Up the Summit – New Painting

This painting is inspired by a series of photographs taken by a friend up at the summit in the Salmo-Creston area. People go hiking, snow shoeing and snow-mobiling up this mountain ridge and it’s absolutely stunning there in the winter with … Continue reading

A New Dawn

This painting commission was slow in coming around but I think in the end the final touches came together at exactly the right moment for many reasons. I hope you enjoy taking a peek at the process here. I titled this 16″ x 20″ painting ‘A New Dawn’ it’s a spin off inspired from a previous painting I did called ‘New Light Study‘.

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Mountain Memories – First Painting of 2017!

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Mountain Memories – 11 x 14 – Acrylic on Canvas

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’. mountainmemories_2017_11x14_01_smallimg_9844_small

Life Bites and Life Kisses – New Painting

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Life Bites and Life Kisses – 12 x 16 – acrylic on canvas

Have you ever heard the phrase, ‘Life bites and life kisses’? I only just heard it recently and it’s truth stuck with me… I wanted to find a way to express it visually and the best form that came to my mind was an abstract. In the end though this painting may just evoke feelings of summer waves and ocean days – hee hee – but my original concept was the life quote. I suppose it’s best to leave the interpretation up to the viewer anyway. 😀
Happy Wednesday friends!

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New Painting – My View

Finally! A new painting to share. Actually I’ve been struggling with the health stuff again in the past couple of months and have only recently recovered enough to begin to start painting. I was able to keep up with drawing as I could do that in bed or on the couch but being up to paint was a bit to hard. I have to say that I’m super excited to be well enough to start again and though I’m a little out of practice I managed to pull this small piece together. It’s really just a concoction of my imagination and apparently my imagination is fairly colourful. ;P

 

Famous Literary Character Illustration Series

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L.M. Montgomery’s famous orphan, Anne Shirley! Anne of Green Gables; smart, determined, unabashedly passionate and all around endearing. (Hopefully I managed to capture a little of that.) ☺️ “People laugh at me because I use big words. But if you have big ideas, you have to use big words to express them, haven’t you?” ― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

Been having fun on my @whimsicalillustration Instagram account. Just completed a small illustrated series of famous literary characters I love. Thought you might have fun seeing them here too. 🙂
(Pssst… Join me on Instagram @whimsicalillustration to see more daily illustrations or join me on my Mish Mash Art Instagram @mishmashartist to follow my life more daily and my paintings!)

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Oliver Twist, the reluctant pickpocket with a heart. Though Oliver is more of a simple idealized character (not terribly complex) the novel itself makes up for that with bold social statements. Drawing attention to poverty, criminal activity, child labour and other issues of Charles Dickens’ day. I gotta say, I LOVE Charles Dickens! ❤️❤️ Had I been born in his era I would have been one of his adoring groupies. (Yes, he had groupies!)

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Mary Lennox from Frances Hodgson Burnett’s, Sercret Garden. I pretty much wanted to be this girl when I was a child. Who doesn’t want to live in a mysterious mansion and find the key to a hidden garden?!

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Independent, feisty, smart, playful, talented and strong, Jo March from Louisa May Alcott’s ‘Little Women’. She was a female literary character generations ahead of her time!

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This young fellow is Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn! A feisty lad whose adventures take him up and down the Mississippi River. He is an iconic figure in literature because of his charm, pursuit for freedom and dealings with racism. Pretty cool character actually!

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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Birch Trees in Watercolour

IMG_3795_SmallI was teaching a sweet little student of mine about watercolour painting the other day and got inspired to play around with it again myself. I used to do a lot of watercolour work in the past until I moved onto acrylics. It was fun to revisit this medium again though. I hope you enjoy this little birch grove.IMG_3795_Full_Small