Painting Reveal – Nature’s Urban Goddess

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Nature’s Urban Goddess – acrylic on canvas – 4.5′ x 3′

As promised yesterday – here is the first painting inspired out of my summer photo shoot with the beautiful and talented Jayli Wolf!

For some reason I like to make things hard for myself… I decided to use a large canvas for this one – 4.5′ x 3′ to be exact – eep! Hence, this piece has taken me almost four months to complete – not only because of the size but because it was a whole new concept for me as well… I don’t often paint people and then the act of adding them into a landscape painting in my style was definitely a new challenge.

IMG_0510a_SmallThis photo above was my first choice although I was tempted to use the one below as well (it will have to be my next 🙂 ). I was drawn to the tall cathedral-like trees and really looked forward to creating a landscape using those. While the final painting was never meant to be an exact likeness of Jayli it was an attempt to capture her spirit and the relationship of that spirit to nature. We might know Jayli as a musical urban goddess but I feel like she also belongs here as well. The furniture and the window props create a “home” for Jayli and I find she appears both earthy and ethereal – like she stands apart and belongs at the same time. It was fun to try and capture this in the painting.IMG_0581_SmallI photographed the progression of the painting and it took sooooo long to complete. Such large surface area to cover… Apparently I’d make a terrible a muralist! However, I love the physical presence that this large canvas brings.

IMG_0228_Small Small IMG_0539_Small IMG_0541_Small IMG_0542_Small IMG_0563_SmallFinished_CollageThanks so much for stopping by and checking this out – I’ve been super excited to finally share this, especially after so many months of work. We artists are always the hardest on ourselves and since this is my first attempt at a person in a landscape I feel happy with many parts but also a bit insecure about others – my constant drive is the chance to improve with time and practice. 🙂
Hope you all have an amazing weekend friends! xo

The Ultimate in Mixed Media Art

IMG_0650_SmallBefore I begin to explain what I’m up to here I must say that we artists can get crazy projects and ideas into our heads! And sometimes we can’t always pull them off alone – we need others – this is why having close creative friends is such a gift. My fellow artists and friends, Hayden and Jayli Wolf have helped me with several projects over the past few years. These two are full fledged artists in every respect; art, writing, poetry, photography, design… I could go on but at present their music is their first love and passion. So before you continue scrolling you’ve got to head out and peek at what this husband and wife duo are up to –> (Pssst… Click here!) When I introduced my idea to them this summer they willingly sacrificed time and energy, during their holidays, to help me make it happen. Jayli modelled for me and Hayden helped as my photography assistant – I am unbelievably grateful to them – thank-you guys SO much!!!

IMG_0727_SmallThough I closed my photography business years ago I still love taking photos – especially the kind where I get to imagine and design the details and then bring them to life. Jayli helped me plan this shoot and the intent was for this series to turn into a painting or maybe even a series of paintings afterwards. I often use photographs for art inspiration but I have never deliberately created a photo with the intent that it become a painting… I got excited about the idea because in my mind it was a form of mixed media; fashion and beauty, staging and design, photography and modelling, people and nature – all mixed together with the singular goal. Maybe that’s a loose interpretation of mixed media but I like it. 🙂 The focus aside from this was on portraiture in nature – old masterpieces come to mind, people in the landscapes, I wanted to see how I could translate that in a modern way. (I say modern but I guess I really mean in my way.) 😉
So my plan is to share my favourite shots (yep, there were many more) with you today and then tomorrow I’ll post the first painting I did inspired by this series. I hope you enjoy these!
IMG_0494_Small IMG_0629_Small IMG_0581_Small This was the storm brewing during our shoot – so beautiful but a tad bit windy! IMG_0530_Small Jayli’s beautiful headpiece and ring were created by T.Lane designIMG_0492_Small IMG_0524_Small IMG_0654_Small Hair and make-up was styled and designed by Lindsay Floer from The Salon at Cranberry Manor. (Thanks Lindsay – you are such a talent!)IMG_0496a_Small IMG_0694_smallIMG_0652_SmallIMG_0510a_Small

Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for my painting reveal!!! IMG_0683_Small
I think Jayli would have loved to do the painting with me. 😉IMG_0689_Small

A few “behind the scene selfies” pictured below – you can see how much wind we had to contend with – ha ha!

IMG_0606 IMG_0612Windy but joyful! Can’t wait to show you the painting tomorrow!