Tamarack Island – Just in Time for Christmas!

Are you ready for Christmas? I’m no where near ready but I managed to squeak this commission in just in time to be mailed out for Christmas! I love it when patrons give me free reign. I was completely free to choose the subject, colours and composition on this one so I had heaps of fun, although I still feel a little out of practice… :/ Things are coming back to me but very slowly. I love Tamarack trees so this painting was mostly inspired by the colour they change in the fall. I do hope you enjoy seeing a bit more of the process and if I don’t get back on here again before the holidays I hope your Christmas is full of goodness and joy!!!

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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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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Lake View – Acrylic on Canvas – New Painting

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‘Lake View’ – acrylic on canvas – 12 x 16

Over the next few months I’m working on creating a series of paintings inspired by local landscapes scenes and details. I love where I live and I’m truly excited about focusing in on the Creston Valley area. After I’ve completed this collection it will actually be on sale and displayed at a sweet little cafe here in town here called ‘Break in Time‘.  I’m super honoured that Break in Time asked me to display my work there and I promise I’ll take pictures when everything is up!

This piece here is inspired from a photo I took on a trip down to Kootenay Lake last summer. I saw these trees and couldn’t resist making my husband pull over. (I do that to him a lot… :D)

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IMG_2000_SmallIMG_2003_SmallI find it interesting with this one that I didn’t focus right in on my rainbow bright but instead took a more green, yellow and blue subdued road. (Well, subdued for me that is.) 😉

Look forward to sharing more of this series with you as it develops. Happy weekend!!!

2015 – The Year of Horses!

Last year was the year of birdie painting commissions and this year is the year of horse painting commissions. I had THREE horse portrait commissions this Christmas and all of them were requested in different styles.

I know that some artists hate commission work but I am a freak… Initially I panic and then the thrill kicks in because I LOVE challenges! My husband always says that I make things hard on myself and push too much… I. MUST. GO. BEYOND. Ha ha!  (Maybe it’s like an adrenaline junkie thing – minus the bungie cord.) 😉

I hope you enjoy these paintings though they are very different from my usuals… Don’t despair though I have a heap of landscapes up my sleeve for this coming year – I’ve been asked to put some into a beautiful little cafe in town. And possibly I’ll be working towards my own showing in the fall of 2016 – these are both great incentive to work -work WORK!IMG_5861IMG_1600IMG_2132IMG_0876_SmallIMG_6567
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Tree Paintings – The Perfect Match

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‘The Perfect Match’ – acrylic on canvas – 18″ x 24″

Trees are one of my most favourite things to paint. Artists have always found inspiration in nature but particularly in trees. These anthropomorphic beauties are full of whimsy and life – they can take center stage in any painting and own it.

This commission has such a lovely story behind it. I must share it with you in my client’s own words:

~~~”Before my husband and I started dating he was on an art trip where they went painting trees. He was praying about who he would marry and he felt God saying that he shouldn’t worry. My husband had painted 2 trees and he sensed God telling him that like God was going to send water and sun for those trees to grow and eventually their branches would touch. He felt like God had a plan for who he was going to marry. When the time was right we would grow together and our branches would touch. 

I was hoping you could do a painting for us  with a tree representing me; crazy colourful, unexpected a tiny bit unruly and untamed  and one representing my husband; strong and tall, steady artistic but more classical. I also see his tree looking towards the prairies with the wide open skies and mine facing the mountains.

I also see God’s love over all enfolding and guiding and protecting despite life storms raging. And the trees growing closer together as a result and looking up to God in trust and hope.

Anyhow those are some thoughts. We really like your stuff so whatever you do will be great.”~~~

So out of all that touching and beautiful inspiration I came up with the ‘The Perfect Match’. I hope you enjoy seeing a bit of the process! IMG_1071_SmallIMG_1073_SmallIMG_1075_SmallIMG_1079_SmallPerfectMatch

Pssst… I realize I haven’t been posting much lately. Bad, bad, bad!!! The thing is that most of the paintings and drawings I’m working on at the moment are commission orders that are intended as Christmas gifts and I just don’t want to spoil any surprises. However, just imagine how much I’ll have to show you in January!

I hope you are all having a lovely Sunday my friends!

 

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!