Sweet Sixteen

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‘Kalina’ – acrylic on canvas – 16″ x 20″

This commission has been waiting patiently in secret (okay maybe not so patiently…) to be revealed – it is a gift commissioned for a VERY sweet sixteen-year-old!

It was an honour to be chosen to paint this piece but after the task set itself inside my mind I piled on a mass amount of stress. I felt this need to create something that would surpass time – something my client’s daughter could love now and for her whole life; classic, timeless, unchanging…

I know right – phew – what was I thinking?!
Thankfully it didn’t last long and I quickly realized this was NOT the best approach. Duh…

I let go of my grandiose ideas and narrowed my focused on being sixteen and the celebration of the journey from childhood to adulthood. I wanted the painting to be filled with the whimsy of being a kid but still depict the good path ahead. A path forward into something greater, bigger, even better than what she’s known before. Secondly, I wanted the painting to seem like everywhere she walked she left a trail of beauty on all sides – my hope was that this would convey to my client’s daughter how much joy she brings, how beautiful she is inside and out and how important she is to those around her. Lastly, the painting includes other personal touches like her favourite colour (Can you guess?) and the violin to symbolize her love of music.

Every time I paint I find there is a war between my illustrative side and my painterly side and in this painting the battle was monstrous. This can be frustrating, but I think I might be heading towards a place where I can let them coexist. Possibly one will be more dominant than the other in different pieces but I’m learning that this is okay and that I need to just enjoy the journey. And hopefully much like the sweet sixteen-year-old depicted here I’ll leave a wake of beauty on all sides of me as I go.

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Old Friends – A New Painting

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‘Old Friends’ – acrylic on canvas – 12″ x 16″

This piece was commissioned by an old childhood friend. Her instructions to me were quite simple; she wanted flowers and she liked purple – the rest was up to me.

She is one of those childhood friends who stands out in memory because she smiled constantly, laughed easily and made everything fun. And although I’ve only just recently had the opportunity of reconnecting with her through social media she still gives off that same energy. I wanted her energy to come through in this painting so I chose tulips – they are the heralds of spring, the worlds most cheerful flowers! I painted a single purple tulip to represent my friend and I hoped that minimizing the use of purple would make it more important overall. I also experimented a little with trying to marry my typical flow-y-line style with the more expressive, painterly style of my last two pieces.

Such a fun piece to create! (Here’s hoping she likes it – fingers crossed!)Tulips_Small_05

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Floral Inspiration

 

I’ve been working through a lot of commissioned pieces lately and most of them have been mountain scenes. While I do love mountains I think that it’s time for a change. I’m hoping I can find some time this summer to explore flowers again.  Attached here are some floral pieces that I did years ago.

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Texturizing and Layering Photos in Photoshop

If you read my last post you’ll know that I’m venturing forth into new realms in photography. I’m trying to explore this medium in different ways and it’s a fun journey! Attached here are some composites I made in Photoshop by layering my images together to create texture and interest. I haven’t done much of this in the past so I’m pretty sure there are folks out there who do a much better job than I, however, I still thought that these would be fun to share. 🙂

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Some of these images are available for sale as prints in my Etsy shop.

Have an amazing weekend folks!

~ Micheline