Happy New Year to you all! I hope your holiday season was full of goodness. I’m working through a couple of commissions at the moment and just finished this one today. A commission of Fisher Peak. There is a beautiful range of mountains in Cranbrook, BC, one that I had the privilege of viewing daily for 15 years, Fisher Peak is the highlight of that range. The funny thing is that I never painted those peaks until I moved away. This is only my second painting of Fisher Peak – the first one I did a few years ago and can be seen by clicking HERE. My client grew up in the Kootenays and has since moved away but has fond memories of Fisher Peak, Hence the title ‘Mountain Memories’.
Hey strangers!!! I’m still here – really I am!
I took a little break from painting… I was sorta painted out after completing my series for the Break in Time Cafe install. 😉 In the mean time I played around a lot with illustration (You can see what I’ve been up to in that area on my second Instagram account: @whimsicalillustration.)
However, I knew the urge to paint wouldn’t be gone long and I was right, several weeks ago I began the painting you see here. The old photographer in me knows a lot about light but the painter in me is an amateur. I began this project here with the intent of teaching myself more about painted light. Of course learning on your own is hard… I thought back to my University training and decided my best bet for learning how to paint light better was to study the work of a master. So I admit to you now that this painting is heavily inspired and influenced by the AMAZING work of Canadian painter, Michael O’Toole. He’s brilliant at painting light and I owe the inspiration and most of the concepts to him where this painting is concerned.
Also wanted to let ya all know that I have recently closed my Facebook account but you can still follow me here and on both of my Instagram accounts as well: @mishmashartist & @whimsicalillustration – I post almost daily on these accounts so it’s good place to keep up with me!
Hope your day is going lovely friends – thanks for stopping in and checking this out!
So excited to finally share this with you all! I took my time on this commission. I didn’t want to rush it – I wanted it to be just right and it was worth the long wait. This piece is for a family that I hold very dear and I’m so honoured that it will be hanging in their home ( I could squeal it makes me so happy!).
The painting was inspired by these two images of Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park. Apparently those rainbow rocks you see in the pictures below really do look like that! Beautiful lake, mountains and setting – wow!
I had two main goals with this commission; first to create depth – I wanted an intense perspective – I tried to make the mountains pull you into the background. And second I wanted the rocks to be more than just rocks. I’ll explain why… This lake, these mountains, obviously mean a lot to the family who commissioned this and thus it must hold some important memories and feelings for them. I painted the rocks in the foreground in a more impressionistic/Monet fashion because I wanted the eye to delight in them but maybe also wonder exactly what they are. For example, my son saw them a possibly flowers floating on the lake. The rocks needed to be open to interpretation to create a bit of joy, a bit of wonder and whimsy – a way of trying to capture how this family’s memories of Lake McDonald might feel. (Here’s hoping that feeling worked out okay.)