriotism we carry pride for our country in a reserved manner. Let’s be honest we do a lot of things in a reserved manner but that doesn’t mean our hearts are not full. I love Canada – I love British Columbia and I celebrate the privilege it is to live here everyday! This painting is an outward expression of my patriotism and grateful heart.

My family and I moved to the Creston Valley in British Columbia 5 years ago and one of the biggest draws to living here was the chance to be so near Kootenay Lake. This painting is based on a photograph taken there by a friend of Dutch Harbour. There are endless beautiful spots on this lake – if you have never visited – you MUST!

I originally interpreted this photo into a mixed media drawing but after the drawing was completed I knew I would have to paint it as well.
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This piece is available for sale in my ETSY SHOP!

Boating on Kootenay Lake – Mixed Media Drawing

Couldn’t resist trying another coloured pencil/acrylic paint mix. This one is inspired by from a photo taken by my very talented friend Cheryl Jaggers. It’s another picture from my “to-do” file.

I’m thinking that these drawings need to become full fledged paintings one day though…

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Following The Snow Line IV. Yep, that’s right, #4!

How many times can an artist paint one painting? Well, 4 times for sure! Fourth time’s a charm right?

Folks come across my older paintings and sometimes they are so smitten that they commission me to paint a near replica of the original for them. This kind of commission work is an interesting experience… I don’t know if I love redoing the same painting over and over but what I do love is how excited my clients get about it and how happy they are in the end! (Mind you, since this is my fourth go around with this piece I might just need to stop here.) 😉

I thought it would be fun to show you all four together. It’s like a spot the difference game – ha ha! I’ll start with the first original I did in 2012 and then go in order until the last one which is the most recent commission from this Christmas 2014.

Be sure to let me know which one is your favourite. 😀

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Happy New Year

I have been waiting so long to share my Christmas commissions with you and I had hoped to post each of them in detail… However, a couple days before Christmas my health troubles started up again. Below is one of the commission pieces that I had the honour of working on before Christmas – will share more with you when things are better. 2014 was my kick-off year as an artist and I’m so VERY GRATEFUL to all of you for your support and kindness – thank-you! Hopefully I’ll be on my feet and back in action soon in the New Year.

I do hope that 2015 brings immense goodness, joy, peace and health to you and yours. Happy New Year friends!!! xoPeek

A little Delay Soothed by a New Painting

I’m sad to say that this week’s photo challenge will be delayed a week due to cold and flu symptoms but, I’m hoping I can soothe any disappointment with this new painting! 😉

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The best part about commission work is that the piece is specific to the client – it relates to them in a very personal way. When purchasing art we will normally be drawn to it because it speaks to us on some level – commission work takes this personal connection to an even deeper level – I really like that.

This piece was requested by a young couple who are due to have their first child at the beginning of June. They know the baby is a boy and they have already named him Cedar. In anticipation and celebration of his birth they commissioned me to paint a Cedar tree in his honour. If they approve of this piece it will hang in his room.

If you’ve been following me for awhile, you’ll know that I have a thing for Cedar trees – I adore them. Just a short while ago, on a beautiful sunny day, my family and I were walking in the forest and I came upon the tree pictured below – it was my inspiration.

I’ve also included a few pics of the development of the painting – thanks again for stopping by. I’ll see ya next week!

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A Cedar for Cedar – acrylic on canvas – 11 x 14

The Bench – A New Painting

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‘The Bench’ – acrylic on canvas – 5′ x 3′ 

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!

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