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.

Recent Drawings and Sketches

SunflowerSketch_SmallWow – sometimes life can be a whirlwind eh?!  My fault though; I had kids and I love projects. I’m so project oriented that it’s crazy how I can’t stop my brain from always wanting to do something new… I’m a getter-done-girl though so they all get finished (in time). 😉 I am still working through my new painting series but I’m also trying hard to be mindful of the benefits of frequent drawing. Sometimes I love what I sketch and other times I cringe… In the end though my art improves when I draw more. Attached here are few of my recent sketches and drawings. The sunflower pictured above is slowly being brought to life  in my current painting.IMG_2099 Bicycle_SmallI’m not totally thrilled with this bicycle drawing – it was one of my first attempts at tablet drawing but I thought I’d share with you anyway. It’s inspired by the photo below which I took years ago on a Sunday drive.  bikeScooterIllustratiion_SmallNow this scooter drawing was purely for fun – it’s something I have been wanting to do for ages. I’d love, when time permits, to create a series of illustrations inspired by modern scenes. Not sure when I’ll ever get to the next one but the idea is burning a hole in my brain while it waits! DisneyEngagement_SmallThis drawing was actually a recent commission ordered for a gift. It’s inspired from the engagement photo below. It was super fun to create – I mean who wouldn’t want to chance to draw a couple in love out front of Cinderella’s castle – come on! So sweet!icm_fullxfull.77585257_m7ajks6t4o0kkgko00ckThat’s all for now folks – I realize I have been neglecting my blog in all life’s busyness but here’s hoping I can get on a regular posting track again soon. (I know I’m probably dreaming… 😉 ) Happy Wednesday friends!

Impasto Painting Fun

Impasto Sunflower_SmallImpasto is the technique of applying paint very thickly to your painting, I find with acrylics you need to use a moulding paste for this to work well. With these two small pieces I randomly applied the moulding paste first with a palette knife, once the paste was dry I gessoed over the paste, let that dry and then began to paint. I had no plans for either canvas, the challenge was to just find my image in the thick palette strokes of paste. It was an interesting experiment and kinda fun to watch what evolved out of those shapes.IMG_0045IMG_0047IMG_0057IMG_0058IMG_0074IMG_0070IMG_0073ImpastoTrees_SmallIMG_0078

It Takes Two to Tango – A New Painting

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I was planning to do my next how to photography tip today but then I managed to finish off this painting and I couldn’t resist posting it instead. I hope you can forgive me? 😀

I’ve been working on a lot of commission pieces lately (for which I am very grateful) and this is the second to last one that I have in the cue right now. These pieces have given me a lot of time to contemplate the whole process of doing commissioned work. In the “art realm” there is a level of snobbery concerning commission work – a misconception that by doing commissions the artist has somehow sold out… The funny thing is that every great historical artist did commission work! Many of the most famous and beloved art pieces in the world were commissions.

For me; commission work is special because it relates to the client in a personal way and takes their connection to the artwork to a much deeper level. I really like making this connection and I find it exciting to become a small part of someone else’s story. It’s a partnership.

In light of all this contemplation I decided to title this sunflower commission, ‘It Takes Two to Tango.’ (Acrylic on canvas – 1′ x 2′) Hope you enjoy seeing it progress. 🙂IMG_5040)SmallIMG_5073_Small IMG_5215_Small IMG_5216_Small IMG_5218_Small IMG_5349_SmallItTakesTwotoTango_1'x2'_2014_SmallItTakesTwotoTango_1'x2'_2014_Side_Small