Are you ready for Christmas? I’m no where near ready but I managed to squeak this commission in just in time to be mailed out for Christmas! I love it when patrons give me free reign. I was completely free to choose the subject, colours and composition on this one so I had heaps of fun, although I still feel a little out of practice… Things are coming back to me but very slowly. I love Tamarack trees so this painting was mostly inspired by the colour they change in the fall. I do hope you enjoy seeing a bit more of the process and if I don’t get back on here again before the holidays I hope your Christmas is full of goodness and joy!!!
I look at these peaks outside my living room window everyday and count myself one of the luckiest people on earth! To the best of local knowledge the Skimmerhorn mountains were named for a fellow called Schimmerhorn, who operated a tie camp (making wooden ties for the railways) in the Creston Valley area. Apparently he flumed the logs down from the mountain to the camp and hired 50 some odd men to help. There are no other details about who Mr. Schimmerhorn was or where he’d come from, or when he’d had this camp… But the mountains bear his incorrectly spelled name. I love history and couldn’t help looking it up. 😉
They say Rome wasn’t built in a day and well, neither was this painting – it was a loooooong process and I laboured hard through it. I’m kinda relieved it’s over – ha ha! But I do hope you enjoy the seeing the process –>
In case you are interested this painting is available and featured at the Break in Time Cafe downtown Creston, BC.
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.
This was my preliminary study sketch drawn from the photograph I took below. The completed painting looks a lot different from the original photo – obviously I took artistic license and embellished a little. 😉 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.
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!!!
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.)
How many times can an artist paint one painting? Well, 4 times for sure! Fourth time’s a charm right?
Folks come across my older paintings and sometimes they are so smitten that they commission me to paint a near replica of the original for them. This kind of commission work is an interesting experience… I don’t know if I love redoing the same painting over and over but what I do love is how excited my clients get about it and how happy they are in the end! (Mind you, since this is my fourth go around with this piece I might just need to stop here.) 😉
I thought it would be fun to show you all four together. It’s like a spot the difference game – ha ha! I’ll start with the first original I did in 2012 and then go in order until the last one which is the most recent commission from this Christmas 2014.
Be sure to let me know which one is your favourite. 😀