Summer Fun – Photography

I have most certainly neglected my blogs lately but these summer months fly and we must enjoy the sun whilst we can – mustn’t we?! Attached here is a small collage of images from my summer fun so far! Sigh… all too soon these beach days will end but, on the bright side, I have a new commission to get to work on and plenty of new summer pics as inspiration for more pieces – all coming up soon! In the meantime enjoy these last lazy days of summer everyone! πŸ™‚
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Three Sisters – A New Painting

Why do I bother to post my painting process? Well, my hope is that it will inspire.

While studying ancient Greece with my kids they asked me, “Mom, if you were a Greek goddess – which one would you want to be?” I answered this question quickly because I’ve always known the answer – I’d want to be one of the Muses. The Muses were the personification of the arts and it was their job to inspire writers, artists and heroes.

I always hope that by sharing my painting process it might somehow inspire someone out there to pick up a pencil, brush, charcoal, crayon – or whatever – and create. πŸ™‚

The Three Sisters is a trio of peaks located near Canmore, Alberta. It was these peaks that my client requested I paint.

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This was one of the images shared with me by my client and it became my main source of inspiration for this piece.

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I often do a small sketch to establish a good composition but I also keep the photo close at hand as well.

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In this case I started with the sky – my client had requested that I paint this piece similar to some of my older ones. The lined swirly sky and stylized trees are quickly becoming signature in my work.

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The above shot shows where I got stuck. Yes, sometimes I get stuck. πŸ˜‰ I was struggling with how to fit such an immense image and idea onto a smaller 18″ x 24″ canvas. I gave up and left the painting behind for a few days. When I returned to the piece I was refreshed and found that I could think through it more clearly.

Sometimes it is best to not push – a little space and time can help bring a new outlook.

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It was far easier to move forward now.

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Stylized lines are often the last step for me in most of my pieces but once I reached this point I felt like the painting needed a bit more depth. So I added some richer tones throughout.

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I always find that photographs never really do the final piece justice – I promise it’s a 100% better in person!

I hope you are all enjoying your Canada day weekend!
~ Micheline

Old & New Beginnings

A nice way to spend my Saturday!

Folks often request that I create a painting for them that is similar to one of my older pieces. In this case I actually painted the original one almost 10Β  year ago so, it was fun to revisit.

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This is the original painting done so long ago.
‘Beginnings’ – acrylic on canvas – 3′ x 4′

The new canvas that I finished up today is actually smaller and much more narrow than the original painting – only 1.5′ x 3′ instead of 3′ x 4′.

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My dining room studio. πŸ˜‰

There was a lot of very different types of layered items in this piece so it felt a bit slow going. The sky was very different and separate from the clouds. Even the ground seemed very separate and different from the trees. The whole thing feels like a bit of a mish mash ( πŸ˜‰ ) of elements.

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Today’s finished piece is pictured below!

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Beginnings #2 – acrylic on canvas – 1.5′ x 3′

~ Micheline

Texturizing and Layering Photos in Photoshop

If you read my last post you’ll know that I’m venturing forth into new realms in photography. I’m trying to explore this medium in different ways and it’s a fun journey! Attached here are some composites I made in Photoshop by layering my images together to create texture and interest. I haven’t done much of this in the past so I’m pretty sure there are folks out there who do a much better job than I, however, I still thought that these would be fun to share. πŸ™‚

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Some of these images are available for sale as prints in my Etsy shop.

Have an amazing weekend folks!

~ Micheline

NEW BLOG!!!

Super duper excited about my new blog! I’ll be posting and transferring a bunch of content from my other blog to this new one, but I think I’ll stop for today – phew… I’ll just leave you with this photo I took yesterday. This is my daughter and her friend playing out back on our farm… Sweet sighs… Every little girl’s dream!

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