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

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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Impasto Painting Fun

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Whimsy & Dots – Revisiting my “Non-Representational Side”

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It’s been a long time since I have created any kind of non-representational paintings.  I did a lot of abstract paintings while obtaining my degree in University – actually maybe I over did (burned myself out) because after graduation I went straight into more representational landscape scenes, people and flowers. However, a couple months ago I did the small sketch pictured below and it ended up being my inspiration for the two little paintings I did this weekend. A fun experiment – I hope you enjoy!

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Art = Relationship

UnionI’ve been slowly reading through Robert Genn’s book ‘The Twice Weekly Letters’ and it’s chalk full of inspiration for artists of all kinds – I highly recommend it! At the end of every letter is usually a quote – the letter I read today ended with this one;

“When you know the artist you think less about the art.” ~ George Bernard Shaw

Art has always been about relationship for me. I have never and will never want it to be exclusively about me – my hope is that it will connect with you, with my collectors and with the world. And I want others to connect with me in return through it. This relational connection is one of reasons that I create.

Robert Genn wrote it like this;

“A kind of karma takes place when a work of art goes out the door. Even as a gift to a friend or for charitable purposes, finding a home outside the workshop or studio completes the circle. The artist can rationalize that while the work is still his or her very own, it has a more illustrious future on someone else’s wall. It marches out to create good will, win friends, influence people.”

Attached here are paintings that I created years ago – a couple in University over 20 years ago!!! I painted a lot of abstract pieces back then and this week I’ve been revisiting that old abstract interest (with a new twist) – will share my new little experiments with you soon! Eucalyptus 2 Fairy Tale 1 Figure 1

“Loosen up will ya!” – An Exercise in Being Painterly

I could never figure out what to do with these narrow little canvases – they’ve been hanging around here for a long time. So this morning while waiting for a stretcher frame to be completed and gesso to dry, I pulled them out. I have this strong tendency towards controlled lines and brush strokes (which isn’t a bad thing but versatility is an asset) so I figured a small exercise in loosening up might not hurt…

Even though I can appreciate how this little triptych turned out it’s still hard for me to just leave the brush strokes be… I want to smooth them out, blend them and flatten the paint – ha ha!  (These look much more interesting in real life too – the photos just don’t do the texture justice.)

So how about you? What’s your default style when it comes to painting or drawing?
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Seasonal Feathers – Painting Birds

SeasonalFeathers_CollageIf you’ve been following along you’ll know that I’ve never actually painted birds until the last few months… I received my first bird commission at Christmas time and directly after posting that finished piece I received the request for this commission you see here.

Shortly after saying yes I felt intimidated – what was I thinking?!?

This commission was for four separate 12″ x 16″ paintings – my client wanted one bird for each season of the year. The first painting (and even a little bit of the second) was a struggle. However, I fought through and by the time I got to the third piece I started to feel more confident. (Coincidentally the third one – the fall chickadee – is my favourite.)

Anyway, I’m sure it’s much more fun to look through the paintings than to listen to me carry on – thanks for popping by – here’s hoping you enjoy these!

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This was my preliminary sketch – I think I stayed pretty true to it actually.

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The first of four! I was happy when this was completed – it was my greatest battle.

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‘Seasonal Feathers Spring’ – acrylic on canvas – 12″ x 16″

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‘Seasonal Feathers Summer’ – acrylic on canvas – 12″ x 16″

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‘Seasonal Feathers Fall’ – acrylic on canvas – 12″ x 16″

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‘Seasonal Feathers Winter’ – acrylic on canvas – 12″ x 16″

First Painting of 2015!

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Bringing you some springtime cheer on these chilly mid- winter days!
This commission is very dear to my heart… it is going to live with a family that I am super grateful for. I worked hard to pour my admiration and appreciation for these folks into this piece.

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The painting was inspired by the family’s property on Duck Lake. This picture above shows their view in the fall and below you can see the abundant lupins that grace their property in the spring.

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My client wanted to include the prominent trees, the mountain/lake view and the lupins all into one composition.

To get my bearings and decide how to incorporate the important elements I did the small sketch above and then started in on my canvas.

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This is a big 30″ x 40″ canvas! I love large canvases but they progress slowly… I didn’t take as many progressive shots as I usually do but I hope you enjoy seeing a little of how it came together –>

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‘Untitled’, acrylic on canvas, 30″ x 40″

For now the title is a bit elusive but I’m sure it will surface soon!