I’ve had this one finished for a while but haven’t shared it with you yet. I’ve started to post it a couple of times but always stop because I’m unhappy with the photo.There’s always too much sun that cause glares or it’s too dark with shadows. The gloss I use makes the paint colours super vibrant but it’s a pain to try and photograph (at least for this amateur photographer)
This sweet bear family was picked up today. It will always have a special place in my heart.The reference photo is from one of my sons’s school books and this one just reminds me of what it feels like to be a mother. Plus, I couldn’t be happier with the balance of loose brushstrokes vs. capturing the details in the characters of the little cubs.
Happy first day of March!March is one of my favourite months. Not only is it my birthday month, but it’s also the start of spring. Even with a few snow patches - it always feels good to put January & February behind me (and know that sunshine and flowers are fast on their way).
The day encourages people to find ways to reduce their carbon output, such as by turning down their thermostat or driving less.
The day has also been used to encourage the installation of energy efficient insulation in houses.
I always love painting roosters. They always have such attitude and character. And I think I did an amesome job choosing his name! This guy totally puts a smile on my face too!
I love this little chickadee, especially with the bold black ground (my new favourite background). I’ve also been “playing “ with little white highlights around the eyes of my little birds to try and make them stand out a little more - I think it really “draws the viewer in”. Plus I think it adds to their cute little character.
We are on our way back home after a wonderful holiday in Barcelona and getting ready to face some colder temperatures (and very grey skies).It seemed appropriate to share this very Canadian fella who’s been hanging in my studio. I love his bright and cheery background,
I can’t get enough of black backgrounds at the moment. I keep thinking of different critters/ colour combinations to try out. Everything just seems to pop next to the shiny black and it gives it such impact.
Delilah is done ✅. She’s based on my favourite chicken photo that I’ve painted several times. Funny how I can paint the same photo over and over and I always struggle with the same parts.Apparently I need to do things many, many, times before I learn (damn you chicken feet). I actually put Delilah aside during the Christmas rush, and it was only recently that my studio “roomie” pointed her out and suggested I get back at it.I’m pretty grateful for the nudge to get her done and reminder to tackle those pieces even when things get rough.
My first completed landscape in 2018 - and one of my favourites. I did things “out of order” on this one and sketched it out first, then tried to add background colour around the trees (while trying not to smudge the charcoal trees). And speaking of background- I put super bright orange first, then the turquoise on top (after it dries). This really makes the blue “pop”. I’m having so much fun experimenting with the sky and trees - it’s nice to mix things up once in a while.
Feeling relieved to have my first piece completed for 2018 - which happens to also be my first every lady bug.I love painting with red and will definitely have to try a few more of these neat little creatures.
This sweet guy got all packaged up last week and is making his way to his next big adventure. He’s a much loved Manitoba rescue with a big heart.
I did this one for a family member (that was a wee bit of a late Christmas gift). It always helps when I know the dog personally. Lucky for me, I’ve had some pretty sweet snuggles with Crush (who’s a total love bug).
Sheepers (24x24 available) It was great to reconnect with some of the pieces I had been working on before Christmas break, including Sheepers.I’ve had this painting around for at least a year (playing around with the layers and trying to achieve that woolly look”). I finally think I got it!Let’s hope my next one doesn’t take as long.Read More
This is one of my favourite pieces I completed this past month. I like its simplicity, and I think it really captures the winter nighttime glow that you see and feel off the mountains at this ytime of year.It reminds me of why I decided to call this beautiful province home 26 years ago today.I’m trying to decide if it should be a keeper too,
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Cindy Lou (12x12 Xmas commission) Painting bears for me is the equivalent of getting a pep talk from a good friend. I’m comfortable painting them and almost all of them turn out (I wish I could say the same for moose). Yet I never get bored because there’s always room for experimenting, and no limit to the expressions you can create.This sweet girl kept things positive while working on some other tricky pieces this Christmas.Read More
I’m long over due in sharing Victor with you. He reminds me of all the pelicans I see visiting at our family cabin in Manitoba. I can’t remember any pelicans from when I was younger but there seems to be lots now. Although I’m never been this close enough to get the “stare”. It’s the kind of look that seems to follow you around the room.
Chloe (20x20)I don’t think I’ve ever been so happy to have a commission picked up. This has been my hardest piece yet. Yellow and gold dogs have always been tricky for me, but this one seemed extra tough.The photo was backlit (so her face was in the shade and some of her body looked way darker then she was in real life).We also want to capture the beach in the background since the family had so many happy memories with Chloe there. And, I wish I knew why, some paintings come easy and flow together (my favourites) and some are more of a struggle, where I feel like I’m playing chess with the canvas. Thankfully, I think I won this one, and I’m very happy with the results. I hope her family is happy too
LOST (24x20 available). I always seem to have side projects on the go that are inspired by my surroundings.Flowers are the theme in the spring, and right now I’m feeling a bit obsessed about winter trees and snowy mountains. I keep trying to get the reflective light correct (especially on the mountain tops).I also have been playing with various shades of blue in the background and how they glow with the shiny top coat.
#wintertrees #snowytrees #winterart #seasonalart #canadianart #whistlerart #winterpainting
Nick (8x8, available). I’ve been playing around with using black gesso as a base layer and I’m loving the results (especially with the green background colour). I’m interested to see how it compares with other backgrounds (and subjects like cows, ravens and bears).