Light Study Illustration

Morning friends! Another little light study illustration for ya. This was a bit of a departure for me since it’s an indoor scene. Well kind of an indoor/outdoor scene – I really wanted to try raindrop on a window.
Hope you all have a lovely day even though it’s Monday!
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Checking In – Illustrations Galore!

Hello friends! Just checking in to let you know that I am constantly creating! I have a painting commission in the works right now – a beautiful scene from Chania, Crete – can’t wait to show you that! I’ve also been continuing on in my quest to improve my lighting skills. I started out with the Light Study painting and have continued exploring light in these first two illustrations you see attached here.
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I’ve also been working on hard on illustrating new colouring pages for Whimsical Publishing! As you can see I’ve been teaching myself more about digital tablet painting and I couldn’t resist adding some subtle colour touches of my own to these two new colouring pagesElvenQueen_Insta Beauty_Small
And while I’m at it I might as well show you a couple of the character design/children’s illustration work that I’ve been playing around with as well! I hope these all bring you a smile!
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An Unexpected Journey – New “Old” Painting

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‘An Unexpected Journey’ – 18″ x 18″ – Acrylic on Canvas

I’m always so thrilled when the crocuses pop out at my back door in early spring. They bring me joy and hope for warmer days. As stated in my title this is a new “old” painting and what I mean by that is I actually reworked an older piece which I was not all that happy with. I created this painting last year but was never 100% satisfied with the result – the colours were too neon and just not rich enough. Although I liked the movement and shapes within it I couldn’t bring myself to like it as a whole. IMG_8763_SmallSo I set to work this week trying to resurrect it… It turned out to be a bigger project than I anticipated – ha – I practically repainted the whole thing… Anyway, in the end I think I like it better. It’s slightly more representational (which wasn’t the plan… sometimes paintings just have a mind of their own) but I do really like the richer tones.
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Painting Sunflowers – Acrylic on Canvas

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Riverview Sunflower – acrylic on canvas – 24″ x 24″

Sunflowers always pop up in my art – I can’t seem to help myself… Let’s be honest though, who doesn’t find them cheerful?! And at this time of year they are an especially sweet reminder of summertime. This painting is inspired from a photo I took in my back yard this past summer and the painting will be another addition a to the series I’m creating for the cafe ‘Break in Time‘.IMG_9677_SmallI did a sketch first – which I like to try to do as much as possible. Always seems to make thing flow smoother once I paint.SunflowerSketch_SmallIMG_2098_SmallIMG_2099_SmallIMG_2221_SmallIMG_2228_SmallIMG_2231_SmallRiverviewSunflower_24x24_acryliconcanvas_2016_SmallI am happy with it in the end I feel like the sunflower pops right out at the viewer. I hope you enjoyed stopping by here.

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)

IMG_0855_SmallIMG_1943_SmallI am finding lately that study sketches help a great deal – particulalry because they get me more interested in and excited about painting. IMG_1968_SmallIMG_1994_SmallIMG_1996_SmallI kinda forgot part way through painting this one to take more progress pics… oops! So here’s a big jump to the finish line!
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Look forward to sharing more of this series with you as it develops. Happy weekend!!!

Up the Iron Range, New Landscape Painting

This painting was inspired by a little trip my family and I took up into the mountains. It’s a place in these here parts called the Iron Range. It was fall and we were collecting dead fallen trees for firewood to keep us warm this winter. Sounds so rustic – eh? 😉 It was stunning up there and I feel like neither my photos nor my painting can quite do it justice.

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‘Up the Iron Range’ – 18″ x 24″ – acrylic on canvas


This was my preliminary study sketch drawn from the photograph I took below. IronRangeSketch_SmallIMG_6481The completed painting looks a lot different from the original photo – obviously I took artistic license and embellished a little. 😉IMG_1918_Small IMG_1922_Small This was fun process – I think I’m finally reaching a place where I can start to meld my desire to be more painterly with my natural instinct to paint flowing smooth lines.IMG_1928_Small IMG_1937_Small

I guess this is likely my last painting of 2015 (unless I can squeak something in before New Year Day 😉 ). Wishing you all a very HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

 

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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Daisy Painting – Christmas Secrets Begin to be Revealed!

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‘Submerged Daisies’ – acrylic on board – 12″ x 16″

Christmas is such a secretive time and I have such a hard time waiting to share… I’ll be so excited when I can show you everything I’ve been working on for the past month and a half!!! (Not that I want Christmas to go too fast or be over too quick – I love this holiday season!)  BUT today I can finally share a little something with you! It is a painting I created as a Christmas gift for a dear friend. She opened it yesterday, loved it and now I can share it with you! YAY!

This is the first time I’ve ever painted on solid board instead of a canvas – it was completely new texture and while I painted I kept wondering why the canvas wasn’t flexing beneath my brush – they things we get used to! HA HA! I hope you enjoy this process and I really hope you all have the most amazing Christmas holiday this week! See y’all on the flip side!IMG_1793_Small IMG_1794_Small IMG_1798_Small SubmergedDaisies_2015

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!

 

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