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

Tamarack Island – Just in Time for Christmas!

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!!!

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

A Painted Process – New Piece!

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Ruins, acrylic on canvas, 16″ x 36″ (Click on image to enlarge)

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This is the inspirational photo taken by my friend Preston. It was taken in the outer Hebrides (or Western Isles) of Scotland, and this area is on the SW portion of the Isle of Harris. Ceapabhal (keep-a-val) is the name of the mountain in the background.

This new painting was inspired from a photograph taken in Scotland by a friend. I love working from photos – they are definitely my greatest source of inspiration. Mind you, I rarely stick to an exact interpretation of the image, I like to use the photo as a starting point and then interpret the image in my style from there. As you’ll see, this painting actually gave me some grief along the way but in the end I’m really happy with it.

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I don’t always do a sketch before I paint but with this piece I felt like I needed it. I use the sketch, along with the photo as a painting map.

I always create a painted sketch on my canvas before I begin – in the past I would use pencil but I much prefer having only paint on my canvas now.

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Following my “sketch map” I started with the sky colour and then headed into detailing it.0003_Small

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The clouds and the sky had far too many individual elements – they clashed and I knew that once the detail was added into the land it would all become a little overwhelming…

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So I painted back over my sky and then left it to sit for awhile – I needed a little separation from the piece before I could start over. It’s always somewhat disappointing when you have done so much work and you can’t help pining over the wasted paint (ouch…).

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I mustered myself to start again in about a week or so and my secound attempt at the sky went much better. Phew! After that it was all uphill! 😀
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Ruins, acrylic on canvas, 16″ x 36″ (Click on image to enlarge)

This painting is certainly a departure from my regular mountains and trees but I’m really happy with the colours, the flow, the lines and the billows of clouds. Art always look so much better in real life though – photos never quite do them justice.

I really hope you enjoyed seeing this painting and it’s process – thanks for following friends! 😀