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.
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.
Stella (12x16, available). Missing cabin life on Gambier and all the deer that we see. I think our record was 11 during a short, less then five minute, drive home from the beach.They are awesome neighbours (although I might say differently once I start my flower garden this spring).
Willow (12x16) available. This is probably the very first bear reference photo that I ever painted (guessing 2013?). I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to try again. This time I used a black gesso’d canvas for the base and boy - it makes the colours pop. The dark fur gives it such impact too. I think this is one of my new favourites and I’m already planing a larger version.
I can’t seem to get this cow out of my mind. Or should I say cows.... I have two different looking white cow photos that I love. Both cows look very different yet somehow they come out the same when I paint them. And I’m still working on “that perfect white”. But I’m really enjoying the process of “tweaking” each one a bit different. I tried to bringing some life and playfulness into this one using lots of yellowy golds against pinkie purples in the fur.
Faking it (20x20). Seems fitting to share a floral with you on such a warm, sunny day (even if the flowers were fake).I’m always so eager to share completely work - that I almost always realize as I’m posting that I forgot to sign the painting.I will have to sign this one as soon as I’m back at the studio,
Sophia (24x24) sold. I finally got this sweet girl finished on Friday. She is one of my favourite reference photos to paint -I’ve always really liked the white animal on a turquoise background combination. I think it really helps bring some life to the subtle neutral tones.
I seem to be in the mood for smaller canvases these days - and I especially like these little rectangular ones. I've been trying to get back into the practice of daily painting and the little canvases are way less intimidating (and not as much wasted paint if I mess up). They are also great as a "warm up" piece to start my day in the studio.
I just finished this little sweet one. I admit I was nervous coming back to the studio this week. Sometimes I get "painters block" after a hiatus or holiday, but thankfully so far so good. I'm actually feeling the opposite where everything is really coming together. Now the real challenge is tackling my long overdue commissions....
This is my most favorite floral I've done to date. Partly it's because Holly Hocks always remind me of my grandfather, and family back in Manitoba. But also this painting was one of those rare times where everything just flowed, and came together. I think I stopped at just the right moment, and I didn't over work anything. It's these rare studio sessions that keep me motivated and pushing for more,
The more time I spent at the cabin, the more I want to paint birds. My husband tells me I'm turning into a bird geek - and I'd have to agree. But they just make me so happy. And please excuse the glare - his high gloss finish is always tricky to photograph (especially in my home studio with its big windows).
Meaning: god's peace. I missed you last weekend. I wish you could have stayed longer, but I understand you had to get a head start on your long journey south. Safe travels my friend and I hope you and your family come back to visit #kandice'skitchen next year.
I finished this guy up right before we left for the Canada Day long weekend but I hadn't had a chance to photograph him yet. He is one of my favourite birds that comes to visit. His chirp is so sweet - I also couldn't be happier with how his portrait turned out. He was one of those pieces that just came together - gotta love when that happens.
A sweet little brown bear that I did in oil a few weeks back. I haven't played much with oil paints since this piece (my patience was wearing thin I learning a new medium). I hope to get back at them again soon - they have such a rich, deep colour.
Finished this big one from last weekend. It's the largest floral I've painted and I'm already mapping out In my mind how I can go bigger (and bolder?). I feel like I'm getting more and more into my "groove" with every floral I paint. Plus it's been a nice change to be using such bright and vibrant colours